(Closed) Dream Ring vs. Flaky Designer

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

I don’t know what size or quality diamond you are getting so I can’t estimate what you are paying… but with most engagement rings.. $800 is a pretty insignificant difference when it comes down to it.  Esp if all the rings are in platinum (which is getting more and more expensive).  If this is the ring you LOVE I would go ahead with it.. but get the jeweler to commit to the new price in writing.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Did the designer give you a reason for the additional $800?

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

For the ring you will wear forever, in platinum, $800 is peanuts to me. I’d pay the difference and have a ring you love.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’d ask why the price went up.  With most custom designed jewelry, you pay market price for the metal on the day they buy it to cast, so it’s possible that the increase is due to fluxuations in the cost of platinum.  $800 seems high for that, but you should find out.  If he can’t give you a good explanation, though, I’d move on to another jewler.  Your ring is lovely, and I think it’s something most jewlers would be able to do.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m with ChiCat – ask and get an explanation as to the reason behind the increase but I’m guessing it is due to the fluctuating price of platinum.  But really, over your lifetime and on your dream ring, what is another $800?  That’s fractions of a penny in cost-per-wear.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

if the price of materials went up, so would his cost. you never know until you ask specifically about the 800. If it’s a reasonable charge, i’d pay it.  Pretty ring!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

platinum prices change weekly, if not daily — and can really affect the price of the ring. i agree with the other ladies – get what you want & what you’ll love forever! otherwise a year from now you might be kicking yourself and spending that $800 anyway (if not more) to get your ring reset.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Good taste! I have a very similar ring, and it only cost me $400 to upgrade from white gold to platinum.

Is this at a “brick & mortar” store?  The mark-up on jewelry is ridiculous.  My fiance and I didn’t have a huge budget ($3K, he said I could spend $5K but I knew he wanted to spend closer to $3K so that’s what I went with) but I got a better and cheaper ring by buying online. We paid less than half the cost of what the rings we saw in local jewelry stores cost; and I got a platinum setting and a better diamond.

My setting came from EternityDiamonds, they make all the settings in-house so can customize them how you want; excellent customer service as well. (And my diamond came from GoodOldGold.)

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I would get the ring you love,  you are going to wear it forever. 🙂

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I agree with the other bees..$800 is nothing when you are spending thousands of dollars!  Get the ring you love..if you don’t you may regret it!  Love the ring:)

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Eh, we got our platinum rings custom designed and I would _not_ have been comfortable working with someone who gives “because I said so” as a reason for a price change of 20% of your budget.  It’s not that I disagree $800 isn’t that much over the course of the rest of your lives, but it’s just that I wouldn’t trust a jewler who keeps changing his tune so dramatically and won’t tell you why.  What’s to say that once you’ve bought the center stone, the price for the setting won’t change again for no apparent reason?  I’d take the picture you posted here to another jewler and work with someone more transparent.  Your ring is lovely, and it should be a very straitforward design for any competent jewler to reproduce.  We spent weeks picking our jewler, but in the end it’s been so worth it and he’s been fabulous about explaining every little detail of the process to us.  I’d keep looking.

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