- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
I’m feeling like a fish flopping and flailing out of water – I’m totally out of my element!
How do you choose – and more importantly, trust – a jeweler for a custom engagement ring?
I LOVE vintage jewelry, so I found a vintage ring that I LOVE – but by the time we got engaged, it had already been sold. No problem – I saved all the pictures and we can have it custom made. When I knew we were entering the “soon to be engaged” phase, I went out to an antique jewelry shop with my mom. That’s when we found out about the option of buying the center stone, setting it in a solitare, and later coming back to make the “real” ring. After getting engaged, I went back there to have it resized and talked more with them about pricing of the final ring. They said they would need about a week to make the wax and final ring.
Last week we went to a shop to look for rings for him, and I talked with them a little about my custom ring – can’t hurt to shop around a little, right? They said they would take THREE MONTHS to make the ring, and any place that makes it in a week is going to give you a “slap job” ring of low quality.
Well, shoot! How will I decide, then? My Fiance bought the stone & solitare setting for $1000. The shop said the remainder of the ring would be $2300. Second store said $2900, using our stone and gold from the solitare. Third store said $3500!! (They also wanted to charge $1000 just for the gold – 7-8 grams.) Fourth store has yet to get back to me.
Compared to some people on the WeddingBee, this ring is like pocket change, but to us (a teacher & interior designer, homeowers), it’s quite a bit. FI’s willing to go up to the highest quote if it’ll get me “what I want” (so sweet like that), but I don’t want to spend too much.
I’m a big Yelper – elite, actually – and I use Yelp to guide me a lot. But for jewelry – not so much. There are a lot of reviews about people getting pieces cleaned or shaped up, but not designed from scratch.
However can I decide? I just want it done right – a ring to last me my entire life.