Post # 1
I have fallen in love with a particular e-ring setting (by Ritani), but really want it set with a morganite instead of a diamond.
Has anyone out there gotten a “designer” setting and had it set with a gemstone instead of a diamond? Any insight into what the process is and how to approach a “traditional” jeweler with this kind of request?
How is everyone finding their gemstone rings?
Post # 3
Morganite is not suggested for daily wear as it scratches easier than other gemtones like sapphire or ruby. You may want to consider going with a peach/pink sapphire instead. That’s why I didn’t get sapphire. I morganite is similar hardness to aquamarine. And as for the jeweler, I don’t have personal expierience but I would first go to major retailers and just ask them if they can help you acquire the stone and if they would set it in the setting you want. Tell them you are going for a specific look.
If all the retailers you go to say no you can usually but the setting without a stone in it or with a cubic in it (maybe have your fiance do it and tell them he wants to present you with the ring when he proposed but than he wants to search for the diamond together.) After you buy it take it to an independant jeweler. Make sure you call around to them first and see if they will set it.
I really don’t think anyone will say no. They might try to discourage you or tell you to get a champagne diamond but just be very firm and maybe start ranting about blood diamonds. lol
Post # 4
Not engaged yet, but I do have some input as my ring is currently in progress.
The center stone for my e-ring is morganite. We first tried to find something online through Etsy but were dissatisfied by the service/communication and quality of design and materials.
I would up at Jeweler’s Row and began talking to an independent jeweler about what I wanted. We simply asked her if she had access to morganite and if she could create a custom wedding set in yellow gold and diamond. It took about a month for them to source the stone we wanted (carat and cut), because apparently morganites are often cushion cut to preserve as much surface area as possible and I wanted round. They showed me several different stones over a few weeks before the perfect one came in. Morganite is 7.5-8 on Moh’s scale, which is absolutely fine for everyday wear. The setting is a custom design. I showed the jeweler some inspiration photos and we took a few elements from those, and then I actually did a pen sketch of the kind of detailing I wanted and a CAD drawing of it was created. They didn’t start any of the digital drawings until we selected the stone since setting would be essentially built around the dimension of the stone. Zero regrets about ending up at a brick-and-mortar store with a jeweler we are able to work with in person. I would not recommend a major chain retailer as the markup will be exceptionally high.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Post # 5
maybe you could go with a custom design??
Post # 6
You can buy a semi-mount and have it set with your own stone. You could purchase a semi-mount from an online designer or have your local jeweler order it with the stone. Verriago post a lot of their settings with gemstones on FB so it is a pretty common thing.
Sorry, I don’t have any experience with it but I’m sure we have plenty of bees that do so hopefully they will speak up shortly.
Post # 7
Thanks everyone!! This has been very helpful!
Post # 8
My fiance picked out the ring (Setting? Is that what it’s called when it’s a ring without the center stone?) at a local jewelry store.
My center stone is an Alexandrite and that’s not a very popular stone to have in many stores.
Apparently they have people that go around the U.S. to “gem shows.” I don’t know if they fly them out there or just have representatives in different areas. That’s irrelevent though.
They bought 3 alexandrites in Arizona and shipped them back to Georgia. He picked out the one he liked and they shipped the other two back. Our local store placed the Alexandrite in the ring, because it would be kind of dumb if we were left to do that.
That’s all I know though. I can always ask him for more details. It may be different for different stores. You just have to ask the different stores!
Post # 9
My ering is not gemstone, but it IS a black diamond so I assume the process is the same. We went to local jewelers and they said most settings could be set with whatever stone I wanted. So, I ended up with a Coast Diamond setting and a black diamond stone they found from wherever.
then you go shoppig just be straight up “I’m looking for an engagement ring but I want it set with morganite/peach sapphire instead of diamond.”
Post # 10
Easy. Fi went to our jeweler of choice, scheduled an appointment and asked them to have some loose rubies available so that we could select the stone and the setting. By the way, be prepared for major oohing and swooning on the part of the staff at the shop. They are used to seeing the settings with diamonds, and they look totally different with a colored center stone. A colored stone makes the details in the setting simply pop! And, as to how the staff will simulate a colored stone in the setting – dry-erase magic markers. I was shocked when the lady who was working with us started coloring in the cz in the setting that we eventually picked, but she explained that jewelers do this all the time whenever they need to help clients visualize a colored stone in a setting set with a cz for display purposes. Have fun and congratulations!!!! Morganites are gorgeous, as are peach/pink sapphires!!