(Closed) Tiffany vs. Other

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 32
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Go the no name brand bigger ring! No one will know where your engagement ring is from except you and your Fiance (alot of people would have no clue if a ring was from tiffanys or not), and its not like you are going to carry around the blue box it came in to annouce its from Tiffanys. Get your dream ring

Post # 33
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

hmm this is a tough question, esp cuz i have a tiffany’s ring, but never was a tiffany’s sorta girl. i actually told Fiance i preferred something non-tiffany’s because you can get more bang for your buck. however, we did like that with tiffany’s, you didn’t have to “worry” about the quality of what you’re buying. if you go to say, jewelry district, you have to scrutinize and make sure what you are getting is quality and that they have legit GIA or IGL certs. i guess tiffany’s was our “lazy man’s” way of getting what we wanted. in addition, Fiance told me it was hard to find jewelers that HAD yellow diamonds too, so that’s another reason.

also with tiffany’s, you know they always invest in the best quality in all respects (even the platinum is higher grade than most, they use ruthenium plat 950, instead of iridium like most other jewelers use, and ruthenium mixes are a bit more scratch resistent – so keep that mind if you want platnium).

they also fully back their diamonds with a lifetime warranty so they are extra stringent when it comes to grading. it is weird they dont have a third party grade their diamonds, but it would make sense that with the warranty, they’d rather be strict about grading than lax.

wow this is turning out to be long, so lemme just wrap it up.  in the end, its up to your preferences. if tiffany’s rings are it for for you and you cant think of anything else, even bigger stones, then go for it. however, keep in mind that you are just paying a premium for the name and essentially, the “blue box” treatment.

Good luck deciding and be sure to post up your ring when you get it (i also like the ring you posted, looks amazing on your finger!)

Post # 34
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

This isn’t helpful, but get what makes you happy! I would personal choose a smaller, sparklier ring over a larger one of lower quality (FI and I aren’t anywhere near the Tiffany’s price range, though!), but it’s all going to boil down to what you want.

Post # 35
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

If all things were equal, I’d rather buy a “name” with a reputation for quality and a good warranty than a “no-name.” Since they are NOT equal (price-wise), I’d rather get a bigger, better rock from a reputable dealer and buy insurance. 🙂 That’s my two cents.

I’d rather get a higher quality DIAMOND that is slightly smaller than a lower quality one that is larger, but I wouldn’t extend that reasoning to the name of the brand. Tiffany doesn’t have the monopoly on great diamonds.

Post # 36
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Darling Husband and I looked at many brand name and non-brand name diamonds and honestly, just because they’re brand name does NOT make them sparklier or prettier. It’s all about cut, clarity, and color. Darling Husband and I fell in love with the Lazare diamond and there was a slight markup but only compared to buying a diamond online.

Post # 37
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Forget the brand!  If the ring is that much nicer, then I would go with it. But I’m guessing you can get the same quality ring for much less if it’s a “no name” ring!  Mine is.

Post # 38
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Have you looked into Tiffany replica rings? I know that Excel Diamonds has them, but other places might, too. My ring is from Excel, though it is not a Tiffany-inspired ring, and Darling Husband had a great experience with them. They seem very reputable to me (they do have an actual store, not just the online shop, as far as I know), and Darling Husband got me a nice quality diamond, as well.

 

Other than that, I’d go with whichever ring you like the look of better. Several years after you get your ring, the blue box it came in might not be as special to you. The ring itself will be, because you’ll be looking at it every day. If you like the Tiffany better, go for it! If it’s not really the ring you want, then get another one.

Post # 39
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Helper bee

@pretzel:

I’m sure you have a gorgeous ring but in reality, Tiffany is not really a great value b/c they are a bit overpriced.  Yes, I agree that they have top quality diamonds but they do mark up more b/c of the name.  I posted it before but my jeweler said they mark up the price b/c of the name and I trust him.  He is a diamond expert and has been for 30 years.  His diamonds are top quality (all the 4 C’s and beyond…a good diamond is more than just the 4 C’s…there are about 20 aspects that make a diamond good or not so good but I don’t think many people would know that by going into a chain jewelry store).  I understand the dream of the blue box completely and the magic that goes with it but in reality, while Tiffany has great diamond rings, they do mark up b/c of the name.  I’m not saying this to be rude at all.  I love diamonds and have learned tons of information from my jeweler.  I think there is nothing wrong with getting a gorgeous ring from Tiffany’s but it’s not a great value.  And it’s not just my jeweler saying that.  I’ve never bought a diamond from him.  He’s only repaired rings for me and had diamonds I already had set in a new setting.  And he knows I can’t afford his diamonds in the size I want.  He is just a great person and knows I love diamonds and has taught me alot. 

Post # 40
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I don’t think bigger is better and if Tiffany is what you want, I would go for that. 

Post # 41
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Depends….

Your Tiffany ring will have a higher percent of the purchase price when you resell it. It won’t devalue.

However, are you going to sell it?

 

This is a personal decision, though.

You need to decide yourself. Flip a coin. If it lands on the “wrong” side, you will know in your gut. You know which is more important to you.

And if you don’t yet, I think you should flip a coin and see how you feel.

Post # 42
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m curious, does anyone know if Tiffany’s has an upgrade policy and if so what is it? I know a lot of jewelers require you to upgrade by double. Our jeweler has a great policy that you can upgrade even if it’s only a dollar more. If you’re planning to upgrade, that’s something to think about. If you bought a $10,000 ring, you could only upgrade to a $20,000 ring or higher if the jeweler has a double policy. I don’t see why anyone would get an engagement ring and plan to sell it. Upgrade it maybe…but sell?

Post # 43
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

By the way, has anyone actually shopped in a Tiffany store on a busy day? Maybe it’s just the one near where I lived, but it was totally the anti-luxury shopping experience. If I just HAD to have a designer ring, it would probably be a different brand.

Post # 44
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

I don’t really care about having an authentic tiffany. However, I fell in love with the “tiffany” solitaire, it was just way too expensive. We got an identical replica of it and I love it!

Post # 45
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’ve never had a desire to look at Tiffany’s so I’m honestly not sure what the appeal is besides saying “I got a Tiffany ring!’. It’s like saying my wedding shoes are Christian Louboutins imo.

I thought initially that perhaps it’s because they have styles that only they are allowed to carry. Patented, trademark, what have you. But from what I have seen from girls on here their styles are VERY common as well.

Seeing as how all diamonds go through the same rating agency I don’t see how a “Tiffany” diamond will be a better quality than other? It’s all down to the C’s for me.

I’m a firm believer of best bang for my buck. So whatever gets me the best bang for my buck.

If I can get a ring from “other jeweler” and Tiffany and they are all the exact same specifications, same 4 Cs, same metal, same weight, same size, same everything. But the “other jeweler” can give me a better price. You bet my mortgage I’ll get the “other jeweler”! No one is going to know your ring is a Tiffany besides your say so anyway.

So I agree unless Tiffany has some special significance in your relationship, then who cares?

Post # 46
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Tiffany designs just don’t do it for me. I don’t know why, they just don’t.

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