Post # 1
Hello Bees! This is my first time reaching out to you all, and I hope you can help! My SO and I have known each other since elementary school, been dating 3 years and officially together two years, and we’re finally starting to talk about rings/weddings/etc. I have fallen in love with a specific design, but want to change several aspects of it.
This is the ring I’m in love with, but I would want to change it to Rose Gold, and potentially use a Morganite/peach Sapphire/pink Moissanite for a center stone versus a diamond. I would also maybe change some details on the band.
On the site it lists Platinum, White or Yellow Gold and Palladium for metal options, none of which I’m a fan of. I’m just not in love with diamonds like I thought I would be either. I want something with more warmth. Buuuuuuut I’m on a budget. SO would be more than happy to get me whatever I want, but I’m not comfortable spending thousands of dollars on a piece of jewelry when we’re going to be house hunting and such before too long.
What is my best option in this situation? Do I reach out to the designer/store/whatever of the ring and see if these changes are possible? Do I go searching on etsy for a store that does custom requests? Those of you who went the custom route via etsy, how did your experience go?
I’m new to this Bees, help!
Post # 2
Im sorry to burst the dream bubble, but youre not going to get a custom diamond pave setting for less than thousands (and if you do find cheap craftsmanship, youll pay for it in the end with repairs). Even if art carved was willing to tweak that setting for you theyd surely charge a custom fee. I would find something you like as-is to save money- there are so many options out there surely something will make you happy!
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Post # 4
I’m not set on the pave setting being diamonds either, but I do see your point.
I’d love to see other ring options that are similar to this, I just haven’t found any so far. 🙁
Edit: Replied too soon! That is close, I think what is bothering me is that all the “petals” on that ring are separated. I’ll have to think on it. Thanks!
Post # 5
Hi bee! I had the same dilemma and we ended up going to a small privately owned jewelry store nearby to have it custom made. The wonderful thing about that is that now the owner knows us and is super accommodating if anything comes up with my ring. I do get nervous about moving away or the shop closing though! We also had a family diamond to use for the center stone, so I believe the setting ended up at about $1800.
My ring looks almost exactly like the one posted by MrsBuesleBee, but I did 5 petals instead of 6 to give it a more natural look (since nature doesn’t usually have even numbers). That one looks beautiful though and like an excellent deal!
Post # 6
I got my ring custom from JuliabJewelry on Etsy. I had a great experience with her. I have a feeling she might have something similar to what you’re looking for! She works frequently with a variety of gems including morganite. If you don’t see exactly what you want she does custom work too with her designs.
Post # 7
I did the same thing! I found one that I liked for the most part but wanted several tweaks. We had a local jeweler do it and it turned out perfectly – and honestly, the cost was way lower than I expected.
Post # 8
The setting I fell in love with came with diamonds which I did not want. My hus and inquired about changed the stones which the company would not do. He went through moissanite Co who customized everything I wanted
Post # 9
I second finding a local jeweler and go in to talk to them. My SO and I went to a local designer and got exactly what we wanted. Our budget was healthy, but his stuff started in the hundreds, not thousands, and he was very into customizing to make sure we loved it.
Post # 10
From @jlhelmsdeep ‘s link, this https://www.etsy.com/listing/454465100/holiday-sale-pink-sapphire-engagement?ref=shop_home_active_90 ring is pretty similar to what you want and it’s rose gold, and a pink sapphire and it’s not too expensive!
Post # 11
Go to a jeweler that does custom work and bring your own stones.. buy from online sites or estate sales/everythingbutthehouse and you can get it done VERY cost effectively. Labor and metal for mine cost a shade over $1000 for both ring and band (minus the jewels which I provided). Most jewelers do custom work!
Post # 12
jillianjigz : Wow what a beautiful ring! I’ve never seen a five petal halo. Thanks so much for sharing!
jlhelmsdeep : This is fantastic! <3 She has a lot of things that are almost what I’m dreaming of. Seriously considering reaching out and seeing if she could change some little things.
Joyful2019 : I’m dying to find a local jeweler, but I don’t know of any near us. I’ll have to start asking around and see where people go. Joys of a small town.
Thank you all so much! I’m thinking of searching for/starting a thread on floral halos to see what all is out there. 🙂
Post # 13
I was so wound up about customizing my ring, but it was necessary as I was working with a family diamond. The whole process was way easier than I anticipated, and the setting that we had made cost significantly less than any settings I had previously shopped for. The worst part of the entire process was waiting the four weeks for them to build the setting 😳
Go for a custom design somewhere when you can sit down with a jeweler and REALLY pick their brain and handle some of their work. It makes all of the difference in the world! Good luck!!