Post # 1
My fiancee and I have been out on a hunt for the perfect wedding bands at the right price for our budget. We looked at a number of local jewelers first, then to regular stores in the mall like Jared’s and Kay… and they all explained that the price of precious metals is on the rise, so jewelry as a whole is more expensive. We got used to seeing prices in the $4k range for what we liked in platinum, and we were definitely not prepared to shell out 4 grand!!
Then………… we walked into a Tiffanys just for the heck of it thinking there’s no way we’d be able to stretch our budget any more, just to have the brand name. But when we got to talking about prices, for the SAME style of ring that we saw everywhere else, it was $1900!!
Does anyone know if Tiffanys uses lower quality materials? Or do they just not follow the trends of the price of gold, etc??
Post # 3
$4k for a wedding ring? That seems really high.
Post # 4
What type of wedding band are you looking for? Is the $4000 for 2 bands or just one?
Post # 5
The places that tell you that $4K for a plain wedding ring, regardless of metal, is the norm are ripping you off bigtime. Even Tiffany is on the expensive side. People buy wedding rings (the plain rings, not the diamond solitares that are typically considered engagement rings) all the time for $500 max. Even a local mall jeweler uses high quality material for their rings and are much more budget friendly. The other places you mentioned are just selling their names and taking advantage of folks by lying (what they told you is an outright lie) and charging people through the nose for it. Put a “budget friendly” ring next to one from Tiffany/Jared/etc and even a jeweler cannot tell a difference and if they say they can, run fast.
Post # 6
I’ve never been in Tiffany’s, but from what I’ve heard, they have their own “Tiffany diamond certificate” versus a reputable 3rd party certificate from GIA (Gemological Institute of America) or AGS (American Gem Society).
And you are paying for the name and the “experience”.
I would actually suggest buying online. I never thought you could buy something like an engagement ring online until I found PriceScope. You can get much better quality for a fraction of the cost by buying from a reputable online jeweler!
Post # 7
That all sounds fishy. I have a 1ct wedding band it cost.. maybe 1000 dollars? We bought all of our rings at the same time, so the prices kind of meshed together.
Post # 8
That all sounds wrong. My 1/2 ct. half-eternity band is $600 and FI’s plain band is $199.
Post # 9
“Put a “budget friendly” ring next to one from Tiffany/Jared/etc and even a jeweler cannot tell a difference and if they say they can, run fast.”
I would beg to differ on this. I can tell a big difference in my diamond from GoodOldGold versus the diamonds we saw at Zales/Kay/Helzberg/etc. Color and clarity don’t make a lot of difference, but cut makes a HUGE difference in the sparkle.
Post # 10
Sounds like the other store was ripping you off- BIG time!
Both of our wedding bands (and my engagement ring) are from Tiffany’s. And I can tell you that although my band was expensive (because of the diamonds), my fiance’s cost about $1,450 and it’s a pretty thick and heavy platinum. I can’t imagine paying $4,000 just for a plain platinum band!
Post # 11
Um my band alone cost around 2500 and although I do think it was on the pricy side it is AMAZING and I havn’t found a band that compares to it.
Post # 12
@OP: Can you give us more insight into what kind of ring you are talking about that costs 4K?
Post # 13
WOW $4k is a lot! I would def go with the ones from Tiffany’s!
Post # 14
Tiffanys does not use lower quality materials and in addition to their own diamond certification (which is for insurance purposes) they also have the GIA standard certificate.
My engagement ring is from Tiffanys and we are currently looking at wedding bands there of course. Yes, you are paying for the name but they do not blindly rip you off.
Post # 15
@PinkPinStripes, thanks for the info about their diamonds. I didn’t know they did GIA too.
Post # 16
Sometimes you just need to shop around. My e-ring was creating quotes of $2000-$3000 most places I went and then Kay’s had a deal and I got my dream ring for $500. Sometimes, you just need to shop around til you find the best deal.
Do you have pictures or can you tell us exactly what you are looking for?