Custom Gold Ring, Custom Wedding Bands
Q: I would like some input about custom made wedding bands. I was thinking about something along the lines of a simple yellow and white gold or platnum band with some sort of simple design on it. Is it that much more expensive to have something like this made than it would be to order one from a jewelry store? I don't want anything out of this world, just simple and unique. What kind of experiance has anyone had with having one made? Opinions? Ideas?
A: My fiance had my engagement ring made, and we just went last week to talk to a jeweler about getting our wedding bands made. My engagement ring is white gold, yellow gold, and 3 small diamonds (more white gold than yellow). He paid $1000 for the ring. When we spoke to the jeweler (a different jeweler than the one who made the engagement ring) last week about the wedding bands, he quoted us a price of $175 for a custom yellow gold band to fit with my engagement ring, and $600 for a yellow and white gold band for my fiance. Price will change a little when the rings are finished, based on how much gold was actually used. My fiance originally chose white gold for my ring because platinum is way too expensive, and silver tarnishes, and wouldn't have looked as good with the yellow gold. The jeweler was actually the one to suggest it. Also, even though white gold is cheaper than platinum, it is still more expensive than yellow gold. Basically, your price will be determined by the type and amount of gold or silver or platinum that you choose. And, jeweler's, I'm sure have to include a fee for making the rings for you, but I wouldn't know how much, since we've always just gotten straight quotes on total ring price. We had our wedding rings made. MINE was a disaster, but I won't go into that because I am still pretty upset about that. It was fairly complicated so I presume my problems were unique. My husband had a white gold band made--nothing too special, he just had a certain width and degree of rounding on the surface in mind, and then wanted it to taper a bit so it was narrower on the underside. It cost us just under $300. It did not require too much workmanship, or it would have been more. Workmanship is expensive on an original ring. It can quickly become more expensive than the gold itself. One thing that did surprise me, when we looked, is the amazing variety of rings out there. You might be able to find one you like and save yourself some money.
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