Post # 1
Alright ladies, here is the situation. My engagement ring and wedding band belonged to my fiance’s mother before she passed away 2 years ago and while they’re beautiful and sentimental and I’m entirely flattered and grateful to wear them as a reminder of her, they are quite uncomfortable for me (my fingers are smaller than hers were and the bands are both very thick and square) and they aren’t my style. In order to maintain the sentimental value we’re hoping to use the 18k white gold for a new set of rings, along with the .8ct round center diamond from the engagement ring and some other diamonds we already own. Here are the existing rings.
I would like to make the engagement ring a traditional solitaire with 4 pave set round accent diamonds on either side on approximately a 2mm band (the actual width will depend on the size of the diamonds I have, which I’m currently unsure of). Here’s one that is similar to what I want.
For the wedding band I would like a pave set eternity band. I’ve got about a little over a carat of small round cut diamonds that I’d like to use for this and here’s an example photo with a band that’s similar to what I’d like.
My question is: does anyone have an idea of how much this would cost? If I understand the process correctly, which I may not, it would require designing the new rings, removing the existing stones, melting down the gold, and either pouring or hand shaping the metal for the new design and then setting the stones. So what sort of price range can we look forward to? Anyone have something similar done that can show me pictures and give me a price range?
Post # 3
All of this really depends on where you go. I would go to a private or smaller jeweler because large retailers usually charge a lot more. I designed my band from scratch and the price was very reasonable. We used a private jeweler. I just showed a photo of how I want it to look and explained the changes I wanted that weren’t on the ring in the photo. It came out perfect and exactly how I wanted.
Post # 4
Mine was custom made. The designer didnt use rose gold so we had it replicated. It was actusly cheaper thab if we had ordered it in white gold from the designer. About $2000. if you uee some of your stones it will help lower the cost. Go meet with a local jeweler to see what they have to say. Look for one with good reviews or that has a long history of being in business.
Post # 5
Hi! I recently went from solitaire to halo through a commercial jeweler, Jared’s. They redesigned the head of the ring and used existing stones from an old ring and the shank from my existing ring. I was charged a little over $800, (829?) and then paid about 90 for the extended service plan. Here are some pics so you can see what was done. Oh! And I asked him about how much we saved by using our own stones, (which they later upgraded from .015 rounds to .02 rounds for free because they fit the halo better) and they said about $275. I got quotes from other local jewelers, and they were all between 900 and 1200 which included the drawings, cad drawings, wax version, metal version, and all the work/materials needed for the work to be done. As you can see, I had minimal gold reconstruction, but new prongs/structure for the whole setting part. I felt very good about paying that price.
Post # 6
@mgkush: Firstly, the stones in your current ring don’t look like they will accomodate a 2mm width e-ring, so be aware of this. You will be cloer to 2.5-3mm if my eye serves me correctly.
Cost varies quite widely from vendor to vendor (and even within vendors, since you sometimes have the option to pay more for their most experiences gold smith etc..) For the engagement ring redesign I’d expect it to cost between $1,000-$2,000.
The wedding band I’m unsure about because I’m unclear about whether your already own the stones for that ring.
Post # 7
Email or call Schubach’s and ask them. They seem to have really reasonable prices, and don’t be afraid to offer them a little less than they quote you at. I’ve done it. I talked them down to $1200 from $1300 and it was very easy. Maybe I should have gone for more, lol. (That was for a completely custom ring, btw)