(Closed) designer vs. no designer e-ring

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

It’s ultimately your decision.  I say go for it if you love the ring!  It’s something that you will always cherish.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

No mine is not designer. My diamond is from an estate sale and my setting was bought at a local diamond shop that does have a website. I believe the setting is online but it does not have the center stone pictured. Rings online and rings on your hand look completely different so if you are planning to ring shop you might want to just go try it on. You might like it in the picture and then totally hate it on your hand!

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2006

I have a Tiffany engagement ring.  It is a simple solitaire setting and no one can tell the difference between this ring or the many replicas other companies make of it.  This is my ring (in 1.9 carats):

http://www.tiffany.com/Engagement/item.aspx?GroupSku=GRP10001&selectedSku=19683133#f

The mark up on Tiffany items are huge (probably 50% or more)- I would not recommend going this route, if budget is a concern.  No one will be able to tell- and you will get much more in terms of stone size and quality for the same money if you go elsewhere.

I don’t really understand the whole website thing.  Once you have the ring, you’ll be able to take a picture of it to share with others, right?

 

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

My ring is not a “designer” ring. My FI ordered it online and I love it.

“Designer” rings are great if that is what you really want, but they will often be MUCH more expensive than having a ring that looks exactly the same made because you are paying for the name.

The most important thing is to be sure you are getting what you are paying for. Make sure you get the GIA certificate for the diamond and get the ring independently appraised.

Often you can get better quality for less by going with a non “name brand” or an online jeweler.

If FI had bought my ring at Tiffany’s rather than online, it would have cost him 50% 100% more to get the same size and quality diamond.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

Brand names don’t matter to me, but for some people they are important. For me, what’s important is the quality. I love the quality and attention to detail Tiffany jewelry has, but I don’t like their jacked up prices just for being brand name. That is why I found a company that puts in the same attention to detail into their replica as Tiffany does but since they’re not a well-known brand, their setting was much less expensive (although still pretty expensive).

@indecisive_bride_2012: That is the setting I am getting! 😀

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

no one is going to know unless you tell them…

you are going to get way more for your money if you go non-designer.a diamond is a diamond no matter who makes it – i would search more into cut and clarity than looking at designers..you really can get WAYYYY more for your money that way.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

No average person is going to be able to look at your finger and say “Oh, that’s a ring by XYZ Designer.”  The only people who will know are those you tell.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My ring is a designer ring (not a BIG designer, but still) and no one has ever asked. I’m pretty sure it will NEVER come up in conversation unless you were to say, “oh my ring is a Tiffany too!”

My wedding band is a store brand, but is absolutely identical to my engagement ring setting style. Definitely can’t tell the difference.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

The only reason my fiance bought a designer ring was because he couldn’t find anything similar to it and he knew I would love that one. Believe me, neither of us would have any problem with a similar ring that wasn’t designer, they just don’t exist. If you love the non-designer ring, you should get it. No one will be able to tell!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

My rings came from a local, private jeweler.  No website or famous name attached to his store – just a fabulous jeweler who also happens to be a client of DH’s.  My ring is very simple and more than I could ever hope for.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I never had my hear set on a designer ring until I found the one that he ulimately proposed with.

The detailing on the band was really special and interesting and I hadn’t seen anything like it anywhere else. We ended up going with the designer ring and paying more for it than if we did a non-name ring. Yes it was more expensive, but I love love love love love it and have never found anything else out there that compares.

Just wanted to throw in another POV.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

It doesn’t matter where it came from, it matters what it looks like. Brands don’t matter – I think Tiffany is way overrated, and you are paying for the name.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I have a Tacori setting, and I absolutely love it.  Having said that, if I had been able to find something similar that wasn’t Tacori and saved him a few bucks, I would’ve done that instead. 

Also, I decided against getting the matching band because I just couldn’t justify the price.  Remember, if you go with a designer e-ring, you have to consider costs for the band as well!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I agree with most other PP. No one knows if a ring is designer or not besides yourself. So I really don’t see the point in paying the extra money for it.

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