Post # 1
A quick rundown:
Fell in love with a setting on the tacori website- went to a local jeweler who carries Tacori. Prior to purchasing the ring, they are ordering it in for a showing (should arrive within a couple of days).
So on Tacori’s website, they give a price range (1650-2700) depending on which metal you choose– I prefer 18k, so that is what we had ordered in.
While we’re there looking, the salesman says, “Not that I’m trying to push you (uh huh), but Tacori is raising their prices within the month.”–could be possible due to gold values increasing.
SO gets a call today that the ring should be here soon, and he gets quoted $2800 for the setting. How is this possible?! One of the pros about this ring to us was getting a setting under 2k, and now we’re getting quoted for something we thought we would pay if we opted for platinum?
So I guess my question is– do we shop around? Negotiate? I’m a frequent visitor of Since1910.com and many of their rings fall within the range on Tacori’s website (unfortunately just not the setting I love).
Looking forward to hearing responses!!! Thank you ladies =)
Post # 3
That happened to us with my wedding band. One of the reasons I fell in love with my engagement ring was because it had a matching fitted wedding band. I went in to get my e-ring cleaned with my DH and we asked how much the wedding band cost (I got mine in white gold too) and it was $900. We went in a couple months later to purchase it and it had gone up to $1200! 🙁 I felt somewhat forced into purchasing it since it was the matching band. I still cringe a little at how much we spent on my wedding band. But it is what it is, I suppose. :-/
I would shop around and see if there’s a local jewelry designer that could custom make your ring to look like your Tacori. I have a feeling Tacori is a lot like Tiffany, jack up the price because it’s “designer.” Good luck!
Post # 4
Believe it or not the price of gold varies everyday depending on the stock market. And that reflect the price of the ring. Obviously they have to give notice before they change the price of jewelry but when we bought my e-ring price of gold was 1320$ per ounce and by the time I received my ring it jumped to 1410$/ounce. They raised our ring about 1500$ thankfully we were already locked in at the lower price. We should’ve bought our wedding bands then too cause now price per ounce is over 1500$ and it’s only going to get more expensive. If you love it get it, you can also lock in at the price under a “lay-away” plan and do monthly payments. I should probably mention that I have a Tacori Ring and we purchased it from Since1910.com however our wedding bands we are buying them locally but the matching pairs.
Post # 5
@kristin77: I have a Tacori ring and I don’t think the website list their prices anymore. When we purchased my ring in February we avoided the 10% increase by ordering two days before because our jeweler told us about it.
Also Tacori pricing is VERY varied depending on the size of the center stone. A one carat stone set into my setting would have $300-400 less than getting it for my slightly larger stone. They come in sizes ranging from Petite to Large and there are hundreds of dollars of difference between each step.
For example: http://www.tqdiamonds.com/shop-online/engagement-rings/tacori/tacori-18-karat-dantela-engagement-ring-2620prmdp.html
*if you go under price options you can see that depending on metal and pave and stone size it can be anywhere from $$2,130 to $4,620!!!
I wouldn’t be surprised if he wasn’t lying to you because Cartier/Tiffany/VCA/Rolex and many other high end luxury jewelry brands have just bumped prices up 10-15% within the last month despite their own increases in February. If you are unsure you can call up another Tacori retailer to see if they heard the same.
What style are you looking at?
Since1910.com doesn’t account for center size normally and their prices can be off by a lot I noticed. Normally http://www.tqdiamonds.com/engagement-rings/tacori has pretty accurate pricing within a few hundred dollars of how much each setting is for each style, metal type and center stone size. Maybe you can double check with them. Or you can email an online retailer that carries Tacori to see how much the setting is there. I got my ring through http://www.goodoldgold.com and they were able to price it out for me prior to purchasing and they can confirm a possible increase.
GOOD LUCK! I love Tacori! And I also love that they are hand made, the quality and detail is pheonominal and worth the premium in my opinion.
Post # 6
Thank you ladies for your advice! Very helpful!
I just didn’t want to go into the showing feeling ‘blind’ about the market.
Post # 7
Tacori is my favorite! I went through the same thing as you. I couldn’t afford a real Tacori mostly due to the fact that just the settings are so expensive. Add in a center stone and gez! x.x I happened to luck out and a local jeweler here had a custom “tacori look-a-like” ring he made for another bride that fell through. My ring with the diamonds was (supposedly *eye roll*) “on sale” for $3,500. Not exactly Tacori but still it could be an option. Sorry about the huge pictures.