(Closed) Bee’s, how on earth do you wait patiently for custom rings to be made?!!

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

@pigeon-noises:  If it was me I would just look at other jewelry for the time being. I was considering setting my engagement ring iand gold and it would take 3 weeks to have a setting custom made. I have it set in white gold right now and I could change it if I want but I like the white gold as well so the mismatched look with work. I daunt at thinking of not having my ring that long so I know what you mean. I think sometimes we have to go with our original choice because when we think and over analyze we get too caught up, stressed out and the experience becomes not so enjoyful like its supposed to be.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

What a stressful story! You poor dears. Wonderful news about your little one though good luck!

 

I had a dodgy experience with my custom ring. We asked for 6 prong, 1ct moissanite in platinum. 2mm Heavyweight rounded setting. When we picked it up it was so narrow at the shoulders it cut into my finger. Took it back and the jeweler fussed and said it couldn’t be altered. Took my assertive wedding planner sister with me and the jewer said “oh i guess I could add more metal to the shoulders” Then just kinda stared at us when we asked for the price and timescale. Then he packed up the ring for us to take home. “How will you fix it if i have it” I asked. “Oh yeah” he said, not exactly inspiring confidence. 

 

After further weeks they had made the setting right. Ten minutes down the road I noticed the stone was spinning. Took it to a different jeweler to tighten prongs. I do adore my ring now but oh my was it stressful getting there! 

Post # 5
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201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We had to send my ring back to Simon G so they can custom make a band. Took them 6 weeks, as it didn’t pass the quality control the first time. The store was super awesome and gave me a loaner until I can get my rings, but I still bugged them every so often.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I actually had an amazing experience with a custom jeweler. It took less than 2 weeks for the ring to be made from the date we first visited him.

We went on a Saturday, showed him an inspiration photo, told him what we were looking for in terms of budget and our preference for cut/colour/clarity/carat etc. The Monday after, I called him to say I forgot about the ‘5th’ C- Canadian. He said that he had already found one diamond for us (a Belgian) and it would be in on Wednesday, but that he’d search for a Canadian one too and should have one by Thursday.

We went in the Saturday after (1 week after the first visit). He showed us a couple pre-made settings and a photo of one. We picked the one in the photo. Then he showed us the two sparklies. They were both very similar in the 4 C’s, but one was slightly more expensive. He said though that whichever one we picked, he would give it to us for the price of the less expensive one. (He didn’t tell us which was which). We did end up picking the more expensive one, because it was Canadian. We ordered it that day and by the next Thursday it was ready.

I waited longer for Fiance to officially present me with the ring than it took to make it (he wanted to plan something perfect and didn’t think the ring would be ready so quickly).

The ring we bought was similar in price to our inspiration ring, but with a significantly larger diamond (the store where the inspiration ring is from the diamond would have been .5-.75 carats, similar cut, colour, clarity, we got a 1.02 carat). For reference, here’s the inspiration ring:

BIRKS BLUE® Classic Collection, Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring in 18kt White Gold

And here’s our ring!

Post # 7
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656 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Mine’s going to take 4-6 weeks and its driving me insane πŸ™

Post # 8
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201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

6 weeks of custom work from Simon G…. But OH SO worth it!

The jeweller gave me a loaner in the meantime, but I drove them crazy with phone calls. Hehe.

 

Post # 9
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206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Walnut Beach Resort

I had my W- ring custom made and they needed my Engagement Ring during the process to ensure they fit together the way I wanted. So I was ringless for almost a month and VERY impatient! After the first few days it gets easier! πŸ™‚

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

I’m not having a custom ring made, but my wedding band is on order right now. They said six weeks at the most, and it’s been almost two weeks already. I am going crazy! I want my ring! I think about it all the time. My hand feels naked without that beautiful ring! LOL

;P

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

@pigeon-noises:  Just wondering if you got your ring yet?  It’s been about 4 weeks… We are having my ring custom made and I’m going crazy waiting.  The process started 3 weeks ago, and I just found out today it will take 2 more weeks!!!  I don’t know how I will survive!!  I have been through every ring thread on this forum and any other one I could find online looking at everyone else’s beautiful e-rings and waiting in anticipation for mine.  I feel like an impatient little kid but I can’t help it.  I WANT IT NOW!!!  πŸ™‚  Can’t wait to see your pics.  Good luck!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I waited 2 months.  First told my model maker I wanted it for June 1 my birthday, since I had the center diamond since April but couldn’t afford it till my Fiance saved for my present.  So then He electronically gives me a drawing, not what I wanted…but said let me cast the ring so you can see what it looks like.  He makes it in May, I drop in my stone, and its too big.

 

So then, I manipulate his photo in photoshop, trying to describe changes I wanted with arrows pointing directly at each detail.  He ignores me again, cut the head off the bad mounting, and sodders a nice halo head to the thing off center.  I didn’t notice the off center parts until I had him set the diamonds.

 

Him being a fair person, he offered to buy the side diamonds from me and refund me for the mounting in order to maintain professional relationship.  So off into the world of rings I had to find a mounting similar enough to my original drawing.

 

Same day, see a beautiful ring, and insist on 14k rose gold.  They only cast 18k because they say its richer looking, but that’s bull.  14k is stronger and 18k rose often cracks when model makers melt it into the molds…just an inside scoop.  Plus 18k was $130 more and I know would melt for only a $40 difference so why lose $90?

 

To make a 14k rose gold ring, I had to wait 2 more weeks for my order.  They were willing to do it, but they cast more than one piece of jewelery at once to utilize as much metal mix as possible, so I basically had to sit tight until they got more than one customer requesting it.

 

It came on a Thursday afternoon, so I turn around from the subway to pick it up, hoping to get the diamonds setting and polish done the next day for the weekend.  NOPE, setter is sooooooo busy he didn’t want to do it till MONDAY.

 

Like come on people…But you see the result, I hate to tell you ladies but it was worth the wait. Really was.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

This was the major comparison of the nightmare that is custom designs, and the satisfaction of finding ready made mountings that you compromise on.  My new split shank halo has the same diamond weight as the original single row of sidediamonds in this custom ring.  I just couldn’t live with that gap, no light holes for the sidestones or halo…it was rushed even though I waited 2 months.  I got my new ring less than a week ago, so really its more like 3 months.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Going to take 6-8 weeks for his custom ring. I’m easily pleased, apparently he’s more picky. I was suprised pleasantly. If anyone else needs a good site for their FI’s rings, we got his at minter and richter. Liked their options. 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Well, I can’t really say much because my custom ring was not a suprise.  FH and I went to 5 different stores before I realized that I didn’t like everything out there.  I figured out what I wanted was a Tiffany Bezet, but after seeing it and going there, I didn’t want their price or the size for that amount of money. 

So we went to a custom jeweler.  FH selected the diamond, which he was very particular about the cut, the clarity, and sparkle.   I designed the shank, I wanted a 14k gold bezel cup and a 14k white gold shank with a little bit of personality.  

I can’t upload photos because I’m at work, but I am happy to know that I have a heirloom for my future children or my niece. (who I love dearly).

End of story: It was worth the 3 week wait.  Hold tight and I spent my time waiting trolling the Ring Forum here on wedding bee. πŸ™‚

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