(Closed) Ring dilemma – what should we do?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
749 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Are you certain there is nothing similar on some of these reputable websites?  Local artist or not, nobody should charge so much…and the expensive part is the gold weight itself because small diamond scattered around aren’t enough to justify a price jump.  They are insufficiant in the cost.  People can charge whatever they feel like once you like something.  I’d say keep on a poker face and try to negotiate.  Ask how many grams of gold it is, divide it out and ask, so your charging me how much per gram?  18k should not be more than $75 per gram, and if she is charging way more, ask how much the ct weight is of the diamonds.  Put some pressure on her, it won’t cost her any more to answer your questions.

Post # 4
1814 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

If you really want these rings and you can pay it off in one payment while still having money saved for emergencies, I would say it’s okay to splurge a little! It is my opinion that rings and photography are the things you should be able to splurge on in a wedding, because they are what lasts forever. That said, you don’t have to go with this artist. Try to get quotes from other jewelers in your area (or online!). If you tell her that you are shopping around, she might change her tune. I’ve heard from an independent jeweler that small melee diamonds shouldn’t cost more than a couple dollars each, so I believe she is playing games with you.

Post # 5
743 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I would check other local jewelers too. I’m having similar issues at the moment so I know how it can feel. I was (am) bewildered! 

One jeweler quoted me over £ 1000 ($1500 ish?) more than the one we eventually went with, and all the while they insisted that they were only charging for material cost and gave us money off craftsmanship :/ they did at least say that removing stones wouldn’t make much difference at this small size. The engagement ring we went with in the end had twice as much Platinum by weight and cost so much less!

Post # 6
4476 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Price shop a bit to see what’s reasonable for similar items.  Many jewelers can be negotiated with, so if you know another jeweler charges 1800 for a similar item, while she’s charging 3000, you can bring that price back to her to let her know it’s too steep.  Etsy sells pieces similar to what you’re looking at, so that’ll make for an easy comparison.

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