Post # 1
My husband and I have been married for 15 years (tomorrow!) And I will be upgrading my wedding set starting off with the “engagement ” ring. I have recieved one quote from a private jeweler. I absolutely love their work (only does custom), but my husband thinks the starting price is steep and wants me to keep looking. The jeweler that I love, I randomly found on instagram…lol they are in my state, just not local to me. I have no idea how to even go about finding other jewelers to price compare. Chain stores are absolutely out of the question. No way. Been there, done that when we were first engaged many many many years ago when we were very young and broke and its just bad quality.
If your ring is a custom, how did you or your fiancé or husband go about finding your jeweler? Were you able to pick your center stone? Did your ring meet your expectations? Would you go custom again? What questions would you ask?
I guess I kind of feel lost. I’ve spent the past few months researching what I want in terms of setting and diamond (I am very firm on that ), but I’m having a hard time on how to find a jeweler and trusting someone to not rip us off.
By the way, I was quoted $14,000 as a starting point for a 1.25 radiant g/h color in a halo setting from the jeweler I love. The price goes up from there. I have no idea if this is over priced or about average for a custom ring. I was hoping for a 1.5 center, but considering the starting for a 1.25, I dont think that will be an option.
My original engagement ring is a 3 stone 1/2 ctw in yellow gold that was purchased from Samuel’s jewelers (which does not exist anymore) and I think my husband paid less than $1000 for it 17 years ago when we got engaged. So as you can see, we are out of the loop on what jewelry costs…lol
Post # 2
I asked my friends on Facebook to see who they’ve used locally and liked.
We repurposed a bunch of stones I already had and provided the center stone as well. I was very pleased with the process and outcome.
Post # 3
I love my private jeweler – he does amazing work. He custom made two engagement rings for me and I really love them. We found him through a friend of mine. She had a beautiful and unique e-ring and gave me his contact info and the rest is history. He doesn’t advertise at all, so we were really lucky to find him through word of mouth from a friend. I would always choose him to do any kind of work on my rings.
Post # 4
Congrats on 15 year! I’ve used a couple of reputable local jewelers for several custom pieces who were just OK at best. Saw a number of recommendations for David Klass Jewelers in LA (they are on FB and Instagram) and took a chance. 100% satisfied every time. Easy to work with, responsive, reasonably priced and makes going custom a breeze. He can source stones, but personally I think there is a lot to be said for doing the research and finding your the diamond yourself. Especially when it comes to fancy cuts like radiants where beauty is more in the eye of the beholder vs. modern round brilliants where certain proportions are more likely to provide maximum light performance for a beautiful stone. Regardless, going with a diamond graded by a reputable lab (GIA or AGS for mined diamonds) is a must, IMO. I’d definitely recommend reaching out to them for a quote. GL and Happy Anniversary!
Post # 5
- Wedding: February 2005 - Shreveport, LA
That does seem high but so many things go into that price so it may be on trend. The first ring I had custom made was a .50ctw pave split shank setting for a 1ct princess cut. It was in white gold and just the setting was $4,000 (way overpriced) it was a local jeweler that came highly recommended, and he did a great job! I wore that for about 7-8 years and wanted a halo in rose gold but couldn’t find a true square halo, only cushion halos and I don’t love a princess cut in a cushion halo. So I got several quotes from local jewelers and Etsy sellers and went with the best price…..this could’ve bit me but it didn’t and I love my new setting! I’ve had it since Oct 2020 so still fairly new to me. So with all that said I would get quotes and read reviews and go with your gut, I promise you can find a better deal than your local jeweler quoted. Just have pictures of what your thinking and most reputable jewelers can recreate what you want.
Congrats on your 15 years, I just had my 16 year anniversary last month! Good luck and I hope you have an amazing experience customizing your ring 💕
Here’s my ring both settings:
Post # 6
Ask on Pricescope. They are experts and can help you.
Post # 7
I found mine because he was highly recommended on here by many bees and on Pricescope. His name is David Klass and he’s FANTASTIC! I couldn’t be more happy with how my ring turned out and by the experience working with him. He’s based out of LA but I know he works with people all over the world. His prices are great too.
As for the process, my fiancé and I found the center stone from someone who procures stones. We then had it shipped to us because they were on the East Coast and were on the West Coast but we took the stone to David in person because we’re also in the LA area. You could ship the stone to him too. I believe David does procure stones but prefers to work with preselected stones. From first CADs to getting the final ring, it was about a month.
Post # 8
We shopped for the center stone only at jewelers who were recommended by friends/family. That limited the number of shops we’d even enter to look but once we found the right stone, that jeweler became the “lucky winner” to create the custom setting because I already knew how I wanted it to look (supplied them with a sample photo and sketch with modifications to the photo). He did however make some suggestions that we ultimately agreed with and appreciated. Had I wanted to tap into the jewler’s creativity to design, I expect it would have made finding the RIGHT jeweler much more difficult.
Post # 9
If that’s the jeweler you love, then that’s the jeweler you love. Is it a unique design? Or is it a pretty basic design which every jeweler has a variation of? If it’s unique, it’s harder to shop around. If it’s not unique, then you can fairly easily shop around.
Jewelers charge different rates based on how much work is involved in creating a ring, material costs, their skill/experience level, and yes also their brand.
I think the only real way to find a jeweler is to look at their work, look at reviews, have an initial consultation with them, etc. It’s not easy!
One thing that I do think is icky is finding a fairly unique design from a jeweler and then asking a cheaper jeweler to reproduce it exactly. Some jewelers will do their best to make reproductions like that, but it’s basically ripping off the design of another jeweler.
Two of my favorite designers are CVB Inspired Design and Leon Mege.
Post # 10
I found mine through Instagram! I fell in love with the gorgeous detail work
Post # 11
I have 2 custom rings from Leon Mege. I saw his work on Pricescope and liked it. He’s a master of pave work, and he’s in NYC which is not that far from where I live. Apparently he can be difficult to work with for some people, but I had no problems at all, he was great.
And also rather expensive, which is why I have only 2 of his rings lol.
Both images are from his website.
Post # 12
Although I don’t have my ring yet, I was apart of the whole design process. We knew we wanted to go the custom route and knew we wanted to stay local so we got quotes from 4 local family owned jewelers to get a feel for the best fit. We ended up absolutely loving the one we picked based on them not being pushy, way better pricing, and educating/working with us as it was our first big diamond purchase.
We chose a loose rbc diamond (1.7 ct ~$11k) after looking at about 4-5 rounds of diamonds over a few months. After getting the price and GIA report we double checked it with a gemologist in the family to ensure we were getting a good deal for the specs. I went back and forth on a couple different setting ideas and had 2 different CAD/wax molds made to ensure I went with the right style which was super helpful (setting ~$2k). And the jeweler was able to take a stone from my promise ring and embed it inside the band for free which was very thoughtful.
Although I have not seen the finished product just yet I am completely satisfied with the ease of the process so far and I know if anything is wrong they will happily fix it. Happy searching for your upgraded set!
Post # 13
its a basic design, im just particular in what I want. I want a halo, possibly double halo, but not something too chunky looking., I want the center stone to sit pretty low in the setting with no gaps. I want the melee diamonds to be set as close together as possible without big gaps. Set in platinum. I can be impulsive, so I want to make sure I’m choosing the right person to make it. Its a lot of money to spend on something that is a want, not a need.
Post # 14
I tried checking out david klass. But his website is locked and you can’t view anything until they have an opening? I think that’s kind of… annoying…lol. how is anyone supposed to get info :/
Post # 15
That does sound like a design that any jeweler should be able to make and I think that it is wise to consider all of your options, so I would suggest you look/shop around to get more information about what other jewelers might charge for that stone + setting.
The “worst” outcome is that you’ll find out the quoted $14k is a competitive price given the specifications of what you are looking for. Or you might find that other jewelers charge less for their work (again, for various reasons) and weigh that in your decision.
Either way you’ll be able to make a better informed decision based on what you are comfortable with!