(Closed) The Tiffany difference?

posted 10 years ago in Rings
Post # 47
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Blushing bee

I know this post is over six months old, because I was just researching some Tiffany posts, and came across this one. Reminds me of my story; Jon and I lived in separate states before I moved to California, where his base is located. We got together last May, and I stayed with him for three months, pretty much the whole summer. We we had a period of two months to where we weren’t talking at all. No phone calls, no IMs, no emails, nothing. Before anyone gets judgy and saying that’s just military… No, isn’t. Not air force, and not when they aren’t deployed.. Well then he did deploy, and I took it as far as I could manage, and was just feeling so unappreciated. So I broke up with him in means of a Dear John letter.

So anyhow, he called me two days after I had given him the email, because that was when he received it. He was in Russia at the time. But to my defense, he wasn’t talking to me while he wasn’t deployed, which was the primary reason for the letter. After a very deep apologetic list of sorries from him, I told him that I needed more of a commitment. And that at the time seemed like something he was just not willing to give. So he was like, if I am not willing to commit, then why do I have a 13k engagement ring sitting on my desk right now? I was utterly dumbfounded. I didn’t know what to say. And then he was like, after you move to California, I have every intention of proposing to you. I bought the ring before I deployed. I can’t just Facebook propose to you, sweetheart. Then we vowed to never go that long without talking ever again. And we haven’t. 

The whole reason for this little story for me is he told me that it was a Tiffany, and his ex roommate’s wife Jess helped him pick it out, and explained that Jess showed him what I showed her on the computer last summer. The bad thing is… I don’t remember anything specific that I had showed her.. lol. But we will see! And it’s gonna be a complete surprise to me when I do see the ring. The only thing I do know is that I love platinum, I love emerald cut, and I love him more than anything in the world. But I however am not in love with Tiffany nor am I in love with that price tag. But I would be happy to wear a twine of grass around my finger, as long as it came from Jon. <3

Post # 48
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have always loved Tiffany’s and I’m a very lucky girl that my husband (even when he was my boyfriend) only buys me Tiffany jewelry. We dated for 7 years before we got married and when it came time to look at engagement rings there was no question where to go shopping. I wanted a Tiffany ring and the other rings I tried on did not compare. Yes, you can get the same quality rings at other stores but often times they are the same price! I found the same quality ring at two other stores that was even MORE and it wasn’t even Cartier. Usually, when you see the starting price at Tiffany’s it is higher because they have higher standards. When another store advertises for a 1ct ring it will be lower grade diamond and in turn lower price. Personally, I think that if a boyfriend/fiance understands how much it means to you & you can still stay within your price range (even if it’s for a smaller ct) then it is worth it! If your man is really “the one” then this will be the one thing you will wear and look at every day for the rest of your life. I want to feel proud to pass down my ring to my children and grandchildren. I am absolutely in love with my ring and we have never regretted how much he spent. We just celebrated our 1 year anniversary and I still look down and admire my beautiful, sparkly ring EVERY day!  And beside for the ring itself, the customer service at Tiffany’s is out of this world. And people who say that no one will know it’s from Tiffany’s… people always notice how sparkly my ring is & I get tons of compliments. I’m not one to say “Oh, thanks! He went to Tiffany & Co” but people almost ALWAYS ask where it’s from. If they ask, I tell them… gladly! And my friends and family even show it off when I meet new people. For me, jewelry is my thing. I don’t wear nice clothes or shoes or drive a fancy car. If I’m gonna indulge in something nice, it should be something that will last forever! So I say go for it! Just be sure to get it insured ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 49
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 1997

There is nothing like Tiffany’s. While yes, you may pay 25-30% more at Tiffany’s, you’re receiving a timeless classic, along with their customer service, the cachet of owning tiffany (the “blue box experience” if you will) and the peace of mind of knowing they’ve been around forever,no worries about the quality of diamond or setting you’ve received either! Their classic solitaire is fabulous-around since the 1800’s. Attempts at replication abound (always surprises me as can’t imagine who would want what is essentially a “fake”? But then again simulated diamonds abound too–price is probably a strong motivating factor… )  There are none exactly like a Tiffany as it is patented. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery after all! LOL. However there is nothing out there like the real thing.. ..

but I am biased. I have other Tiffany things. My dh just bought me their classic solitaire as a right hand ring. So gorgeous. I love that man! He has fabulous taste Wink

 

Post # 50
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I love Tiffany’s! Before we got engaged, Fiance and I did a little looking around at different jewelers to get a feel for what I liked. Even he agreed that the overall experience with Tiffany’s was superior to others. They treated us like royalty. I told him he didn’t need to spend extra on a Tiffany ring for me, but he was so impressed with their customer service, that he didn’t want to look elsewhere. 

Post # 52
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I must say, I am honestly really surprised at everyone’s positive experiences with Tiffany!

I fell in love with a tiff engagmeent ring when I first started looking at rings. I went to three locations, and all three times I was virtually ignored and only assisted after every other person in the store (once I was actually left standing at a counter for 35 minutes and was only greeted after the store CLOSED.)  I even brought my Fiance (bf at the time) in once thinking they might be friendlier if it was a couple, but nope…ignored and then rudely helped and told that they would only bring in a specific style if we were “really serious buyers.” Seriously? It’s not like the saleschick had to get the ring shipped via pony express… I’m sure it’s a simple fedex form.

I was so disgusted by their service that I vowed to never get anything from them again, and we ended up going with a small, private custom jeweler and got an amazing ring. They also lost two other lifetime consumers as two of my female friends were with me during some of the above mentioned incidences, and they similarly vowed to never step foot in there again.  Both of them are also recently engaged. 

 

I’m glad you guys had great experiences. I would probably be really happy with a ring from them had our visits been just a touch more pleasant.

Post # 53
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@gemgirl6:  Actually, you can get exact Tiffany rings from their past designs. They don’t use their own casting houses (or at least they didn’t in years past). So their designs aren’t forever off-limits to other jewellers. There is at least one other jeweller I know of who uses the exact same casting house which was used by Tiffany’s for a slightly earlier version their classic 6-prong solitaires. Same casts, same people making the rings, same rings. They aren’t immitation, they’re the same actual ring. Thought you might find that interesting.

Personally, I rather like Tiffany’s… maybe because of that torquoise color, I really like that, hehe. I like their shops, their packaging, and many of their high-end jewellery designs. I think the worldwide service availability is very appealing. If Tiffany’s ever decide to carry moissanite and recycled metals (ha!) I would consider paying the mark-up for their designs and worldwide service.

I’ve had good customer service when I’ve visited in the past, and that was at one of their busiest stores. Also I went in when I was young, and with a very limited budget (wanted to get my sister a special birthday present), so you’d think they might have been rude or ignored me. But 3 different sales people were really helpful and not judgemental of my age or budget.

Post # 54
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 1997

@valintine:  

thanks for the info Valiintine but it’s my understanding that Tiffany’s classic 6 prong is unchanged from it’s inception over a 100 years ago. I suppose it’s possible what you said.  Don’t know if there is a Snopes for jewelry Wink. To know the exact name of those jewelers would be coveted info for the many who buy the tiffany replicas!!! I  read recently–not sure here or Pricescope, of a jeweler who said he could duplicate the tiffany setting  then actually offered to stamp “tiffany and co”in side it!! How unscrupulous. Even Costco is trying to get into it if the latest news is to be believed! LOL

Glad you’ve always had good customer service there. Tiffany is know for their natural gemstones such as Tanzanite, diamond (which are ethically sourced), Kunzite so I don’t think Tiffany will ever do a  diamondlookalike man made stone even one as popular as moissanite but never say never! Last summer they came out with jewelry made of rose gold plated silver! (“Rubedo”–I say “RubeDON’T”) LOL. I think it got pretty bad press though.

I really like the thought of recycled metal . Cool! I like some of their designs with lower end gemstones like amethyst (sugar staks) and the Gehry stuff is unusual too.

Have a good evening!

Post # 55
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@shelleymer:  Don’t let other people make you feel bad! An engagement ring is something you’ll wear FOR LIFE!!! If I know one thing about my fiance it’s that he would do anything to make me smile, and I’m sure that’s all your fiance wants too ๐Ÿ™‚ I got proposed to at the 6 1/2 year mark, and he had saved for months to put a down payment on what I wanted. Get what you love! You’ll feel amazing looking at your Tiffany ring for life. You’ll feel like a princess, and you’ll never regret getting what you wanted deep down!

Who cares how much its “Overpriced” if you have the finances and it’s what you want???

Post # 56
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 1997

@mnbride13:  +1 . So agree.

I think people make negative comments sometimes due to thoughtlessness but sometimes also due to jealousy. Tiffany is special.

Post # 57
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Busy bee

Why can’t you get a ring somewhere else and get Tiffany engraved on the inside?  All you are paying for is the Tiffany name. They jack their prices up.  FI was appauled by their diamond prices when he was pricing around for diamonds.

 

Post # 58
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 1997

@jmaze:  

its more than just a name ….yes, you may pay 25-30% more at Tiffany’s, but you’re receiving a beautiful timeless classic, along with their  customer service, the cachet of owning tiffany (the “blue box experience” if you will) and the peace of mind of knowing they’ve been around forever. No worries about the quality of diamond or setting you’ve received. Tiffany’s has a quality, unique product-often replicated by others but not quite the same. Hopefully you never have to sell your jewelry but if you do, Tiffany also has great resale value.

However, to each his own.

Post # 59
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - Dreams Palm Beach, Punta Cana, DR

@shelleymer:  I totally agree with you Shelley, everyne is entitled to their own choice. I am with you on the Tiffany choice, and I had a post that I created before that highlights a ring from Birks vs one from Tiffany and it seems to be that Tiffany just suits me a lot better and my bf is willing to provide that for me, and there is nothing wrong with that. I believe that there are great rings outthere but I also believe that certain rings suit certain people and its just the way it is. I, just like you was not all keen on Tiffany’s but it was my bf’s idea to go in and check them out and I fell in love with their DESIGN. That is all, most of all is the design, not so much for the name or the blue box. Hope you are enjoying your e-ring ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 60
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - Dreams Palm Beach, Punta Cana, DR

@gemgirl6:  Totally agreed and that is what I stand behind as well! The fact that they will always “have your back” and that you would be in “good hands” all the time, whether it is servicing your ring, shopping for other goods there, or their wonderful customer service. I have to say that anytime I walked in there it made me feel special and valued as a customer and I love the attention they give their customer, to the fullest. In comparison to other stores I have visited, just was not the same. 

Post # 61
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014 - Dreams Palm Beach, Punta Cana, DR

@mariem27:  I’m in the same boat as you, I am getting engaged sometime in a few months, my bf is looking at a Tiffany Setting as well as that is his favourite setting and best diamond cut he’s seen in other stores. Besides, we have gone e-ring shopping at other stores as well and honestly the experience was like walking into a used car lot, we were not impressed and then just stuck on Tiffany because they always made us feel special. My bf also has done lots of research and believes that Tiffany is what he likes the best and is willing to pay for it. I cannot wait to have that ring on my finger forever! ๐Ÿ™‚  

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