Post # 1
Exactly what the title says : )
I want a plain gold band (plated to make white gold), and I believe enough gold to make my ring and maybe even my FI’s ring.
Does anybody here know the cost of getting two plain gold bands made if you already have the gold? Or… do you think that it’s way too much of a hassle, and to go to a store instead?
Post # 3
It can’t hurt to ask! Gold is expensive, so you might come out ahead if you’re just paying for the time they take to make it.
Post # 4
You can usually trade in your gold from the scrap price – most jewelers don’t melt and refine gold so most won’t use your actual gold. Some will, but you’ll have to ask. There will still be the cost of labor and that will vary according to the jeweler and what they charge. Another thing you can do is trade in your gold for the scrap price in store credit and use toward new rings (you’ll still have to add money to that though almost definitely).
Post # 5
I’d ask. As a relatively simple design, you might find existing rings exactly like you want at a highly affordable price. Then again, many good jewelers charge quite reasonably for their work in custom designs, not to mention your design should not be difficult for them to create… less intricacy=less work cost, and you already have the metal, so that still seems like your more affordable option.
I don’t know about smaller cities but in a big city, the jeweler you go to will have a connection to someone who can melt it down for them. I asked for an exact alloy composition, and they were able to create it for me. That’s even harder! And they gave me no guff.
Post # 6
If you want that exact gold made into your bands you won’t save much if anything by having them made, especially if you can get the same thing out of their case. They will still have to create a mold, cast it, buff it, etc, and that all costs money.
If you wanted something more unique, definitely have it custom made. My solitaire is my own design, and I love it to pieces. We found a jeweler who had really reasonable prices for custom work but had to look around for a long time. In the end the price they quoted us off the street was less than half what another one wanted after we negotiated with them.
Post # 7
I will look into it. If the two options cost about the same, I’d rather use the gold I have, as it has more sentimental value.
Post # 8
If you buy your band at a store and you purchase a Lifetime Protection Plan, you could get so many services for free for life: replating, polishing, cleaning, resizing!!!
I didn’t realize this when I was shopping intially. My husband’s band comes from a little independant store so now he has to pay for any service on his ring. My rings came from Peoples/Zales so I get free maintenance, yay!