(Closed) Was custom pricing more than you expected?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Hey there 🙂

My Fiance got my engagement ring custom made and he found it wasn’t expensive. 

He paid NZD $5800 (I think that’s around USD $4000 for my ring’s complete design. It also comes with lifetime re-sizing and cleaning. Bare in mind we pay more for stuff here in New Zealand.

This is it. It’s got 1ct of diamonds TDW. 0.4 center, 2 X 0.25 sides and rest is the halos.

The setting is 18K white and band is 18K yellow gold.

Definitely glad he went custom – I get so many compliments. Even from strangers! 

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Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Mine is custom and has a lot of diamond (most of which we provided) and it’s still more than 80%, maybe more, of settings. It’s been awhile since I looked at rings lol. It’s in platinum, so we expected it to be a little more, but my setting cost more than most people I know rings and was shocking at first, but it was very important to us. I don’t think that was a completely outrageous price, but I guess you’ll find out when you get a second option. It’s a pretty ring though. 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Custom can be expensive depending on the jeweler. For example, for the custom setting I wanted for my e ring, one jeweler in a pricier side of town with his shop in a pricier shopping center quoted me a bit over $2000 for just the setting I wanted. I thought that was absurd considering I had a tiny bit of small diamonds in my setting. I ended up going to David Klass who did my ring to perfection for $1250 In 18k white gold. I agree with you that 2500 is WAY too much. Keep shopping! I’m sure you can get a better price.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

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wmk3090:  Yes, you are being unrealistic. Unlike a lot of items in the wedding industry, cost of metals are not influenced by the area where you live. The design and cost of workmanship might be affected, but that is a pretty intricate design that you have. Plus, custom work is always more expensive that if you bought the same thing pre-made, as you’re paying for all the work that goes into the design process (CADS, moulds, etc.). $2500 seems pretty reasonable for that setting, done custom – particularly if it’s platinum. I don’t think you’re going to find it for $1500, sorry.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Prices can really vary a lot.  I would shop around but also keep in mind you don’t necessarily want the cheapest price out there.  There needs to be a balance between price and customer service, and of course quality and matching your design.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

The setting for the heart diamond I just purchased using my gold and diamonds provided it costing me $780 Aus dollars. My jeweller is couture and very professional! I design the ring and he makes it for me! 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

No. But my ring isn’t too fancy as far as setting is concerned. It’s a micro pave with a 2 carat diamond. We were quoted much more at a certain popular store (the brothers store) JUST for a 2 carat diamond. So we feel we got a steal with my ring! 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Yeah, that’s a bit rich for my blood. Had the same thing happen, went loosely shopping for a custom jeweler in my city, showed my inspiration piece and discussed the tweaks, and the highest was “roughly $2.5k” (note: no filigree, side stones, no halo, etc.), and the lowest was roughly $1.5k from a guy who does all his own work in shop. 

Totally got spoiled by David Klass on my custom halo setting for price and quality, but due to communication issues people have been experiencing, thought I might search for another great jeweler, preferably local, and I’m willing to pay a little more for that. 

 

Post # 10
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558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I think $2500 seems very reasonable for that setting. living in an otherwise cheap coty doesn’t affect the price of metals and the handiwork required for something that intricate.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

I think the price is reasonable for the intricate designs. THe other bees that posted that the price was unreasonable showed a very simple design for the price she got. The more intricate the design, the more man hours. Especially with custom work, you pay for what you get. If it’s cheap, chances are they won’t spend that many hours on your ring. Is that what you want?

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

That seems very reasonable to me given the intricacy of the setting.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Yea, I think you’re being unreasonable given the intricate design.  As previous posters have mentioned, the cost of custom jewelers can vary widely — both of my rings were custom made and were much cheaper than “normal” retail jewelry stores, but you do have to pay them for their time and artwork, and that ring will require quite a bit of both.  By all means, get more quotes, but I think you’ll find that it’s unlikely you’ll find one much cheaper than $2,500.

Post # 14
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212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

As others have said, given the intricacy and amount of metal, I would say $2500 is pretty good!  

I’ve typically found that custom ends up being less expensive or similar price for higher quality work.  

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think that’s actually a good price provided all the carving that needs to be done. I paid 1500 for my plain Brian Gavin setting so I would imagine that something this intricate will cost much more.

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