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Sprinkles&Stones

Shiny_Rock
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Hello friends!

I have a adorable .56 D OEC that's been sitting loose in a box for months. I have big plans for this little gal, but those plans are +$4k and out of my budget for right now. I hate to see her laying around unloved. I want to set her in the most simple, inexpensive ring setting I can until I can afford the big bucks to get her in a permanent home.

My question is, who would you trust, and who wouldn't break the bank to have her set? I was quoted $870 for a simple 4 prong martini setting, yikes.
I've scoured Loop Troupe but don't trust that she would fit any of those settings. Then that begs the question of finding a jewelry who would set her if I thought a setting fro LT. Heck at this point I would even go for a Stirling silver setting.
After a horrible Etsy experience where a seller stole 15+ of my stones, took my money, closed her shop and went MIA, I am hesitant to use Etsy again. I've found some reasonable settings with Ivy and Rose, but I know there's gotta be more folks out there.

Thoughts?

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Daisys and Diamonds

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I love that you want to take her out and about in the mean time

Thats really awful about that esty seller - no wonder you feel burned

Good luck and i hope you can get a setting no problem and set from a local jewler
 

PreRaphaelite

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I applaud this. Silver is great and furthermore, second hand silver is even better for temporary settings.

One trick is to look for a sterling/cz piece that was the same millimeter size as your stone, and swap your diamond into it (claws, not bezel) until you can afford your dream setting.

Alternatively, your stone might fit beautifully into a 14k/18k gold stud earring mount that you could have a local jeweller set for you, just add a loop on top with a bale for use as a pendant. Not exorbitant in cost, but not cheap-looking either. A great solution to the temporary problem. Good luck!
 

LLJsmom

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Here's an idea. But a fake from Berricle, if you can find one right for a .5 carat stone, and then take it to a local jeweler and swap the stones. Berricle's sterling silver settings are very well made. I use them as testers all the time.
 

Cerulean

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I know there are some really slimy vendors out there. I am so sorry you had such a terrible experience.

I know you are nervous about Etsy - but I have used Daniel M for this very purpose. He is fast, super communicative, and has been happily used by tons of PS members. I did exactly what you did - I had a sapphire laying around, expensive setting plans - and I got it set in a silver gypsy style ring (w/ 14k gold details) for $225.

I would put that pretty OEC in a silver bezel pendant with milgrain, with a cute silver chain. Or, get a white gold chain if you'd use it, and rhodium plate them both if you are crazy sensitive to color differences. I don't even think gold would be too expensive either - his prices are very reasonable.
 

vetrik

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Stuller has a Jeweler Showcase feature on their website where you can shop their settings at local stores and it shows prices (changes based on metal, stone size and ring size, so be sure to set those accurately). I used that to get a sense of prices and compare between local jewelers when I needed an inexpensive solitaire setting recently.
 

lulu_ma

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I know it's etsy but I highly recommend Daniel M jewelry. He's currently working on a 4th project for me & I love them all. He's been great to work with & affordable.

@Sprinkles&Stones Another vote for Daniel M here. So reasonable and a pleasure to work with!
 

tyty333

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Stuller has a Jeweler Showcase feature on their website where you can shop their settings at local stores and it shows prices (changes based on metal, stone size and ring size, so be sure to set those accurately). I used that to get a sense of prices and compare between local jewelers when I needed an inexpensive solitaire setting recently.

Can you provide the link, please.

Stuller's has lots of pulldowns and I couldnt find it anywhere!
 

Sprinkles&Stones

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So what you are saying is that you don’t have access to affordable local jewelry? Even if you find a setting on eBay, who will set it for you?

Right! I don't visit a lot of brick and mortar stores, and I'm concerned that if I buy something off Etsy or Ebay 1) what if it doesn't fit well and 2) who would I get to set it? Local jewelers here are wary of setting a stone that wasn't from them, into a setting that also wasn't from them,
 

Sprinkles&Stones

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I applaud this. Silver is great and furthermore, second hand silver is even better for temporary settings.

One trick is to look for a sterling/cz piece that was the same millimeter size as your stone, and swap your diamond into it (claws, not bezel) until you can afford your dream setting.

Alternatively, your stone might fit beautifully into a 14k/18k gold stud earring mount that you could have a local jeweller set for you, just add a loop on top with a bale for use as a pendant. Not exorbitant in cost, but not cheap-looking either. A great solution to the temporary problem. Good luck!

Wow that's a fantastic idea I never thought of!!! thank you!
 

Sprinkles&Stones

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I know it's etsy but I highly recommend Daniel M jewelry. He's currently working on a 4th project for me & I love them all. He's been great to work with & affordable.

I will take all recommendations! Especially from PS's who have rapport with jewelers. Thank you!!
 

elizat

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That is super good to know and I am sorry to hear about that. You seem to have had some cool projects w/ him.

He was going to do the work on a suite of aquamarines for my mom. I ended up having to buy her something else for Christmas because he just went silent. I need to find someone else to set them, but I don't want to pay a premium, so I'll have to keep looking. Maybe he just didn't like the project. Who knows why, right?!
 

Cerulean

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He was going to do the work on a suite of aquamarines for my mom. I ended up having to buy her something else for Christmas because he just went silent. I need to find someone else to set them, but I don't want to pay a premium, so I'll have to keep looking. Maybe he just didn't like the project. Who knows why, right?!

Totally sucks! Hope you find someone soon. DK is reasonable but definitely not as much as Daniel M...

Hope you find someone soon
 

Mreader

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He was going to do the work on a suite of aquamarines for my mom. I ended up having to buy her something else for Christmas because he just went silent. I need to find someone else to set them, but I don't want to pay a premium, so I'll have to keep looking. Maybe he just didn't like the project. Who knows why, right?!

That is so bizarre especially if you had done prior things with him.
 

Sprinkles&Stones

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I don’t have any advice on this except I’m going to check out Daniel M myself after the glowing recommendations. I am just curious so what is the dream setting? :)

Oooo yes @Mreader !! I want to do a calibre/French cut sapphire Art Deco halo, in platinum with side diamonds and a ornate gallery! This is an idea of my dream setting... but something like this is soooo pricey and I just don't have the bling budget right now unfortunately.


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