For some reason, I crave the little blue box a.k.a. any gift from Tiffany & Co.
Did the company do exhastive research on colors that can make women crave and salivate over the contents of the box? How does that little teal-blue color (pantone 1837 for the dorks in the group) make eyes light up like it does?
I always imagined my ring would be from Tiffany & Co., so that was naturally one of the first places we went to look at rings.
And boy, was I disappointed!
The rings were beautiful, gorgeous! But, there were some certain downfalls to buying a ring in that little blue box.
1. Proportions: if you want a certain-sized center stone, you cannot negotiate on the size of the sidestones. Sure, they have a science to it, but it is nice to have the ability to put SOME thought into the ring.
2. Cost: Hello! Sure, it’s from Tiffany, but why they 25%-30% markup for the ring? I hear they retain value better, but… I don’t plan on selling or pawning my ring, so why do I care if it holds its value a bit more. And no, there is NO NEGOTATING at Tiffany & Co.
3. Selection: I was a bit disappointed in the choices. Sure, there are some beauties, but, I’d like to choose from more than 3 styles of 3-stone rings.
4. Pressure: Sure, they make it seem very laid-back, low-pressure, but there’s something about those dark, exotic wood panels and that pristine short-nap carpeting that screams “you’re not good enough.” I just wonder how the employees get over that feeling of inadequacy.
5. It all comes down to the name. I love Tiffany — I wear their jewelry and lust over items in their stores on on their site. But, I would prefer a more original ring. I know many-a-girl fears running into someone with the exact same ring, or worse, someone with the same ring and a bigger stone. I would rather my S.O. choose a ring that fits us — and he spend that extra chunk of change on a bigger stone for me, rather than the Tiffany & Co. name.
If you want a Tiffany & Co. ring or want to know how much your ring cost… you’re going to have to call Tiffany & Co. For some reason, they just don’t share that info online 🙂
And… BTW — there is NO negotiation on ring prices.