A friend is trying to get the ring (his fathers) reproduced so his son can have one too. Last year, a local shop jeweler said it would be about $1200 for a 2nd ring, but he is no longer in the area and the 2 shops here now say $2500-3000 for a duplicate (there is a LOT of handwork in this piece is their comment). From what I know (and I know I am not a jeweler but I know what Cynthia could do and did, this was NOT a ring that would cost that sort of money, at least from what she did and I helped with over the years) the cost for a mold, shot wax, clean up settings stones, and stones, baskets and gold cost, $1000 or a bit less would seem more in order. I will also say, the 2 shops here have “jewelers” in the stores but they do not make their molds, shoot their waxes or set the stones (just what their “jewelers” do I cannot say, maybe resize rings and fix jump rings??? but this sort of work is all shopped out!). Am I off in my figures? Anyone interested in doing this? Cost? Thoughts……………?
Thanks your any thoughts, ideas or interest.
wt. is 13.5 grams (with stones)
6 diamonds totaling about .25 carats
largest is about 1/16 and the rest are somewhat smaller
would it be “better” to channel set the stones or basket set them as in this original ring?
size to be 7.75
there is no marking as to the k. of the gold but 18 or is fine with customer (friend)