(Closed) Setting cost vs budget

posted 6 years ago in Money
  • poll: How much of your total budget was the setting?
    0-10% : (10 votes)
    30 %
    11-20% : (4 votes)
    12 %
    21-30% : (6 votes)
    18 %
    31-40% : (6 votes)
    18 %
    41-50% : (3 votes)
    9 %
    51-60% : (2 votes)
    6 %
    61-70% : (0 votes)
    71-80% : (0 votes)
    81-90% : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    2606 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    91-100%… gemstone in designer diamond setting.

    Post # 4
    118 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I said 31-40% Fiance got me the Tacori setting I wanted and they can be pricey….I originally wanted white gold, but for the ring I wanted they only had platinum when he went to get it (and didn’t want to put off the proposal)

    Post # 5
    11747 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    My setting was about 13%.  We got a 10% discount on the setting though since we purchased the setting and loose stone at the same store.  We went with white gold to save some money since my band is almost completely covered in diamonds anyways. Also, the name brand settings will cost you! Tacori is pretty outrageous for just the name! – My sister went the Tacori route and said she would never do it again! 

    Post # 6
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Mine is a custom setting handset in platinum with a ton of micropave Ring Bearer diamonds (E-G bc the center stone is an F) as a halo and around 3/4 of the band. It was about 35% of the overall price of the ring. The switch to platinum wasn’t much when we got my ring, relatively speaking. I think it was like a $400-500 difference or so.

    Compared to the prefab/premade settings in the case, this was a LOT more. The prefabs would’ve been like 20% or less of the budget, depending on the amount of diamonds in it.

    Post # 7
    828 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    My fiance had an inherited a marquise diamond for the center stone. I wear a size 4 1/2 (I could have gone with 4 1/4 but not on 100 degree days like today!), so the small size with the unusual shape of the center stone meant that we had the setting custom made. So, apart from some relatively small fee to clean the stone and remove it from it’s old setting, it was all for the setting.

    From one bride to another, the setting is just the beginning of things being way more expensive that you had ever guessed.

    Post # 8
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @Zusie:  From one bride to another, the setting is just the beginning of things being way more expensive that you had ever guessed.


    Post # 9
    6123 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I actually don’t know what we’re talking about here.  What is a setting?Embarassed

    Post # 10
    2869 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    @sienna76:  the band that the center stone(s) sit in. Often bought separately from the stone, or at least priced separately even if they come together. 

    Mine cost 2/3 of the total cost, I think… I loooove the setting and am happy we went with it instead of a bigger/nicer diamond on a plain band

    ETA: Just checked the numbers, it was about 60%; 2400 for the setting and 1800 for the stone before tax.  But my center stone is relatively small, a half carat, so the relative price of the setting would have decreased if we had, for example, a 1 ct stone

    Post # 11
    14657 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Probably 10-20%.  I didnt want a fancy, detailed, or designer setting..  I have simple tastes and wanted the focus to be the center stone. 

    Post # 13
    3461 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    My setting was platinum, and the price included the side stones of approximately .25 each, so I can’t really accurately vote.  But, with the side stones, I think it was about 1/3.

    Post # 14
    671 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Mine is custom and is a pretty fussy setting, and it’s about 27% of the overall cost of the ring. That said, I basically walked through the diamond district in NYC, got quotes from online vendors and highly reputed dealers, and I saw basically the same setting quoted for $1000-6000. The SAME setting. I highly highly recommend doing your research. We did a ton, and got a steal on my overall ring. Let me know if you have any questions through PM. Literally just finished ours yesterday.

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