Post # 1
Hello everyone, I’ve been dating my boyfriend for a while now, and we’ve been talking engagement rings 🙂 (I’m excited)! I have a preference for plain round solitaires, but especially ones from Tiffany! However, I know that Cartier and Bvlgari are also supposed to be good jewelry brands…but I don’t really know what the difference is between them.
Are they all of the similar quality, price range, etc (which one is more expensive/of better quality if different)? We’d be looking for approximately a .75 round solitaire in yellow gold.
Does anyone have any personal experiences with any of these 3 companies? Thanks! 🙂
Post # 3
We purchased our wedding bands from Cartier. I love our bands and Cartier is really the creme de la creme of jewelers. They don’t publish engagement ring prices, so I wouldn’t be able to help you there.
Tiffany’s is like the quintessential engagement ring obviously. Between the two, I’d probably go with Cartier. I guess Ive become kind of disenchanted by Tiffany’s over the years. There are so many 5th graders walking around with silver Tiffany bracelets on, I kind of equate it with younger kids at this point (sadly). On the other hand, you’ll never see an 11 year old wearing anything from Cartier. Just my opinion, I’m sure others will have different ones 😉
Post # 4
I know you didn’t ask about other jewlers, but my ring is a solataire .80 white diamond in a platinum setting from De Beers and I love it (I don’t know what yellow diamond pricing is like though), also check out Harry Winston.
Post # 5
Well, I guess it depends on what you are looking for in a ring.
Tiffany does their own cutting and grading, not sure of Cartier & Bvlgari. I do not particularly think any are “better” over the other. Cartier and Bvlgari seems to be less common or known – I am sure many do not even know they make rings or associate their name with engagement rings like the Tiffany name does. I do believe they have good after-purchase care depending on store (and whether you live near one!), though upgrade policy for Tiffany is not as great as you might get going elsewhere like Good Old Gold, etc. I have seen/heard customer sevice varies and quality at Tiffany has had some misses (rare, but it happens).
If someone wants a certain brand – like Tiffany – for emotional reasons, then they should go for it but I personally think you can get much better quality and “rarity” (even if not always CS depending who you go with!) if you are spending that money going handmade with Leon Mege, Steven Kirsch, Van Craeynest, etc and you can also save on a stone or go higher quality for less than you would pay at Tiffany, etc. Or go custom casting or get a Vatche U113 (best Tiffany replica right now IMO) and put a lot more into the stone (size, colour, etc).
Tiffany, Cartier, etc are highly about the “name” IMO, especially if you are going for a classic round solitaire and not like a Novo cushion that you can only get at Tiffany as it is cut for them. Otherwise, none of them particularly impress me. You pay a lot for that brand name. I do consider Tiffany the more “common” of those brands though (that is not a bad comment, Tiffany appeals to many, but as a result it is more common). If you want Tiffany for emotional reasons, that is where you should go – it sounds like you would only go for Cartier or something if someone said it was a “better” brand which is not to me indicative it pulls at your heartstrings!
Post # 6
If you’re looking to spend that kind of money, you’d actually probably get a better deal (and a bigger rock!) by purchasing your stone somewhere else and selecting your own setting for it. Just do your research so that you select a quality diamond/setting.
Tiffany/Cartier/etc doesn’t get ‘magic/special’ diamonds or gold, so really you can get the same quality at another reputable jeweler. With Tiffany you’ll be paying more simply for the brand name, pretty much.
Just my two cents- if you need a Tiffany/Cartier/Bvulgari ring for some sort of sentimental reason, then go for it.
Post # 7
@Aicyla22: Finally someone else with a De Beers diamond!! I have one too 🙂
Post # 8
@RayKay: i would second this. In my opinion, you can get a more “quality” ring by really doing your homework and shopping through a well respected diamond jeweler. I would recommend Good Old Gold or Brian Gavin Diamonds for a stunning diamond and then either having it set in any number of designer settings or going custom with Leon Mege or Steven Kirsch.
Post # 9
Thanks everyone for your input, I am definitely going to take all of it to heart! 🙂
Post # 10
I certainly second everyone who is suggesting a custom Leon Mege. His work is impeccable. I would love to own a LM RHR at some point. Google him!
Post # 11
@MrsPom: You’re the first person I’ve “met” with one too! I LOVE my ring especially the baby diamond inside the band 🙂
Post # 12
You may also want to check out Van Cleef & Arpels as well. I’m also a personal fan of Birks (which is sort of the Canadian equivalent of Tiffany’s) and I know they ship to the US. I’ve had amazing service through them for the jewelry I bought there…
Post # 13
I think they’re all quite similar in terms of quality/price. I looked in all three before settling on a Tiffany ring (the Embrace). Like others have said, you can get something similar for less at other jewelers, but for me it was about owning a classic Tiffany piece, plus I have a sentimental attatchment to the brand, my first piece of jewelry as a little girl was from T&Co. I agree with what others have said though you most definitely pay for the “brand name”, for me exceptional service is a must and T&Co definitely deliver on that front.
Post # 14
yeah, definitely don’t let brand sway you. try on tons and tons and tons of rings and look at different grades of loose diamonds to see what you like and then choose from there.
Post # 15
I might be in the minority, but after comparing rings from the online at bluenile and james allen, and walking into the tiffany’s, cartier, bulgari, de beers, harry winston, and graffe, I decided that I want the designer. I have many friends who went the online route, and their rings are very pretty, but I feel that the designer has a better sparkle (due to the cut maybe??).
The 4 Cs can be a pretty generic way of looking at the diamonds, but it’s an unfair comparison sometimes. The designer’s cut really is superior when you put the two “ideal” or “excellent” cuts side by side unde the sun. Designers really sparkle in comparison. With the other brands, I think Tiffany isn’t better than De Beers, Cartier or Bulgari, Tiffany just have GREAT marketing!!!
Here’s to a future Harry Winston on my finger!!! (I wish wish wish)
Post # 16
I’d honestly not pay for the name and go with Blue Nile or James Allen. We got much better service at Blue Nile than I did at Tiffany and we got a bigger/better ring for our budget. An independent appraisal confirmed we made the right choice.