Post # 1
I am in love with a setting from one store, and want a diamond from another. I don’t want to get one at one place and one at another, (well I wouldn’t mind, but my FI wants get both at the same place for warranty purposes) The place that I want the setting from sells diamonds for about $3,000-$5,000 more than the place I want the diamond from. Money isn’t an issue at all, but obviously if we can get the practically the same diamond for $5,000 less, we’re going to. I just can’t seem to fall in love with any other setting from the jeweler I want the diamond from. And I have looked at other places that don’t high jack the price of diamonds, but I can’t see past this setting that I want. I am looking at settings with sapphire side stones by the way.
Post # 4
@Clairetoris: hmm no real advice, but have you considered any online stores? You could buy the diamond online from like James Allen or Whiteflash and have the stone set at the place you want to get the setting from. I’ve heard that those online stores are less pricy than some brick and mortar stores too. If you’ve ever gone to Pricescope.com, they could tell you more.
Post # 5
I think a lot of high-end setting makers jack up stone prices pretty badly!
I’d probably swallow the cost and get the stone at the setting-makers, especially if the warantee won;t be valid if you get the stone done somewhere else!
Post # 6
If money isn’t an issue at all and the warrenty is that important, then just pay the extra money. Personally, I’d forget the warrenty and just save the money and get it at two different places. How often does one need to use the warrenty on a ring anyways? And if something *does* happen, I’m sure it’ll be a hell of a lot less than the 3-5k more you’d have to pay to get it at the same place with the warrenty.
Post # 7
@Clairetoris: Can’t you just buy the diamond where you want and bring it to the store with the setting and have them set the diamond in it? Or find out who makes the setting and see if the store with the diamond you want can special order the setting for you.
Post # 8
@Clairetoris: will the store with the setting price match a diamond with the same specs from the other store?
the warranty may be on the setting itself (prongs, head, shank, band, sidestones, pave stones, etc) as well as when they actually set the centre stone (making sure it’s secure). why won’t they give proper warranty if you bring a diamond in from elsewhere? surely if someone brought in an heirloom diamond they would set it in one of their settings no problem. you may have to sign a waiver stating that they will not be responsible for the centre diamond if anything should happen during the mounting stage and the centre will not be covered under warranty along with the rest of the ring.
i would actually just look at ring insurance from a third party.
Post # 9
@Clairetoris: I know this sounds strange- but have you ever bothered to try to talk to the store who carries the setting, and tell them that you really want to buy from them, but it’s hard when yo can find a diamond with the same specs (assuming they are very similar)- at XX store- so do they want to consider lowering the price of the diamond and keep your business, or have you go elsewhere? Diamonds are no different than anything else- they don’t hold a higher standard- and it’s always worth trying, IMO.
Post # 10
We bought a diamond from James Allen, and had it set at Jared (only place I could find an eternity semi mount). Also, I like Jared’s lifetime rhodium dipping plan, and they do this in 1 hour. I wouldn’t worry about the warranty too much, as long as your diamond and setting has insurance.
Post # 11
go to James Allen- you can view every stone individually and see every detail and mark in the stone. I have noticed that these are much cheaper than the main stores in the mall and it will work out cheaper- plus you can custom design everyting
Post # 12
you could also ask the stone seller if they’re willing to do a custom setting to replicate the one you like?
Post # 13
Are you even allowed to just buy the setting at the store you like? Many stores won’t just sell the setting… to avoid things like this happening.
I would just get it from the same store. Warranties usually aren’t that great… so that would not be my main concern… but what if one of the stores screws up setting the ring and then you have bigger problems? Then what do you do.. if the setting is ruined or the diamond is chipped, or the workmanship is crappy.
The way I see it, if you want to spend less, go somewhere else. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. Some stores you pay extra for the prestige/brand (don’t know if this is the case with your situation).. those who want rings from those stores make the choice to pay the extra markup.
Post # 14
@MrsEME: That’s the first thing that we considered. We’re definitely going to explain to them that we can pretty much get the same diamond elsewhere for $5,000 less. The settings from Shaneco, and literally over night they raised the price of their diamonds $3,500. And…..
@Heidibrooke: I want the diamond from James Allen! Shaneco and James Allen are two hours away either way, so it’s nice to check out what they each have online and be able to go to the stores and view them personally. All of Shaneco’s diamonds on their website are what they have in stock in every store that they have nationwide. James Allen is the same way too (I think). So online I am seeing EVERYTHING that they have at every price and I am able to order it to store for personal viewing.
Post # 15
@cateyes: I may do that… The diamond jeweler I am looking at has a couple settings that I like, but the side stones are diamonds. Since my SO is letting me pick it out and design it he asked me if I could incorporate sapphires to make it somewhat specially from him. He’s also wanting me to pick out three so he can choose one to surprise me with. Not very many jewelers have a big variety of sapphire side stone settings. 🙁
Post # 16
@mypinkshoes: My boyfriend thinks that they will come to a compromise if I show them that another store is selling practically the same diamond for $5,000 less. He bought me a promise ring and bargained with the jeweler and talked him down a couple hundred dollars. (promise ring wasn’t outrageously expensive so a couple hundred dollars was quiet a talk down)