Post # 1
My partner and I are wanting to work on a custom design with a jeweller, but we are really unsure about the sorts of costs involved with a custom design. Compared with a ring purchased from standard stock, how much extra as an approximate percentage would a custom design cost? Are custom designs generally charged on a per hour labor basis? We have have purchased the centre diamond already. Also, what sort of process is undertaken – can a jeweller make a mock up of what the finished ring will look like?
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
My custom design was significantly less than a designer ring. Going custom does not mean that you have to pay more for the ring; it just means that you get the exact ring you want. 🙂
Post # 4
Hi I think it really depends where you go, I’m in Australia too and we are currently in the proces of getting the ring designed. We were sent a mock up of the ring from all angles and chose the diamond before it went ahead. It was much cheaper to get custom than a similar quality ring was at other stores. However we went around to a few other Jewellers and they said that the ring would cost more if it was designed. My advice would be just to ask- they usually tell you. I have never heard of a charge per hour, they will just include it in the ring quote
Post # 5
My first Engagement Ring (later exchanged) was a custom from England. As long as you go through an independant jeweler, rather than a big chain, it saves lots of money 🙂
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
My ring came from a place that does have stock designs but they are customized to each buyer and each stone they set. Everything is a one off! The setting wasnt cheap, but it is amazing! I dont think you could even do this ring as anything except a one off it is so detailed. Every detail is perfect to top it off. I basically have a oeice of metal scultpture on my hand. My fiance told me before we bought that you get what you pay for and he was right. We couldnt be happier with this engagement ring.
Post # 7
My custom design was around the same price as similar settings on Blue Nile. In fact, it might have been cheaper (I am not sure, I only saw a quick glance of FI’s receipt for the ring).
Platinum, with 18 1-point diamonds and milgrain, around $1100-1300.
Post # 8
Oooh, this has me very excited! I thought it was going to be a lot more expensive. Thanks ladies!
@loveiseverlasting: Do you mind me asking which jeweller you used?
Your ring sounds wonderful. Do you have any pics?
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2014 - Disney
@Vikstar: Here she is we had the wings elongated because I wanted them like a real dragonfly and to cover the basket.
Post # 10
I think it depends on what you’re having made. I think it’s cheaper to have, for example, a ring custom made to replicate a Tiffany ring than buying the ring from Tiffany. We had a ring custom made and it wasn’t really more than the stock rings, but this jeweller makes all their own rings so it doesn’t matter that they made this particular ring for me. The cost was mostly a question of what we chose – mostly the stones.
Post # 11
I also live in Australia and am working on a custom designed engagement ring set. But there could be a difference because our jeweler is in the states.
I have found that custom designs can be quite pricey. It’s dependent on the size and quality of stones that you want in the setting. Also if you have purchased your centre stone the setting should be quite reasonable.
Get plenty of prices from local jewelers and even consider ordering it online. The jeweler I am using is fantastic and has very competitive prices!