Like most on this forum I prefer value over brand. Does anyone know if Birk''s prices are negotiable? I was at a local Toronto Birks and it seems that you can''t even get a GOOD .50 carat diamiond (set on a Platinum ring) for under $10K Can (roughly my budget) or $6K us. I have a feeling that though I will shop around I might just end up getting it at birks and absorb the extra costs so that my gf can get the perceived value of a Birks ring. My girlfriend enjoys simple things and am sure she would enjoy even a $1,000 ring. I am leaning on buying locally because I want to surprise my girlfriend and I might need the ring sized or exchanged for a better fit. Now lets say if I were to get just the stone. Could I bring it into Spence and have it set on their rings? I know that is not possible with Birks. Thanks!