Post # 197
This thread makes me think of service I got at a high end store a long time ago… I had their store credit card and it got stolen. And the person went on a spending spree. The police were involved and it was highly stressful to me. I still remember a store employee, an older man dressed in a high end suit behind the customer service counter coming to talk to me. I felt physically sick. The man was extremely calm, understanding and helpful. He made a couple calls which helped the situation which helped me feel like I had some control. I have to say you don’t get that type of help everywhere. Sometimes when I go shopping its amazing you don’t get ‘help’ at all. I’ve always remembered that situation and that man behind the customer service booth at the high end store. And I’ve always told other people I will always go back there to shop based on the way I was treated. I trust that store and the people who work there.
My only point is that if people have the cash and want to feel like a store stands 100% behind their product they may choose to buy from Tiffany’s. I know if I walked in Tiffany’s with a problem they would fix it. There’s so many stores that leave their customers hanging.
So, do I think you will pay more at Tiffany’s? Yes. But, the value of Tiffany’s is not only in the material thing itself. Some feel rightly so that an engagement ring is one of the more important purchases in their life. So, do I think Tiffany’s is worth it? It depends on what the individual seeks.
Post # 198
@linnylou_88: I’ll be honest: I don’t get why people care so much what other people spend, it’s so weird! I’ve only shared the cost of my rings with my close friends; I know that OH’s friends would be horrified if they knew lol. And my set isn’t crazy-expensive either!
That, and the rings and the photos are the only two things that really last after the wedding, so for me, it makes sense to spend more in those areas.
Post # 199
@barbie86: I completely agree! When I started planning I realised that after the wedding I will be left with a new name, the photos and the rings (aside from the new Darling Husband of course!). So I decided early on that I want to splurge on the photography and rings. It made sense to me
Post # 201
I don’t associate Tiffany’s with expensive, I associate it with a classic, iconic brand, you know what you are getting when you purchase their product (great customer service and it’s an investmnet). It’s like Ralph Lauren or shopping at Nordstrom, Bloomies, etc.
Post # 202
@btothez: Maybe they were busy? Every time I go in, everyone there is already working one on one with someone.
Post # 203
“I also got irked by a couple of the comments on this thread about their life-time guarantee, great service, great craftsmanship etc with the implication that you don’t get this elsewhere. Now, granted, I am fortunate to live relatively near Hatton Garden in London, which is basically full of independent jewelers offering amazing, quality jeweler, at great prices; but for me, I find the insinuation that you can only get this level of quality etc through a brand-name like Tiffany irritating, because that just isn’t the case. I also disagree that those who criticise Tiffany must be jealous; for me personally, Tiffany has never had any appeal, so I certainly wouldn’t be jealous of someone with a Tiffany ring.”
I was one of the posters that noted the service, craftsmanship, etc. of Tiffany. But I am in no way under the impression that other jewelers don’t also offer excellent service/craftsmanship, etc. Of course there are plenty of great jewelers both small and large, and I would assume there’s shitty jewelers small and large too. I hope I didn’t insinuate otherwise on accident. For my fiancé though, he is so not concerned with doing research, talking with several jewelers, viewing several settings, etc. The man will always go for ease of purchase, he is a time is money guy. The world of jewelry basically falls somewhere near Actavia yogurt and feminine hygiene products on his radar and interest level. So for him, Tiffany was the best option. He talked to a couple “household name” brands, Cartier for one and maybe another but chose Tiffany for their proximity to our house for one reason.
My fiancé is kind of a stereotypical jock, for lack of a better description. He went to the names he’s heard his whole life and have a reputation/image for quality because it made it a quick and easy project and that allowed him more time for watching football. And I don’t mean that in a negative way at all. He’s a make it happen man, I’m the one handles the details and nuances.
That actually makes me realize that IF he would have consulted me on a ring (he just went out & bought one on his own, I had no clue engagement was even on the horizon) I would have turned it into a HUGE project! We still wouldn’t be engaged, I’d still be researching and narrowing in on what I want! We are the two opposite extremes in that way.
Post # 204
@yehyehgirl: that is exactly why my Boyfriend or Best Friend hopefully soon Fiance will be going there too! Its down the street, he trusts their diamond quality standards, craftsmanship and service so he knows he can go in there, pick something, and it will be a beauty. The money’s not an issue and he knows I love the Tiffany setting and want a conflict-free diamond (T&C owns their own mines) so for him its the easiest decision.
Hes just not about to do all the Cs research, haggle prices, compare shops, etc etc etc to save a grand- and Im not complaining!
Granted I wont walk around saying THIS RING IS FROM TIFFANYS ISNT IT BETTER THAN ALL OTHER RINGS NOT FROM TIFFANYS???!?!?
Post # 205
I have made this point “a conflict-free diamond (T&C owns their own mines)” too, and the only way to GUARENTEE the diamond is conflict ring is if they own their own mines but for the most part few (okay none) seem overly concerned with this.
That actually surprises me a bit.
So when the rude bees, (I mean the RUDE ones; not just anyone with a different opinion) start with their crap they sound ignorant, cheap & greedy. It’s like the blood sport of the diamond market is sooooooo not a concern of theirs, the all mighty dollar trumps anything else and that really turns me off.
Good Luck! I was so not a diamond girl before being engaged. But now that I have one I do love it. It shines like a beacon across the room, it’s so pretty and it makes me feel so dear that my boyfriend wanted soemthing so precious on my finger.
Post # 206
@yehyehgirl: Thank you! Hes making it seem like itll happen in the next 6 months… heres hoping!
Post # 207
@RenoSweeney24: since you asked, larger Diamond is myering, smaller Diamond is my Tiffany n Co .42 rhr. They are just being deliberately rude. It’s okn I look at the source.lol
Post # 208
Hey everyone! There are still flags coming in on this thread, so we’re going to close it for the time being to review. I hope you all have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend! 🙂