Here at Merry Richards Jewelers, we showcase engagement rings from some of the top designers in the industry, as well as sculpt our own. But one of the questions that our customers frequently ask is, “What distinguishes a preset ring from a setting?”
There are pros and cons to building your own engagement ring, and at Merry Richards Jewelers, we have reasons for appreciating both styles. We also showcase presets and settings, which gives us a unique insight into what you might appreciate in your engagement look!
When you see a “preset engagement ring” the definition for the term is present in the name: They are rings pre-set with a diamond center stone. At a high-end jeweler, you’re less likely to see a preset ring, because there’s less flexibility in what a customer can purchase when the diamond and setting are already arranged. Plus, many customers are skittish about the prospect of not being able to observe their diamond before it’s purchased.
However, there are merits to choosing a preset ring. First, it can be a faster experience. If you’re in a hurry when you’re doing your engagement ring shopping, it may be a preferable situation to choose a ring that has its diamond and setting already combined.
Also, given one’s preferences, it may be cheaper to choose a preset ring than buying the diamond and setting separately. In this rare case, it’s important to do your comparison shopping ahead of time.
Setting and Stone Separate
Here at Merry Richards Jewelers, our preference is for gold ring settings with separate diamonds. The limitations of preset rings are naturally countered by settings—you have the power to select your diamond for yourself, which gives you the opportunity to stretch your budget in a way that’s relevant for your tastes. You can select which of the 4 C’s is most important to you and which shape is ideal for your taste. Plus, if you visit a showroom like Merry Richards Jewelers, you can observe diamonds and settings separately, which gives you the comfort of knowing that your stone isn’t an inferior one.
The major downside is that because you’re making two separate purchases, it’s important to know where your money is going, since a poorly thought out decision can lead to you spending more than you intended on the final engagement ring or custom ring.
Whichever decision you make, it’s important to talk to jewelry experts first. With our history in the bridal jewelry and diamond markets, we’re more than capable of being your local jewelry store with every bridal need! If you’d like to find out more, give our Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois showroom at 1-630-516-8000!