(Closed) Retail VS. Custom Made

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yay it looks similar to my ring! I have a cushion for the center stone though. He got mine from Blue Nile, so he chose the stone and the setting, but I wouldn’t call it custom. We went with blue nile because they had good reviews and I hadn’t seen the setting anywhere in any stores (also hard to find places that have cushion stones).

 

Post # 4
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48 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Hi!

My fiance (soon to be husband in 6 days- eek!) had my ring and wedding band custom made by a friend of a friend who works for a jewelry wholesaler in Dallas. Basically he told her/showed her pictures of things he liked and I liked, and they created a CAD image/wax mold/final ring! He saved SOO much money in the end. We were looking at a memoire of the same style for close to 6k for engagement ring *setting* only and ended up spending more like… 4k for both the engagement ring/center stone/wedding band. I don’t know who can argue with that. Sure, some girls can say I have Tiffany, but you can say I have a one of a kind!!

They do things like that all the time, they can truly create whatever your little heart can imagine. They can combine multiple designs or create something truly different.

Here is a picture of my set, it’s a .75 carat round center, 1 carat eternity shared prong setting with a matching 1 carat eternity wedding band.

Post # 5
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862 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We also got my set custom made.  I’ve known a local jeweler for years now and always knew he would make my set.  7 years ago I needed a ring sized and drove down the street and popped my head into his jewelry shop!!  Smartest decision I made because I’ve used him ever since (even recommended him to another Atlanta bee to set her ring).  We showed him a a photo and described the minor changes we wanted and ended up with this beautiful set.  I have no complaints… It cost us 1/3 of retail price.

Post # 9
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862 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@MsGolightly: thank you!!  and yes… those two bands will be added in December!!  I won’t get them welded since I may wear them separately from the e-ring when necessary.

Post # 11
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1568 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I my Fiance went thru http://www.diamondsourceofvirginia.com and we live in New England. They did everything online and I highly recommend!

My ring would have been $14k at a retail store (says the owner of the store nearby) and he paid just under $7k. Diamond Source of VA picked out numerous GIA certified diamonds and sent all the specs to Fiance in email. One of the great things is they included mm size so he could take a ruler out and actually draw the size of the center diamond. Once he picked out a dimaond, they ordered it form the cutter and did their own evaluation (they are impartial b/c they dont own the diamond yet). At this point they decide if it its properly graded and will be something you will like. They take a ton of pics and send them to you with thier evaluation and the GIA certificate via email. If you like, its on its way to you to be checked out!

They then allow you to take it to any independent appraiser before you finalize the deal. They use overnight Fedex to get it to you (all insured by them). They also supply you with a loupe to view yourself. If you like it you send it back with the means they have provided and they start making your ring. Mine took about 3 weeks. My ring is a 1.02 carat emerald cut with 0.33 tarpezoid sides made in platinum, I’m in love! They did a great job finding matching side stones (you want similiar olor and clarity).

My diamond is even laser inscribed with its own identification # so I feel safe knowing when I ring it to the jewelers to be cleaned that I get my diamond back =)

I would contact them, they are a small family business and taught my Fiance soooo much! I think I’m going to have them make my wedding band too!

Post # 12
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1036 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think that you can save a bit on price, but get the same quality if you go to a local jeweler or somewhere like Blue Nile…pick your setting and then add the stone of your choosing (cut, clarity, color, size).  This is what my Fiance did.  He remembered (YAY) that I have always been in love with ascher cut diamonds, but I never thought I would get one as they are so inflated on price retail.  Well, when he proposed…I almost fell over when I saw it… He nailed it!!  And then I nearly punched him for blowing his entire savings… Which come to find out, he didn’t.  He was able to find a great local jeweler to work with and was able to get an awesome stone and setting, because the stone was at a wholesale cost, and then he paid for the craftsmanship, instead of the brand name.

Post # 13
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5183 posts
Bee Keeper

A ring like that looks pretty simple to have custom made. If your ring were an elaborate tacori I would def suggest buying retail. 

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