(Closed) Did your ring setting cost more than the diamond?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Did your ring setting cost more than the diamond?
    Yes! My ring setting was WAY more expensive than the diamond. : (13 votes)
    10 %
    No Way! My diamond was WAY more expensive than the setting. : (97 votes)
    77 %
    The diamond and the setting cost about the same. : (16 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    It depends – is the center stone you’re looking at really small? 

    You can find tons of great, beautiful settings that don’t jack up the price because it’s a name brand like Tacori or Verragio.  The mark up on those are insane!

    Personally, I like bigger diamonds so I went white gold instead of platinum and put the extra $2000 towards the center stone.

    Post # 4
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    384 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I suppose you could say the setting is like a frame for a picture. You want to find something interesting which frames the diamond, but doesn’t take too much attention away since the diamond is the real deal. That said, you wouldn’t want a substandard frame for a beautiful painting…  There is a certain balance you have to find. I would spend a considerable amount on a setting, but not nearly as much as the diamond itself.

    Post # 5
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    2999 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    It really depends on the setting you’re looking at. Can you show us the setting and how much its going to cost and the cost and specs of the diamond?

    Post # 6
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    7455 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I’m not sure which Fiance paid more for with my ring, but I feel like the setting is what makes the ring unique. As long as the diamond is still good quality, I wouldn’t worry if a setting I loved cost more than the actual diamond.

    Post # 7
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    3618 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Like PP said, there should be a balance between the two. A fabulous setting with a blah diamond will not look right.

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @JJMeantToBe:  Ask the jeweler or some other local jewelers about having it custom made. Fiance and I went that route and saved a few hundred.

    Post # 10
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    548 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I agree with the PPs. Find a happy medium between the two. My Fiance had two choices for his budget. A 1ct in a plain solitaire, or a smaller (.80ct) diamond in a more expensive setting. He chose the latter and I couldn’t be happier! My setting isn’t elaborate, but he spent prob about $1K more on the setting than if he chose a plain solitare. So that extra $1K went towards the setting instead of a larger diamond. But either way, the diamond was more expensive than the setting.

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

    I went sapphire center stone and we got a really good deal on the sapphire so the setting was 3 times the cost. The sapphire did value appraisal wise higher than the setting cost though.

    Post # 12
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    6360 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Looking at that setting, I think you are paying a significant markup for the name.

    I suggest finding a local independent jeweler with a great reputation, and working with them to design the exact setting you want – down to the finest detail, like the shape of the tips of the prongs! Not only will you adore your ring because it is exactly what you want in every way, It should cost less than a marked-up brand name. Getting an estimate and discussing ideas is free!

    In my case, my custom ring is better than any existing design that inspired it, because we were able to tweak every tiny little detail to our satisfaction. The ring design that inspired it most (but was not as nice)? A mere ~$850 more. For a less attractive setting! And it wasn’t even a that well-known brand name. I’m so glad we went custom.

    By The Way, independent jewelers should offer better prices on center stones than major stores too. Don’t be shy to haggle, there is always room.

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I have a moissanite, so maybe it doesn’t count in this thread, but my setting was significantly more than my center stone. My center stone was 1,900 & my setting was $2,700.

    Post # 14
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    2743 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

    @joya_aspera:  Theyll have better stones at a lower cost. They also appraise higher than cost typically.

    Post # 15
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    406 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    My setting cost a little more than the diamond. It is Tacori.

    Post # 16
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    2869 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    My setting was a bit more expensive than the center stone.  We went for the setting I want forever, and we can always upgrade from the .5 center that I have right now.

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