Jan 7, 2010

Engagement Ring: Team Designer vs. Best Rock

Recently gal pals and I helped a guy friend with picking-the-ring process. His GF wanted a Cartier. Being a guy he thought with the same amount of money, he could get a bigger and better rock. In the end, he purchased a Cartier because it was her dream. This makes me wonder then when it's my turn what will I do?

I think every little girl, including yours truly, has a dream of what her wedding and ring will look like in the future. When I was younger, I wanted a Tiffany or Cartier but now I am not so sure because the savvy gal inside me wants to get the best rock for the least amount of money. Of course the idea of a little blue box still appeals to me. BUT, when there is at least 30% to 40% premium because of the little blue box, I am not so sure anymore. While shopping with this guy friend, we saw a Tiffany ring for $90,000 but a similar ring at Blue Nile costs about $53,000. In the end, he got a Cartier for about $29,000 but a similar ring at Blue Nile costs about $21,000. (*I am not endorsing Blue Nile. I am just doing a comparison.) This kind of saving can go a long way toward the wedding or other miscellaneous expenses. Also, I have been to a few auctions to figure unless it is an important piece of diamond by a certain company with historical value, the only thing that really counts is the quality of the rock. That means the 4C's: carats, clarity, cut, and color. For example, a 2 carat Cartier or Tiffany diamond will not receive significantly higher bid comparing to a diamond of similar quality.

Even though I am a practical sort of gal, it does not mean I don't understand the value and meaning of having a dream come true. We can discuss value all day but if a gal's dream is to have a Cartier, Tiffany or Harry Winston then fulfilling that dream is priceless. In the end, it really depends on the couple. There is really not a right or wrong way to pick out a ring as long as it is the perfect ring for the person. For me, I am leaning toward Team Best Rock, what about you?

***I want to clarify I am NOT looking for a ring and there is no engagement. So dear friends, please do NOT Facebook, call or e-mail me to ask me about it. ~Love SG

image: Cartier

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33 comments:

  1. I must be one of the very few girls on the planet Earth to have never had dreamt of what her wedding and ring would look like in the future :) lol But I guess I'd like something unusual, not the typical stuff... That would probably have to be custom made. I'd opt for quality but who wouldn't want to have a harry Winston custom made ring? lol

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  2. But Savvy, that ring would look so good on you!

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  3. haha i never really thought about my wedding ring. i guess if it's from the guy i want to spend my life with & he put a lot of thought into it, i'd like it anyway :)

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  4. I don't want a brand name to dictate the ring I fall in love with. Ultimately the ring I choose will be based on the stone's cut and clarity that appeals to me and the design of the ring - not the little blue box, as pretty as it is. Besides, you don't wear the box!

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  5. I chose something sober. One diamond and a gold band. I might fall for brands in fashion, but jewelry... nah!

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  6. Before I started looking at wedding rings, I really had no idea what brand I wanted in a rock. Sure I loved Tiffiny and Cartier as much as the next girl, but at the end of the day I was open to just about anything. Ultimately, I ended up falling in love with and subsequently receiving the Roberto Coin Cento diamond, and I couldn't be happier! But I didn't pick it because it was "Roberto Coin," or any other brand...I picked it because the 100 facets made it sparkle like no other diamond I had seen. The 4 Cs definitely played a major part in my selection!

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  7. My dream engagement ring was a pear shaped diamond from Tiffany's. The ring that my husband chose is nothing like what I had always "dreamnt" of -- but I can not imagine loving or desiring another ring as much as I do the one that now adorns my hand. When I look at it, I am reminded that my husband spend countless hours or more searching out what he thought would be the perfect ring for me....and that makes it all the better.

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  8. Even though having a Cartier or Tiffany's would be awesome, I don't think it's that important. Some girls have to have the designer ring but honestly, if you can't tell right off, it shouldn't matter. I am team best rock and I love my set.

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  9. As someone above said, you don't wear the box! No one is going to know that is a Tiffany's ring on your finger unless you go around telling them and then you'll just sound like a bragging jackass. :) I prefer diamond over brand obviously. You'll get a bigger one too. :)

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  10. The first thing I designed of importance was my own engagement ring, which was years before I was in the jewelry business. Even then, I knew it made more sense to buy a loose stone and do something personal with it. And if the design you want is relatively generic, like, for instances, an eternity band with princess cut stones, the price savings and emotional impact of doing it yourself can be significant. Though admittedly I once did that very piece -- the eternity band with princess cut stones -- for someone for the same price as one that was at Tiffany....except mine used platinum instead of 18K white gold and I had TWICE the carat weight in diamonds in it. Ha!

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  11. To be honest, i've always wanted a Cartier ring. I just love their setting. But after a GF of mine went to a wholesaler, got a nicer and bigger rock (for considerably less than what it would cost at Cartier), but in a Cartier-like setting, I was sold. I may love the little red with gold detail Cartier box...but I won't be wearing a box on my hand now, will I?

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  12. definitely team best rock,lol!

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  13. my bf got a diamond striaght from a dealer and got it set (it looks like the diamond in your above pic. THis was the best thing he could have done because it was over 50% cheaper than it would have been from anywhere else! tiffanys, cartier, etc jack up the prices SOOO bad because of the dumb brand name! i mean its special i guess and if you have the money, doesn't matter, but i didn't want to spend a ton on a ring. just can't justify it. i guess it depends on how much it matters to the girl! (it is really easy to get caught up in the whole moment...i'm experienceing the same with buying a wedding dress! at least the diamond is for more than one day! haha)
    fun post!
    xxox
    c

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  14. My ring cost $300. I just can't even imagine spending the equivalent of a car on a ring. I would love to upgrade to a little larger ring at some point. Maybe spend $1,000. :)

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  15. Great post. There is something very wrong when someone would pay 40-60% more for the luxe brand when the item is essentially a commodity.
    Concentrate on the 4 C's and get the best quality for the money.
    Blue Nile is a place to educated yourself and comparison shop, then go to a private dealer and get an even better deal or buy a vintage diamond ring from Beladora.

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  16. As an investment piece, it's all about the rock. To take it one step further, have a personal setting done. Then it becomes one of a kind.

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  17. I love all the comments about wearing the box. It is true, a savvy gal wouldn't go around telling people the brand. She will look like a jackass. But it is up to the individual. Whatever floats your boat, right?!

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  18. If it's a plain solitaire, than I wouldn't really care about where I got the ring-- but if it's an original design, then yes...

    True story-- a friend got married years ago and still walks around telling people that she got her perfect 2 carat six prong solitaire from Tiffany's. When the Mr. and I were shopping for rings (yes he involved me in the process), we stopped by Tiffany and Harry Winston and it was kind of a sparkly dream for me. But when they quoted me the price for my solitaire, I told the Mr. to size up and get me a vintage ring instead :) And I love my ring. It's got unique charm and wouldn't trade it for anything Cartier at all!

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  19. I agree. Brand names can be meaningless if you can get a similar rock at a cheaper price. More bang for the buck, baby!

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  20. hmmm, i like the idea of a Cartier...but i want a big ring!! maybe i'd like a guy who can manage to do both! ;-)
    xox alison

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  21. I love your clarifying point at the end!

    I'm more a bigger better piece of rock rather than the make but I do think also the name is something to treasure if you love that sort of thing.
    I do like Tiffany and Cartier but if I had to choose name or rock size then rock size wins. That said if Mr MDS wanted to get me a Tiffany eternity ring then I'd happily push him through the door x

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  23. Hmmm.... I don't have a dream designer (at least not yet), so I'd say I'd want a bigger rock!

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  24. As long as it is big enough and pretty, I don't mind where it comes from! Well, I'd prefer a reputable company, not some diamond discount warehouse. Lol. Sometimes you can't trust places like that to give you a quality diamond. :)

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  25. "Quality for the best price" is my vote. And I have to add that the marriage itself is way more important than where the ring came from. Although we all love a little bling, right? ;)

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  26. Quality is an important role, and I like to have a ring that does not come off of a factory belt...

    I don't want to wear what other girls are wearing.. I like the History behind the big 3's.. Tiffany.. etc but I also like one off creations too. Whatever my man picked out for me...

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  27. Beautiful ring! Mine was from Blue Nile and it looked just like the one in your picture. And it is beautiful! I love it not because of where it's from but who it's from.

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  28. Ok, I want a Cartier and I'm not afraid to say it! LOL

    Savvy...wedding bells!

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  29. Beautiful ring!

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  30. Hmm an interesting post! It's kinda like why buy a Chanel lambskin, if there is another lambskin bag that's looks very similar and is cheaper? I think I would go for the rock, not the designer. And of course the most important part is who it's coming from.

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  31. 'Whatever floats your boat' is right, SG :-)

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