Post # 1
OK, so all the talk about Tiffany diamonds had me browsing their website. Everyone knows their diamond engagement rings are classic, expensive, high quality, yadda yadda yadda… Basically a luxury I’ll never be able to own but I’m very happy for the ladies who are lucky enough to enjoy them.
So I was looking at their sterling silver pieces and there’s like a $200 markup on the same styles I see at freakin’ J.C.Penney! The stuff that’s on the spinning rack, not even locked up in the cases. HOLY GUACAMOLE! I’m gonna get a Tiffany stamp and go to town with all my ss jewelry haha.
Post # 3
LOL. NO kidding! With Tiffany’s you really ARE paying for the brand. Don’t get me wrong, they have beautiful jewelry and I think all of their e-rings are Platinum, but they are very overpriced IMO as well. If I had indispensible income, yes, I would buy one because I do love them, but I don’t so instead I just drool over everyone else’s Tiffany rings.
Post # 4
Crazy isn’t it? I never wear my silver pieces from there anymore, I tried to give them to my daughter and even she didn’t want them. I only wear a necklace and a pair of diamond earrings that my husband bought me when we were dating. I am in love with one of their celebration rings though 🙂
Post # 5
Haha…I have a charm bracelet from Tiffany’s but I don’t want my hubby to my anymore charms for me because it’s so pricey. I still wear it since it was the first gift he got me and he gave me his heart
Post # 6
@Aquaria: Paying for a brand isn’t worth it to me either. To each their own though.
Post # 7
Birks here in Canada is the same. I love their stuff, and I have a few pieces that I was given as a child but Holy CRAP. I went in there to look at rings because I thought it would be nice to have a Birks ring. Nope. Not paying $10,000 for a ring that I can get for half that elsewhere.
Post # 8
- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle
Yeah… I got a black onyx Tiffany necklace that broke. I got treated like garbage when I took it to the store for repairs (it was a $600 necklace!).
My mom also buys me T&Co jewelry for almost every special occasion and so many of my pieces are SUPER tarnished they look like crap. I don’t mind them as gifts but I would never spend my own money on the brand.
Post # 9
@NovaRising: I have one of those silver chain link bracelets with the heart charm (not Tiffany but looks like it) that my husband gave me for Valentine’s Day a few years ago. It’s engraved with <his name> loves <my name>. It means so much more to me than a charm that says “Return To Tiffany”. That would be useless to me if I lost it, being that my name isn’t Tiffany.
Post # 10
Idk why that didn’t post correctly. It says (his name) Loves (my name)
Post # 11
Tiffany designs are really elegant when it comes to some of their e-rings. But they are easy to come by somewhere else without the Tiffany’s stamp – Which for my own self don’t really care for since I would be after a design/style, and not a brand. 🙂
Post # 12
@Aquaria: I think if it’s lost, it’s lost. No one is going to return jewelry. I just always wanted a gift that came in a blue box with a white ribbon. Now that I’ve had it I’m over it. But gifts that sparkle and shine are still wanted.
Post # 13
I think Tiffany jewelry is beautiful but unless it was a gift I will never wear it lol it is marked up crazy high. Same with pandora beads. You can get a no brand ss bead for $5 or a pandora ss bead for $25 and up it’s crazy! I really have a problem with Tiffanys engagement rings prices though because you can get so much more and better qaulity through somewhere else.
Post # 14
You are paying a premium for a “name” – and name that was earned many years ago for fine sterling jewelry (and glass) but in the last deacades (like so many brands once known for high quality) has slid down the latter to medicority because people only started going for the “name” rather than the actual quality that built the company in the first place.
Tiffany used to be in-house artists and jewelers, meaning you went into the NYC store and jewelers were actually making the jewelry onsite. Now they have “manufacturing facilities” and contractors/vendors across the Northeast mass producing their “Tiffany” jewelry.
I went into a Coach store recently and found it hysterical that almost every purse in the store was made in China. The quality is terrible. Compare it to a Coach purse made 25 years ago in Italy – and it’s no comparsion. Sad really, they can sell junk and people don’t care as long as the “Coach” logo is all over it.
I guess I could understand paying for the name IF the quality and design was still there, but in most cases it’s not. (There are still exceptions, for instance Prada, Hermes and some other firms that haven’t gone the cheap china/asian route, still have very high quality standards.)
Quality is what counts and you can get a studio jewelry to do far better quality pieces for you, for far less. (I will say the vintage and pre-1980 Tiffany jewelry is another matter.) But hell, you can get studio jewelers, mastercraftsman, to do pieces cheaper what the chain jewelry stores sell.)
But the saddest part is all the really terrible conterfeit jewelry from China marked “Tiffany.” In the last 10 years I’ve seen so many girls sporting what they think is real tiffany jewelry, but it’s just junk made in China. They apparently believe just because it’s stamped “Tiffany .925″ it must be real, or because they bought it at a store in the mall it has to be real!” but the sad part is they can’t even recognize junk when they see it, just as long as the name is visible somewhere is all that matters to them.
I studied quite a bit about studio jewelry, metal smiths, and esp. design years ago so this brand name/ over quality thing is a real pet peeve of mine. These brands should still live up to the quality they est. their reputations on if they want to keep charging the prices they do.
Post # 15
@Aquaria: They do have beautiful rings. But yeah, for me it is still just little silver things that I could afford. Which is why if I ever get a Tiffany pendant it will have the name stamped all over it since that’s what I’m paying for. lol
Post # 16
@MirnaMinkoff: “just as long as the name is visible somewhere is all that matters to them.”
This exactly! I buy for the quality and style, not the name/logo. This applies not only to jewelry, but to clothing, handbags, and shoes. OMG, the shoes! So many shoes we can all agree are hideous, and would be laughed at if they had an unknown logo printed on them. But if it’s a designer name displayed people will buy it no matter what it looks like.