(Closed) Labor cost for setting a stone

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Not sure myself, but I too Would love to know how much it cost to set a diamond or gemstone. 

Post # 4
1183 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2002

I bought my diamond online and my setting at Jared.  Supposedly settings at Jared do not include a head, and I paid $175 for a white gold head and setting of the stone.  

Post # 5
723 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We bought my amora moissanite from moissaniteco and then paid a local jeweler $500 for a 14k gold setting, plus the setting of the stone. So total we spent about $1100



Post # 6
1415 posts
Bumble bee

Hi, that price sounds a bit unreasonable. I sourced my own stone and had it set by a local jeweler for a few hundred, including the white gold solitaire setting. Good luck!

Post # 7
1290 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We bought the stone from a jeweler online and solitaire setting in white gold online from a different jeweler, and the local jeweler who is doing the setting is charging $75. He is lowering the setting for me in that price as well the prongs on it sit very high now.  Some of these prices sound high to me but it could depend on the area. Shop around anyway!

Post # 8
2505 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I brought an heirloom ring in to get work done on it at Jareds.  The ring is over 100 years old, Jareds beautifully custom made my engagement ring, and unlike most other chains, they have a repair shop within the stores.  The ring had one big diamond and 3 smaller ones, all which needed new heads.  It cost 163 for the 4 new heads and resetting the stones.  That is correct about the heads not coming with the settings at Jared (each shape and size needs a different head and you can put any size or shape stone in any setting).  You will probably need a specific  head for the stone you choose, and if you buy it at Jareds (probably for around 150), the labor will be free and save you a lot of money.  

Post # 9
12257 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I also have an e-ring from Jared’s!

DH got the platinum head, and it was only like $300 (instead of $150 for WG)

I definitely vote you go with them!

Post # 10
3057 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

We paid like $125 or something for the setting of the stone. We bought the setting from the place & had our own stone.

ETA: Yea Jared mentioned something about the head being extra cost when I went there. I’ll never suggest Jared to anyone after going there for my SO’s setting. There was a plain setting for like $1200 something in white gold…plain, solitaire, 4 prong, that’s it. I went to International Diamond Center & got basically the same plain solitaire setting, this time 6 prong (which is what SO wanted and would’ve cost extra at Jared to get the setting in a 6 prong instead of a 4) for literally 1/4 of the cost. Jared is SO overpriced

Post # 11
2602 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

I’ve been quoted between $40 and $120 for setting your own stone into your own setting. 

Post # 12
1063 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

We paid $45 apart from the cost of the setting to set our own stone into it

Post # 13
3221 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I bought my Tacori setting (so head was included) and diamond separately, and it cost $150 to remove the stock CZ and set the same size diamond in its place.


Post # 14
1031 posts
Bumble bee

When we replaced the diamond in MIL’s engagement ring there was a $40 setting fee.

Post # 15
293 posts
Helper bee

Setting it should cost about $20-70 depending where you live. It only takes a few minutes. If the place needs to send it out, that could explain the cost– you’re paying them AND another party to set it. Find a jeweler who has his own bench and will do it himself.

However, it doesn’t sound like that excess is just for setting your stone. It sounds like he’s just up charging the Moissy himself. See if you can provide the Moissy. Otherwise… I say you give a call to David Klass in LA. My BIL (whom I went with and “supervised”) went to him and got a FB Moissy. He charged the same price as MoCo and all the other direct sources. He even hand picked it out of a bunch to make sure we got the best one.


Post # 16
280 posts
Helper bee

I work at a jewelry store and we charge $60 to set a stone. It sounds like they are charging a large markup on the moissanite.

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