Post # 1
I am about to purchase a loose diamond I intend to get set for an engagement ring for my girlfriend. I have a question of opinion: Is it tacky or considered fake to get a loose diamond you buy from a dealer and have it set in a designer setting like Tiffany or Harry Winston or is this a common thing?
Post # 3
Most of these high end vendors will no accept an outside vendors diamond. There is a price you pay for the designer name. You have to decide if you’d like your money to go toward te name, a bigger or higher quality diamond, or into your bank account.
Post # 4
Ah that was going to be the second part of my question: “is it even possible?” Doesnt sound like it. Thanks!
Post # 5
My DH did that. He bought a loose setting and had it set in a designer setting. However, when he was shopping around for settings he learned Tiffanys and Harry Winston do not allow you to just buy the settings without a center stone. It is to ensure all of their rings are sold with the same standard of quality.
Post # 6
@JaymeC: I agree. I don’t think it’s possible. I am pretty sure you’d have to have a setting designed to put your loose stone in.
Post # 7
Designers like tacori will allow it as they are sold at various vendors. Just not typically the stand alone big name stores.
Post # 8
I have a tacori and set a canadian diamond in it. There was no problem.
Post # 9
I don’t think it’s tacky at all.
If you can buy the setting on its own (if you don’t mind preowned too, you can probably find tiffany settings preowned) then go for it!
Post # 10
If a designer will allow it, it is certainly not tacky or fake! It’s just being smart with your money
Post # 11
Yeah, the standalone stores like Tiffany, Harry Winston, Cartier, etc, will not allow you to do that.