(Closed) Expensive setting or diamond

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 62
4950 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I’d rather have the bigger rock.

I’m a solitaire girl anyway, though.

Post # 63
748 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@cronine:  Well… I sent my best friend many different types of rings that I liked, they colaborated to find something I loved. The setting is wonderful, but the sprung for a diamond that was better quality than I thought I would have.

Honestly, I would prefer to have a better diamond than a better setting, but I think solitaires are lovely… so that is just me.

Post # 65
513 posts
Busy bee

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@cronine:  Technically, Tacori doesn’t mark down their rings. Apparently if they find out about a jewelery store doing it they don’t deal to them anymore. But our jewelery store did mark down Tacori. My Fiance got the setting during a sale. I think they marked it down by at least $1,000, maybe more. I don’t know where you’re located but the jewlery store is in PA. PM me if you want details.


Post # 66
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2021 - Wyckoff, NJ

The ring I fell in love with was a Tacori, but the setting itself was over $6k.  My Fiance took the photo I showed him and had the ring custom made by a jewler and I was able to get a 1 1/4 CT Emerald Cut Diamond with it for not much more than just the Tacori setting alone 🙂


My Ring:

Tacori Version:


Post # 67
1163 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@cronine:  you can also take a particular style you like and get it designed by a wholesaler jeweler. I know quite a few people who did that when they liked a style from a high-end jewelery store or line, including someone who saw a tacori ring they loved. you should be able to save a considerable amount of money

Post # 68
2733 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Tacori rings are amazing art pieces imo. They are also quite overpriced. As you said, you can put them aside and search for another ring altogether. For me, I would prioritize getting a setting I love, and I would use a moissanite center stone. 

I didn’t want to spend a crazy amount on a ring, and I also didn’t want a large stone. I searched and found a setting I loved. Large setting with an intricate vintage arrangement of stones. Center stone 0.33 ct. It was really affordable, and offered the setting I wanted with the size and quality of stones I was happy with.

Post # 69
1668 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

@cronine:  Go for the setting. The stone can always be upgraded at a later point in time. The setting should be something you love 🙂

Post # 70
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2016 - Round Hill House

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@newcitylights:  Not to seem stalkerish, but I’d love the name of that store where you got your ring on sale! I love Tacori rings and any discount would be amazing.


Post # 71
2436 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@cronine:  I didn’t care about the setting OR the diamond. I wanted the ring that my grandmother saved for her grandchildren. Honestly, I don’t think anyone could make a ring that I could love more than the one my grandmother kept for me.

Post # 72
868 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I have found that IRL people notice the design of the setting more than the quality of the diamond in it.  It really depends on what you want.  I would say that the setting is more important.  I had a solitaire and found it pretty boring (I know it’s classic but everyone I know has one.)  I  ended up changing my setting to a Verragio design that I have always dreamed about.  Besides, later on, you can upgrade your diamond for a better quality one.


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@Scorpio88:  Hey! I know who you are talking about 😉 Glad the custom route worked out for you too!

Post # 73
625 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

My BF and I are planning to get an amora gem, and have it mounted in the Mark Morrell setting. As I’m looking for a larger stone size, I do believe that an impeccable setting will only enhance the beauty of the Center stone. My setting will cost more than my stone, and I’m wholly okay with this. Though the Center stone will not be a diamond, but rather an AG, I don’t necessarily buy into the fact that you have to spend more on your diamond. Diamonds are NOT investment pieces. They greatly use their value once they have been deemed used. To each his own, but I do cringe when I see a cheaply made settings and a beautiful stone, whether it be diamond a gem, or a simulant. 

Post # 74
251 posts
Helper bee

The setting is what is important to me. Diamonds can be upgraded later, heck diamonds can get LOST, but you’ll still have the setting (unless you lose the entire ring!).

So for now, invest in the setting you love. A great diamond can always come later.

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