Post # 1
So the ring saga continues. Today we found a great deal on a prong set solitaire semi-mount. GORGEOUS.
I can has fahncee diamnds pleeze?
Anyway. We already have a center diamond (please see long string of posts about this). Thing is, the jeweler wants to charge us $150 bucks to set the stone! Its a round stone, and its just a 4 prong mounting. Is that normal?!
I think since we are buying the setting from them they should set it for free. Boyfriend thinks we are getting such a great deal anyway, we should just let it slide.
The only other jewelry place I ever bought something from was a bezel setting for my diamond when I had it in a necklace. Because I bought the setting from them, they set it for free.
Was that just a fluke? Is $150 to set a stone as ridiculous as it sounds?
Post # 3
Are they going to give you a warranty on the setting (in case the stone falls out, blah blah blah)?
Post # 4
Setting a stone is meticulous work, it is not just a matter of bending the prongs in. You want it to be done right so you don’t risk losing your stone. I think the charge is justified.
Post # 5
Unfortunately, no. When I was originally looking at diamonds and settings separately, most places charged $150-$250 to set a diamond not their own.
You’ll also need to check if you need to get insurance on the diamond prior to getting it set. Fine print on most jeweler’s contracts state that they are not liable if the stone gets damaged during setting.
Post # 6
so totally note related to this post but EEEEEEEEEEEE YOU’RE GETTING SO CLOSE!!!!!!!!!!!
Post # 7
@crebre: eeeeeeeeeeeeee i know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <jumping up and down in office chair>
Thanks ladies for your input, I really know ZERO about diamonds or jewelry, so I didn’t know if that cost was in the ballpark. Thanks for the advice.
Post # 8
We had our diamond. They didn’t charge us ANYTHING when we finally picked out our semi-mount? Why? Cuz we just dropped a few grand on the damn setting.
I also happen to know we got gouged on our setting b/c we were on a time crunch and just paid the sticker price (i know, i know…but the lady totally knew and we went to this posh place that really isn’t big on negotiating. Time was of the essence)
I think if you got *that* good of a deal on the ring, just factor the $150 in to the setting.
I’m so glad you’re gonna get some pretty diamonds to go with your grandma’s stone!
Post # 9
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
I’ve heard a cost of around $100 per carat to set the stone is standard, so $150 is probably reasonable depending on the size of the stone. Good luck! Can’t wait to see it. 🙂
Post # 10
It’s a 1.5 carat (we finally got an accurate measurement on it yesterday once it was out of the bezel setting). So $100 per carat X 1.5 carats = $150!
Makes sense. I can’t wait to post pictures for you guys, I hope he doesn’t make me wait long!
Post # 11
I paid about 200 to set my stone in their setting but they also switched the prong from WG to Platinum for me.
Post # 12
- Wedding: May 2010 - Carlouel Yacht Club
Yep, that is pretty standard if you didn’t purchase the diamond from them. From what I’ve seen, if you purchase the diamond and the setting at the same store, lots of times they won’t charge you…but if you’re bringing it in from outside….yep…there’s a charge! In the end though it probably isn’t that much in comparison to how much you saved from finding a diamond elsewhere!
Post # 13
I just had my center stone removed from my solitaire setting and put into a new 3 stone setting. We did not buy the original ring from this jeweler and they removed my stone and reset it in the new setting for free. Though, if I knew I was getting a really great deal on the setting, I would do as someone else suggested and just wrap up all the charges into the “cost of the setting” and call it a day. How exciting!!