Post # 1
SO and I had a conversation about what sort of ring I’d like and I said I’d email him some ideas. I surfed different websites for weeks and found my dream ring!
The website said this ring cost “from Â£5500” with an 0.5ct centre stone, which is the smallest option. I figure we could probably stretch to that if I save hard and contribute to SO’s ring fund. So why, when I asked for a specific price, does the 0.5ct ring cost Â£7500? That’s nowhere near Â£5500! (for ladies in the US, that’s a supposedly $8.5k ring which actually costs nearly $12k)
Why is the price listed as “from Â£5500” when the smallest available centre stone costs Â£7500? I’m a bit annoyed and upset at having my dreams dashed, because that’s the only ring I really liked and there’s no way we can stretch to Â£7.5k 🙁
Post # 3
I would think they would give you the advertised price. If you save that page and communicate with someone in authority, I’d think they might be able to work with you. Especially if there is a brick and mortar store too. It’s worth a shot. Good luck!
Post # 4
Is the from price maybe the setting price, i.e. no centre stone? It seems a LOT of money for just a setting though…
Post # 5
I wonder if the “starting from” price is just the setting and not a diamond. That being said, that must be some high quality 0.5 ct stone to be jacking up the price by 2500 GBP. I wonder if you could get him to buy the setting at 5500 and then buy your own loose stone to set in it.
Post # 6
Over here, that is wayyyy too high. I would find out why the price jump
Post # 7
Nope, it’s definitely the complete ring including the stone and some diamond pave on the band. It’s from Tiffany, hence the high price. When you select the 0.5ct ring, the website says “priced from Â£5500”. But when I enquired about prices they said they currently have a 0.52ct ring (E colour, VS2 clarity) in stock which costs Â£7500 ($12k), and please call this number if you’d like to purchase it. That’s nowhere near Â£5500!
I emailed them back to say it’s a lot more than the listed price, and they said that’s the cheapest one they’ve got and the smallest carat size they offer in that ring. So where did the Â£5500 price come from!!!
You’re right, when I put my sensible head on it DOES seem like a lot of money for a 0.5ct ring. It’s pretty though 🙁
Post # 8
Take the design to a local jeweller and ask them to price out a custom ring for you. My ring has a high quality 0.5 carat centre and it was waayyyyy less than that. I imagine having it custom made would still save you thousands of pounds over that price!
On bluenile.co.uk, an E colour, VS2 diamond with a “signature ideal” cut is only 1500 pounds. So, what the eff, Tiffany. Screw them.
Post # 9
There are tons of rings like Tiffany rings online– you can find a copy easily, and probably for half the price. I love Tiffany’s, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t think you can say it’s the “only ring [you] really liked.”
Post # 10
Im going to second BrightGreen , who said to get one custom made to look like the Tiffany ring. You’re just paying for the brand name. I can’t imagine ever paying that much for 1/2 carat.
Post # 11
I’ve looked at Tiffany. That price would be for the lowest color and clarity grade they offer :). Hope that helps.
Post # 12
That price seems ridiculous for a .5 ct stone to me…I’d shop around and see if you can get a jeweler to custom make you a copy before paying that much just for a brand name.
Post # 13
I’m sorry but even for Tiffany’s that is ridiculous. I wonder if Tiffany’s in the US is priced differently? A .5 carat diamond at Tiffany’s is about $3500 US.
Post # 14
- Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House
You could get that for under 2000 USD here.
I have a pear .75 ct solitaire, from Adiamor that was under 2000. You could get a round for around the same price.
Post # 15
Not sure how the law works in UK, but I had a similar experience when shopping for DH’s wedding band. We found the perfect ring, it was a “design your own” option on through a European Designer who had a store near us. We designed it online, got the price printed it as instructed and made our appointment. To our surprise when we showed up for the appointment the ring designed was TRIPLE the price of what our print out said!!!!!
I consulted my laywer friend about this issue and he said internet prices aren’t like printed advertisements, they aren’t legally required to honor the price on their website. UGH! It’s probably just a sales tactic. Get them in the door, get them to fall in love with the ring, then bam! Here’s the real price.
Post # 16
0.5ct starts from 5.5k… presumably for the lowest possible colour and clarity grade, which they don’t actually stock. The rings they actually have in stock cost upwards of Â£7.5k.
I checked on Bluenile and the stone itself would cost around Â£1k; a platinum pave setting would cost an additional Â£1.5k, plus sales tax. It isn’t quite the same, but a similar ring could be had for under Â£3k!!!
So yeah, I think Â£5.5 – Â£7.5k for a 0.5ct centre stone is taking the p* a little. I’m going to look around and see if I can find something similar, or find someone who’d make something similar. Will still send the Tiffany pic to my SO for style inspiration though.