(Closed) Engagement Ring Ideas…On A Budget

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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8044 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Katrina117:  Try Blue Nile. They’re very reputable and you can get a great price on diamonds. They have some new elaborate settings that can somewhat compare w. Tacori. They have a Canadian site.

Peoples also carries the Vera Wang collection I believe.. they’re pretty ornate.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

@Katrina117:  

Ask the people at schubach.com and brilliance.com what it would cost to replicate it. Let us know what they say if you do get quotes from them. There are also replica jewelers on ebay from China. A Bee posted a result the other day and the replica was perfect and cost $1200.

Post # 6
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8044 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@Katrina117:  Great. Play around with selecting your own diamond and see what you can get for your budget.

I don’t know how much you know about the 4Cs… but basically you can play around with what factors are most important. For me, cut is king… that’s where all the sparkle is 🙂

Post # 7
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322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Why not just have a local jeweler make a ring that looks like a Tacori? I’m combining two Verragio rings and it cost $450 for the setting and $400 for the center moissanite stone. I don’t think anyone’s going to know it’s not a Verragio and that’s fine (I don’t care about the name; I care about what it looks like). $4000 is a LOT of money for an engagement ring. Pretty sure you could get your dream ring and band for that price or less from a local jeweler.

Oh and you might not want to go to Peoples. That’s where my fiance got my original engagement ring and it was a disaster. We picked it out and it was great and after he proposed, it started chipping and scratching within 3 days. I wore it for less than a week before we returned it. It had pits in it with black marks, chips, etc. That’s why we went to a local jeweler instead and it is way better.

Post # 8
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1516 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Katrina117:  I’m sorry the woman at the authorized dealer was rude to you!  Blah … I hate snobby sales associates.

I’m not sure of the pricing for all Tacori rings, but I know mine was close to $8000.  I think the reason she said that is because with Tacori, you’re just paying for the setting (which is expensive by itself) and then you have to buy the center diamond separately (which can also be very expensive).  

In terms of an alternative, I’ve seen several girls on the Bee with Tacori inspired rings that were custom made.  If it’s the look alone you’re after, that could potentially be an option.  I don’t know how much each of those rings cost, but I know a lot of girls who mentioned doing this said they did it because it was a less expensive option.  You may be able to take in pictures of the setting you like to a couple of local jewelers to see what they could do for you in terms of cost.  It won’t be exactly like the Tacori ring, but I’ve seen some really nice Tacori inspired rings … You will probably be the only person to notice the difference since you’ve been looking at pictures of your dream ring.

The only problem with an alternative is that it won’t come with the same kind of guarantee a Tacori ring does (unless the jeweler is willing to replace any lost diamonds, check your ring yearly, etc.).  That’s something to consider if that’s really important to you.  It was very important to my fiance and I, but I do understand budget limitations.  You definitely don’t want to spend more than what’s comfortable for the two of you.

Hopefully a couple of the girls with Tacori inspired rings will post some pictures and give pricing information so you can get a better idea of what to expect if you go that route.

I hope this helped at least a bit!

Post # 11
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322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Katrina117:  It can surprise you how fair their prices are. This is the rendering I got for my ring (rose gold bars will be smaller and raised slightly as per my changes on the right side):

Doesn’t look like a $450 setting, does it? I was shocked, too. 

This was the inspiration photo I provided:

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

There are some really gorgeous antique rings on eBay and etsy – vintage jewelry sellers. Or check out pawn shops – you can get fantastic deals on some really really gorgeous pieces. Diamonds are much cheaper when being resold. 

Post # 14
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322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Katrina117:  They’re the only local jeweler I know of and have heard of from people I worked with (I’m living in New Brunswick but I’m from Quebec so I had to trust the locals). I checked out their stuff that they have made at their store and it was all beautiful. I also knew that they had gotten a new machine back in November that would make it easier to handle custom orders. This is what I’ve read about their new machine:

Digitalwax 028 utilizes a special laser which can convert computer-generated custom designs to build a 3D model in a photo-curable resin which hardens for casting in precious metals using the ancient “Cire Perdu” or lost wax technique. More resilient than wax, these models can address the minutest details, and the layer upon layer forming technology offers limitless creativity in the geometric complexity of models including undercuts, cavities, thin surfaces, and complex shapes. The unique Blu Edge® laser head allows for direct casting in high performance UV photo curable resins and rubber mould applications. Not only is this fast and efficient equipment guaranteed to produce jewellery pieces with precision and accuracy, it is capable of fulfilling custom orders.

I figured I’d take a chance and see what they would charge. Their price blew me away. Granted, I’m using diamonds from old rings I had sitting around and I gave them the old rings so that they could keep the gold and use it as a credit towards my new ring but even if I hadn’t done that, the price would have been $650. Still a really really good price.

Post # 15
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322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Katrina117:  I replied, but my post is being moderated for spam? Anyways, through word of mouth. Plus I’ve seen their work. They’re really good.

Post # 16
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1193 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

check out moissaniteco.com if you’re not sold on having to have a diamond. They have several styles. if you must have a diamond I’d recommend blue nile

 

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