I went to Brad and Anand at Mon Ami Jewelry based on a recommendation for a friend who had gotten an engagement ring there. Recommendations from friends can be tricky but this one was a gem.
I was immediately made to feel at ease. I knew basically what I wanted and the guys pulled rings that were similar but not quite there. I then showed them a picture and instead of finding something similar they suggested choosing the stone and they would use CAD to design and fabricate the setting. We worked together on this cutom design as they sent me mutiple iterations of the design before fabricating so that we could make sure it was just right. When it was finally done I received the ring extremely quickly and it was perfect. These guys are great and I cannot imagine having used anyone else for what is a huge deal.
And as far as value for money .... let's just say I paid about one third of the cost of rings that I looked at in Harry Winston and other jewelers, and got a stone that was significantly bigger than I could have there.
We have already gone back to Mon Ami for the wedding bands as I can't imagine going elsewhere.
Thanks again guys - you made what was a potentially daunting process into a piece of cake where I got the quality that I wanted, for much less than I was being quoted elsewhere