Bespoke Engagement Rings - Pricing

How is my custom engagement ring priced?

Diamond Engagement Ring Hong KongEvery bespoke engagement ring we create is unique. In order to provide you with a comprehensive quote, we schedule a complimentary design consultation to understand your needs.  

While most expect to pay more for a custom piece of jewellery, this is absolutely not the case. As a small bespoke brand without high street shop premises, we can save you money compared to pre-made jewellery found elsewhere, in particular large brands with an even larger advertising budgets.

The attention to detail and quality of craftsmanship that goes into one of our custom made pieces of jewellery is far greater than that of a mass-produced engagement ring from a store.

Each part of the process is shaped by you - from the design, to the hand-selected diamonds, to the manufacturing process with casting of metals and setting stones, to the finishing and polishing. No design or ring ideas? No problem, we will help to guide you. 

Ultimately the price of your custom jewellery is dictated by the materials used, the pricing fluctuations in the market, the rarity of the stones along with the intricacies of the design.


Type of Centre Stone

The main cost factor of your engagement ring is the centre diamond. Many factors impact the price of diamonds, we call this the 4Cs: carat, cut, clarity, and colour. 

Typically, natural diamonds are the most expensive stone option, but there are rare gemstones that can exceed that of a diamond. Some Emeralds, Rubies, Sapphires and Alexandrites all can give a diamond a run for its money in terms of rarity and value.  

We offer diamonds and gemstones for your engagement ring should you desire something more colourful and less traditional, we can also custom cut your stones to your requirements.  

If you have a diamond shape in mind, please let us know and we will advise which one of the Cs we can compromise on to ensure you get the best value diamond ring.


Diamond Size

As one might expect, prices go up as diamond carat weight increases. However, prices increase exponentially rather than incrementally. Certain carat sizes, called “magic numbers” mark the points where diamond prices jump: 1.00ct, 1.50ct, 2.00ct, 3.00ct, 4.00ct, and  5.00ct. This means that a diamond weighting 0.99ct will generally cost less than one weighting 1 carat, even though they both look the same and it may be that the 0.99 carat faces up larger.

One important thing to note, not all carat weights appear the same visually, because this is a measurement of the weight, not an actual size in mm.

We often see diamonds which are visually smaller than their carat weight due to poor cut, where the diamond is cut too deep making it visually smaller.

On the flip side, you may have heard of diamonds that are spread large – a 2.00ct spread like a 3.00ct for example. This means although the size is larger on the finger, it will lack the sparkle due to being too shallow.

We focus strongly on the cut and the ideal stone proportions of each diamond we select. Yes, you can buy a larger carat diamond, but it may appear smaller and/or lack the scintillation and the fire which makes a diamond so special.


Diamond Quality

At Valentina Fine Jewellery, we only use certified diamonds that are conflict-free, visually beautiful and of high quality. We focus strongly on the cut of a diamond – a well cut diamond shows off the best sparkle and hides inclusions and colour better than a higher colour grade and clarity diamond which is poorly cut.

For both natural and lab grown diamonds, we use GIA certified diamonds above 0.50ct. GIA set the bar for diamond certification with the most stringent quality control.

You can also find lower prices for rings that are mass produced, with similar sized stones that are poorly cut, have lower clarity or a lower colour grade or that are too deep or too shallow or have a brown tint when looking online. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Whatever your budget, we can recommend which shape is kinder to hiding colour or clarity so that you get the best stone for your money - making a bespoke ring can actually save you money vs buying in a store or at an online retailer.


Diamond Shape

Not all diamond shapes are visually the same. A round diamond is the most popular cut and typically the most expensive, however there are many cuts to choose from – fancy shapes, novelty cuts and antique diamonds.

Each diamond has its own unique qualities and style and some appear larger than others. A one carat diamond in oval and pear cut will always look visually larger than a round diamond, this is due to the elongated shape.

Another point to note, some shapes hide colour better than others, therefore you can save by going slightly lower colour grade. Other shapes hide clarity characteristics well. For example an emerald cut diamond will hide colour very well, especially set in platinum or white gold but will show even the smallest clarity characteristics, therefore VS clarity or better is recommended.

Some shapes are also more expensive than others. We are here to advise you on each one to ensure you get the best diamond for you.


Redesigning a Heirloom

Designing engagement rings with our client’s existing diamonds or gemstones is not only a specialty of ours, but it will also save you the cost of purchasing a brand new centre stone. We can remove the stones carefully, preserving the original ring/jewellery setting for you to keep for sentimental reasons should you desire to do so.

Fashions change, and one day the setting may become trendy again. Alternatively, we can find/cut a gemstone to size to replace the diamond you are removing for your engagement ring.

We do need to check the stone(s) prior to agreeing a reset. Heirloom diamonds and gemstones hold so much meaning in them, and we want to make sure that they are stable enough to undergo the transformation, as there can be some risk involved when working with older stones.

Precious Metal Type

The prices of precious metals fluctuate continuously - sometimes hourly. 

Currently the gold prices are rising fast, bringing up the cost of jewellery made in 18k gold. If you prefer the look of white gold, we recommend going with platinum instead. Platinum is rarer and more durable and requires less aftercare than white gold, which needs re-plating to keep the white look after 5-10 years. For now platinum price is lower than gold for the same type of engagement ring. 

It’s also worth noting that no matter what metal is used, the amount of metal used will influence the cost. For example: a solitaire engagement ring with a 5mm band will cost more than the same design with a thinner band of 1.5mm.


Design Details

Our workshop is located in Hong Kong and every engagement ring we make is created from scratch to your design specification. Our bespoke ring prices start at 50,000HKD.

Each ring ranges in detail, structural requirements and design complexity. A design with a high level of detail and intricacy, in particular with extra stones used, will be higher priced than a simple solitaire design due to the extra hands-on time that is required throughout each phase of the process. 

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