(Closed) I have the engagement diamond, now I need a halo setting — what would you do?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Not sure if big chains do this but you can always call and ask. My Fiance took the center stone of his grandmother’s ring and had a custom jeweler place it in the setting of my choosing. I don’t think the jeweler charged to do this but he bought the setting from the same jeweler so maybe that had something to do with it.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Do you know a wholesaler, or have connections? Better quality for half the price. And they can do what you’re asking. I recommend asking some friends and family about where they got their rings, or if they have any connections. Fiance saved big $$$ with his connection.

Post # 5
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234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

any jeweler can do this. My hubs’ companysdoes this all the time. But call and ask around for pricing. Hubs estimates that a 14k halo setting, depending on the size (and number  of)of the stones used in halo and such, should be anywhere from $1250-$1750.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

Absolutely. They’re called semi-mounts. Most every jeweler has them or can get them. Just because there is a stone in the ring doesn’t mean it’s pre-set with a diamond. A lot of times they put a CZ in there so you can visualize what it would look like with a diamond. If you find something you like they take the measurements of your stone and they can either custom the halo to fit or just order the setting a size up. I wouldn’t call a chain shop. Just stop in. You can look at what they have and they can explain things to you. And I wouldn’t limit yourself to chains. If there is a mom & pop place near you it doesn’t hurt to pop your head in to see what’s in their inventory. There’s no guarantee which one will command better prices and even if a mom and pop place happens to have better prices it doesn’t necessarily mean they have a good inventory.

On another note – halos are really “in” right now. They are literally all over the place. I’m sure you’ll be able to find something you love. You just have to shop a little.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

On another, another note πŸ™‚ – we just suffered the custom route for my halo setting. Depending on the specs you want and your area and the size stone they are building around a halo can run you anywhere from $1200 up to$4500 for 14K white gold. We weren’t looking for anything extravagent. The design we shopped for was delicate and simple. But the avg quote we received in this area was in the $3300 range. But if you go through an online jeweler to get something custom done it could run you closer to the $1500-$2000 range.

What you are looking for isn’t necessarily a custom job as the design is being sold all over the place. But if you don’t find the particular halo you want it could turn custom -that’s what happened to us.

Ok. That’s all. I swear. πŸ™‚

Post # 10
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1429 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I recommend The Shane Co. If you have one near you.

Post # 11
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2893 posts
Sugar bee

@Andr0meda: Our stone was a 1.5, so yeah, yours would be cheaper if you went the custom route because you wouldn’t need as much material (gold, diamonds) to create the halo. Also, a single shank halo would keep you costs in the range you want as well. But I would definitely look around at what people already have in their inventory before you worry about customizing anything, unless you have a very specific design in mind that you don’t think you’ll be able to find. Here are just a couple links. The last one is for the guy we are currently working with. He can customize pre-made setting designs for you.

http://www.helzberg.com/category/engagement+%26+wedding/rings/mountings.do?sortby=ourPicks&page=all

http://www.bluenile.com/engagement-ring-settings?forceStep=STYLE_STEP&first_step=style&track=image

http://rockdiamond.com/index.php/categories/semi-mounts

http://craigcoyne.myshopify.com/collections/engagement-settings

 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

Beautiful! πŸ™‚ It’s cool how the stone sits above the halo. I have a friend with one like that. Very gorgeous in person.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

@Andr0meda: The only thing that concerns me personally about the Kay setting you posted was the clarity of the diamonds. They’re using SI2-I1, which is why it’s so cheap. If you can find a Kay that has it in store I’d try to see it to see if the clarity bothers you at all. Some people never notice, some people never care, but it has the potential to affect how bright the diamonds look. Pompeii3 has a lot of settings at lower price points but it’s because they use stones with low clarity for a lot of their rings. Some people love their rings and would never notice. But I’ve read several posts about people returning the rings because the stones looked dull. It was a beautiful design though. Just thought I’d mention it in case it was something you cared about. πŸ™‚

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