Post # 1
I’ve started shopping for a wedding band, and am realizing that I think I want a custom ring. I have no idea what this should cost, so I was hoping that some ladies who have gone through this process or are knowledable about jewelry would be able to help!
I really like the setting on my e-ring, and want to get a band made to mimic the setting. I want a very thin band, and I like one small row of diamonds. So far the bands I have liked the look of have a CW between .15 and .25. Here is a picture of the setting I want to imitate as well as a top view of the ring! Let me know what you think!
Post # 3
I was looking into the custom band option and my mom even gifted us with one of her tennis bracelets so we already had the diamonds.
It was going to be $650 for the wax mold and $60 per diamond set in. Considering we were looking at 18 diamonds all the way around, it was FAR less expensive to just go with something they already had. It made me sad but oh well.
Post # 4
anything custom is going to cost more than something already made. look around to see if they have anything close to what you want and if it needs a bit of tweeking, do that. it may cost a bit less that way.
Post # 5
It really depends on so many factors that it’s hard to even put a ballpark; my custom white gold/diamond pave (can’t remember the CW but I think it’s around .75 total for all the stones) was $1800 from a midscale-to-high-end independant jeweler (at least I think they are independant– they have only two locations and both right in the same metro are) in the DC suburbs. My e-ring has some elaborate carving which they had to duplicate by hand, and to be honest we did not shop around too hard because we were pretty happy with their suggested design. My e-ring is an unusual shape so we really didn’t have any choice in stock selections.
But this ring is going to cost you more in/near a big city than in a more rural area, and will cost you more if it’s something they have to do from a CAD design vs something where they take an exsiting ring or template and alter it; the color and carat of the metal will also have a hand in the price as will the quality and cut of the diamonds.
I would start with a design in mind or at least a description of what you want (you have a good start in your original post) and get at least two quotes. A good jeweler will tell you the different things that contribute to the cost; we could have cut our costs a bit by skipping the hand-carving detail for example but decided it was worth the money. Once you know what goes into building the price, you can look for areas where you can trim back a bit and still be happy with your choice.
Post # 6
@mypinkshoes: Yes I know it will cost more. The part that I really care about is have the setting match up, and unfortuneately I haven’t found a ring that can do that which is why I am considering the custom ring. That is a pretty major change so it doesn’t really seem like something you could modify from a plain band. Has anyone done something like that though? if so I would love to hear about it!
Post # 7
Your ring is the closest to a ring twin of mine that I’ve seen! 🙂
Let me know what you end up getting for a wedding band!
Post # 8
We went the custom route for my e-ring, weddings bands and his wedding band too.
To be honest it didn’t end up costing us too much more than buying something already made and this way we were able to be very picky about the diamond quality and style.
Post # 9
@MusicBee76: Wow that is really close! I will for sure let you know what I decide 🙂 Have you found anything you like so far?
Post # 10
@Utopia4us: Yes and no. I think because my band is micropave, I am bound to that. I tried on other bands, but bigger diamonds look weird. I think I will do a double row of micropave. I’m big on uniformity and balance! lol