Post # 1
I hope I worded this question correctly.
I know with most things that have a designer name, you are paying more for that name. Does that also apply to jewelry or in general are you getting better quality?
I am looking to reset my diamond, and I have it narrowed down to 2 settings. One is a designer setting, and the other is from Jared, but it’s one of their settings and not a designer.
The designer setting is Zeghani by Simon G. The jeweler is willing to sell it to me for the same price as the Jared setting because they already have it in their display case. If I were to order this setting today, it would be around $800 more.
I have heard mixed reviews about the quality of jewelry from Jared. I have never bought anything there and I personally don’t know anyone that has.
I do know Simon G has good quality. Zeghani is a less expensive line put out by them.
I like both settings equally, which is part of the problem.
So bottom line, would you pay for a designer setting?
Post # 3
@country chic: I think it depends on the designer. The setting I have is designed by JB Star. They will replace any stones/micropave diamonds on the setting should they fall out and resize the ring for free for the life of the company, so for me it was worth it.
Post # 4
If its the same price, I’d definitely go with the designer setting. If it cost more just for a name, then no. But if you’re getting some kind of lifetime guarentee and work on the ring, like allergicbee said, then maybe, depends on the mark up. Few hundred, sure why not. Thousand+? I’d have to think about it.
Post # 5
My Darling Husband paid more for a designer setting. My ring is Tacori and is very unique. I think it depends if the ring has something a little extra special by going with designer setting. If they are exactly the same ring/quality and the non designer ring is much cheaper i would go with that one!
Post # 6
I do not remember the jeweler with the Zeghani setting telling me that they guarantee their settings. If something happends (ie. lose a stone) then I think I would have to pay just like any of their other settings. They do NOT resize for free, that’s for sure.
Post # 7
@bobsoon2bewife9887: They are not the same setting. Both kind of swirly/twisty but very different. I cannot find the designer setting (or one similar) anywhere for my budgeted price.
Post # 8
Some designer settings are worth it based on their quality- fluidity, precision, etc. It really just depends on how picky you are.
Post # 9
@country chic: My fiance purchased a Vatche setting for me, and I love it. I don’t know if he paid more for a designer name or not, but the reason I wanted a designer setting was because I thought down the road it would be much easier to match with a wedding band. I believe he also got a percentage off his total purchase (he bought the diamond and setting through Good Old Gold) because he got a designer setting. I also felt like I could trust the quality of certain designer settings, and so having that peace of mind was important to me.
Post # 10
@country chic: My engagement ring isn’t designer and when we looked at a similar ring, the designer brand is $3,000 more! We’re still getting the same type of coverage and guarantee so for us, it’s not worth it.
Post # 11
My Fiance got me a tacori setting. We went ring shopping together and I was unable to find ANYTHING that lived up to the ring that he ended up purchasing. If I would have been able to find something similar, then maybe I would have considered the alternative. But i have to say, I absolutely LOVE my ring and have not been able to find one like it or that I love as much (at least near where I live). To me it was worth the money because I absolutely fell in love with it when I saw it. I would say that I would not just pay for “the name”, there really has to be a special quality about that specific ring that I like to go with the designer because in the end it does cost more.
Post # 12
I think it really depends. If you can find the same thing for less or equal then IMO I probably wouldnt pay more for just the designer ring. In my case, we chose a designer whos ring I havent seen anything similar anywhere so it is a bit of money but because we cant find it elsewhere, we are willing to pay the amount. ( plus im getting the amora moissy ) so it saves money 🙂
Post # 13
I have rather plain taste when it comes to engagement rings, so there was absolutely no reason to pay more for a designer take on the solitaire. I really would have just been paying for the name. But, if there is a specific ring that you like more than anything else, I would be willing to pay more for that. It really just matters which you like better as long as you can afford either.
Post # 14
I have a Simon G ring… it’s beautiful and I love it, but when I plug the price we paid into Blue Nile, or Esty or even Ebay I’m constantly shocked by how much “more” ring we could have gotten for the price, had we not gone the designer route. So, ultimately, I’d say no, it’s not worth it.
Post # 15
Thanks for all your thoughts! Out of the 2 settings, I am leaning toward the designer one, not because it’s a designer setting, but because I am afraid that the one from Jared (the non designer one) is more intricate and I will be sick of it sooner.
I did find some settings almost identical to the designer setting, but for basically the same price, so in this case I will probably go with the designer one.
However, I may change my mind tonight since that’s how indecisive I am!
Post # 16
I have a Simon G Engagement Ring with a customized band. My husband has a Tacori.
We only went to one store that was recommended by my husband’s boss (we’re guessing he secretly partly owns it). A 20% discount and all the extras, i.e. lifetime warranty including cleaning/resizing/stone-replacement, etc, on gorgeous rings sealed the deal for us.
It was not until after I’ve had my ring that I finally had a chance to window-shop for other E-rings. It was very shocking to see the price difference and I felt bad realizing the money could have been used elsewhere . However, even the jewellers from the other stores picked up on the beautiful setting and amazing sparkle and had to ask to see it closer (it’s not huge by any means). One even said I made their jewelry look bad. lol