Who doesn’t think of a little blue box when dreaming of a proposal? Tiffany & Co.’s iconic styles have become part of our culture, and many of their rings are instantly recognized worldwide. This popularity has led to imitation – with many replica styles available from other jewelers.
You can save money buying a quality replica of Tiffany & Co.’s popular engagement rings. But in order to build a believable look-alike you need to know – and adhere to – their exacting parameters when it comes to selecting a diamond. Follow my tips, below, to build your own Tiffany copycat ring which will be a ring-er for the iconic jeweler’s style.
How to Copy a Tiffany & Co. Ring Style
2. Diamond 4Cs: While Tiffany & Co. mainly sells diamonds graded by their own lab, they do stick to a narrow range of acceptable diamonds – ensuring that Tiffany “scintillation” they are known for. The 4-Cs of a Tiffany diamond are set to the following parameters – which you should be sure to copy when selecting a diamond for your Tiffany replica engagement ring.
The smallest stone a Tiffany & Co. ring will sell you online is a 1 carat. Anything smaller will give away the fact that this is not a Tiffany ring!
Tiffany only sells diamonds in the colorless to near-colorless range from “D” to “I”. Make sure to choose a stone in this range when you re-create your Tiffany & Co. engagement ring.
A Tiffany & Co. diamond can range from IF – Internally Flawless – to VS2 – Very Slightly Included 2, where any inclusions are visible only under 10x magnification.
All diamonds sold by Tiffany & Co. are graded “Excellent” in cut. A diamond’s cut determines a stone’s brilliance, fire, and scintillation – the amount of sparkle produced by light reflection within the stone. To select a diamond with similar brilliance always select a loose diamond graded as “Excellent” for GIA graded stones, or the equivalent “Ideal” for AGS graded diamonds. For the ultimate sparkle, I would suggest picking a Super Ideal cut diamond which often goes by different brand names – True Hearts for James Allen, or Astor Diamonds at Blue Nile. These stones are perfectly proportioned to increase symmetry which results in better light refraction and “scintillation”.
In addition to the 4 Cs, Tiffany & Co. does not accept diamonds with strong fluorescence. A diamond with strong fluorescence will glow when exposed to ultra-violet light. While this is not a condition most shoppers will ever experience with their ring, it is also thought that diamonds with strong fluorescence appear more “hazy” to the eye in normal lighting conditions. When shopping for a diamond in your Tiffany look-alike ring, set your parameter for Fluorescence to either “None” or “Faint” to get those crisp facets Tiffany & Co. is known for.
The Tiffany Setting Replica Engagement Ring
A Tiffany Novo Setting Replica
The Tiffany Novo collection pairs a micro-pavé platinum band with a center diamond which may be round, princess, cushion or emerald cut. Featuring 4 tapered prongs, this setting has a modern, feminine look which has become quite popular since its launch. A matching pavé wedding ring which fits flush with the setting is a popular finishing touch.
On the Tiffany website, this ring is available set with your choice of white or yellow diamonds. For this exercise, I found a Novo setting with a round 1 carat center stone priced at $14,800. See below.
Is it possible to find a setting with a close enough feel and set it with a diamond with equal or better brilliance for less? Absolutely.
I went to James Allen and looked for a micropavé setting with a similar profile and came across this Cathedral Petite Pave setting. This micropavé setting comes in a platinum option and has a similar weight of pavé stones in the shanks. It also comes with a matching flush-fit pave wedding band, which would make a perfect set.
I used the same diamond parameters as the ring shown on the Tiffany website and searched for a round diamond around 1.02 carat with I color and VS2 clarity, plus an Excellent cut. But, knowing that Tiffany & Co. prizes scintillation above all else, I improved the search parameters at James Allen and looked for a super-ideal cut “True Hearts” diamond in this range. Here’s where I came out:
The engagement ring I built at James Allen features a True Hearts Ideal Cut diamond with a slightly higher carat size of 1.04ct. The total price for the James Allen ring is $7,327 vs the $14,800 for the Tiffany & Co. ring. Convinced yet?
Looking for a yellow diamond to pair with this setting? Shop the James Allen fancy colored diamond database.
Tiffany Soleste Replica Setting
The Soleste setting from Tiffany & Co. set the benchmark for the modern halo. This collection features both single and double halo designs for round, oval, emerald, pear, cushion and heart shaped diamonds. Previously, Tiffany & Co. marketed their single halo design under the name “Tiffany Embrace” but it looks like all halo designs – double and single – now all fall into the Soleste collection.
The double-halo design features a split shank approaching the crown – and James Allen offers a very similar setting with their Split Shank Double Halo design available in platinum, and 14 & 18kt white, yellow and rose gold.
Tiffany Three Stone Engagement Ring Replicas
The Tiffany 3-Stone collection features engagement rings with side stones on either side of your main diamond in 3 different shape options: tapered baguette, round or pear. This is a classic style and happens to be my favorite. Currently, on the Tiffany.com website, you can only customize these styles with a round center diamond.
Wondering how much a Tiffany 3-Stone engagement ring costs? The least expensive option on their website right now is $47,700 for a 1.7 carat center stone ring! In contrast, a 3-stone tapered Baguette setting from James Allen (pictured below) starts at $1,700 and a 1.7 carat round diamond with Tiffany’s exacting parameters can be found starting at $11,620. That’s a savings of $34,380 when you buy your ring from James Allen. Still want to pay more for the Tiffany brand name?
A round brilliant diamond surrounded by two round sapphires signifying loyalty. What could be more perfect? This classic look is one of the most popular settings with colored side stones. How much does a Tiffany 3-Stone engagement ring with sapphire side stones cost? Currently, on the Tiffany website, the lowest priced option available is set with a 2.08 carat center diamond for a price of $66,400.
To copy the look of this iconic ring for far less, go with James Allen or Blue Nile who both offer a 3-stone sapphire engagement ring set in platinum with a similar profile. James Allen’s setting starts at $3060 in platinum with sapphire accents. For a diamond with similar properties to the one in Tiffany & Co.’s $66K ring, I found a round diamond at James Allen with similar qualities (2.08 carat, H color, VS2 Clarity, & Excellent Cut w/ no Fluorescence) listed for $22,850. Total cost of the James Allen ring, $24,560. Still want to pay more for a brand name?
Channel Set Tiffany Setting Replica
The Tiffany round diamond with channel set round diamonds in the band is another one of their iconic wedding ring styles. However, at an entry price point of $12,400, you might want to look elsewhere. Enter the James Allen Platinum Six Prong Pave Diamond Engagement Ring. This setting below sells for $2820 in platinum and features the six prong look Tiffany is known for along with round diamond pave set shanks. this setting has a cathedral profile – vs the Tiffany setting which features the prongs rising directly from the band, but personally, I think the cathedral setting offers more protection to the center stone, especially if you’re going to take your savings and apply it to a larger diamond.