Post # 1
Hi ladies, my first post here, been lurking for a month 🙂 Forgive my naivete in these sorts of things..
So my fiance and I are getting married this year but we hadn’t gotten to the engagement ring part yet. Anyway, we went to look at rings today. The first store we went to I really liked the atmosphere and the service, and liked their diamond selection. However, they had no settings I liked but they do custom design too.
The 2nd store we went to is a custom jewelry shop – I didn’t like the feeling of the store at all (the staff, etc) but I did browse for a few minutes – they do mostly custom work but they had cases with designs to base off of to get ideas rolling. Well, there was a ring that I did like there – I’d change it slightly cos it has a lot of tiny side diamonds and I would want to get rid of a few of them.
The question is, is it wrong (legally or otherwise) to take that design and take it to the first store to ‘design’? I just really liked the first store more …
Post # 3
@hksnoopy: As long as you don’t make an exact replica (ie make some changes to the design), it is totally fine. Many ring designs are not even copywrited, which is why so many different shops often offer identical settings.
Post # 4
It’s perfectly fine as long as it’s not a carbon copy. Change a few things (stone size or shape, angles, prongs), and presto, you’ve got a legally ok ring.
Don’t forget to shop at the websites of casting houses like Stuller or Adwar. You can find plenty of ideas (or even your dream setting for cheaper than custom) there 🙂
Post # 5
That’s good to know – thanks for the tips too! 🙂 I’ll have to spend some time looking through those sites, there’s a LOT on there 🙂
Post # 6
how exciting, congratulations!
as pp said, definitely look at online sites for settings and check out other jewellery stores too. to buy a setting already done is soooo much cheaper than a custom setting. i had mine custom and it was ridiculous. they wanted to customize my band too but i got one from stock elsewhere for 1/2 the price and 2x the ctw.
good luck and have fun. can’t wait to see what you get!!