(Closed) Tiffany vs. Other

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 63
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891 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@KatyElle: i agree! i don’t like them at all.  not even their regular jewelry…it’s a little on the corny side. i like tacori rings better.  but i have walked inside a tiffanys before and thought “oh wow” at how much they sparkle in the glass showcases.  but again, my dad’s wife’s small tiffanys ring is never that blingy when i see her.  i would never think it was a tiffanys ring. maybe i just haven’t seen it in the right lighting.

Post # 64
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519 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Like other people have said, this is totally personal. But, to me, most people won’t even know that you have a Tiffany ring…so what’s the point? I can understand buying other pieces of Tiffany jewelry that are more iconic, and I know that the Tiffany setting is unique, I just don’t think it is unique enough to justify the extra price. At the end of the day, it is still just metal with a diamond like any other engagement ring. My ring is from BlueNile, and I love it! It is really beautiful, and the price was good even though my diamond is really high quality. 

Post # 65
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312 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

@Treasure43: Noooo , you pay the difference. So if you bought a E ring to begin with and then in 5 years you wanted to upgrade it , as long as it doubles what your original E ring cost you can trade it. Ex: first E ring $5,000, 5 years later you want a $15,000 , you give them your first ring and pay $10,000 for the NEW ring instead of $5,000. and yes you can do it as often as you liked as long as its been 5 years and doubles the original price.

Post # 66
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312 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

@Evie19: Was your ring in platinum ? 

Post # 67
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6659 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I actually had this same choice and Darling Husband and I went with the Tiffany ‘knockoff’ (blue nile) for twice the carat size at half the price. And actually a better quality diamond, believe it or not. My diamond from blue nile is twice the carat size as our contendor from Tiffany, has a better color grade, same clarity and better cut. The only thing we’re missing out on is the actual Tiffany setting, but my knockoff looks exactly the same so I don’t care. I’m happier with the bigger diamond!!

Post # 68
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Go with the other ring. I have a ring that is almost an exact replica of the tiffany novo.

If we had purchased it at Tiffany it would have cost $25k + for the diamond quality and platinum setting. (FI paid less than $15k for my ring from an online retailer). We got it independently appraised for $20k+. Also, just because you paid $25K+ for a ring in NO way means you can re-sell it for that. I wouldn’t be surprised if some T&Co. rings appraise for less than purchase price.

A diamond is a diamond. Tiffany diamonds are no better than a diamond with the same specs from another company. As long as the diamond has a GIA certificate and the ratings are the same the diamond will look and sparkle the same.

When you buy from Tiffany you are paying a 50-100% mark up JUST for a blue box and a T&Co. engraving inside the band.

No one will know you have a “Tiffany” ring by looking at it, and honestly very few people will really care.

Buying from stores like Tiffany, David Yurman, etc you are paying a HUGE premium for the name. If the name is THAT important to you, then buy the name.

Personally I wanted a high quality diamond for a good price. My ring actually sparkles more than most I’ve seen in the T&Co display cases because it is internally flawless and colorless.

 

Post # 69
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4109 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@princs.sweetie: You should add a poll! I’d personally pick the larger non name brand rock. Tiffany rings are pretty, but I honestly don’t see the point in paying more for them.

Post # 70
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I fell in love with the Tiffany Bezet as well, but more because it was the only bezel setting I could ever find in a magazine. My guy originally was going to get the Tiffany ring, but I’m so glad he decided to go with a no-name ring from a local store instead. He spent as much money as he would have at Tiffany’s but for a much bigger/better quality stone.

And I love my ring just as much (if not more) without the Tiffany name.

Post # 71
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

You have to decide what you’re most looking for in a ring.  If you want the biggest rock your money can buy, don’t buy from Tiffany.  If you love a Tiffany design or you have a sentimental attachment to the brand or you want to be able to walk into a store and walk out knowing you’ve a very high quality diamond without having to do a bunch of research beforehand, go for it.  We can all talk about value, but since diamonds are inherently not valuable, the best value for your money is really the ring that is going to make YOU the happiest.

I have the Tiffany Lucida.  It wasn’t about the brand name (other than weddingbee, where I’m anonymous, I have never, ever volunteered that my ring is from there).  I fell in love with the setting and the cut of the diamond.  Knowing that you pay a premium for the Tiffany name, my husband and I shopped around for something similar.  Nothing else came close, so I got the Tiffany.  Could I have gotten a bigger rock for the same amount of money elsewhere?  Sure, but I loved the Lucida design and was more interested in the the other 4 Cs, anyway.  It’s a little over a carat and near perfect in the other Cs.  It’s exactly the right ring for me.

 

Post # 72
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@sailor: Just because you have a “Tiffany” (or other brand name) diamond doesn’t mean you have one of the highest quality diamonds.  In fact, when Fiance went to David Yurman to look at rings, they wouldn’t even provide him with diamond specs/the GIA certificate (and those rings were more than double the price of mine for smaller stones).

To find out the quality of the diamond you just need the GIA cert and to have an appraiser confirm the GIA cert number matches the diamond laser engraved number. You should do the same even if you buy a diamond from Tiffany.

Post # 73
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

If you like Tiffany’s go for it!  If you could care less about labels, then go for somewhere else.  I didn’t want a large diamond, so for the 1/2 carat we were looking for, Tiffany’s fit my DH’s budget.  Had I wanted something bigger, we definitely would have gone elsewhere because no way was I going to pay Tiffany prices for a flawless 1 c ring…even though I do love Tiffanys.

There are some gals out there that could care less about the blue box and say you are buying for the label…but those are the same girls that will squeel in delight and justify buying an $800 pair of shoes.  Well, atleast I have friends like that. lol  So, it all depends on your wants/budget.  I LOVE Tiffany’s, but I also bargain shop at Goodwill because I’m about as cheap as they come.  So, I always say Tiffany’s is my one luxury I can drool over and not feel guilty about. lol

*Edit* I just went through and read all the comments, and there’s one thing I keep reading over and over that really bugs me…and I don’t really point things out on WB that bug me awhole lot, so here goes.  Several bees have mentioned to the effect that, “It’s not like people are going to know it’s Tiffany’s unless you tell them, so what’s the point?”  Exactly…no point at all…because I could care less if people know if my ring is from Tiffany’s.  My Darling Husband didn’t go and buy my ring from Tiffany’s so I could go and brag to the world about it.  He bought it from me because of a very special and sentimental story between us two.  So, when I hear bees say that, it just rubs me the wrong way I guess…like it almost devalues the reason behind the purchase.

Post # 74
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2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@KatNYC2011: Well, they are choosier about what diamonds they sell than other ubiquitous jewelry stores, though I freely admit that you can get the same quality elsewhere, and for less money.  My ring was independently appraised (for insurance purposes), so I do know it’s very high quality.

Post # 75
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8736 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@sailor: Any reputable jewelry dealer will be choosy about their diamonds. That is all I’m saying.

What really tells you the quality of the diamond is not the brand name, it is the GIA certificate.

Post # 76
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@JsDragonfly: If the reason for a Tiffany ring is because Tiffany has special meaning to you, and that special meaning is worth a 50-100% markup, then that is completely fine.

I just don’t like the implication that because it is a Tiffany ring the quality or workmanship is better than a diamond ring with the same specs from an independent jeweler or online retailer because that is not the case. The increased expense is for the brand name.

I will admit I do buy brand name clothing as well as brand name shoes (although not a pair of $800 shoes), but not everything I buy is brand name. In some areas brand names are synonymous with quality in other realms they are not (i.e. my plastic Chanel sunglasses are really not any better quality than a pair of $50 sunglasses from Macy’s the $250 price tag difference is solely for the Cs on the side. However, brand name makes a HUGE difference in my horse back riding attire especially leather goods).

When it comes to gemstones and precious metals, as long as you are dealing with a reputable individual and know what questions to ask, there really is no difference between a Tiffany engagement ring and an engagement ring from elsewhere (except for the T&Co engraving inside and the little blue box).

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