Post # 1
Went to our first jeweler today; a local shop here in downtown. The guy quoted me $3,300!!!
For 14k white gold band, and 0.60 total carat weight.
Are you kidding me??
He tried to justify it by saying their quality is extremely good and the quote is high because they’re making a custom one-of-a-kind piece.
To be honest, I almost cried… But I do know, from friends who have gotten custom designs made, with same gold and diamond weight, that I shouldn’t spend anymore than $1,500.
Sigh. Wind has been knocked from my sails…
ETA: We’re going to 2 more places today. So I’m not giving up hope quite yet. But I am extremely nervous. 🙁
Post # 3
why don’t you ask the friends where they got theirs made?
Post # 4
@li612: I do know where this one girl got her ring made, (I’m going to meet with that jeweler this afternoon,) but I just thought this little jewelry shop near me would’ve been just as good. :
Post # 5
What is the diamond quality difference? A stone with poor color/cut would be WAY cheaper than a diamond of a better cut/color. If they prize quality in their stones (My Fiance got my ring at Jared’s where they ONLY sell high-quality stones), it’s going to be WAY more expensive than if you get a diamond that looks more like a white sapphire at Walmart.
Post # 6
My 14k white gold band with .5 solitaire cost $700 at a big chain store. BUT, it does have a visible inclusion if you look at it from the side. I am happy with it and would imagine if it did not have it, it might have been closer to a thousand. Now for the stone itself, yah 1500 for a .60ct sounds right. Is it just a simple setting or is it more intricate? The addl cost could be related to it being custom made and the artists’ time.
Post # 7
Good news!! I went to two more places this afternoon… and the first place quoted us $1,700 to make it, with SI clarity diamonds.
The second place, quoted me $1,900… but then when I told him what our budget was, he quickly changed his mind and agreed to make it at $1,500 (we upped our budget a couple of hundred), using VSI clarity diamonds (F-G color)!!
I’M SO EXCITED!
The sales girl handed my boyfriend a secret note asking him when he wanted the ring to be completed. He handed it back to her and she smiled and said that was very doable. So he put a down payment on the ring before we left!
I know it’s going to happen sometime in February (valentines day, my birthday, and our anniversary happen one-after-the-other). Is it February yet?? 😀