(Closed) Expensive setting or diamond

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 47
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154 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I also love Tacori.  We were very close to getting a Tacori setting, but there were a couple of things we weren’t totally sold on with the setting.  We ended up going the custom route, which ended up costing less for (in my opinion) a better setting.  We were able to customize everything and make sure it was exactly what we both wanted, and the company we worked with was seriously the best!

Post # 48
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561 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 1993

I have a three stone ring, so I spent more on the diamonds than I did the setting.  I have an oval center with pear side stones.  I felt that a simple setting would compliment this combination more than a fancy setting would.  I think it comes down to what you want and personal preference.  Laughing

Post # 49
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263 posts
Helper bee

I am in love with a Tacori setting (I am a bee-in-waiting!!) and plan on a moissanite center, or a  lower grade diamond. I fell in love with the setting’s ultra-low profile. As a nursing student, I need something that won’t rip my gloves, so that is my #1 priority. I know my perfect diamond is going to happen, but not for many years, and i am ok with that! The setting is what is important to me! Everyone is different and go with what makes you happy! You are the one that is going to see it on your finger every day!

Post # 50
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367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We opted for a more expensive setting and therefore chose a smaller stone. We made sure to maximise the diamond’s sparkliness by getting the best of the 4 Cs that we could afford. Perhaps this might be an option for you too!

Post # 52
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513 posts
Busy bee

OP, I was in your situation! I was looking at rings before Fiance proposed and didn’t see anything I liked until I looked at Tacori. I didn’t look at another setting after that. I would say go with the setting you want and upgrade the stone later. Tacori settings can hold a range of sizes (mine holds .75 to 1.25 carats).

I get SO many compliments on the ring. People love looking at the details – so do I :). FWIW, Fiance got me a .80, H color, round brilliant hearts and arrows center stone. My ring size is 5. Sometimes I wish we had put in a moissy and upgraded later to 1.25, but the current size suits my finger. Plus, he spent so much time picking out a stone that was “just right.” We could have gone bigger if I got a simpler setting, but I think Tacori rings really stand out and that’s what I wanted in the end. The setting was around $2,500 (on sale), and the stone was around $3,500.

 

Post # 55
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316 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

The setting was more important to me so I got a white sapphire. I’m so glad about my choice. 

Post # 56
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3209 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@feetwilltravel:  pre-owned Tacori settings or Tacori settings purchased at a price below the MSRP set by Tacori are not covered under their fantastic warranty program. Stores usually discount the diamond if they want to give you a break on an expensive setting. I just spoke to Tacori’s customer relations manager to resolve a fiasco regarding my own brand new but discounted Tacori.

Post # 57
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3081 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@cronine:  I have a tacori and absolutelY love my setting. I wouldn’t chafe it. To me it’s the setting that makes the ring. but it’s a matter of preferance. You can always get the expensive setting & then upgrade the diamond later. 

Post # 58
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185 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

If you go to a jeweler…he can design the ring…only charge price of gold for that…annnnd give you a quality diamond!  That is what I did and I am super pleased!!!  I picked out a mounting that I guess resembles a tiffany setting…I had no idea lol!  Also…I have a high quality blue diamond…I am IN LOVE!  🙂

Post # 59
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547 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@womanofsubstance:  I agree – the diamond is definitely the star of the show.

ETA: As others have said, go to a reputable jeweler and they can likely replicate the tacori setting you have in mind AND give you a high quality diamond for less than tacori would charge you. In that scenario, you’re getting the best of both worlds–you’re only sacrificing the brand name. So unless you only want it because of the brand, that scenario seems to solve your problem.

 

Post # 60
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83 posts
Worker bee

If it were me I would get a super nice stone in a solitaire setting then when your able to afford the tacori reset the diamond. The diamond is the main focus of an engagement ring a super nice setting with a crappy diamond would be kinda pointless IMO but if you love the intricate details of tacori settings amd don’t want to wait then i suppose you could do it the other way around.

Post # 61
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2350 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

The stone is the investment, not the setting.  Go for the bigger diamond.

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