Post # 1
So my Fiance and I have been down a looooong road with the engagement ring. We fell in love with the Tiffany Soleste, but not the price tag. So we decided to have it custom made. The jeweller said he would be able to recreate it no problem and we wouldn’t be able to tell the difference…and he was offering it to us at less than half the price at Tiffany’s! GREAT! He said it would take 3-4 weeks….well 4 weeks turned into 5, which turned into 6. Turns out, he wasn’t able to do what he said he would. He agreed to try and redo the setting but wasn’t sure if he could get it done. Well now we’ve decided to get our money back and start over.
We both still love the Tiffany Soleste and the one I had originally tried on was 0.45 of a carat, colour E and IF…all in all a pretty close to flawless diamond. It was priced at around $6400. Does anyone know how much their prices can vary depending on the quality of the diamond that’s set? I know that they have high standards for their diamonds and only accept a certain quality or higher. But could the price be dramaticallly dropped if we chose for example a 0.40 with colour I and a VS2?
Post # 3
I’m not sure how much the price would drop with changing the size from a .45 to a .40 (typically dropping from 1 carat to .90 is a big drop in price, but you’re talking about a smaller size difference), but it should drop for change in color, etc. I would go onto blue nile and check out their diamonds. Not the same as the Tiffany diamonds, but it should give you an idea of how changing certain features changes the price.
Post # 4
No matter where you buy your diamond, you will see a significant drop in price if you go down in color or clarity, especially going from IF to VS2. Honestly, as long as the diamond is eye clean, you could go even lower and then keep the color higher or increase the carat size.
IF diamonds are just not worth it, in my opinion. Most of the time, you can’t see any inclusions until you get into the SI range, so why pay more for it?
Post # 5
Go look on bluenile.com at diamonds. A 0.45 carat E, IF diamond is a little less than $2k.
We bought my diamond from there and had the setting custom made. It would have been $30k at Tiffany since mine is also IF. I think my setting is prettier than the Tiffany – it’s a tulip-set solitaire but is much more refined, without the knife-edge. The Tiffany rings we looked at were so clearly hand-made, with rough edges, crooked – not worth the price.
Tiffany’s prices will of course change if the diamond changes. They’ll never tell you what the setting costs and what the diamond costs, but if you tell them what you want to spend and what size-ish diamond you want they can find it for you.
Post # 6
I would never recommend Tiffanys…
I really would NOT recommend anyone buy from Tiffanys, especially a Tiffany legacy. Nearly 3 yrs ago my now husband proposed with a 1.80 blue sapphire and diamond Legacy engagement ring from Tiffanys…2 yrs later and I noticed it has eroded..YES the actual platinum on the underneath that holds mini diamonds was eroded and the diamonds were exposed…leaving them to potentially FALL. Now I wore this ring daily- it’s an engagement ring, MOST ppl DO wear it daily- I wore it along side its matching Legacy diamond wedding band from Tiffanys-as advised, I never slept/showered/washed dishes with it and yet it damaged ridiculously! As if this isn’t bad enough Tiffany sent my ring to NYC where it took 6months for them to tell me the cost of fixing the platinum- bare in mind NO stone was lost would be 6250 euros- that’s a good 9thousand dollars.
EXCUSE ME? Are they mad?? Now it’s been 7 months, I am STILL waiting for that ring, I refuse to spend that kind of money fixing an overpriced product, it has totally left me disillusioned, looking carefully at my husband’s wedding band from Tiffanys which is platinum it is severely scratched- he is a lawyer, why would it be scratched?
So with that in mind I would never recommend someone spending a ridiculously large about of money, buying in to a brand who aren’t spending money on quality.
Save that cash and get a replica from another place, the price will be lower BUT the quality will be equal or even BETTER!!!
Post # 7
If anyone comes back to read this thread, the price of Tiffany e-ring can change dramatically depending on how you play around with colour and carat. My SA says that all Tiffany diamonds will be generally on par with regards to cut and clarity, so to not worry about that.
We saw a 1.28 D IF dimaond in the classic setting for ~$40,000, and a 1.25 I colour in the same setting for ~$19,000. Prices can differ dramatically, and they’re usually very good about ordering in from other stores and working within your budget. One of the rings I tried on came all the way from Hong Kong!