@plumsugar: Oh boy. This is going to be a long story.. So originally my FI gave me a solitaire which is beautiful but eventually we decided to change it. My dream ring has always been a Verragio halo. I LOVE their intricate designs. This was my dream ring:
But it was way out of budget. The setting alone would have cost upwards of $4,000. (without the center diamond). I thought there was no possibility but then I went to talk to a local jeweler about the possibility of custom making it. She gave me 3 options:
1. I could have her make a design from scratch by carving a wax mold. She this could be costly. Upwards of $2,000 depending on the design.
2. I could look thru a catalogue that she gave me that had a bunch of semi-mount rings (all-ready-made rings but without a center stone). (I wanted to set the stone from my solitaire into a new ring, so I already had a stone)
3. I could find a semi-mount ring from anywhere else and bring it to her to reset my stone into it.
So I decided not to go with #1. Then I tried looking thru the catalogue but didn’t find anything I really liked so I didn’t go with #2. So I looked around separately for semi-mount rings from Etsy, jewelery stores, Ebay, other local jewelers, etc.
I found a semi-mount that looked almost exactly like my dream ring above. So I contacted the designer of the replica and then worked more with him on perfecting the design. He ended up making a whole new wax mold for me so that it was ecatly what I wanted. He was great to work with and very reasonable in price!! The whole process took about a month. When I got the semi-mount, I took it to the original jeweler that I talked to and she reset my stone into the semi-mount.
What would’ve cost me at least $4,500, ended up costing me about $1,170 total! Here are pics of the end result:
if you had your time again would you do it again?
Yep! It ended up saving us a lot of money. It all depends on how you do it though and what kind of design you want. I think trying to find a semi-mount and ordering a loose stone to set into is most affordable. AND with semi-mounts there are SO many more options.
Cost compaired to similar premade rings?
Saved over $3,000! But I might be a rare case. Going completely custom probably costs a lot.
… finally, what is your favorite part of the ring???
I love the side view and that I got exactly the dream ring that I wanted all along! <3