Post # 1
We are using the marquise diamond from my fiance’s Mom’s engagement ring for my ring. I am getting very different quotes from jewelers about how much it will cost to re-set the diamond in a simple solitare setting. One was $1,200-$1,800 (they say everything is custom), while 2 other jewelers say $200-$400. Has anyone done this and what did you pay? Do you think it’s worth it to get a simple solitare setting completely custom made or to use a setting more off the shelf that the jeweler adds our diamond to?
Post # 2
It depends on what metal you’re wanting the solitaire in and the weight of the setting. Unless you want platinum, $1200-1800 sounds too high (and even then $1800 sounds too high unless you want a really heavy/thick-banded solitaire).
Post # 3
jessbride2015: I have not done this– but the 200-400 sounds like they are using a stock setting– pretty typical price for a solitare setting.
I guess without knowing the ins and outs of the “custom” job, it’d be hard to tell if you were getting a fair price……
Post # 4
cmbr: For the particular setting we were looking at, it was around $1200 for 14k gold and $1800 for platinum. And it wasn’t a heavy/thick band at all.
Post # 5
MrsEME: Yeah, the $1200-$1800 jeweler talked up their work by saying that since it would be all custom-made the diamond will sit perfectly in the setting, where a stock setting from other jewelers could have weird gaps. But I’m not sure I would even notice that, if there are any. And it seems like a lot for a custom-made solitare setting, especially since I would be using a design they already have in the store. But if there really is a big difference between the two quality-wise then I would consider it.
Post # 6
Metal choice makes a difference- as does band width– those are the biggies.
Seems a little BS that they’re charging “custom” prices for an already designed setting.
That said– I’ve seen “stock” solitare settings from places that I know are reasonably priced for $900- and those were solitare- no diamonds.
What type of metal is this “custom” band, and how many mm thick is it?
Post # 7
First of all, way to go MARQISE bride!!!! I’ve got a MARQUIS in yellow god. from decades ago, they are probably vintage by now and will soon swing back as very trendy.
You sound like me, you aren’t that picky. I will bet that a $400 white gold stock setting would be fine.
You MUST post a photos in one of the MARQUIS thread when you’ve got it.
Post # 8
i paid 1900 for a designer platinum solitaire setting.
Post # 9
jessbride2015: If you only want a simple solitare why don’t you send it too James Allen or Blue Nile they can set it for you. I think it’s only $100 to do this. They have a wide selection of solitares to choose from. And I’m pretty sure they make the head cutom to fit your stone.
Post # 10
Having a jeweler “custom” make a standard solitaire setting is like paying to reinvent the wheel. Use a stock setting and use a head designed to hold a marquise – problem solved. There should be no gaps or anything amiss because any shape stone can be set in a solitaire with the proper head. Unless you actually want something you cannot find anywhere else, do NOT pay to have a setting “custom” made.
Post # 11
jessbride2015: I work at a jewelry store. There is no reason to custom create a solitaire. They come in various sizes to fit all different stone depths/widths. A jeweler can order anything from a vendor at a fraction of the cost of “custom”. Custom brings in more money to the shop though. Good luck!
Post # 12
jessbride2015: My sister paid $50 to have her ring re-set into her existing band when it fell out. I agree about the stock ring setting – this way you can have it ready to go & the labour won’t break the bank.
Post # 13
jessbride2015: I’m not sure how helpful this will be but my setting includes 34 diamonds on the band and halo, it was custom designed/made and was approx. $2K (18ct white gold).
I know our jeweller is very reasonably priced but it does seem like the custom quote they gave you is quite high.
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May
I reset my ring into a simple setting fairly recently so I can help you with prices. I received 3 quotes for a RB solitaire setting. 200$, 250$ and the final one was 550$. The middle quote was to have the setting made for my stone where as the other 2 were from catalogues the jeweler showed me. Even a platinum setting shouldn’t be 1200$ unless it’s a designer setting. I wound up choosing the jeweler in the middle and had baguettes added so the total for the was 650$ and it fits my stone perfect. I was thrilled with the result.
Post # 15
My engagement ring is currently being replaced and I am keeping the center stone to set into a custom solitaire setting. The cost is $1300.00 (incl. taxes) and I am getting a deal. (Long boring story as to why it’s being done – but trust me I didn’t have a choice.)
I am Canadian however and our prices differ from the U.S. Is that where you are from? The type of metal makes a difference too. 10K, 14K, 18K, 19K, Paladium, Platinum, white or yellow gold …?
ETA: My ring will be 19K, white gold with pave – it is not a designer ring.