Where to buy a solitaire setting if you have a stone already?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
Member
370 posts
Helper bee

I had an heirloom stone set by Excel Diamonds in one of their six-prong settings. It was a bit expensive for the setting (twice what DK quoted you) but the quality was absolutely unmatched. Unfortunately, I don’t have the ring anymore to show you a picture, but it was this setting.

https://www.exceldiamonds.com/-Engagement-Rings-5/Solitaire-Diamond-Engagement-Rings-11/Tiffany-Engagement-Rings-640.html

I sent the stone to them with no issues, and what they returned took my breath away. I cannot recommend the craftsmanship or the customer service highly enough. It was absolutely worth every penny!

ETA: They will do claw prongs for this setting as well, but I had square (tab) prongs.

Post # 3
Hostess
3226 posts
Sugar bee

I’m in this same situation! Following.

I’ve looked around a lot. So far, for a simple solitaire, James Allen has been been well priced. They charge a setting fee, so keep in mind that‘s very common. I do think $800 is expensive for a solitaire. But it’s depends on if you want a Tiffany repro or just something similar.

Post # 4
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307 posts
Helper bee

Fiance to a local factory direct/wholesaler type of jewelry store (versus a chain or specialty jewelry store). They had a “build your own” ring option, so he simply picked a band and they set my diamond in it. It only cost $50 to set (plus the band price obviously). They did it in-store and it took about 3-5 days! Its not sounding like you have a jewelry store like this in your area though, but sometimes you have to dig to find them.

Post # 5
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307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

My fiance took the heirloom stone we used to the Diamond District in NY. He picked the gold for the setting and watched the stone set into the setting. He then went for lunch while they polished it and got it all ready. From start to finish it took about 4 hours. 

 

Post # 6
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4644 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

AraTiffanySettingI have worked with Ara at Princess Jewelers LA (etsy) on 5 custom projects. One of them was this Tiffany setting for my friend. Was only around $300!

Post # 7
Hostess
3226 posts
Sugar bee

lilsweetie :  Very pretty! How is the quality? I’m assuming good since you’re a repeat customer?

Post # 8
Member
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Try Erica at Love Affair Diamonds. She sells Stuller settings for good price. I’ve bought my solitaire setting from her for 300 USD + shipping.

Post # 12
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284 posts
Helper bee

I would just keep calling jewelers. We found 5-6 in our area that would allow up to purchase one of their settings (and they all had ones that were pretty similar to the Tiffany’s setting). They would then set it in shop. Even some of the tiny ones offered this. The times they required ranged from a few hours to a couple days. 

I was looking at simple gold solitaire setting and found quite a few in the $300-400 range. 

Post # 13
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4644 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

lilredcat :   des- :  PM me your names, I will reach out to Ara and see if he can give you more of a discount. Maybe I got a better deal since I was a repeat customer. Can’t hurt to ask!

I am very happy with the service and quality of his work. 

Post # 15
Hostess
3226 posts
Sugar bee

lilredcat :  Lol. Are we the same freaking person? I was eyeing an OEC from there too. I ultimately went with something else, but it was so tempting. I found a few good options for more reasonably priced settings. I’m proceeding with one of them and excited about how it’ll turn out! I’d love to see the OEC solitaire you get!!

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