(Closed) Ring dilemma /:

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 4
1220 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@Clairetoris:  hmm no real advice, but have you considered any online stores? You could buy the diamond online from like James Allen or Whiteflash and have the stone set at the place you want to get the setting from.  I’ve heard that those online stores are less pricy than some brick and mortar stores too.  If you’ve ever gone to Pricescope.com, they could tell you more.

Post # 5
12247 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think a lot of high-end setting makers jack up stone prices pretty badly!

I’d probably swallow the cost and get the stone at the setting-makers, especially if the warantee won;t be valid if you get the stone done somewhere else!

Post # 6
14661 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

If money isn’t an issue at all and the warrenty is that important, then just pay the extra money.  Personally, I’d forget the warrenty and just save the money and get it at two different places.  How often does one need to use the warrenty on a ring anyways?  And if something *does* happen, I’m sure it’ll be a hell of a lot less than the 3-5k more you’d have to pay to get it at the same place with the warrenty. 

Post # 7
462 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Clairetoris:  Can’t you just buy the diamond where you want and bring it to the store with the setting and have them set the diamond in it? Or find out who makes the setting and see if the store with the diamond you want can special order the setting for you.

Post # 8
11271 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Clairetoris:  will the store with the setting price match a diamond with the same specs from the other store?

the warranty may be on the setting itself (prongs, head, shank, band, sidestones, pave stones, etc) as well as when they actually set the centre stone (making sure it’s secure).   why won’t they give proper warranty if you bring a diamond in from elsewhere?  surely if someone brought in an heirloom diamond they would set it in one of their settings no problem.  you may have to sign a waiver stating that they will not be responsible for the centre diamond if anything should happen during the mounting stage and the centre will not be covered under warranty along with the rest of the ring.

i would actually just look at ring insurance from a third party.

Post # 9
2837 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Clairetoris:  I know this sounds strange- but have you ever bothered to try to talk to the store who carries the setting, and tell them that you really want to buy from them, but it’s hard when yo can find a diamond with the same specs (assuming they are very similar)- at XX store- so do they want to consider lowering the price of the diamond and keep your business, or have you go elsewhere?  Diamonds are no different than anything else- they don’t hold a higher standard- and it’s always worth trying, IMO.  

Post # 10
1173 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2002

We bought a diamond from James Allen, and had it set at Jared (only place I could find an eternity semi mount).  Also, I like Jared’s lifetime rhodium dipping plan, and they do this in 1 hour.  I wouldn’t worry about the warranty too much, as long as your diamond and setting has insurance.  

Post # 11
48 posts
  • Wedding: December 2014

go to James Allen- you can view every stone individually and see every detail and mark in the stone. I have noticed that these are much cheaper than the main stores in the mall and it will work out cheaper- plus you can custom design everyting

Post # 12
553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

you could also ask the stone seller if they’re willing to do a custom setting to replicate the one you like?

Post # 13
8041 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Are you even allowed to just buy the setting at the store you like? Many stores won’t just sell the setting… to avoid things like this happening.

I would just get it from the same store. Warranties usually aren’t that great… so that would not be my main concern… but what if one of the stores screws up setting the ring and then you have bigger problems? Then what do you do.. if the setting is ruined or the diamond is chipped, or the workmanship is crappy.

The way I see it, if you want to spend less, go somewhere else. You can’t have your cake and eat it too. Some stores you pay extra for the prestige/brand (don’t know if this is the case with your situation).. those who want rings from those stores make the choice to pay the extra markup.

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