Where to buy a new engagement ring setting in the SF Bay Area?
February 22, 2015 5:01 PM   Subscribe

This diamond engagement ring turned out to be very uncomfortable to wear. I'd like to keep the diamond, and replace the engagement ring. Any recommendations for a shop in the SF Bay Area? Or generic advice on how to find such a shop? (More details...)

The ring was purchased on a major online website that's blue and river-y. It didn't seem comfortable at first, but the thought was maybe it was because it hadn't been resized. Flash forward - the ring has been properly resized, and still uncomfortable. It's like wearing a soda can tab - the dome is too high, too knife edge like. And, of course, it is now outside of the return period.

2 different local shops (Shreve, and one other) at the mall only offered settings that were encrusted with diamonds. They also didn't seem very interested in helping out on this problem. Not their forte I suppose.

Would prefer something that is simple and clean. Oh, and platinum.

Any suggestions would be welcomed. Thanks.
posted by dogcow2015 to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Nearly any independent jeweler can do this for you. I went through the exact same thing. Took my stones and settings in with a picture in a magazine. I now have a channel set, Bulgari-type ring. I'm super happy. Only cost $150.

I think it was a wax cast, so ask if they do those. If they do, it's more art than the science of matching things up.
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 5:17 PM on February 22, 2015


Did you try Tiffany? Simple, clean, and platinum is pretty much their style.
posted by jaguar at 6:08 PM on February 22, 2015


Try Geoffrey's, in San Carlos.
The customer service will be good.
posted by the Real Dan at 7:48 PM on February 22, 2015 [1 favorite]


Tiffany's won't let you set your own diamond in their ring (I know this from experience).

An independent jeweler is your best bet.
posted by amy27 at 10:55 AM on February 23, 2015


I'm fairly positive that the good people at Fiat Lux on Church and Market could help. (Disclaimer: one of the co-owners is a friend of mine, but it's not like I'll be getting a commission here.)
posted by kenko at 12:12 PM on February 23, 2015


Seconding Geoffrey's!
posted by TwoWordReview at 6:10 PM on February 23, 2015


You could try the Jewelry Mart in San Francisco, or, if you're willing to wait until April, you could go to the Intergem show at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. There are lots of vendors selling settings (including platinum), and there's a vendor who resizes rings and sets stones onsite.
posted by littlemisslaika at 7:33 PM on February 23, 2015


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