by PenguinIce » Jun 14, 2010 Hi all, newbie here but have been reading this board non-stop for the last week or so. Great information and thanks to all of your for sharing your wonderful knowledge with all of us. A truly great service! So been looking off and on a eRing and for me if I''m going to spend so much money wanted to make sure she''d enjoyed it so we''ve been visiting various B&M together to get an idea of what she likes (after all she''s the one that will be wearing it all the time ). We ended up checking Robin Bors (figure wide selection and at least start narrowing down the selection). She ended up liking three stones cathedral settings and ended up falling in love with a Tacori setting. She''s actually not a girl that cares much for brand names or status but she picked out what she finds "pretty" and it happened to be a Tacori setting. Good thing is she has good taste, and I guess bad thin it''s also happens to be expensive taste too . The setting she ended up choosing is HT2326SM.5 which doing some research here is also a design that other PS folks have picked, however this is the "petite" version (her finger is 3.5-4.0 -- different jewelers are giving us different numbers -- so something I''ll have to figure out later ) and she only wants 1/2 way on the scallops. Petite size limits the center stone to be at most 1.10ct (6.70mm) so that at least gives me an upper bound on the size so I can concentrate on the maximizing rest of the diamond. Also the petite size is also cheaper. Given the premium on Tacori wanted to see what other "alternatives" there were so we headed down to the jewelry district in LA where we''re at. I actually used Yelp to help pick which shops to go to (before I discovered PS) which happen to be the ones people also mentioned here in PS ... so good to know I''m in the right ballpark. At any rate, we looked at three places and didn''t find anything that was too similar that she liked. We did find a setting that she found "acceptable" but definitely not the same feel. One shop offered to make a custom "copy" that is similar but then I wouldn''t feel right giving a "knock off" of a setting she really loved. Doing more research here, I did feel that the folks that bought Tacori were very passionate and pleased with their rings opposed to other designer rings like Tiffany''s where people more strongly felt there were much better alternatives out there. In the case of Tacori seemed they held their own as being truly unique. I know if I went non-Tacori I could save money and get a nicer rock, but the heart wants what it wants right? That being the case, I''m looking to where else I can maximize the remaining budget and appreciate any input. From what I understand designer rings and in this case Tacori have set prices like how Apple controls their prices so don''t expect much price differences between vendors. The closest dealer is Robins Bros which gets mixed reviews. My plan is to buy the diamond online and looking at the H&A lines at the following vendors: WF, BDG, HPD, and GOG. Then get Robins Bros to do the setting. Any concerns with this approach? GOG I found is also a Tacori dealer so will probably also get a quote. I hear it is better to get the setting & stone together if possible from the same vendor to make things easier. However found poking around the GOG site very clunky and so 2000 compared to the other web vendors with much slicker sites. Although I did find GOG got glowing reviews otherwise. I kind of like the idea of a local jewelry although not too keen that it''s Robin Bros (I think there''s additional charges if you bring in your own diamond -- but think that''s standard with most B&M). As diamonds goes I kind of like WF and BDG but think all things equal it will be availability and price. So wondering: 1) Experience of others that have gotten Tacori settings w/ Robbin Bros w/ your own loose online diamond 2) B&M (Robbins Bros -- although I''m trying to locate another Tacori vendor) vs GOG doing the whole thing 3) The feeling I get is once I determine where I want to get the stone from will determine #2. GOG didn''t seem to really have much inventory but maybe not all of it is online (looking for RB, 1.10ct, min H, min VS2, AGS ideal, or GIA excellent, H&A - min specs driven so the center stone is at least equal to or better than the side stones ) TIA!