(Closed) Designer vs. Custom made

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1998

that ring is stunning

Post # 4
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Newbee

The Custom ring I bought was similar in price to designer settings. But I got a few “extras” in my custom and ended up payInh slightly less

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Wow the ring is amazingly beautiful! If you really want this setting, I think you should go with original.  Even custom will still be expensive.  My ring is pave setting with milgrain on knife edge band and it cost about $3,000 for platinum setting and 20 tiny diamonds.  I think that setting would cost about $7,000 – $9,000 at least?

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would not go custom…If you are the type of person who pays attention to “detail” stick with the original designer, you can’t go wrong that way!

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Dell79:  I agree.  At that price, which doesnt sound bad at all, even if you were to save 1k, you could nit pick at it like crazy.  It wouldnt be worth it to me, I’d just pay the designer setting and know exactly what I’m getting, if that exactly one is really ‘the one’ ring you love.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think going custom would be a great idea if you can find a great jeweler to work with. Request to see samples of his/her work, and pick them apart. If you can’t find someone that you are blown away by, stick with the original. That being said, there are jewelers out there who can recreate that setting for you exactly (it’s not like any designer is magic or has access to something no one else does), and there is a good chance custom will save you a good bit of money (but that depends on your area and who you chose to work with). My setting was custom made by the jeweler I bought it from (not for me specifically, but still custom made). It’s not an exact replica of any particular setting, but it’s very similar (in terms of detail, number of side diamonds, etc.) to the ring in your OP and to many other designer styles. It actually really reminded me of the only other setting I considered buying but couldn’t stomach the cost (a Romance brand setting that cost $5000 for the setting alone). My setting and the matching band cost less than $3000, so the saving was huge. I see absolutely no reason why that setting couldn’t be recreated exactly. Just do the legwork to find a great jeweler and make sure you’re actually saving money. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Oh my goodness, I am in love with that ring.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

I would definitely look into it to appease the family, but if you have to sacrifice ANYTHING about the setting by going custom, I would not choose that route. You are just going to regret it later!

Post # 12
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Helper bee

i like the ring, it’s the style that i want my ring to be

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

The only reason I might want to go custom with this ring is because I read one of your previous posts where you mentioned that your center stone will be an emerald and howwwwwwww amazing would it be if they can make the round diamonds in the setting into little emerald baguettes to match the center! Maybe see if the designer could do this first (if you even want that), there are too many details on this ring otherwise 🙂

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