Post # 1
Hi all. I’m looking to design a custom ring and have no idea what it should cost. It would be a classic oval halo in 14k white gold, with a plain shank. The ring would be for a size 5 finger (not sure if that’s relevant) and would be 2 mm in width. I’m not sure how much this should cost. If you’ve had yours custom made and could estimate a price range, that would be very helpful. Thanks in advance!
Post # 2
It will vary a lot. I don’t think there is any way to tell you what it will cost based on that information.
A custom ring price will vary based on materials cost (amount of gold required; size, tcw and quality of any side stones; centre stone if not provided by you), intricacy of design, who the designer is (I got my ring made by a designer who was not the owner of the well known store owner and it cost less), and the area in which you live.
I think you will need to get quotes from jewellers to understand what the range of cost might be.
My ring, with custom design in 14k yellow gold, without any engraving or milgrain or pave detail, and not including any of the stones (we provided our own) cost approximately $1500 canadian.
Post # 3
I have been dealing with Lauren B for a month now, and I’m about 90% sure I’m done with them. I followed them for years on Instagram and had my heart set on my engagement ring being from there. I have visited them twice in person. Once to pick out a setting, and once to pick out a diamond. I did like most of their settings in person, but I was really not impressed with their diamonds! It was apparent to me that they sell a lot of low quality diamonds, and might also cater to a crowd that prefers large diamonds over quality diamonds.
I’ve had several moments with my sales associate that felt off. Including being snapped at during my second visit. My gut feeling at this point is that even if I love their settings, when I factor in the cost of the diamond, my money can probably get further elsewhere. We have a 15k budget for my engagement ring.
We have an appointment setup with a local jeweler this week that was recommended by my boyfriend’s co-worker that use to work for this particular jewelry store. Already I have felt like this independent jeweler really wants our sale. They have responded quickly and eagerly to our emails and calls. I gave them my diamond quotes from Lauren B, and the owner is confident he can beat the price by at least a thousand, and get me a better quality diamond. So my choices are to buy the diamond from them and have it placed in a Lauren B setting, or save money on the setting as well by going with the new jeweler for that too. I think one of the bee’s made a good point in a comment above, saying if Lauren B is this difficult during the buying process, how will they be years down the road if you have a problem with your setting? Or what if you just want to come in to get your ring inspected and cleaned? (If you are local). Will you always be met with this feeling that you are wasting their time? That’s definitely something I need to factor in. I would really prefer to buy my ring at a store where I can have a good long term relationship with that jeweler.
The reality of Lauren B is this… They are a Manhattan jeweler positioned just a short walk from the Diamond District. They are not hurting for customers. Their location alone gets great traffic flow into their store. Both times we visited the store, it was jam packed. Then add in their strong online presence and all the customers that order with them online. They have such a large flow of customers that they really don’t need to work hard for your business. And loosing one sale isn’t going to hurt them, when they can spend that time with customers that are a fast and easy sale.
After I finally decide on my dream ring, and get a little calmed down from my experience with Lauren B, perhaps I will come back and write a response with some more specific details on my experience with them, and the quotes I received.
Post # 4
noobee92 : if the design is pretty simple/standard is there a reason you want to go custom? Is that cheaper? Or are there elements you want that you can’t find?
Post # 5
Soooo many things to consider. Do you have the center stone? If not that is a whole other cost. So lets say you don’t and you want a 1 carat decent but perhaps not perfect diamond. That’s gonna be about $5k-$6k then a custom halo setting (not sure if it has to be custom per say) will run probably another $2k-$4k. Now this is based off of my experience with my jeweler. And some of the prices I have experienced with him and from my own findings and opinions. If you are totally clueless when it comes to diamonds/jewelry like I was when I first began looking at them then please try and find a very reputable free standing independent jeweler, if possible. I am absolutely not trying to be offensive by using the word clueless I mean it endearing because a lot of us are or were when we first started looking and it is extremely overwhelming and can be a very stressful situation. Try not to let it be and you’re doing the right thing by starting to research. If you have your own diamond that will be great that is half if not more than half the battle and stress lol. But if you don’t that is ok too just start researching and googling everything LOL. Get some price ideas from James Allen and maybe even Costco. I know two totally random suggestions but James Allen gives pics/videos and prices and seems to be very fairly priced and many are GIA, Costco has a fabulous return policy and typically has very nice stones, from what I have seen. In fact costco has a beautiful one carat oval for under $5k I believe, I just was browsing them last night LOL. Again I am basing this off of decent diamond not a perfect diamond. Just know Cut is everything. I know I know everyone says that, but they are right. I wish you well, keep us posted. Try James Allen do your homework first, but I think a lot of bees have used them and have been happy. However its online so if something goes wrong you will have to deal with the whole shipping back and forth thing. I have a jeweler that I have been using for several years now and I trust him and he gives amazing deals (because he can unlike chain stores which prices are pretty set in stone) and does all his work right there in house and he covers all his diamonds for life. A lot of free standing jewelers are like that. And not to mention are fully custom so whatever you want typically they can do.
Post # 6
Thank you all for your responses. They’ve been very helpful. Just to clarify, yes I already have my centre stone. It’s an 8×6 mm blue sapphire.
tbenjamin4884 : Thank you for your suggestions. I actually did look at James Allen for settings, because they happen to have something quite close to what I’m aiming for. However their agent told me they weren’t able to make any modifications to the setting that fit my requirements.
somathemagical : It’s the latter. Though the overall design is a pretty basic halo, I want to add some very fine milgrain detail around the halo. I haven’t yet been able to find such a setting, ready made. Perhaps I need to look harder 🙂
Post # 7
noobee92 : I had my solitaire re-set into a simple halo for $950. I contacted a few local jewelers and got varying quotes- the jeweler I chose had the cheapest price plus the best reviews on Yelp!
Here is my ring for reference:
As far as the milgrain halo- have you seen this thread? Is this what you’re looking for?
Milgrain halo – thinking of resetting ring
Post # 8
noobee92 : I take care of all the customs in my repair shop and something like that with us would be around 1500-2000 depending on the size of the stones you want in your halo.
I know you can get much better pricing from other jeweler’s just make sure to check the reviews and their previous work. I always use the phase “if it seems too good to be true it probably is”. If you get quoted 500 it might not be the best quality. If someone quotes you over 2200 they probably are over charging.
Hope that helps!
Post # 9
@GeliBee your ring is gorgeous! I was actually looking for something closer to this
Post # 10
eagleandimgone : Thanks so much for the estimate. That’s very helpful!
Post # 11
I often have to go custom with my gemstones as they are never calibrated. Even for a very experienced person, it is nerve wracking.
For a halo to have milgrain, you need to have a solid metal “rim” for it to be applied. You can’t have all prongs, prongs, which is how many halos are set. You also want the milgrain hand-applied, not cast. Cast milgrain ends up looking a bit bulky.
If you look at this setting, can you see that the outer ring is a solid metal? That is where the milgrain is placed. This is by CVB Inspired Design and a designed I’d strongly recommend for pave and milgrain.
This is a vintage setting by LoveAffairDiamonds. Can you see how delicate and lovely that milgrain is? Not easy.
Another LAD setting. Here, the diamond in the middle is set with prongs and the milgrain is on solid metal between the prongs. This can also be on the outside of a halo.
For a custom setting, make sure to look at examples of rings the jeweller actually made and customized. Not everyone can do this well. A few custom vendors I like are CVB Inspired Design, David Klass, Mytal Hannah (hand-forged), and LoveAffairDiamonds. All work with your diamonds and can execute this kind of design. DK is likely the least expensive.
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Post # 13
I got a quote from a local jeweler and one from David Klass. David Klass was over $1500 cheaper for my ring. That’s who I went with!
Post # 14
Thanks everyone for your responses. They’ve been very helpful. I reached out to David Klass as some of you recommended and he’s been absolutely wonderful. He’s also very reasonable in terms of pricing so needless to say, I’m going with him!