----------------On 9/8/2003 12:48:40 PM Sly3333 wrote: Thanks for everyone's input. Yes Mara, I am torn. It's the type of situation where I'm not thrilled about spending a lot on a ring, partially because I'd like to save, and partially because I know my GF would kill me if she knew how much I was thinking of spending, but on the other hand, I have to think deep down she does want a nice ring regardless of what she says, and ten years down the line, I would like her to have the nicer ring (I know she could trade up, but I don't think she will want to trade in her engagement ring). ----------------
----------------On 9/8/2003 12:48:40 PM Sly3333 wrote:As for the original debate between Tiffany vs. Other, I'm still torn, but will just have to think it through. I'm still convinced that telling her Tiffany as I give her the ring as opposed to giving her a HOF will impress her more (same price range). This is partially because we're both novices and recognize the Tiffany name and had never heard of HOF, and partially because I can't tell the difference, and doubt she could. Sure, under a microscope, i can see the H&A cut on the HOF and I understand the theory of the cut, but the Lucida cut looks extremely brilliant to me too. Maybe I'm missing something. I guess I'm leaning slightly toward Tiffany, but who knows. As always input is appreciated, but I can also see that we've beaten this topic to death. .----------------
----------------On 9/8/2003 12:48:40 PM Sly3333 wrote: As for the original debate between Tiffany vs. Other, I'm still torn, but will just have to think it through. I'm still convinced that telling her Tiffany as I give her the ring as opposed to giving her a HOF will impress her more (same price range). ----------------Sly, this is the last thing I can say about this to help you.Don't worry about impressing anyone other than her. No one else matters.....not really.As far as what will impress her.......if you get a well-cut stone that sparkles well (from Tiffany's or from elsewhere).....and you offer it to her when you ask her to marry you.......she'll be impressed. No question. You'd be surprised at how easy it is for a man to impress the woman who loves him. But you know your girl best, and if you think she'd be impressed by the Tiffany name, then get a Tiffany ring....really. Only you can decide this.....you've gotten excellent advice here, but the ultimate decision rests with you. Pay particular attention to what Mara said.....make sure you can buy with NO regrets. If you even suspect you'll regret not getting "the Tiffany", then buy the Tiffany. If you suspect that the passing of five years or so will cause you to regret paying such an extreme markup on the Tiffany stone, then buy an excellently-cut, non-Tiffany stone. Personally, I'd prefer to receive a non-Tiffany stone....I would regret knowing that my BF paid the markup, and it would bug me to know we could have had a better stone for less money. I think it would also bother me if he thought it took a "name" to impress me....as though his promise of marriage wasn't enough. If my BF bought a Tiffany, it wouldn't impress me......I'd be more impressed at the effort he put into learning about diamonds just to find a nice ring for me. If wearing a Tiffany ring meant it would take longer to save for the down-payment for our house, I'd feel regret when I thought about what that ring was really costing us.But that's me.....others don't feel the same way, and they'd regret not having "the name". Only you know what you're likely to regret down the line.Let us know what you decide, and good luck!
----------------On 11/3/2003 10:57:34 PM Fred3456 wrote: Against what many people might have done, I finally did go with the Tiffany. I decided that I did like the sparkle just as much as the Dream, and the bottom line is, I enjoy a solid name brand. Couldn't have asked for a better reaction. She loves the ring, it looks perfect on her, her friends/family love the ring. The only downside that I've come to accept is that 'subtle' Tiffany markup I had to pay.This was the right choice for me, ----------------
Fred, heartfelt congratulations! Honestly, it doesn't matter what other people might have done. It matters what's right for you, and clearly this choice was right for you. You did so knowing the pros (name recognition, etc.) and the cons (hefty markup), and you were okay with those. That's all anyone can ask for.
Tiffany's exists for a reason....because it satisfies a segment of the market, the same way the vendors here satisfy a different segment of the market. To me, the most important thing is to buy informed, and you've certainly done that.
Enjoy your engagement and your fiancee's happiness!
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