Engagement rings: custom or regular stock? Opinions needed!

Apr 3, 2013
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Hi, all! My future fiancé and I have already purchased the setting for my engagement ring. We’re still in the process of sourcing a diamond because the ones offered at our jeweler were way overpriced for the quality. Over the last few days, I've been talking to a well reputed jeweler in NYC's diamond district that has a stone that I'm interested in. They've offered to custom make the exact same setting for the same price, but with a few differences that would most likely make the setting nicer. We’re still in the return period for the first setting, so that’s not an issue, but I can’t decide what to do! I’ll list the pros & cons of both below and include pictures of my current setting (sorry there's so many!). Opinions needed :smile:

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Option A (the current setting):
-we already have the setting in hand
-it’s from a jeweler nearby who would be able to service and clean it free of charge (no mailing it in unless we moved away from the area, though that is a possibility)
- free resizing for life
-free lifetime warranty, including normal usage side stone replacement (we’ll have it insured either way—option B only includes side stone replacement if there’s a structural defect )
-slightly lower quality of work (I think—admittedly I don’t know that much about setting design)
- potential for gaps between stone and halo once set
-we paid sales tax and would have to pay a fee to have the outside stone set ($450ish total)

Option B (the custom setting):
-Higher quality side stones (G, VS2 vs. “SI1 or better in clarity and G-H or better in color”)
-more delicate micro pave (less metal would show)
- eagle claw prongs
- halo sized to fit the stone precisely (of course that means if we upgraded the stone down the road, we'd have to either have it reworked or purchase a new setting, but we might have to do that anyway because my current setting will only hold up to a 1.14 carat)
-no sales tax or fee to have the stone set ($450ish value)
--we could have the material upgraded from 14k white gold to platinum for a reasonable upcharge
-warranty only covers structural defect-- the jeweler would determine if damage met this criteria
-free cleanings, but ring has to be mailed to their office
-no free sizing after 60 days
-we’d have to wait for this to be custom designed and mailed to us (not the biggest deal, but still a factor)

So, what would you do? Thanks for the help!
 

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lorihmatthews

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I'd definitely go with option B. See my responses below:



Option A (the current setting):
-we already have the setting in hand not a big deal, you're still within the return period
-it’s from a jeweler nearby who would be able to service and clean it free of charge (no mailing it in unless we moved away from the area, though that is a possibility) any jeweler can do this
- free resizing for life chances are you won't need this service
-free lifetime warranty, including normal usage side stone replacement (we’ll have it insured either way—option B only includes side stone replacement if there’s a structural defect ) this is standard
-slightly lower quality of work (I think—admittedly I don’t know that much about setting design) this would make me nervous
- potential for gaps between stone and halo once set this too
-we paid sales tax and would have to pay a fee to have the outside stone set ($450ish total) doesn't matter if you can return it

Option B (the custom setting):
-Higher quality side stones (G, VS2 vs. “SI1 or better in clarity and G-H or better in color”) I'd always go for higher quality
-more delicate micro pave (less metal would show) this just personal preference
- eagle claw prongs same
- halo sized to fit the stone precisely (of course that means if we upgraded the stone down the road, we'd have to either have it reworked or purchase a new setting, but we might have to do that anyway because my current setting will only hold up to a 1.14 carat) this is good
-no sales tax or fee to have the stone set ($450ish value) yay!
--we could have the material upgraded from 14k white gold to platinum for a reasonable upcharge if you can afford to upgrade to platinum, I would suggest it. It is heavier and more durable
-warranty only covers structural defect-- the jeweler would determine if damage met this criteria fine, no biggie
-free cleanings, but ring has to be mailed to their office any jeweler can clean it
-no free sizing after 60 days chances are that you wouldn't need it sized anyway
-we’d have to wait for this to be custom designed and mailed to us (not the biggest deal, but still a factor) better to wait for the better choice

So, what would you do? Thanks for the help!
 

Winterfell

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Thank you! I'm fairly happy with it the way that it is, though of course I haven't yet seen it with a diamond set into it. If we go the custom route anyway, I might consider changing the shank to a straighter design.

I think you should consider having the ring custom made. Fairly happy sounds like you think you could do better. Platinum is definitely a good choice for pave set diamonds - it's stronger and more secure for the little stones. A straight shank would look great with the diamond and sapphire halo - it would place the focus on the main stone more. Good luck with your decision :smile:
 
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I think you should consider having the ring custom made. Fairly happy sounds like you think you could do better. Platinum is definitely a good choice for pave set diamonds - it's stronger and more secure for the little stones. A straight shank would look great with the diamond and sapphire halo - it would place the focus on the main stone more. Good luck with your decision :smile:

Thanks! I'm leaning that way! Now I just have to get my BF on board ;)
 
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