Post # 1
This is my first post and I’d like to first say “thank you” for reading. My SO and I have decided that we want to get married this Fall, but we aren’t doing things the super traditional way. We’ve set a date and have picked out bands, but THE ring will come closer to the wedding date (I don’t want him to stress out about finances!)
The wedding band that I’ve chosen is the Tiffany & Co. “Etoile” wedding band. I’d love to buy it at TCO, but, it’s just not the right time to spend $2300 on my band. Trust me, I know that TCO is synonymous with quality and fantastic customer service.
I found a similiar style on e-weddingbands.com (http://www.e-weddingbands.com/store/product843.html). The price for platinum is $1389; 18K white gold is $929 and 14K white gold is $659. All metals have 0.24ct of diamonds.
Does anyone else have this ring either from TCO or from e-wedding bands? Does the metal matter for this style ring?
Are there any other vendor recommendations for this ring?
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2009 - Bernardo Winery
I was in love with the same band, but also couldn’t justify the price. I ended up getting my wedding band from a FANTASTIC Etsy jewelry maker – SinglebBeautiful – http://www.etsy.com/people/singleBbeautiful
My band (http://www.etsy.com/transaction/17506048) is similar to the Etoile but not a copy. I absolutely LOVE it!
Post # 4
@LLBlueJay: I was considering this too, and did end up with the Tiffany. I love it, but will say I lost a diamond within the first year, TCO replaced it for no charge, but 3 years later when I lost another, they made me pay to repair/replace.
But see this from Blue Nile in platinum for $1130, they get good reviews.
Post # 5
Here’s a similar one from bluenile: http://www.bluenile.com/diamond-ring-platinum_4959
We got my ering and my fiance’s wedding ring from them and they are AMAZING. They even let him get two rings to compare and send one back, and their customer service is always reachable. I highly recommend them.
Lol, oops, just saw crabbyappleton’s post above me.
Post # 6
I’m not much help in terms of having this wedding band (though I do have a Tiffany e-ring). I would say though, go with platinum unless you have an e-ring in a different metal. The extra $400 is worth not having to get the ring redipped, imo.
Post # 7
I also love the Etoile and had a custom version made in Platinum for $1600 with a lifetime guarantee on the diamonds. It has 8 diamonds and our two birthstones in it.
Post # 8
My aunt actually has a similar band to this. If you’re not getting an e-ring, you don’t have to worry about matching metals. I’d go with platinum personally to avoid the re-dip thing because I really don’t like the yellowing of white gold. Or… there’s always palladium, if you can find it offered in that metal. I am going with that because it seems like a good balance between the price of white gold/platinum but with the ability to stay white.
Post # 9
I was just about to make a post asking about Platinum vs White Gold! Gold is up so high right now the price of Platinum isn’t much more but I don’t know much about the pros/cons.
Beautiful band btw!
Post # 10
Thank you, everyone! This whole has process has been mind-boggling. There are so many beautiful options out there and this site is such an amazing resource. I’m going to continue my search and I hope to come up with strong contenders as I’m getting hitched in less than three months!
Post # 11
If you can afford it, go platinum. It’s more expensive for a reason – it doesn’t scratch as easily, and it doesn’t yellow. But, that being said, if you choose gold, decide that the most important factor is to you – do you want it to be harder? Then choose a lower karat gold. Do you want it to be more pure? Choose a higher karat gold.
Post # 12
I have the Tiffany Etoile band in platinum. I think it’s the most beautiful ring out there 🙂
If you have time, I would suggest looking on eBay as the Tiffany Etoile band is very popular as a “re-sell” item and is often on there. Just be careful that you know your size (and the seller has the correct size and papers from Tiffany to prove it) as you know this band can not be re-sized.
As for the ring itself, my preference is platinum. It is the longest lasting and will now wear down or need to be replated, such as white gold.
Platinum, like any metal, will scratch and scuff. That is one benefit from buying from Tiffany’s… they will buff it out for you any time.
I also use MAAS metal polish at home which always makes it look brand new again, it’s amazing! http://www.maasinc.com/products_metalpolish.aspx
Post # 12
How wide is the original Etoile band? 3 or 4mm?