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gail013

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So after months of searching for the perfect setting, I am designing ring #2 with a local jeweler. They ''get'' what I am looking for, and do quality work. But how do I price settings-the ring I am designing, is coming in about 25% higher than what I wanted, and has about 2 carats of diamonds.

What and how do I determine if this is a good price? Is there a way to take the info on many small stones and figure out a carat weight? The next step is to make a wax, so can I assume at this point I should have a cad drawing to look at, vs just a sketch? Should I ask for a breakdown in price for materials, labor etc? I am only asking, becuase I am not sure of the process, not because I feel there are trust issues.....

The last jeweler I worked with knew my budget and just produced a wax that was magically at the right price, however, he was totally overcharging me for the center stone.
 
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