Post # 1
Hello Bees. This is my first post 🙂
My boyfriend and I are going to get engaged some time in the next 8-12 months. He’s saving up money and I’m trying to help him out. I found my DREAM ring:
Sorry if it’s big :/ but it’s the Tacori 2578 with diamonds only halfway around. I’m going to a jewelry store tomorrow to try it on. The only problem is that the setting alone is $3,880 (18 K white gold). It’s more than either of us want to spend, but I have fallen completely in love with it.
My question is this: has anyone ever had a jeweler replicate a Tacori? How closely did it match the real thing?
I know next to nothing about rings/diamonds/etc. My boyfriend’s brother-in-law has a jeweler family member (I think uncle). The Brother-In-Law got his ring custom for a great deal, so my BF is going to get at least the center stone from the uncle. If possible, we might get the uncle to try and replicate this ring. I just wonder if he can recreate all the details that drew me to the ring in the first place…
Post # 3
Jewelers can do anything but they vary in terms of experience and skill so you will have to shop around. Take the pic with you to a variety of jewelers and ask them if they can honestly replicate it for you. If they can’t they will be upfront with you.
Post # 4
You might want to check to see if David Klass (Klass Jewelery on ebay) can do something like this. He sells semi mounts but he also will make custom work if you contact him.
You can see more of his work on Better Than Diamond and see if it fits with what you want. He has AMAZING prices for custom work in my opinion and really does make some beautiful rings. I have seen many “replicas” of his shown and they look fantastic. He is very particular about “making it right” (I think there are times he actually remakes the rings a couple times before he ever even shows the buyer so he can get it right!). I am confident he could do it, and if he can’t, he will let you know very honestly.
Post # 5
I’ve seen Laurie Sarah on etsy duplicate a Tacori wedding band, and it was gorgeous! She does custom work too.
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Post # 7
yes but it could end up costing the same or more so look around
Post # 8
I hate to say this, but I think I remember a bee who posted about trying to replicate a Tacori halo and it ended up being a nightmare 🙁 Tacori settings are extremely delicate and detailed, and even though it is a “label” (like Tiffany or something) I think you get what you pay for pretty much. Things like the delicate milgrain, the graduated diamond sizes, and the little swirls and flourishes are all places where it could end up looking cheapy and messy if done poorly.
Also, the custom route can be pretty expensive as well. You may only be able to save anywhere from a few hundred dollars, to maybe a thousand max.
Post # 9
A lot of jewelers in California are experienced in replicating a designer ring, espeically with Tacori because they’re so high in demand. Some jewelers will hit it right on the money and some will not, so I would suggest you shop around for jewelers, see if they can show you pictures of previous work they’ve done, etc.
Post # 10
@allergicbee I saw that listing last night…I want to pitch it to BF but it doesn’t say anything about warranties or proof of authenticity
Post # 11
its not an authentic tacori, the seller is a top-rated seller, so I wouldn’t be concerned plus you have 14 days to return it, so you can get it checked out by a local jeweler. Also, once you insure the ring that should protect you against any type of damage to the ring!
ETA: as another bee posted, I wouldn’t attempt a custom design…the other bee who did this ended up spending a lot of money to get a ring that looked nothing like the tacori…she exchanged it for an entirely different setting!
Post # 12
Ok now I’m terrified of getting a custom design, haha. I know he doesn’t have the money right now for the ebay one so… I guess I’ll have to either wait a whole lot longer or settle for a different ring 🙁
Post # 13
a really good jeweler could make something that looks similar or just like it. It might be hard to find such a jeweler, though.
Post # 14
Your dream ring is my dream ring too. It was the first one I picked out when we went to try on rings and I fell in love with it! Good luck. I am anxious to see if anyone else has had any luck with this too 🙂