(Closed) Which ring should I get? Smaller Tiffany or larger no-name

posted 9 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Which ring should I get?

    Tiffany & Co. 1 carat center

    2 carat center single halo ring

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  • Post # 77
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Personally, I would go with the Tiffany’s ring. I love the setting, and I would go for quality over size every time.

    Post # 78
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Go bigger! 🙂

    Post # 79
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 2000

    @Btrfly:  I’ll bet that Tiffney & Co. won’t sell a J color ring, That’s why “Tiffany” costs a lot–they have a narrow range of products, all that meet a high standard.

    If you’ve looked a lot at the J color stone and are convinced that it doesn’t matter to you–then it doesn’t matter. Get the big one I say! But I think that Tiffany ring is pretty and big enough on your hand.

    I’ve got a little story about color. My decades old engagement solitaire ring in a thin yellow band is a  decent color, I think it’s a G or H (I don’t have easy access to the grading certificate.) I’ve always been happy with it. Also, I never experiencd shrinkage but then “big” was never important to me.

    So recently I got a ring wrap, a fairly inexpensive wrap from a mall jewelry store with pave diamonds as accents. Well, this wrap in its white gold setting set against my diamond makes this diamond look a little yellow. That is just weirid, I never expected it.

    So make certain that the big ring you are looking at is the completed ring, that you are seeing the “J” center stone in relation to the halo stones.

     

     

    Post # 81
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    5317 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I notice if diamonds are G colored or below, but I don’t hate them just because they’re warm.

    I’d rather a smaller bright ice white one myself but I wouldn’t sacrifice clarity, cut, or lack of fluorescence for color.

    Post # 82
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    863 posts
    Busy bee

    I would go with quality over quanitity, but that being said I wouldn’t chose Tiffany just for the name unless that’s what you want!

    Post # 83
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2004

    Bigger ring!  Why pay for the “Tiffany” name?

    Post # 84
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    684 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I’d try to think about how you prioritise diamond qualities. For me colour comes last. It’s not that I can’t see the difference in the true colourless stones, it’s that they just aren’t my cup of tea. I don’t think they’re unpleasant or ugly, I just don’t get that “oohh” more than I do with CZ  and if something doesn’t do it for you it’s a waste of money even if other people think it’s nicer. If the Tiffany calls to you like no other then it would be money well spent for you. For me it doesn’t sing. If you love it and it’s checks your boxes that’s what matters 🙂 

    Post # 85
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Get the bigger one!! As long it has good specs, go for the larger. Nobody will know its from Tiffany unless you tell them. People dont normally walk around wondering (or caring) where the ring came from so you would just be getting the Tiffany name for you.

    Post # 86
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Please, please, please don’t buy a diamond online. You may think you’re getting a good deal, but more likely, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. There may be issues with missrepresentation, fracture filling to augment clarity, or a diamond may be certified but from a sketchy diamond grading lab (hence the apparent discount). Also, a lot of jewelers won’t set diamonds that they haven’t sold (there’s no mark up so if something gones wrong with setting its a big potential loss … eventhoguh things rarely go wrong its good to be aware of this). If you decide to buy a diamond online anyway, make sure it’s certified (I only sell GIA certified diamonds) and have it appraised immediately. You should also organize loose diamond insurance for the time period that the jeweler will be working on it/your ring as often times a jeweler’s insurance policy won’t cover diamonds they haven’t sold during setting (but few jewelers actually will tell you this).

    To your original question … I was trained by the jeweller that trains the Tiffany jewelers but instead of getting a job at Tiffany I opened my own store. It’s has been a huge selling point for me, my clients get Tiffany quality but without the big mark up (I’m not a discount jeweler, I just don’t have the huge overhead that Tiffany does). So of course I’m going to be a bit biased … But I say go with a quality independent jeweler and get a larger diamond. These days many jewelers use a combination of hand fabrication and CAD (myself included) so you shouldn’t feel like you have to select somethithe off the shelf. You should be able to have the jeweler custom make the exact ring that you want, and while they can’t copy the Tiffany ring due to copyright/IP reasons they can certainly use it for inspiration. 

    Post # 89
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @Btrfly:  I’m currently living in Australia so my shop is in Adelaide (though I have clients all over the US, Australia, and the UK). I understand what you mean about a larger face, but if you go for disproportionately large diameter over higher quality cut you’ll be sacrificing a lot of fire and sparkle. A fair or even good cut allows light to leak out of the facets instead of reflecting and refracting back to your eye. Whenever possible I always advise clients to go for a triple excellent cut. 

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