(Closed) Tacori vs. Custom Ring

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

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@jfair:  Thank you.  I always worry about how certain things will sound since there’s no real “voice” on a message board like this.  I’m glad you didn’t read it that way!  Smile

Post # 18
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Bee Keeper

Unfortunately I’m not in your area so I wouldn’t know who is good there, but my jeweler worked closely with my Fiance and me to make it exactly how we wanted… I’m so happy with it! It did take them several phases to get it just right (it is a fairly elaborate setting) but since they promised to make it exactly how we wanted, they persisted until we were satisfied. We paid at the end, at the rate we agreed to in the first place, which was quite reasonable compared to similar existing settings.

Also, so far it has held up very well. I keep hearing about how other people’s melee fall out or delicate shank gets damaged (esp. from Zales rings it seems), but I have both of these elements in my ring, wear it almost all the time, and it’s as good as the day it was made.

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Fiance hmines e ring and wedding band custom made to look like tacori 2578, unfortunately it’s been in repair three times and is currently back at the jewelers awaiting its fate. But here are  my pics I really love this ring kinda sad:(

my advice would be to make sure you see some other work from the jeweler you will be using! I say go with the real thing!!! 

 

 

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@jfair:  Thank you! I love this ring! the jewelers we purchased from are in CA we live in IL, so the jeweler paid for next day shipping and all the repairs. However, I sent my ring back on the second of this month and haven’t heard from them as to what they are willing to do for us. This jeweler had WONDERful reviews! Just be careful and don’t be afraid to speak up if you notice anything that isn’t right! You don’t want to end up like me, ring less for her engagement party because the damn thing was in repair two weeks after I got it!! LOL!  The cost was about the same custom vs. tacori, however since my Fiance was buying the center stone from them they gave him a better deal on the setting. Good luck!!!! 

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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@Fleur.De.Lis:  same here. Mine was an intricate tacori and fi felt more comfortable going with the tacori. I love it and am getting the matching band!

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I went the custom route, but that was partially becuase I had a vision for what I wanted that I hadn’t really seen anywhere IRL. I couldn’t be happier with the result. I wasn’t too concerned with going with a “chain” to get them to stand behind the products because I planned on insuring it either way, and the insurance covers the cost of repairs. I researched on Pricescope and compared a lot of places before ultimately choosing the jeweler we worked with here in NYC. If you are thinking of going to custom route, be prepared for it to not be a carbon copy of the original, but it is great to be able to make any little tweaks that you may want to the design.

Post # 25
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Bee Keeper

Normally I say go custom and save a lot of money. But with tacori, it can be hard to accurately replicate all of the intricate detail. I am on my phone so couldn’t check the actual design. Check pricescope like a PP mentioned. They will tell you if it’s too hard to replicate, or may have jeweler recommendations for your area. 

Post # 27
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We went custom. I fell in love with Tacori 2569PR6 in platinum, and my DH happened to have a family friend who is a fine jeweler who gave him a good deal. I don’t know how much the setting ended up costing, but he tells me that he definitely didn’t pay the amount listed on the Tacori website!

We ended up making some changes to the original design (pears instead of trillions on the sides and different kind of prongs), and I actually like it much better. Here it is:

Post # 29
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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@jfair:  Thanks! I love it so…

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Also, like I said mine wasn’t based on a Tacori, but here is a close-up shot of mine to show the level of detail a good custom jeweler can do in case that is a concern for you (sorry, iPhone shot)- diamonds set in the band, underneath the center stone, and in a curving swoop up to the halo. If you’re looking for recommendations, I know you aren’t in NY, but I had a great experience with Engagement Rings Direct and I know they do a lot of custom work online (and were highly recommended by Pricescopers).

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