(Closed) Is a designer setting worth the extra $?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Would you pay for a designer setting
    yes : (34 votes)
    30 %
    no : (81 votes)
    70 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @country chic:  I think it depends on the designer. The setting I have is designed by JB Star. They will replace any stones/micropave diamonds on the setting should they fall out and resize the ring for free for the life of the company, so for me it was worth it.

    Post # 4
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    14567 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    If its the same price, I’d definitely go with the designer setting.  If it cost more just for a name, then no. But if you’re getting some kind of lifetime guarentee and work on the ring, like allergicbee said, then maybe, depends on the mark up.  Few hundred, sure why not.  Thousand+? I’d have to think about it.

    Post # 5
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    579 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    My Darling Husband paid more for a designer setting. My ring is Tacori and is very unique. I think it depends if the ring has something a little extra special by going with designer setting. If they are exactly the same ring/quality and the non designer ring is much cheaper i would go with that one!

    Post # 8
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    669 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Some designer settings are worth it based on their quality- fluidity, precision, etc.  It really just depends on how picky you are.

    Post # 9
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    1866 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @country chic:  My fiance purchased a Vatche setting for me, and I love it.  I don’t know if he paid more for a designer name or not, but the reason I wanted a designer setting was because I thought down the road it would be much easier to match with a wedding band.  I believe he also got a percentage off his total purchase (he bought the diamond and setting through Good Old Gold) because he got a designer setting.  I also felt like I could trust the quality of certain designer settings, and so having that peace of mind was important to me.

    Post # 10
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    893 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @country chic:  My engagement ring isn’t designer and when we looked at a similar ring, the designer brand is $3,000 more!  We’re still getting the same type of coverage and guarantee so for us, it’s not worth it. 

    Post # 11
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    1087 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    My Fiance got me a tacori setting. We went ring shopping together and I was unable to find ANYTHING that lived up to the ring that he ended up purchasing. If I would have been able to find something similar, then maybe I would have considered the alternative. But i have to say, I absolutely LOVE my ring and have not been able to find one like it or that I love as much (at least near where I live). To me it was worth the money because I absolutely fell in love with it when I saw it. I would say that I would not just pay for “the name”, there really has to be a special quality about that specific ring that I like to go with the designer because in the end it does cost more.

    Post # 12
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    199 posts
    Blushing bee

    I think it really depends. If you can find the same thing for less or equal then IMO I probably wouldnt pay more for just the designer ring. In my case, we chose a designer whos ring I havent seen anything similar anywhere so it is a bit of money but because we cant find it elsewhere, we are willing to pay the amount. ( plus im getting the amora moissy ) so it saves money 🙂

    Post # 13
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    519 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I have rather plain taste when it comes to engagement rings, so there was absolutely no reason to pay more for a designer take on the solitaire. I really would have just been paying for the name. But, if there is a specific ring that you like more than anything else, I would be willing to pay more for that. It really just matters which you like better as long as you can afford either. 

    Post # 14
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I have a Simon G ring… it’s beautiful and I love it, but when I plug the price we paid into Blue Nile, or Esty or even Ebay I’m constantly shocked by how much “more” ring we could have gotten for the price, had we not gone the designer route.  So, ultimately, I’d say no, it’s not worth it.

    Post # 16
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    201 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I have a Simon G Engagement Ring with a customized band. My husband has a Tacori.

    We only went to one store that was recommended by my husband’s boss (we’re guessing he secretly partly owns it). A 20% discount and all the extras, i.e. lifetime warranty including cleaning/resizing/stone-replacement, etc, on gorgeous rings sealed the deal for us.

    It was not until after I’ve had my ring that I finally had a chance to window-shop for other E-rings. It was very shocking to see the price difference and I felt bad realizing the money could have been used elsewhere . However, even the jewellers from the other stores picked up on the beautiful setting and amazing sparkle and had to ask to see it closer (it’s not huge by any means). One even said I made their jewelry look bad. lol

     

     

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