Post # 1
Hi bees. I’m having a heck of a time getting a classic Tiffany-style setting from my local jeweler. Long story short, my fiance had a custom ring made at our local jeweler that was supposed to look like the original Tiffany setting. This is the ring he proposed to me with. Unfortunately, it looked nothing like the picture he showed them. (I do not have a picture of the first ring we were given)
After the proposal, I took it to be remade into what he had originally asked for. I told them exactly what I wanted, and I even gave them a picture and said “I want it to look exactly like this.” (The jeweler doesn’t do CADs, so I couldn’t approve anything before they made the ring)
I got it back today, and it’s definitely closer to what I wanted than the first attempt, but I feel like it still doesn’t look right. Something just looks…..off? Bees, am I being too picky, or does it really look “off?”
Here are the pictures I gave the jeweler to replicate:
Here is the (2nd) ring I received:
I feel terrible asking them to remake the ring for the third time, but I also don’t want to settle for a ring I’m not happy with. I’m not sure if I’m being too picky, or if this is just poor craftsmanship. Could you please give me your opinion?
P.S. Sorry if the pictures are too big. I still don’t know how to resize photos on here
Post # 2
I don’t think it looks off at all. I think it look beautiful.
Post # 3
No. It isn’t the same and if he cannot get a classic Tiffany right, I wouldn’t use him again.
The shank looks squared off as opposed to knife edge and the basket is set in a space meant for a larger stone (not that your stone is small). You see how wide a space is there for the basket?
Post # 4
It’s the “donut” and the prongs that are off. It’s definitely not the Tiffany setting you requested. The crown is all wrong
Post # 5
No that isn’t it. The basket fills up the entire space. i don’t know what’s off about it but it looks “squat”? Don’t get me wrong, it is pretty! But it isn’t what you asked for without a doubt.
Post # 6
leilarobs2 : I agree. It’s a 1 carat, but I feel like the ring is bulky and makes the stone look a lot smaller than it is. I agree that it looks “squat.” I told my mom it looks like a mushroom, hahaha. I’m not really sure how to describe it.
Post # 7
loveandlemons : The only thing that I’d want is for the ring to be set higher, but that’s what I like personally
Post # 8
Do you have the budget to go somewhere else? The Tiffany setting you gave is pretty classic and well known. It really shouldn’t be that hard for a decent jeweller to get it right. It’s not like you are asking for something he has never seen before or some crazy unique setting.
ETA: but it is pretty as-is, so if you don’t have the budget to go else where could you learn to love it? Or maybe have it reset as a one year wedding anniversary present?
Post # 9
It’s squat. The prongs don’t look right and it sits too low.
Edit: Wanted to add that I have the BN Petite Nouveau 6 Prong. I feel the price for that one and the BN Classic Solitaire are pretty reasonable and more similar to what you are looking for than what you got. If you can get your money back on the custom work you may want to check these out. The stock photos on BN are not great but you can find better pics here.
Post # 10
That looks nothing like the classic Tiffany. It’s really off… Have them remake it or go to a different jeweller. What you wanted is pretty straight forward. Don’t settle for what they gave you. It’s clearly not what you wanted.
Post # 11
What bothers me most is that they made the space below the diamond so wide, almost the width of the whole diamond, vs what you showed them tapers in more. I’d be dissatisfied too. I’d ask for $ back and have someone else do it if you don’t want them to try a third time.
Post # 12
The best Tiffany style ring without being Tiffany is a Vatche U113. I’d cut my losses with this guy and find a Vatche dealer if you want “as close as you can get without going Tiffany”. Stuller, a casting house, also has some “close enough” settings for a lot less cost, and almost any jeweler can get Stuller settings.
Post # 13
It doesn’t look elegant.. it just looks chunky. I’m sorry Bee I would just go somewhere else.
Post # 14
To be fair, copying a design can infringe on copyright so the jeweller may be not communicating this, but perhaps they are purposely making slight alterations? Just a thought, I know many jewellers offer to remake designs. It is lovely this second one, but you should be 100% happy so I’m hoping they can help. I’d recommend letting them know what you’d like changed. The craftmanship looks amazing though, I don’t think there is an issue with the quality.
Post # 15
I agree with the other bees…The ring looks too chunky from the side and the stone isn’t set as high as the Tiffany ring! I’d go elsewhere!