(Closed) How much does it cost to get something custom designed?

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I dunno, but whats your plan? Sounds like lots going on and I want to hear about it 🙂 

 

ETA: My internet is really slow and I didn’t see all your pics. NM!! looks awesome!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I don’t know much about this, but I was looking for a very very simple band to go with my E ring and the only way to get something to fit was to be custom.

Turned out that a ring which would essentially look the same as a 200 dollar band with a notch in it was going to cost 800.

For this reason I decided to make my e-ring a right hand ring and choose a wedding ring that is fully worth the 800 dollars (pavve diamonds).

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

On Friday, we met with the jeweler that designed my e-ring.  We were shopping for wedding bands, but I wanted to chat about having my grandmother’s diamond cluster ring reset (I don’t wear gold, its very 70s, but I wanted to keep the diamonds).  I decided on a pendant and to have the diamonds reset in 18 carat white gold – will cost $350 (includeds a CAD drawing).  I’m selling the gold, which will reduce the out of pocket price I will pay.

Post # 8
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Helper bee

My e-ring was custom designed and it was only slightly more expensive then if it was just bought as a setting off the shelf.  I think it has the most to do with the jeweler, if you find someone (maybe smaller store) that does mostly custom, or makes their own (not just ordering settings from larger companies) they aren’t likely to charge you an arm and a leg because it’s not really any more work for them – does that make sense?

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

It sounds like part of the reason you aren’t wearing the ring is because it is yellow gold.  If you are impatient (like me) and want to be able to wear it while you have the other setting designed and made you can heve it rhodium plated.  I recently did this with a ring that used to be my grandmothers.  It now looks like white gold and it only cost me about $45!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Can you ask the jewler to break out the price of the stones and that of the setting?

Fiance and I had my engagement ring custom made and are having my wedding band done custom as well. We first picked the stones which were X amount and then we decided on the setting and he gave us a price of whether we used white gold or platinum.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Just an idea, my setting in platinum was $1500 and in white gold it would have been $800. We asked for a breakdown so we could know the difference. However platinum has gone up a lot since then. The jewler didn’t charge us for the CAD, just the stones and setting.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

If this helps you–my custom ring cost just over $1K last year.  It has 12 or 13 grams of gold and is a simple channel setting (custom designed) for a 2 carat stone (stone not included in the price).  I looked up the price of raw gold last year, subtracted that out, and it looks like the design/fabrication cost about $830.  The hubby’s ring was a cast band (designed in wax, then cast)…using the same formula, it looks like the labor for that was about 685.

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