Post # 1
Too many chefs in the kitchen!
So now that the news is out that BF and I are shopping for the ring his parents and my parents and my bro and sis in law are all giving us advice on getitng the best deal on the ring. This was all planned out, gaaaaah!!
I like a particular designer’s setting. I have for a very long time and knew it was the one for me when I put it on a few months ago. I haven’t seen any other setting quite like it ANYWHERE and trust me after nearly a year of browsing the bee and searching every site imaginable I know this is truly unique (well as unique as a widely available designer setting, but you know what I mean). Its unique in its use of milgrain with pave set diamonds and I love love love it.
Anyways they suggested we see if we can get it done custom for cheaper. We’re going to explore this if only to appease those wanting us to get the best deal but I’m nervous about that because I truly love everything about this setting.I’m terrified it will look all wrong if we don’t just by the designer setting
For those who went or considered the custom route, was it cheaper than the design you orignially had in mind? Did it come out like you hoped?
Post # 4
The Custom ring I bought was similar in price to designer settings. But I got a few “extras” in my custom and ended up payInh slightly less
Post # 5
Wow the ring is amazingly beautiful! If you really want this setting, I think you should go with original. Even custom will still be expensive. My ring is pave setting with milgrain on knife edge band and it cost about $3,000 for platinum setting and 20 tiny diamonds. I think that setting would cost about $7,000 – $9,000 at least?
Post # 6
@Nat_can: We’ve gotten it quoted for our exact ring size/diamond dimensions and for 18k its very reaonable actually — ~$3300 … but what can I say, we both come from Jewish families that want to make sure we get the best deal possible.
Just for fun another image of the ring (stolen from Pricescope) of someone’s actual setting…
Post # 7
I would not go custom…If you are the type of person who pays attention to “detail” stick with the original designer, you can’t go wrong that way!
Post # 8
@Dell79: I agree. At that price, which doesnt sound bad at all, even if you were to save 1k, you could nit pick at it like crazy. It wouldnt be worth it to me, I’d just pay the designer setting and know exactly what I’m getting, if that exactly one is really ‘the one’ ring you love.
Post # 9
I think going custom would be a great idea if you can find a great jeweler to work with. Request to see samples of his/her work, and pick them apart. If you can’t find someone that you are blown away by, stick with the original. That being said, there are jewelers out there who can recreate that setting for you exactly (it’s not like any designer is magic or has access to something no one else does), and there is a good chance custom will save you a good bit of money (but that depends on your area and who you chose to work with). My setting was custom made by the jeweler I bought it from (not for me specifically, but still custom made). It’s not an exact replica of any particular setting, but it’s very similar (in terms of detail, number of side diamonds, etc.) to the ring in your OP and to many other designer styles. It actually really reminded me of the only other setting I considered buying but couldn’t stomach the cost (a Romance brand setting that cost $5000 for the setting alone). My setting and the matching band cost less than $3000, so the saving was huge. I see absolutely no reason why that setting couldn’t be recreated exactly. Just do the legwork to find a great jeweler and make sure you’re actually saving money.
Post # 10
Oh my goodness, I am in love with that ring.
Post # 11
I would definitely look into it to appease the family, but if you have to sacrifice ANYTHING about the setting by going custom, I would not choose that route. You are just going to regret it later!
Post # 12
i like the ring, it’s the style that i want my ring to be
Post # 13
The only reason I might want to go custom with this ring is because I read one of your previous posts where you mentioned that your center stone will be an emerald and howwwwwwww amazing would it be if they can make the round diamonds in the setting into little emerald baguettes to match the center! Maybe see if the designer could do this first (if you even want that), there are too many details on this ring otherwise 🙂
Post # 14
@Dell79: I actually kind of like the contrast of the lovely rectangular step cut with the sparkly rounds, but its definitely a good idea. The designer has a couple of others with baugettes, but I like this one most of all…
We’ll explore the cost and feasability of custom just ot appease everyone but if I place bets I’m 95% sure we’re going with the designer… The one thing we are asking the designer to tweak is to make sure the head of the mounting is high enough that I can slide the wedding band underneath the diamond when the time comes. Since I am getting an emerald cut, the diamond will protrude on either side of the band…