Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Diamonds.



I am obsessed with diamonds lately. This comes and goes, but diamond lust has hit me with full force recently.

Must. Have. Diamonds.

I like the silly little ring up top.

I could pay $3,700 at TIFFANY.com, or $1,075 at BLUENILE.COM, or $895 at NORDSTROM.COM.

Of course, when I see price differences like that, it's just a reminder what a total racket the diamond business is. Maybe I will just buy a little CZ and save up for THE ONE I really want.

38 comments:

Be the change..... said...

I think you're right at the end - buy a cheaper ring and save up the money for a work of jewelry artistry! No one will be able to tell it's CZ!

Anonymous said...

The Tiffany ring is platinum; the Nordstrom ring is gold.

Anonymous said...

The difference in metal type doesn't warrant that big a price difference. Tiffany is notorious for ridiculous markups on their products.

Anonymous said...

My .75 carat princess cut engagement ring is moissantite, and no one has ever been able to tell the difference. The few people I've told have been absolutely shocked, they can't believe it.

Now, I don't recommend a guy doing this to a girl without her knowledge, but we made the choice together because we were pretty broke at the time and I still wanted something sparkly--and we didn't feel right supporting the diamond industry either (we did hear about the fair trade ones, but this was when it was just getting any real attention, and like I said, we were broke).

And frankly, at the time, I didn't feel up to explaining our dislike of the diamond industry every time we told someone we were engaged and they asked about the ring, because I didn't want to seem all self-righteous about it to anyone who was wearing a diamond. I just made sure to never to refer to it as my diamond, but rather as my rock, or my ring.

Just did a little comparison shopping on Blue Nile, and a similar diamond & setting would have cost about $2800 more than we spent.

And I'm probably going to be beat to hell by your dear readers for the logic behind choices because they're not "pure enough reasons," but alas, it is all for you, my dear Decorno, to know about sparkly options better than CZs that no one notices the difference, except you and your pocketbook.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

The Bluenile ring is platinum, too, but half as much as the Tiffany one.

Melissa H. said...

Hey Decorno-- that ring is VERY similar to my wedding band. We got it through Marlene Harris.

http://www.marleneharriscol.com/categories/AntiqueStyleWeddingBands/WB745.html

Significantly less $$, real diamonds. I highly recommend her company.

Melissa H. said...

I just realized the link was cut off: search for "WB745" on the site.

Maria said...

shoot i would save up for that diamond rough cut. it's fabulous.

the others look very i just got engaged. just sayin'

JJ said...

Wait until you see my new ring. Thursday Thursday Thursday.

You should come to my jewelry store with me. You will find 7,000 things to buy and I won't talk you out of a single thing.

Anonymous said...

Anon 10:04

I have a 1.5 CZ WEDDING RING! I thought it was silly to be paying off a ring when we could be buying a bigger nicer house! PLUS I think that the diamond industry is dirty as well, so that was a factor too. I tell people but only people that I know are hip enough to understand. The ring is a custom made replica of my grandmother's (real) wedding ring and all I really cared about was the setting....I have to say, it's so unusual and unique that I get comments/compliments on it all the time.

So, if anyone is to flame you, it's ain't gonna be me! My opinion is that it's JUST a ring. Not indicative of how much my husband loves me, b/c in that case he would have bought me the hope diamond ;) Aww.....sickening sweet ;) gag!

Anonymous said...

If anyone deserves flaming, it's the people who put a big-ass Ivana Trump-sized diamond engagement ring ahead of buying a house or paying off student loans.

Anonymous said...

I am only commenting because I (in a previous life) sold diamonds, retail that is. There generally is a reason for a price differences between retailers as well as wholesalers. Being on the other side of the counter, it was my job to explain to the peeps why you would want to buy a diamond from me. But the bottom line is, you the buyer, have to decide what is most important. Generally speaking we usually always want both, quality and value. Unfortunately, there is very few who come away with a diamond purchase that has both attributes. Moissanite has scared the shit out of the diamond cartel. And they have and will continue to spend big bucks trying to discredit the industry but it is and should be considered an option. Very few can tell the difference, not even most jewelers. But we continue to romance the stone so to speak. A diamond has become the symbol of true romance as well as status. But it is also true that there very well could be someones blood shed to satisfy our lust for it's intoxicating allure. I for one believe that the fair trade industry cannot police all the diamond cartel or for that matter even itself. Billions are at stack and inevitably, human nature being what it is, a blind eye has been turned when it comes to the policing of blood diamonds. Tiffany's price of the ring you are coveting is probably warranted. Platinum is a more precious metal than white gold and usually doesn't require as much upkeep. Tiffany's uses a higher grade and better cut of diamond than most jewelers. Yes, part of the price is the Tiffany trademark but it is Tiffany's. People will buy crappy little keyrings just to have something from Tiffany's if they cannot afford to buy something else. Branding at its best! So at the risk of sounding like a bit of a know it all I humbly submit my two cents worth. Diamonds can be the ultimate symbol of love and affection as well as reward for what one has achieved, or they can symbolize the worst of human flaws, greed.

Carol

Anonymous said...

So I just saw the one you really want. OMG save your money and go for that one it's beautiful!!!

Carol

Valerie said...

That rough diamond is dyyyyy-no-mite! I agree with Carol!

In the meantime, get a cheapie fake-o. I wear one and no one can tell the dif.

(My diamond fell out of its setting, boo hoo.)

Anonymous said...

if you ask a guy to marry you, does that mean you have to buy your own ring?

Anonymous said...

anon 247. Yap, your screwed.

Anonymous said...

Beloved Decorno, just say no. Don't spend your hard earned $$ on rocks, unless they are part of your backyard landscape. Your adoring dear readers are eagerly awaiting the debut of your new bathroom, remodeled kitchen, and smooth walled dining room. And then there is vacation home to think of. If nothing else, please spend that money on a fabulous vacation. A poor student; forced to decorate with Target and Ikea; starving for more. Please please please don't disappoint us, Decorno. We dream through your eyes.

ren said...

I'm always very torn on the subject of diamonds... especially in terms of wedding rings. I have such negative feelings towards the diamond industry... but secretly, I want one myself.

cybill said...

I didn't care for diamonds at all, until I was given one and oh, now I just want more, more, more.

Anonymous said...

I would much rather put my cash into something more practical. Yes, diamonds are beautiful, but so is the comfort of a nice home, and a home will appreciate in value. Jewelry is not a good investment, as you will find if you ever decide to sell off a piece. When I divorced I sold my wedding & engagement ring set and a diamond necklace and earrings for a fraction of the cost we originally paid. I went to place after place and was told that though my items were gorgeous, they would never fetch what we paid for them.....sad, but true. Save your cash and buy moissanite or CZ. After all, it's the thought that counts, right?

Anonymous said...

I'd worry that the diamond-in-the-rough would just look like a loose piece of gravel in person.

kaili said...

Watch that episode of Arrested Development where Lindsay gets obsessed with the diamond cream instead to help get you through the craving...Diamonds Michael! That's like a million fuc&ing diamonds!

Booger Brains said...

WOW!

Anonymous said...

89,000 was the cost of the watch I saw a lady wearing in saks today , i dont want to be a name dropper but the watch and her husband are both well known. The
ring you could have put a martini around , the watch a pitcher of them.
sigh

Anonymous said...

dear be the change
please put your shirt on
enough
get another picture
this one is not nearly as good as you think it is

Anonymous said...

Was that a poem?

s. said...

c'mon, anon. Be a name dropper. And, I'm not sure what this means: "The ring you could have put a martini around , the watch a pitcher of them."

Anonymous said...

Maybe the lady in Saks with the rich husband was very fat, and so her ring and bracelet were very wide??

Anonymous said...

Dear s,
I mean .... the diamond was so big it could have been and ice cube in a martini ..... and the watch had so many , you could chill a pitcher of martinis
the man he was not fat just famous

re : 8:23 no not a poem-punctuation slows me down

I want be the change to get a new pic and put his shirt on

Louryne said...

I just started working at Tiffany's this summer in Visual Merchandising, and to be honest I wasn't really into diamonds. . . that is until I worked with them. The quality ones especially just sparkle and gleam like nothing else. Like Anon 9/20 1:10 pm said, they do carry the best quality and cut and you do pay for the trademark. I am obsessed with this diamond ring that is in the legacy setting (a deco setting). Its just beautiful!!!! I now understand why women love diamonds so much.

Anonymous said...

no. no no no... all in your head my dear. who convinced you that a shiny rock was worth that kind of money? slap your face and rub your eyes. don't drink this kool aide. oh and watch blood diamond. peace and love.

Anonymous said...

anon 10:15 PM:
Post a picture of yourself with your shirt off. It will improve your posts.

s. said...

Thanks. I knew the answer was intriguing...

Anonymous said...

couldn't care less about diamonds. Never understood the hype, or why people would spend so much money on a useless peace of stone. I would rather travel or buy something nice that you can actually use. Plus, how often are you really going to wear your diamonds? Won't you be worried about loosing them or having them stolen?
But hey, it's your money.

CamilleC said...

This reminds me of my wedding band except I have black diamonds. It was very affordable through ice.com. I love it. I'm actually not that into diamonds but I had to have some shine to go with my e-ring which is quite small.

Anonymous said...

The Tiffany ring has twice the carat weight of the two others.
In a size 6-- Tiffany = 0.65; Blue nile .39; Nords = .30.

The tiffany ring is most likely the original design; the rest our copies. This may not matter to you at all.

When you are looking at pricing the metal alone, there is warranted price difference between gold and plat.

the diamond business is not as big as a "racket" as you think. you just have to be educated about exactly what you are getting.

Anonymous said...

...and be willing to pay the markup for the blue box and the blue shopping bag...

Anonymous said...

The Nordstrom one looks like the diamonds only go half way around.

I always wanted a really big diamond, and now that I can actually afford one, I choose to buy CZ. Diamonds are nice but you can't resell them for any decent money, so what does that say about 'real value'?

I'd rather travel or buy things my family will all enjoy.