(Closed) least expensive route to mount loose stones on a band

posted 5 years ago in Rings
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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kpaige2017 :  well if you’re serious about being as cheap as possible, you can buy sterling silver semi mount settings online for like $20 and set the stones yourself. That’s your absolute cheapest option. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

I wouldn’t go to a mall jewelry store. They would probably end up costing more than a locally owned jewelry store and would take much longer. You should go around to stores in your area to get quotes. Or you could find a custom jeweler online, this is probably the cheapest option in my experience. There are tons of small town jewelers on Etsy and most have great prices. And yes you mail them your stones! 

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Helper bee

 

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kpaige2017 :  Since these are your mom’s diamonds, I would be reluctant to send them anywhere. In the past, when I had work like that done, I used a reputable goldsmith/jewelry designer that I was lucky enough to have near me. Due to his expertise, he was on the expensive side though. Would you be willing to have just a plain band for now, then wait to have the diamonds reset later when you can afford it?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

Well either way, you need a jeweler to safely set the stones.  As pp have said, setting them yourself is cheapest but you don’t want to risk losing a stone.  Jewelers have the tools and experience.  For peace of mind that’s the only way I would go.

Can you use a stand in ring, a cheapie, for the ceremony and then save up for the new ring?

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