Quote from jewelers- need advice!

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
3668 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
2782 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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 # 6
2782 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

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
539 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

i paid 1900 for a designer platinum solitaire setting.  

Post # 9
214 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

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
3243 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1997

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
2238 posts
Buzzing bee

echomomm:  Agreed!

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
101 posts
Blushing bee

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
1136 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

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
1622 posts
Bumble bee
  • 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
1517 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

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. 

Leave a comment

Sent weekly. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Find Amazing Vendors