It costs WHAT!?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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768 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

LOL. NO kidding! With Tiffany’s you really ARE paying for the brand. Don’t get me wrong, they have beautiful jewelry and I think all of their e-rings are Platinum, but they are very overpriced IMO as well. If I had indispensible income, yes, I would buy one because I do love them, but I don’t so instead I just drool over everyone else’s Tiffany rings.

Post # 4
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3389 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Crazy isn’t it? I never wear my silver pieces from there anymore, I tried to give them to my daughter and even she didn’t want them. I only wear a necklace and a pair of diamond earrings that my husband bought me when we were dating. I am in love with one of their celebration rings though 🙂 

Post # 5
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3200 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Haha…I have a charm bracelet from Tiffany’s but I don’t want my hubby to my anymore charms for me because it’s so pricey.  I still wear it since it was the first gift he got me and he gave me his heart Kiss

Post # 6
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9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@Aquaria:  Paying for a brand isn’t worth it to me either. To each their own though.

Post # 7
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9919 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

Birks here in Canada is the same.  I love their stuff, and I have a few pieces that I was given as a child but Holy CRAP.  I went in there to look at rings because I thought it would be nice to have a Birks ring.  Nope.  Not paying $10,000 for a ring that I can get for half that elsewhere.

Post # 8
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6887 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

Yeah… I got a black onyx Tiffany necklace that broke. I got treated like garbage when I took it to the store for repairs (it was a $600 necklace!). 

My mom also buys me T&Co jewelry for almost every special occasion and so many of my pieces are SUPER tarnished they look like crap. I don’t mind them as gifts but I would never spend my own money on the brand.

Post # 11
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117 posts
Blushing bee

Tiffany designs are really elegant when it comes to some of their e-rings. But they are easy to come by somewhere else without the Tiffany’s stamp – Which for my own self don’t really care for since I would be after a design/style, and not a brand. 🙂

 

 

 

Post # 12
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3200 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Aquaria:  I think if it’s lost, it’s lost.  No one is going to return jewelry.  I just always wanted a gift that came in a blue box with a white ribbon.  Now that I’ve had it I’m over it.  But gifts that sparkle and shine are still wanted.

Post # 13
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1106 posts
Bumble bee

I think Tiffany jewelry is beautiful but unless it was a gift I will never wear it lol it is marked up crazy high. Same with pandora beads. You can get a no brand ss bead for $5 or a pandora ss bead for $25 and up it’s crazy! I really have a problem with Tiffanys engagement rings prices though because you can get so much more and better qaulity through somewhere else. 

Post # 14
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236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

You are paying a premium for a “name” – and name that was earned many years ago for fine sterling jewelry (and glass) but in the last deacades (like so many brands once known for high quality) has slid down the latter to medicority because people only started going for the “name” rather than the actual quality that built the company in the first place.

Tiffany used to be in-house artists and jewelers, meaning you went into the NYC store and jewelers were actually making the jewelry onsite.  Now they have “manufacturing facilities” and contractors/vendors across the Northeast mass producing their “Tiffany” jewelry.

I went into a Coach store recently and found it hysterical that almost every purse in the store was made in China. The quality is terrible. Compare it to a Coach purse made 25 years ago in Italy – and it’s no comparsion. Sad really, they can sell junk and people don’t care as long as the “Coach” logo is all over it.

I guess I could understand paying for the name IF the quality and design was still there, but in most cases it’s not.  (There are still exceptions, for instance Prada, Hermes and some other firms that haven’t gone the cheap china/asian route, still have very high quality standards.)

Quality is what counts and you can get a studio jewelry to do far better quality pieces for you, for far less.  (I will say the vintage and pre-1980 Tiffany jewelry is another matter.) But hell, you can get studio jewelers, mastercraftsman, to do pieces cheaper what the chain jewelry stores sell.)

But the saddest part is all the really terrible conterfeit jewelry from China marked “Tiffany.”  In the last 10 years I’ve seen so many girls sporting what they think is real tiffany jewelry, but it’s just junk made in China.  They apparently believe just because it’s stamped “Tiffany .925″ it must be real, or because they bought it at a store in the mall it has to be real!” but the sad part is they can’t even recognize junk when they see it, just as long as the name is visible somewhere is all that matters to them.

I studied quite a bit about studio jewelry, metal smiths, and esp. design years ago so this brand name/ over quality thing is a real pet peeve of mine.  These brands should still live up to the quality they est. their reputations on if they want to keep charging the prices they do.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Aquaria:  They do have beautiful rings. But yeah, for me it is still just little silver things that I could afford. Which is why if I ever get a Tiffany pendant it will have the name stamped all over it since that’s what I’m paying for. lol

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