Post # 1
After losing my original engagement ring, I decided to have my grandmother’s diamond reset into a custom setting … I have always loved bezel rings, but I decided to bling things up a bit with a halo and pave half eternity band. However! To keep costs down, I went with 1mm CZ’s in the halo and band. I’m super happy with how the ring turned out, but I do notice a difference in sparkle between the real diamond and the CZ’s. How difficult and costly would it be to have all 32 tiny stones replaced with diamonds? One thing I’ve considered is replacing the tiny stones with champagne diamonds, or just swapping out the stones in the halo for blue sapphires.
Here’s my ring:
And here is a sort-of profile view with my two rose gold wedding bands:
Post # 2
I don’t know the cost but wanted to say your ring is gorgeous!!! I hope some bees can help you out.
Post # 4
I would go to a highly rated local jeweler and see if they can replace with lab diamonds.
Post # 5
Thanks, folks! I ordered the setting from Kdrjewels on Etsy and then had my diamond set by a local jeweler … I was a bit nervous about ordering a setting from overseas, but the communication from the shop, price, and speed of service were incredible.
Post # 6
For diamonds that size you will likely pay more for labor than the actual cost of the stones so try to pick something you believe you will be happy with long term. It is a very pretty ring.
Post # 7
Thank you, folks! Appreciate the insights.
Post # 8
I agree with the OP ^. Whatever you decide the labor is what is going to get you. You may want to just have a new ring made with the new halo stones if you decide to go a different way. Creating that mount shouldn’t cost more than a few hundred dollars, and find out if your jeweler can re-use materials. That will offselt the cost of the gold [mine does-hence me bringing it up]. Although more often than not do not be surprised if they won’t.
Post # 9
I think you recurved a lot of great insight… my personal 2 cents:
If you can, spend the extra money and upgrade the halo stones to the best possible quality. It will elevate the look of your entire ring. I happily spent an extra $1000(?) to have a slightly larger and more clear melee added to my halo ring. The sparkle is intense and made the ring look much more expensive than it was. Compared to my other diamond rings…this one stands out A LOT!
Post # 10
I would get one of the pre-mount target rings from Ivy & Rose. It is probably cheaper then the cost of changing all the stones out plus labor.