Cost of setting a diamond?

posted 1 week ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Wannabee

chiefs1027 :  I recommend looking on James Allen’s website. You would have to pay for the setting. Solitaire settings usually cost around $500 depending on the metal you choose, it could be more or less. They charge $100 to set your own diamond in the ring, plus $30 to insure the stone in the mail. They’ll ask you to mail the diamond (don’t be scared, they’re a really reputable online store). From what I heard, theyll have the ring sent out to you within a couple weeks. Their customer service is really responsive too, if you want to ask them any questions.

Post # 3
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Wannabee

  chiefs1027 :  Local jewelers often don’t reset stones you already own. They would prefer you buy the stone directly from them because they’re losing money by just making the setting for you.

Post # 5
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Honey bee

A local jeweler will certainly set a stone that you own. But James Allen won’t- you have to buy one of their stones. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

katebluestone :  I was thinking the same thing.  My jeweler has set many stones in pendants and rings that i have brought in.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

Beautiful Pear Bee!!!! I’ve seen MANY custom rings by David Klass on this site. He does amazing work. He has an Etsy shop and is on instagram, look him up. 

Post # 8
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Worker bee

I brought a family diamond to my local jewerly store. The store ordered a solitaire setting for the diamond and set the diamond with no problems.

Post # 9
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Wannabee

sunburn :  No, James Allen will set a stone you already own. You just have to send it to them.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

harleyquinn22414 sunburn  honestly I don’t know if I’d trust them with my diamond even if they do set them. 

chiefs1027 :  If you go to a chain jewelry store, you’re likely to get charged about $3 per point of the diamond’s weight (e.g. a .50ct would cost $150 to set, a 1ct costs $300).

I highly suggest going to a local reputable jeweler. I found a family-owned jeweler I love and they didn’t charge me for setting my own stone. I got to design every aspect of my solitaire and didn’t need to stress about mailing my diamond or having it switched out. 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

Beautiful stone! and congratulations 🙂  I recommend finding yelp reviews on local shops.  You’d rather not ship the stone away for setting.  But if it’s just a simple solitaire, you should be able to do it for less than $500.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: Shreveport, LA

I’ve had many stones set in rings at my local jeweler that I haven’t purchased the stone or setting from and was charged $100 per stone. You could find a beautiful solitaire for around 250-300 and take it to a jeweler to be set. I wouldn’t want to send my diamond off and have to wait weeks for a simple setting of a diamond, my jeweler gets mine back in 1-3 days. Your pear is amazing!

Post # 13
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Honey bee

I wouldn’t send a diamond off to a vendor unless it was a designer and you were having a bespoke setting created for it. James Allen isn’t known for the greatest settings, though there’s nothing wrong with them. But there are other brands (Tacori, SimonG etc.) that are more inventive and very well made, though they will be pricier than your average setting. At a local store you can try on different  styles and see what works for you. They can order in settings too, or make one to your specification, depending on the quality of their bench. I’ve done that with 3 stones I bought.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

You should be able to get a simple solitaire setting at a local (non-chain) jeweler for $500 or less. My jeweler doesn’t charge extra to set a stone if I purchase the setting from him. He charges $120 to set a stone in a setting I bring myself.

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2020 - Titusville, FL

Such a beautiful pear 🙂 I recently had a marquise diamond set in a 14k rose gold solitaire for about $500. I went to my local jeweler and picked out the setting there. The setting itself was $400, then $100 to actually set the stone.

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