Post # 1
So I finally decided that I want a classic 6-prong round solitaire engagement ring! After trying on a couple settings today I fell in love with this Danhov setting. I love the tapered design, as well as the positioning of the dainty prongs (not the traditional 12′ & 6′ o clock positioning). the overall width of the ring seemed perfect, too. But the setting itself is totally out of our budget – $1500-$1800ish if I remember correctly.
This is a similar design:
Is it worth it to splurge on a simple setting like this? I honestly rather spend less money on the setting and more on the actual stone.. but I couldn’t find any settings similar to this particular one online 🙁 I am open to other designs, however!
And we are set on buying our stone online (either through James Allen or blue Nile) so if anyone could share pictures of their 6-prong solitaires from those retailers, that would be great as well. Thanks!
Post # 2
Personally I would not spend that much on a simple setting – that seems really high. Start looking at local jewelers who will set your stone. You can also try posting on Pricescope for suggestions on where to look for less expensive ones, and don’t rule out second hand settings.
Post # 3
My setting was wickedly overpriced ($4200) Bc of the brand but I couldn’t find any other that I loved as much. James Allen and blue nile both have a diamond upgrade program, but I think they require the new diamond to be at least twice the price of the old one.
Post # 4
That seems pricey, but is it a platinum setting?
I would check with a few local jewelers if they can have the setting custom made for less. Also check out David Klass, he’s based in downtown LA but had quite a following for his settings on these boards. Downtown LA prices are much more affordable.
Post # 5
We overpaid for my specific 6 prong setting because I loved the simple details and craftsmanship. Can you fit it into the budget by going down in color or clarity of the stone? Or size? Even trimming of a teensy bit saves a ton.
You could also inquire about getting something similar custom made. I think it’s worth having a setting you’re crazy about because it’s really what you see all the time!
Post # 6
I wouldn’t spend so much on that setting. There are bound to be tons of jewellers selling a very similar setting for half the cost. Save that budget for the center stone!
Post # 7
Try finding a setting where the band is exactly what you want (tapered, solid band) and then ask JA/BN what the cost would be for six prongs like the photo.
When I was shopping, Brilliant Earth was willing to change a four-prong to six for only $50 extra. I imagine JA/BN will be similar.
Post # 8
Check out EJCollections on Etsy. John was able to make a ring with all the specifics and details that I custom designed. I was blown away. His prices are very competitive and his craftsmanship and quality are beautiful and durable. It’s a pretty simple setting. I would not spend that much on it, but I bet if you message John, he can make it for a great price. I’m sure others could, too, but I can testify to his quality so that’s why I recommend him. I’ve had other Etsy sellers make me crap job jewelery so they’re not all equal…
Post # 9
While the prongs are not exactly the same these two rings are comparable (tapered/6 prong) for less from Brian Gavin:
Platinum for $1250.00
18k White Gold for $850.00
I have a simple 4 prong solitaire however the setting was very important to me. My setting is platinum, came from Blue Nile and had cost $1000.00.
Post # 10
I think when you’re buying a simple ring, the details matter very much. If you have fallen in love with the prongs, the basket, the taper, the whole look, you will be looking for those details in every other ring and could end up being disappointed if the details you love aren’t there. I would splurge for the exact design I want, but that’s me. FWW, I don’t really like solitaires that much, but I love that setting – the basket and prongs are beautiful.
Post # 11
I would absolutely recommend finding a local jeweller that works with the Stuller site and have them order it for you. I went to a big box jeweller and they were ready to charge me $2000 for a simple 4-prong solitaire! Stuller lets you pick whatever you want, only thing is that it’s a distributor so you’d need to go through your local jeweller. I got my yellow gold 4-prong solitaire from the site and I’m so ridiculously happy! You can go on their website and find some settings that fit what you’re looking for and then ask your jeweller to quote you prices on each. Hope this helps!
Post # 12
Agree with what this bee said. If you’re going for a more intricate design, you’d have a lot more details you could admire and love. With simple designs like this, every little detail that you either want or don’t want stands out even more. I would splurge and maybe go down a color or clarity grade.
Post # 13
If it were me I would put the money into the diamond…unless he has a family heirloom to use.