Post # 1
New to Board, but a serious lurker for weeks. My Darling Husband is upgrading my ring for 10 year anniversary. We are trading in a ring from Tiffany. Here are my choices
I decided on a princess cut solitare, There is a .94 D color, VS2 for $13,500
or a .93 H color VS2 for $8,900 or 1.04 H color VS1 for $12,300.
Thoughts….I am inclined to go the cheapest. This board has been helping me tremendously I am so greatful for all of the pics. Can someone show me a 1 carat or slightly less
Post # 3
Have you seen the diamonds in person? These diamonds will all look relatively around the same size. The thing it would depend on for me is the color. I am color sensitive and can most of the time tell the difference between H and D but maybe these rings look the same in color or maybe they look different. H is still near colorless so you should not see very much yellow. Also where are you looking at these diamonds at? The prices seem fairly high
Post # 4
Honestly I suggest a color in the middle. D and H is a wide range. Usually I wouldn’t suggest paying the premium to go all the way up to a D, but i don’t like H range myself. Some people don’t mind the warmth of some Hs. You should see them in person and decide.
Also, I believe tiffany’s grades its own stones and is more generous with the grades than an outside lab such as GIA would be, about them. If they come with their GIA certificates, that’s a moot point.
Post # 5
IMO the most important of the 4Cs when it comes to sparkle… is Cut (Quality) and Colour.
Particularly so if you are looking for a clear non-coloured diamond… and one of that size (the bigger the diamond, the more colour issues will show up… be that lack of sparkle, or a white to grey presentation)
So out of those 3 I’d be picking the 0.94 Carat – D Colour – VS2 Clarity
EDIT TO ADD – Follow up to the comment by joya_aspera… Colour really CAN make a huge difference in pricing… so between the 0.94 Diamond and the 0.93 Diamond that the OP has listed.
BUT what I am more interested in is the fact that the Poster hasn’t revealed any info about Cut here… the 4th C in the equation is missing… that could also explain the price spread on these 3 stones.
Post # 6
@ThTis Time Round:
Thank you. I havent seen these stones in person. Tiffany is bringing these stones to me from another location. I don’t like too much color. I don’t know anything about the cut and I am afraid to say I have not educaed myself on the cut part.
Under Tiffany’s lights they may all look the same. Do they have special lights in there that make everything look good.
Post # 7
@MissS2MrsD: Going to Tiffany. My dh loves them and will not let me go anywhere else. I know that I could get a bigger diamond elsewhere, but that aint happening.
Post # 8
@alyesq: Yes they do have special lights that make it about impossible to see color differences (and makes even cut glass sparkle like mad). It’s called point-source lighting.
Post # 9
i’d go for the chapest, i wouldn’t notice the miniscule difference in the specs as much as i would feel it in the price
Post # 10
Wow, those prices are very high!! If, and ONLY if, you have your heart set on a Tiffany diamond, buy it from there. Since you’re trading in, you might not have another option. But yes, Tiffany has their stones cut to their specifications, and cut is the most important factor. The size differences between the 3 are negligible, you won’t see a difference there. I agree with a PP, see if you can find one in the F-G color range, the price for that .94 D color is crazy. For reference, check out the loose diamond search on pricescope, it will pull from all the best online vendors, it will give you an idea of what other diamonds would cost with those specs. I’m assuming that Tiffany’s cut would equal an excellent/ideal cut. If I HAD to choose from those, I’d pick the least expensive one, assuming it faces up very white and the H color isn’t too warm. Never trust jewelery store lighting!! 🙂
Post # 11
Personally I wouldn’t buy the diamonds from Tiffany. I bet the same diamond as the first you mentioned could be bought for around $4500. Can you just buy the setting?
Post # 12
@alyesq: It’s not even about getting a bigger diamond, just a better price. But, if that’s where he wants to take you, there’s certainly nothing wrong with those little blue boxes! He has exquisite taste 🙂
Post # 13
I’m a Tiffany girl but my ring did not come from there. Honestly, anything from Tiffany will thrill you but remember, you are paying for the name. You could probably purchase the same diamond from another source for a lot less. In the end you need to make yourself happy. Tiffany jewelry always maintain their valule. I guess you really can’t go wrong.
Post # 14
I have a 1.03 D VS2. I honestly don’t think you’ll see a huge difference in size between .93 and 1.04 but I think you would notice the difference in colour. But if you’re not too sensitive about the colour than the cheapest is a very good value.
It’s a tough call but my preference in my case was the D. Hope that helps!
Post # 15
When it comes to Tiffany you are indeed paying for the “Brand Name”
But I thought I’d do a bit of loose diamond research on your behalf… and so entered your 4C known parameters into Blue Nile= http://www.bluenile.com one of the websites on-line where you can purchase loose diamonds from.
- CUT (Shape) = Princess
- COLOUR = D to H
- CLARITY = VS1 to VS2
And for CARAT … I used a span of 0.90 to 1.05 (so a tad smaller and bigger than the ones you are considering)
For CUT (Quality) … I used the parameters of Good to Signature Ideal (figuring that Tiffany would be selling Diamonds at the mid to high end of that scale)
The Blue Nile Program / Search returned to me 567 Diamonds for sale, ranging in price from $ 3,551 thru to $ 10,035 US DOLLARS (as of today… Wednesday ~ October 24, 2012 at just before 9:00 PM EDT)
The low end being a Princess Good Cut 0.90 Carat Diamond with H Colour, and VS2 Clarity = $ 3,551 US
And the high end being a Princess Signature Ideal Cut 1.05 Carat Diamond with D Colour, and VS1 Clarity = $ 10,035 US
So much for the 4Cs… the one thing I am not clear on from your OP tho is whether the Tiffany Diamonds you are considering meet any of the two other Cs in the industry (Certified or Conflict Free). These two elements can also drive the cost of a diamond up.
For the Blue Nile Diamonds that I’ve searched above, you can click on the results details and learn even more about each diamond specifications (ID # – Depth – Table – Girdle – Symmetry – Polish – Dimensions – Certification etc)
Hope this helps,
Post # 16
The setting colour also factors into the stone issue too. If you’re having a yellow gold setting, the diamond will be slightly affected by that. If you’re having a platinum setting, it will not affect the look of the colour of the stone, and white gold will only affect the look of the stone a little.