Post # 1
I know I’ve only been married for a few months, but Darling Husband and I always agreed that we would upgrade my setting eventually, when I found something I really liked. When picking out my e-ring, I wasn’t in love with anything I saw so we both agreed to just get a round solitaire that I would eventually upgrade.
Darling Husband is totally on board for me to do whatever and whenever, so that isn’t an issue. My problem is I found something I love, but I can only find it at one small jewelry shop and nothing else seems to compare. The owner of the shop is really mean and surly to customers and quoted me a price that I just KNOW is inflated.
The reviews of this shop are almost all bad, saying the same things I experienced. Overpriced, bad service. But she has the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.
We can afford this setting, but I think it’s almost 2X the price of what it’s actually worth. I really really want this ring, but I don’t know if I should move on just because the owner is mean and I’m possibly getting ripped off.
Does anyone have any advice on how to proceed? Is there any way I can bring a gemologist or something into the store with me to see if maybe I’m wrong and it is actually worth that amount? I’ve scoured the internet to find the same ring elsewhere and I don’t think it exists. The owner of the shop designs the pieces as well.. 🙁
Post # 3
Sorry I don’t have any advice but I would love to see pictures!
What about taking pictures and having someone else make it for you?
Post # 4
Pictures please, and maybe taking a professional in there would be the best. It sounds like with her it won’t really matter though just because she’s so surly.
Perhaps you can take the design to another jeweler and have them try to replicate it?
Post # 5
agree with pp. can you get a cell phone pic of the setting to take to another jeweler? Or maybe if you described it for us we could help you look online for a similar one? I never cease to be amazed by the resourcefulness of the women here!
Post # 6
@caszos: I will post pictures, but they’re really blurry so it’s almost impossible to really know what it looks like.. I can’t get close enough to take a good photo and of course she won’t let me inside the shop.
It’s the ring in the red box.. They would fit it to my diamond.
If anyone can find anything similar, please let me know! I’m just really particular about how it looks, I don’t like to see any metal behind the diamonds if that makes any sense.
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Post # 7
Is this picture like what you want?
I found it here: http://thediamondco.com/tdc/Pages/pages_jwlr/Engagement/pages/sd871.html
I don’t know if they sell just the setting, but if not at least you’d have a clearer pic to take a jeweler to have them make one.
If it isn’t, maybe describe what is different so we could help you find another pic of something closer?
Post # 8
I would definitely second having someone make it for you. A good jeweler/wholesaler would be able to imitate or create anything you want. My wedding band was custom-made but is pretty much identical to the de beers shared prong diamond eternity. Before our wedding I had the jeweler give me a quote to redo my setting and it was 1/4 of the price that was quoted by the jeweler that we originally purchased my ring from. I will probably go ahead with it when we move back to Houston. My brother’s fiancée’s ring was done by the same jeweler and it is exactly what they wanted and very reasonable (near perfect 2ct asscher with halo setting)
Not sure where you are located but most large cities have a “diamond” district where you can find very talented jewelers. Mine was made in Houston so I’m not sure that will help…
Post # 9
Could you try taking these pics to another jeweler and asking for a similar custom ring? I’d be wary of working with anyone who gives me such bad vibes, especially for something that expensive.
Post # 10
@CorgiTales: Yes that is very close! My pictures don’t really show it well, but what I love about this ring is the halo diamonds are actually smaller than the diamonds on the band. And there are diamonds all over the metal connecting the halo part to the band (so I guess you would call it a channel setting).
Everyone seems to be saying I should try to get a better pic and bring it to a jeweler. I guess I can try, but I go back to teh same problem I’ve always had, I just can’t get my camera to focus on rings properly. So I’ve never even been able to share a good pic of my actual ring with the hive, they’ve all been really blurry.
Please keep posting pics of similar rings if you come across them!
Post # 11
@Violet Violet: I know, that’s exactly what I”m saying. And I don’t want to look down at my beautiful new ring and have bad memories of the purchase experience.
Post # 12
I was in a similar situation. I found a new setting I loved but the place was difficult to work with and just seemed really shady about their pricing and whatnot. I just kept looking and found something very similar from a much better place – it saved me the headache of having to deal with people who acted like they didn’t want my business in the first place.
I’d say based on what you’re looking for you should be able to find that elsewhere. It’s not super uncommon, you may need to look for a while to find something comparable though.
Post # 13
The ring @corgitales posted looks exactly like my ring. But I got mine at a local jeweler.. Have you tried the macro setting on your camera? Also maybe just take a full saturday to go to the diamond district and look at as many jewelers as possible. you might find something similar!
Post # 14
Ok how about this…. it seems to sit up pretty far from the band and its pretty detailed underneath (not sure if that is what you wanted or not…) but the halo part is smaller diamonds that are kind of “encrusted” all around the halo rather than just at the top.
Perhaps if you like the halo of this one and the band/setting shape of another, you could take multiple pics to a jeweler and kind of have them “frankenstein” together a ring for you using your favorite elements of each ring? Here is the link for this ring:
Post # 15
p.s. don’t feel badly if you dont like the second one either… there are seriously worse ways to spend a monday morning procrastinating than looking for e-rings 😉
Post # 16
@CorgiTales: Haha love the idea of Frankensteining my ring!! I like that one too, but I don’t want to be able to see any prongs which is something I loved about this ring. It’s a 4 prong but you have to really look close to even see them, they’re so tiny and hidden.
@AnneTossy: I’m gonig to try to go back and take a better picture. I will practice the Macro setting on my ring first, I don’t even know how to do that!
Another thing I just thought of is asking maybe one of my friends to go in there and get a quote for the setting also. See if he/she gets a different price. Then we can walk in together and hold them to it. Part of me is just really nervous about gonig through all the trouble to recreate it and not having it turn out right.. It’ snot an easy design to replicate, I know it’s a common setting, the round halo, but I’m just so picky about how it looks..