Originally Posted by DaveDr89
... RE your suggesetion, if one breaks up a total of 5k as 2k for rock and 3k for handwrought ring, isn't one really shortchaning the rock?
Yes and no. Yes, you could have bought a nicer stone and a worse setting. I was just making the point it that it is comparably a better value than getting a pre-made ring at a place like Tiffany. I probably wouldn't spend 2k on a stone and 3k on a setting, myself. But the more you spend on the stone, the more the price of the setting makes sense.
Anyway, it's true most people will be drawn directly to look at the stone, and the setting often goes less noticed (the way it should be). But a nicely executed setting will make the stone and the ring look better.