(Closed) Custom Rings?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Custom designed: White gold, size 11, two .25 princess cut diamonds with an 8x8mm cushion cut amethyst gemstone in the middle. Cost was 1500$. I basically shopped around to different stores and found a small local jeweller who agreed to do it for the price I wanted (everyone else quoted me 2500$).

It depends on what you want. Diamonds? Gemstones (white sapphire is a good diamond alternative)? White gold? Silver? Titatium?

What about sizes? If you go with a .75 carat stone instead of a full 1 carat, you’ll save a significant amount of money, and I’ve heard that you can’t really tell the difference. Also, the clarity thing can be tweaked. The difference between them aren’t usually visible to the naked eye. As the guy doing your ring is a friend, I would just tell him what your budget is and see what you can get for it. He might throw in a discount as well?

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Fi and I custom designed my ring!  As far as cost, I think it depends what you’re looking for.  My setting was a lot more than we anticipated, but I love it so I think it was worth it!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@princs.sweetie: Also, are you sure you’re allergic to yellow gold?  Or are you allergic to whatever the gold is alloyed with?  Gold is Gold, so if you’re allergic to the gold in yellow gold, then you’re also going to be allergic to white gold.

Chances are, you’re allergic to the alloy.  So if your ring is being custom made I would suggest a platinum or palladium ring OR a white gold alloyed w/ palladium ring.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@princs.sweetie: Maybe you’re allergic to copper or zinc??  I’m just sending you a word of caution because I know a lot of people who are allergic to nickel and have to either replate their rings often or need a whole new setting.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Also, if you want rose gold on your ring (and you get a white gold ring) it will be more expensive to replate because someone will have to brush on the rhodium.

Thank you for the compliment!  Sorry that I’m so obsessive about jewelry.. But when you order a custom piece YOU get to pick whatever you want, so it’s good to know the pros and cons of everything.  😉

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

My ring is also custom designed. We had the center stone already – and it was just over 600$ to set it in a 3mm band. The band has 6 channel set diamonds (3 on each side) that are 4pt each. I added beading and other details to the sides.

 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My ring is a 0.79 ct. white sapphire, with six 0.06 ct. blue sapphires on the sides.  My Fiance worked with Natural Sapphire Company to create it.  I don’t know exactly what he spent, but I had it appraised for insurance for about $1300, which Fiance said was consistent with what he paid for the stones/gold, and that the custom design fee was reasonable.  The custom design fees probably vary with what you have in mind, though.  A more ornate setting would probably cost more in both supplies and labor.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My ring was custom designed by my fiance. The center stone was taken from my grandmother’s engagement ring (little sneak “stole” it from me to do this in secret), and is a 0.72 ct diamond. The total weight of the ring is now 0.93ct, has a total of 63 diamonds on it, and is set in platinum. I don’t know what he paid for it, but the appraisal sheet says $5,500. From my understanding that means he probably paid about half that, and he bought it in Boston. Here are some pix, size 5.5.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

 

My ring is also custom-made.  I’ve known a local jeweler for over 6 years and always knew he would make my ring.  As far as the metal, we used white gold for one reason: my grandmother’s original wedding set was white gold (she switched to yellow gold years later).  I was able to use the engagement ring (without the stone – it’s set in a necklace) to make my wedding set!!  He melted it down and added a little more to make mine.  I have a moissy center stone and the sidestones are diamonds.  The setting and wedding bands were made for 1/3 of the cost of another chain store!!!  Not to mention the quality of the stones and craftsmanship is much better!

with the bands (had to sneak a photo)

 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’m in the process of custom designing mine with a local jeweler. But I’m so excited to see how it turns out. He’s making some molds first that I can check out and then it will be another month or so before he makes the ring (based on suggestions I have about the mold.) I’m really enjoying the whole process though.

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