Post # 1
IT WAS BEAUTIFUL!!
However, my mom is a jeweller and her boss told her that a ring like that with the colour cut and clarity should only be $150,000 tops for the diamond- the rest you’re paying for the name Tiffanys.
STILL…ah I love it! My aunt said “now how would you wear that thing to work?” and the clerk looked at her and said “women who get these rings…they don’t work!” hahaha
Post # 3
@meetmethere2013: That’s a whole lot for just a name! Any pictures?
Post # 4
No, I wanted to take one but I didn’t thnk they’d allow it
Post # 5
Sounds wonderful! Maybe they have a pic on their website. Think I’ll take a look. Although I don’t find their images very good for showing how the diamond should look in real life.
Post # 6
Did you try it on?? The one near us they let you try on anything. 😉
Post # 7
Found a video of a Tiffany style diamond at around 4 carats so you can see it in the daylight. Too many inclusions for a genuine Tiffany’s, but very pretty. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjVa_TYutk0
Post # 8
that’s funny what the clerk said
I’d love to see a pic of that ring!
Post # 9
LOL. At the response from the clerk to your aunt.
Post # 10
Whooee, what a markup (150K to 500k)! I like some of their designs (the really artistic ones) but I vastly prefer to buy gemstones elsewhere due to exactly that issue. I’d rather get the nicer gemstone than the Tiffany brand name. Not that I was ever (or will ever) be in the market for a 500K or 150K piece of jewelry! lol!
@MeelaMay: Tiffany does sometimes use seriously included diamonds in some of their items. You can select the clarity, etc., for at least some of their items, but they have a big range.
I was in a local store the other day and trying on some rings for maybe a RHR. They had a nice collection that starts with a V… Violetta? It’s basically designs based on Xs and Os. Anyway, I tried on one multi-stone band and it looked nice in the case, but OMG, some of the stones has SUCH bad clarity I was shocked. The weird thing was that it wasn’t consistent. So let’s say you have an “X” made out of 4 marquise diamonds. Two on the left would be so included they looked dead and dark, almost black, and the other two on the right would have a more normal amount of inclusions, and look white and diamond-like. Then the X beside it would look fine, and the next one might have 1 really obviously dead one, 3 normal. At this point I stopped looking at the ring.The design was nice but the quality of the diamonds really killed it for me.
Keep in mind this was under Tiffany’s best jewelery lights and from at least a foot distance! I can only imagine what the clarity of those marquise stones might have been…definitely not even SI. I decided not to ask because sometimes salesclerks seem perosnally offended if you mention you notice something not great about thei merchandise, and she was a sweetie and I had other bands I wanted her to show me.
Still, I was shocked! I’m more familiar with Cartier and I don’t see quality of stones like that in their stores!
Post # 11
Wow…imagine how much better you could do with a $500,000 budget if you weren’t paying for the Tiffany brandname. Just a quick search on Blue Nile shows you could buy a 10.10ct, Sig Ideal cut, I, VS2 round brilliant and still have $40,000 to blow on a setting for it.
That is absolute insanity.
Post # 12
For 500,000 I’d buy a really nice house in the Virgin Islands instead! 😉
Post # 13
@GFerg: With this house you’ll have extra room, remember me!
Post # 14
@MeelaMay: Eek! That thing is all inclusions! It would have to be I3. Personally, I would hate to have to wear something like that.
Post # 15
The mark-up is huge. This is the main reason I don’t buy from Tiffany, especially in Australia where the local Tiffany stores add about another 20% more.
Post # 16
@doberman: I know it’s so full of them. Can’t believe all the people calling it a fake or a CZ. How can it be anything but natural with all those black spots! I wouldn’t wear it either. Too big for my personal taste (but I’d certainly try it on). Very sparkly though despite all the carbon spots.