Post # 1
I have two months to go before I propose and narrowed down my search to two rings: The Tiffany Novo and the VC&A Romance – both very similar. For my budget of around 15,000 I can get either a 0.7 carat (E color) Romance or a close to 1 carat (though G or H color) Novo. I could not get a 1 carat Romance for less than 25,000.
Here is my question: Knowing that the Fiancée-to-be “adores” the VC&A brand, would the difference in size of the diamond between the Novo and the Romance justify choosing the Novo over the smaller Romance? In other words – the eternal question – does size matter?
I have seen both rings and though they both look great, I must admit that I have a slight preference for the Romance.
Your input and opinions will be greatly appreciated.
Post # 3
They are both similar designs but if both of you are leaning towards to Romance, go for it. Without the exact measurements of the diamonds, the different between 0.70 and 1 ct will be 1mm or less. So that’s definitely something to keep in mind. Has she tried on rings to know if she would notice a small difference in diameter like that?
Also, E color is great but if your FI to be is not very color sensitive, maybe you can go down to F or G color to play around with the 4 C’s a bit?
And congrats on your upcoming proposal!
Post # 4
What size is her ring finger? The difference in the diamond’s measurements are minute, but still very noticeable. When I was choose between two stones, the one that was bigger by 0.5mm looked obviously bigger to the naked eye. At those small proportions, you can tell the difference in diameter by tiny increments, but once it’s on her finger, it may not be noticeable. On my very slim finger, the difference between a 0.75 and a 1 carat was very obvious, and I preferred the bigger stone.
Post # 5
I also wanted to add that I wanted a Tiffany ring, but none of their settings besides the bezel ones looked “right” on my fingers. I ended up with a Tacori, but will be getting two Tiffany wedding bands since I initially had my heart on a Tiffany ring. Perhaps consider Van Cleef for a wedding band?
Post # 6
You may hate my response, but personally, it is an engagement ring, not a designer jeans, don’t go with ‘name brand’. My husband found a ring he loved and thought I would love (which I do) and had it custome made. The upside: the ring was made around the diamond so the diamond is super secure (I believe many of the larger stores make the setting and diamond seperately, then pare them together) and we got a much better deal than if we went with Cartier (or Tiffany’s, VC&A, etc). You don’t need to put that money toward a bigger diamond, you can put that saved money toward the wedding, honeymoon or even matching earrings.
Post # 7
Both sound very nice – but you obviously lean towards the Romance probably because you know your lady loves Van Cleef & Arpels and to be honest, that would be my preference. I see Tiffany stuff a lot so I think V&A is a bit more unique.
Also I don’t know about your lady but I’d prefer to spend money on a ring I’ll wear forever rather than other stuff that will come and go like honeymoons and other types of jewellery. If you didn’t go with either ring and saved money, you could use that money to purchase a beautiful wedding band. Either way she’s going to be stoked that you have asked her to marry you 🙂 Best of luck!
Post # 8
If your girlfriend values quality more than quantity, then I think VC&A is a better choice, besides this is the brand she likes. I was in a similar situation when I choose my ring at Tiffany. The sales woman showed me a 0.78ct E/VVS2 solitaire and the other one is little over 1ct G/VS2. I chose 0.78ct. The E color really make the diamond looks bright and it will create an illusion for it to appeal bigger.
Post # 9
@Euroman: Either will be great. If she has fingers bigger than a size 5 or 49 i’d go with the Tiffany Novo if not get the VC&A Romance
Post # 10
I have a tiffany and I LOVE it. A lot of people say its “not designer jeans” blah blah, but its a big purchase from a reuptable brand, and that is important. I mean, Tiffany has been around forever for a reason, right? They will also always clean and service your ring for free for life, even polish the platinum.
Good luck 🙂
Post # 11
I LOVE VC&A but from a practical, unbiased perspective, I would still go with the T&Co.
1) I don’t think the Romance is characteristically VC&A. Why does your GF love VC&A? Me, I love floral-themed jewelry and I love all the whimsical, but still classy, touches that VC&A adds to their pieces. Personally, I think there are other VC&A erings that are more VC&A than the Romance.
2) I personally can tell the difference between 0.7 and 1. However, I think a G diamond is fine, especially if it is well-cut which I would expect from T&Co.
3) The T&Co. Novo is gorgeous and the way it is set makes the center stone pop more than the VC&A IMO because it looks like the Novo has a thinner shank. The Novo was definitely one of the ones I considered when I was choosing my ering.
From a practical perspective related to cleaning, there are also way more T&Co. stores than VC&A stores. I live very close to both, but it seems like you can find T&Co. in any metropolitan area unlike VC&A. This is good for repairs, resizing, and cleaning issues.
That said, I guess I’m biased because the Novo was what made me fall in love with cushion cuts and micropave bands. I ended up with a custom piece that is very similar to the Harry Winston The One.
Post # 12
I would go with an online vendor like Brian Gavin, good old gold, whiteflash, etc and get a very high quality diamond around 1.2-1.5 carat for your budget.
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2009 - Mountain Meadow/Mansion
I would say it also depends on if you think she’d like a cushion cut stone (Novo) or a round cut stone (Romance). I personally prefer the Novo, but that is me and you’re not buying it for me.
That said, I’d agree with the PP who said neither. I think you can get a better stone (and likely a similar or better setting) by going another route.
My stone is from James Allen (Blue Nile and Whiteflash are also supposed to be good) and my setting is Tacori. I have a gorgeous stone and a “designer” setting for less than you’d pay at either VC&A or Tiffany. It’s the best of both worlds.
DH was able to get me a gorgeous stone for less than what you’d pay in a brick and mortar store (the fact that there is no sales tax is an added bonus and allows your budget to stretch further) and while it was less expensive, he also appreciated that he could see the specific stone and compare several within his budget. Because we wanted a local jewler for the purposes of cleaning, inspection, etc., we got my setting at a local jewler who sells Tacori.Like Tiffany and VC&A, Tacori also offers lifetime maintenence (including buffing platinum)
I’ve browsed a bit at Tiffany and a similar quality stone retails literally nearly double what DH paid in a plain platinum setting.
In the end, it doesn’t matter what you pick because both are beautiful rings and your FI will be so excited to marry you! Congrats!