Post # 1
I have a Birks ring, which is a store in Canada that is fairly prestigious- think, Tiffany of the north. I love my ring, and I am so glad that my Fiance gave it to me.
When we went ring shopping, I ended up having a shortlist of a couple of different rings, at different price points. There were important things I wanted that my ring is: number 1 was that it had to be a certified Canadian diamond; also, I wanted it to be super comfortable, with a fluid design, and fairly low setting. He ended up choosing my ring that I have now- that also secretly happened to be my favourite.
However, sometimes, I feel pretty guilty that it probably cost a pretty penny, especially since he could have bought it cheaper elsewhere. (money was not an issue in purchasing, as I stayed under our budget and he paid it outright)
Does anybody else feel bad about choosing a ‘designer’ ring that would have cost less if it didn’t have the name/Canadian diamond/other ‘designer’ feature?
Post # 3
As long as you make an informed choice (realize you’re paying a lot just for the name and could get a bigger stone and/or better specs elsewhere for the same money), you should have the ring you love! Some people have sentimental attachments to certain brands; others may not care about brand names but fall in love with a particular ring setting/design that doesn’t have suitable replicas.
I love my Tiffany e-ring and wouldn’t trade it for a larger diamond. It’s a little over a carat and has near perfect specs. Could my husband have bought me a bigger rock for the same price elsehwere? Yes, of course, but not everybody’s priority is to have the biggest rock they can get their hands on.
To each her own.
Post # 4
You know… I do realize that with the amount of money my bf spent on my Birk’s ring, we could’ve gotten a much bigger diamond elsewhere… but I don’t regret it at all! I love my Birk’s design, I have a nearly flawless diamond, and the setting is exactly what I wanted! It was also important to me that we have a Canadian Certified diamond. I don’t regret getting a 1-carat at all! I love it, and wouldn’t have it any other way!
Post # 5
I don’t regret getting my e-ring at Tiffany’s. I am 32 now and I had so few dreams left…but one of last dreams was to get a ring from Tiffany’s. I smile every time I look at my ring and my oil blue box 😉
Post # 6
@Double_rainbow: Other stores have comparable designs to Birks, but none are exactly the same. I know because I’ve done a lot of research myself.
Yeah you could have gotten a bigger stone (same quality) from another store, guaranteed, but if you love it then who cares if it’s designer or not?
You’re worth the engagement ring price. Your Fiance thought so… don’t second guess yourself.
Post # 7
My Fiance bought a Harry Winston ring and there are times I wish we went non-designer for a bigger stone… but then for us, after we discussed it, we realized buying an engagement is not just the actual product but the entire process and customer service side of it. We look at the designer name as “insurance” in a field we aren’t experts in, and really put a focus on the customer service we would receive. We also went to a bunch of other designer stores, like Cartier, Bvlgari, De Beers, Tiffanys, etc. But the customer service there was SOOO awful (except Bvlgari, the sales person was pretty nice) and it just turned us off the entire buying process. I was near tears and was so close to saying forget all about getting engaged, I just didn’t want to deal with sales people anymore. Then we went to HW and they were so kind and gracious and wonderful, we were both sold on getting the ring there.
Seriously, the sales people at HW were amazing and totally put Fiance at ease with dropping the money. Hands down, the NICEST, most patient and caring out of any jeweler we went to, and we did go to independents and family jewelers. We loved everything about the entire process and plan on getting our wedding bands and (hopefully) any future upgrades and jewelry at HW. Going to a designer jeweler is a complete and probably unnecessary luxury, but we both love the ring and I wouldn’t have changed anything about how we did it.
Also to be honest, Fiance would have spent the same amount either way we went and I decided a HW ring was more important to me than carat. If we didn’t go to HW, we would have done the loose stone route and tried to find a local jeweler. But the prospect and possibility of getting scammed was way too freaky for the both of us, all local jewelers we went to weren’t that cool, and in the end the HW name buys peace of mind beyond all else.
Post # 8
We went with a designer ring, not any of the ones mentioned in this thread, but I can say we don’t regret it at all. We absolutely love the setting and it’s just perfect. Took three months to find and we are very happy about it, regardless of how pricey it was. The diamonds in the setting are D color and IF. So white and they sparkle like crazy. My honey is definitely getting what he’s paying for.
Post # 9
I don’t regret mine. It was a lot of money but it’s small so it’s still within the realm of what people pay for some of the Moissanite rings. Plus platinum is so high right now, I wouldn’t have saved much going elsewhere (and I price shopped forever to make sure). I love it, it’s the first ring I’ve had where everything is perfect on it, it has amazing workmanship.
Post # 10
I love my e-ring from Tiffany’s and don’t regret it at all, and my Fiance doesn’t either, he was happy to buy me the ring of my dreams and i was happy to receive it 🙂
Post # 11
I have a tacori ring which is a designer ring and I don’t feel bad about it. I love the ring. If he couldn’t have afforded it, he wouldn’t have bought it. Plus it wasn’t a plain band, it was a more intricate design, so if the jeweler made it, it wouldn’t have looked the same. And I love the way the setting is.
Post # 12
- Wedding: November 2014 - Dreams Palm Beach, Punta Cana, DR
As a saying goes “what you pay is what you get.” I personally wouldnt regret, because to me the quality of the ring/diamond means longer lifespan and happier me. I wouldnt feel guilty as long as its within the budget and I would be happy to know that my bf got it for me because he loves me and wanted me to have it and not because I asked for it. No need to regret such a thing, its yours and you love it, thats all that matters 🙂 I am sure your Fiance is happy to see you happy 🙂
Post # 13
I love my Tiffany & co rhr. Don’t regret it at all. It’s very high quality. Someday it will be a lovely gift handed down to someone else as well.
Post # 14
I don’t actually have a brand name e-ring but I just wanted to add that the brand name also impacts the future market value of the ring. A Tiffany ring will always be worth more than a no-name ring that has a similar look, and the same type of metal, size and quality of diamond.
The quality of the diamond is the most important factor in the future free market value of the ring (that includes any certs to show it’s conflict-free), the next is brand name (so never seperate the brand ring from the brand diamond, they are worth much more together than apart), and only after both of those is the factor of size of the diamond.
Post # 15
My Fiance got me a De Beers and I love it! Zero bad feelings here and his peace of mind on the quality and lifetime service is priceless.