The Great Tiffany's debate…

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
493 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@MrsLuca:  yay Tiffany! i have one and i absolutely love it. so many people say its just a brand and its all the same but its more than that. plus they have great customer service

Post # 4
2731 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

I’ve seen some very high quality diamonds and I still say moissanite is different. One of the reasons we did not go diamond is the only white diamonds I like are rediculously expensive and I wasnt having it. I’ve seen diamonds much higher quality than what tiffanies offers. I got to loop a D color flawless round at debeers once and that thing was rediculous. Thats when I said nope not having a diamond for my e-ring ever. It just wasnt worth that price no matter how clean it was.

Post # 5
374 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

My FI shopped around and made a spreadsheet with all the statistics about various diamonds he looked at, and decided the Tiffany ones were so superior and worth their price tag, so I ended up with an awesome Tiffany diamond (E, VVS2, 0.83). I also love that I can bring it in to be cleaned and checked whenever I’m near a Tiffany’s.

Post # 6
1599 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

i have seen a lot of high-quality diamonds while working in jewelery manufacturing and also because…well… I like looking at them and FI knew and now I have one 😉 (he was set up for failure since I worked in the wholesale biz for 3-4 years.)

I’m glad that you had a great experience with Tiff, mine was horrendous. You can read about it on other posts, but we had a decent amount of money to spend (over 30k) and FI and I were both (independently) treated very poorly by three locations here in NYC, including their flagship 5th ave location.  And their markup is insane.  The ring I ended up with also has an insane markup as it is a designer piece, but tiff’s markup is redic considering that their employees know virtually nothing about jewelry other than “we do it best. blue box.  romance. blue box.  tiffany. also blue box.”  Maybe it’s because we didn’t shop together, or because neither of us “look rich” and I didn’t wear stilettos when I went browsing, but the service was worse than I get at a fastfood restaurant.


ANYWAY.  If you want a one-stop shop to walk in with $$ and walk out with a nice ring, this is the place.  But if you want ANY sort of customization or to not be ripped off, tiff is not a great spot.

Post # 7
2299 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Tiffany’s is very marked up, I don’t think that there is any doubt about that, but they are known for their customer experience and the little blue box is famous in its own right.

Post # 8
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Why does this sound like an advertisement to me?

Post # 9
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

would i want a tiffany engagment ring? nope. but that’s my preference. i think they have a huge markup, and i could get something of the exact quality for much, much less if i did research.

that being said, i’ve seen beautiful tiffany rings, and i’ve seen beautiful non-tiffany rings. they aren’t the only store to carry high-quality rings. they just have a name, and their name is well known.

Post # 10
6407 posts
Bee Keeper

No, moissanite doesn’t look like a high quality diamond. Yes, good diamonds – And actually, most diamonds – look very firey under jeweler’s lights, but once you move them away from those lights, you can get a much better sense of them.

CZ look more like high quality diamonds than moissanite does and under the jeweler’s lights if you’re not looking carefully, from a distance it can be a little hard to tell which is which. Bring them into daylight and you will have your answer staring at you.

Glad you enjoyed the high quality diamonds at Tiff’s. They actually have some not-so-great ones too… but yes, they have good ones that are comparable to other high quality diamonds from elsewhere.

P.S. If you want a similar “distance” effect to the Tiffany store with your own diamond, buy some pot lights for your home.

Post # 11
5445 posts
Bee Keeper

@joya_aspera:  exactly this

OP if the moissanite looked like the Tiffany diamonds, it was due to the lighting. Although when I saw moissanite next to a diamond (not Tiffany and not amazing quality but good) under spot lighting the difference was still smack-you-in-the-face obvious. 

Tiffany does have some amazing diamonds, but they also have a lot of deeply cut diamonds with subpar optical performance. You can get a better (or as good as in the case of their top diamonds) diamond for less elsewhere. 

Post # 12
809 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

hm I used to like tiffany but their customer service has left a bad taste in my mouth. I went in to buy something, wasn’t dressed up, and they were so rude. snooty and uppity, never shopping there again.

Post # 14
1259 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve seen a lot of pretty rings at Tiffany’s but I’ve also seen a lot of high quality diamond rings at independent jewlers too.

If my DH had bought my ring at Tiffany’s, I certainly wouldn’t turn it down, but that store would not have been my first place to shop for rings. 

Post # 15
209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Look I love tiffany, but they do not have a monopoly on high quality diamonds. I think they have very high standards and you can expect that all their rings are going to be beautiful. But I’ve seen equally beautiful diamonds elsewhere. For a long time I thought I wanted a Tiffany ring, but when we went looking, I was unhappy with their selection. It was very much ‘this is what we have at the moment’. I couldn’t say ‘I want a 1.5 cushion d -f with this type of setting’. we ended up getting my ring from a high quality local jeweller where each ring is made to order. It was a nice experience and if they didn’t have a stone I wanted, they would go out and find one. Tiffany is beautiful and it will always have that thing, but it wasn’t right for me at the time. 

Post # 16
1464 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Other one who had horrendous service at Tiffany’s.

I wouldn’t give my money to Tiffany’s. DeBeers or Cartier if you need something branded. We have always been highly impressed with the customer service we received at DeBeers, and I always get compliments on how pretty and unusual my setting is. Everyone recognizes the Tiffany settings because they’re so common.

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