Post # 1
Expensive or more expensive? Online or in person? Wooden box or little blue box? Blue Nile or Tiffany & Co.? This is the decision I have been trying to make for months. It’s driving me crazy. Please help… vote and/or leave a comment.
Budget :: $8,000 – $12,000
Shape :: Round
Carat :: 0.75 – 0.99
Cut :: Exellent / Ideal
Color :: F
Clarity :: VVS1
Setting :: Platinum Solitare
Size :: 7.5
Blue Nile ::
1) 0.78 – F – VVS1 – $7,147
2) 0.91 – F – VVS1 – $10,595
Tiffany & Co. ::
1) 0.76 – F – VVS1 – $10,500
2) 0.79 – F – VVS1 – $10,900
The Facts ::
- She fell in love with the Tiffany Setting when we visited the store last year.
- I can’t ask her what she prefers because I want this to be a complete surprise.
- The ring specs are loosely based on the few things she has said she wants in an engagement ring.
- She knows nothing about diamond quality.
The Obvious ::
- I will be paying significantly less (about $3,500) for a similiar diamond and setting with Blue Nile.
- Blue Nile would allow me to get a larger diamond of the same quality within my price range.
- A Tiffany’s ring, although not very unique, has that “WOW!” factor that would definetely make her say yes.
- Paying more for a name is kind of dumb.
Post # 2
waynesworth: this is a tough one…. Do u know if it’s just the style she prefers or tiffany that she likes? If it’s the latter, I say give her what she loves. Ik most ppl won’t agree as it seems like the common consensus is that tiffany is an overpriced scam (which it kind of is lol) BUT if she loves tiffanys then it will be extra special even if it is slightly smaller than what u could’ve gotten at the alternative. And I know it’s many girls’ dream to see that little blue box. Like u said, it has that WOW factor
Post # 3
Which settings are you looking at? Sometimes the tiny details that are different between the two settings make a difference and sometimes they don’t.
Post # 4
waynesworth: You said it yourself…. “she fell in love with the Tiffany”….Its a done deal. You get ultimate points for remembering it was that ring she loved….and nothing compares to that little blue box…. Good luck!♥
Post # 5
waynesworth: it depends on whether she likes the setting itself, or the brand name. If it’s just the setting, no problem, Blue Nile all the way, she’ll appreciate the bigger diamond. But if having a Tiffany ring and the status that comes with it is important, then you have to get Tiffany or she’ll be disappointed. You need to figure that out.
Post # 6
To get a bit more bang for your buck, may I offer the following advice: As long as it’s eye-clean, I would go for slightly lower clarity and get a slightly larger stone. Unless she’s walking around with a jeweler’s loupe in her pocket, I think this is the best trade-off. I have a 1 ct E/VS2 stone and you honestly can NOT tell it from a VVS1. I know, I spent a good half hour at the jeweler’s trying to decide between these two stones to set into my e-ring, with and without a loupe.
In the end it was an easy choice as I seriously could not pick the difference and I know my diamonds pretty well. We got about 10% bigger diamond by lowering to VS2. But you have to see the stone as some VS2s are not eye-clean. At least Blue Nile has a great way of doing that online by zooming into the stone pics and seeing them rotate. Such a good service. If you are looking at the stone in a store, ask to see the diamond grading certificate as it helps you see where the inclusions are so you know to look for them with your naked eye.
As you are getting an excellent cut, there will be extra sparkle too, good choice.
PS – can you buy an empty Tiffany box online lol … just kidding!! I’d say if she has her heart set on Tiffany, seeing the special blue box will make her extra excited. Yes, it’s a scam, but it’s a nice one.
Post # 7
I personally would look for a GIA certified loose diamond and have it set at a local jeweler. I wouldn’t buy from either BN or TIFFs b/c labels don’t do it for me. It’s all about the stone for me and getting the most bang for my buck. I would hate paying a huge markup for nothing. I think the real Tiffany settings look the same as the “Tiffany style” ones or that which a jeweler could easily replicate. But I know some people think there is a certain magic to Tiffany’s. To each their own 🙂 I guess I can be considered super practical.
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Post # 8
2ndTimeLucky: I would not try to deceive her. Tiffany items are hallmarked as such.
Post # 9
waynesworth: I agree with going down from VVS1 to maybe VS2/VS1, no one can notice the difference if it’s a well cut diamond unless they have a loupe! definitely have an excellent cut! She will probably say yes no matter what you choose but imagine if you can now get a beautiful 1.5 carat for the same price.
Post # 10
GemmaBella: I know, that’s why I said “just kidding”. It was a joke! I love Tiffany but we couldn’t afford it 🙁
Post # 11
- Wedding: A very pretty church.
waynesworth: Is she attached to a certain size as well? We get a lot of disappointed self proclaimed ‘princesses’ on here complaining about rings that are far from small. Did she fall in love with Tiffany, or did she fall in love with a 1.5 carat solitaire from Tiffany. Sometimes it’s the brand, sometimes it’s the style, sometimes it’s the experience you had together….but if the ring you’re looking to buy isn’t the size she was drooling over you’re going to have to ‘disappoint’ her on some level. Also, general question, why platinum? When did 18k white gold become not good enough (this is a more general question, it’s a trend I have noticed and don’t really ‘get’). Good luck!
Post # 12
- Wedding: A very pretty church.
waynesworth: I should qualify, our bands are platinum, they were chosen by my fiancé 😛 he wanted something ‘simple’ so a $1300 plain band was the obvious choice >.> I blame all that rap music the young people listen to these days 😉
Post # 13
A Tiffany’s ring, although not very unique, has that “WOW!” factor that would definetely make her say yes.
Of you are seriously worried about her saying no bc it’s not Tiffany’s then yes… Get out now
Post # 14
waynesworth: You really just have to decide whether the brand name is that important to her. My husband had a similar budget and got me a 1.4 carat solitaire in platinum from BlueNile for about the top end of your budget.
Most people will not recognize that it is Tiffany’s unless she specifically tells them. But, if her knowing that her ring is Tiffany’s is important to her then go for that. Don’t forget that she will probably want a Tiffany wedding band too though!
Also, I know Tiffany has great customer perks and that is one reason to go with them, but I’ve had a great experience with BlueNile also. They also offer similar perks like upgrades, free repair, etc.
Post # 15
I would want to see the settings as well..