My fiance and I recently chose my engagement ring, but now we are on to negotiate the price. They have come down considerably, but it is still ~$15k over priced, due to the branded cut by Harry Kotlar (which is spectacular, but pricey). We have stumbled across a dilemma... To save money, at first we decided to just get a 'normal' cushion of the same ct weight. But the problem is we wont be able to have it set in the mounting that we love because Harry Kotlar only hand makes these for his own diamonds. The setting is incredible with exceptional craftsmanship and detailing in the gallery (the side part of the ring) which would be impossible to have copied. So, the question is do I: 1) Get a 3 ct non-Kotlar cushion and find a different mounting? (which I think will be hard b/c we've been looking for settings for over 6 months now) 2) Get a smaller Kotlar diamond and the dream setting? (it would be a 2.5 or 2.7 ct versus the 3 ct I've been agonizing over (this 3 ct is an excellent cut, but abnormally large measuring 9.54 mm x 8.03 mm so it looks more like 4 cts), or 3) Pay extra (which would mean that my fiance and I would share the cost (he would be paying the majority, but I would pay the 'mark up' which I'm not crazy about doing b/c it feels funny being that this is my engagement ring). For those who haven't seen photos in the other thread, here are a few (sorry for the poor image quality, they were taken with a cell phone camera). Thanks for reading this long post, and thanks in advance for all of your opinions! BTW I wear a size 6.75 ring size to give you perspective on how large this 3 ct looks.