Post # 16
- Wedding: July 2019 - City, State
ladyjane123 : “And that isn’t even taking into consideration the band the stone is being set into. lol. Wonder if Alexis charges more because she thinks she is well known enough to charge more simply for what she would probably consider “the atristry” of the pieces. imo not worth it.”
That’s exactly what it is. Unfortunately I don’t think a lot of brick and mortar stores will have these kinds of diamonds in stock, or able to order, so you’re kind of limited to an online shop. If you find a stone you absolutely love online, maybe your boyfriend could buy it just so he has the stone, then get it set later when he’s ready to propose?
Post # 17
ladyjane123 : you will pay a lot more for a stone at a jeweler than you will if you choose one from Etsy, I’m pretty sure the companies/people selling loose diamonds on Etsy are the actual stone cutters, so thier prices would be about half of what a jeweler would want for the same stone. My father was a jeweler and the base pricing model for jeweler is double the cost of your materials and then charge additionally fir the work you do, so a $2000 stone at a jeweler would be about $1000 from the cutter.
Post # 18
- Wedding: June 2018 - Tizer Gardens/Carroll College
ladyjane123: That 21 looks so close to being a galaxy, that I wouldn’t be able to settle for anything else. I think that would look stunnning in paladium with some deep blue stones.
Post # 19
WOW those are gorgeous! Now I want some new earrings… 🙂
Post # 20
Good advice! Yeah I like the stones I’m seeing on Etsy but honestly the band craftsmanship isn’t even that great so the prices for rings annoy me a lot on Etsy. Guess I’m gonna have to get a stone on Etsy and have boyfriend take it to jeweler to design the band. Do jewelers charge a fee for setting a stone that isn’t from them?
Post # 21
ladyjane123 : to my knowledge the cost of setting a stone is based on the work involved, the type os setting and the number of prongs, regardless of the source of the stone. Some jewelers may offer free setting woth the purchase of a stone, but like I explained in my previous comment they are doubling the price of the stone when they sell it so they are getting paid for setting it regardless.
Post # 22
- Wedding: June 2020 - Riviera Maya, Mexico
I worked for an artisan jewelry retailer for 3.5 years (in management for 3 of those years) and what @ladyjane123 is saying is so true. We sold Todd Reed and for a very long time, I dreamed of having a grey diamond Todd Reed ring. When the store closed and I lost that industry benefit of purchasing at wholesale, Todd Reed became an unreasonable option very quickly (e-rings start about 6K for a simple bezel setting). The design I fell in love with runs about 10-13k depending on the stone. Because of his name, he is able to mark his pieces way up.
This is when I discovered Dejan Studio Jewelry. Dejan and Todd trained together at one point and you can tell in the similar aesthiecs. My fiancee and I purchased a grey/salt-pepper rose-cut stone from Etsy and had it set in rose gold by Dejan. My custom ring is often mistaken for a Todd Reed and we only paid a fraction of what Todd’s wholesale prices are. I looked at Anne Sportun, Alexis Russell, Point No Point Studio, and a few others. All gorgeous, but being able to see our stone in person and then have it custom set was the better option for us. Here’s my ring below: