Post # 1
MalteseMama’s post got me thinking. Here is the situation:
We finally bought the diamond, and now I’m going to have a setting custom made (at least this is the plan so far). However, I found the EXACT setting that I want – EXACT. It’s a Mark Broumand pear halo. I contacted the company and they said they would be able to sell me the setting and that I would have to let them know the dimensions of my centre stone; and then I would have to find someone to actually set it.
The bf is ok with this idea as a last resort, but he’d much rather us do it locally here in Toronto. He makes some valid points: what happens if the setting doesn’t fit the stone (by SOME chance?), who would set it? Don’t most jewellers only set things they have sold?
I agree, in a way. But really. What if the work starts and I end up hating it? SHould I just push for the Mark Broumand of the bat? or should I give the custom jeweller a chance? ugh. well, we’re going to see the custom jeweller next tuesday.
but any advice or insight would be appreciated 🙂
Post # 3
I bought a setting online to set my heirloom diamond in, and I plan to have it set by a local jeweler once it arrives. The jeweler I contacted said that this is easy to do and he only will charge $80-120 for it.
Post # 4
I would buy the setting online and just make sure you are in contact with a local jeweler before hand who has agreed to set the diamond and will also provide the exact measurements of your stone to Mark Broumand. There is no point in going custom since you have already found the ring you love and it’s unlikely any jeweler will be able to recreate it exactly 100% since everyone has slightly different ways of working.
The only thing I would say is make sure your diamond is insured against the jeweler accidentely chipping it during setting.. Don’t panic. It is EXTREMELY EXTREMELY rare. However… just in case!
Post # 5
I think you actually have a greater chance for mistakes to happen (stones don’t fit, not exactly how you pictured it, price, etc) with a custom ring than one that it already made. If it doesn’t fit the stone, you send it back because it was wrong on their part.
Lots of jewelers, maybe not all, but at least the majority of them set stones and jewelry they do not sell. It cost me $45 to set three stones in a setting at a local mall watch/jewelry repair store.