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The Tiffany Engagement Ring: What Makes It So Special?

by Kamillah Khalif
Last updated on August 25, 2023

In every industry, you have a company whose name is the first to come to mind when you think of that product. In the diamond industry, that name has been Tiffany Co for decades. But why? Is the Tiffany engagement ring really the best ring? Or is it just hype?

In this article, you’ll learn about what made Tiffany Co engagement rings so iconic in the world of diamond rings, and modern alternatives that would make the one you love just as happy.

What Is So Special About a Tiffany Engagement Ring?

While the tiffany blue box of a perfect Tiffany diamond has become a famous symbol of love, engagement, and “a ring your love deserves”, what truly brought the tiffany diamond to fame was their solitaire engagement rings. At the time, the innovative six-prong setting raised the diamond and allowed it to stand erect from its setting, reflecting the most light (and sparkle). This iconic ring became known as the Tiffany setting.

Prior to this design roll-out in 1886, most jewelers featured collections of diamonds in bezel settings where the center diamonds did not stand out from the platinum or 18k yellow gold settings. The vintage engagement ring resembled wedding bands more than the modern engagement ring.

The emphasized brilliance of the Tiffany setting went with the glitz and glam personal style of many old Hollywood celebrities. The Tiffany Co round solitaire engagement ring, along with the tiffany blue box it came in, quickly became one of the most sought-after gifts on the planet.

What Is the Average Cost of a Tiffany Engagement Ring?

While lab-grown diamonds typically acquire very few flaws, the same cannot be said of their counterpart. Diamond experts know that mined diamonds are very rarely perfect. Because of this, high-quality flawless, colorless diamonds can be priced very expensively. On top of this, an engagement ring from a well-known brand like Tiffany can have its price marked up for the prestige of the name alone.

The average cost of a Tiffany Co engagement ring can vary drastically depending on the diamond’s cut, color, clarity, and carat. But the bottom line is that Tiffany engagement rings are way out of most couples’ budgets. A one-carat diamond engagement ring at Tiffany Co can cost between $9,500 and $35,000.

Are Tiffany Engagement Rings Overpriced?

Make no mistake, Tiffany Co is known for adhering to an impeccable quality standard when it comes to the diamonds they source. However, as with many well-known luxury brands, you are often paying an added tax for the name. Popular jewelry retailers can mark up prices simply because they’re popular. Not to mention, most popular jewelers source mined diamonds which are the most expensive diamond option.

The key takeaway here is that if you are looking for the biggest bang for your buck, it would be wise to look elsewhere. You can get a gorgeous ring of similar style for less, or without having to sacrifice things like diamond size or carat.

What Is the Most Popular Tiffany Engagement Ring Style?

The most popular of all Tiffany Engagement rings is the round center stone solitaire engagement ring in platinum or yellow gold. But is it worth it to get your engagement ring from Tiffany Co?

The tiffany setting was one of a kind in the late 80s. Today, though, solitaire ring settings are a typical setting for any engagement ring company to offer. You can find the exact style you want at the price point that works for you. (Though it may not come in a blue box.)

Tiffany Co Ring Alternatives

Engagement rings have come a long way since the bezel settings of the past. Now it’s fairly easy to find any number of styles, including those resembling the Tiffany setting, at whatever price point works for you.

Solitaire Engagement Rings at Clean Origin

The most ethical and affordable diamond ring option is to shop for lab-grown diamonds. Lab-grown diamonds are real diamonds, created in labs, that can cost up to 40% less than mined diamonds. Plus, they tend to have fewer flaws since they aren’t exposed to such variable growing conditions. Clean Origin has a wide selection of beautiful classic engagement rings.

At Clean Origin, you can choose from our vast collection of styles. Pick your ideal combination of setting, diamond shape, size, carat, and clarity for the perfect ring just for your sweetheart. Here are some of our favorite styles.

1.5mm Solitaire Engagement Ring

Our timeless 1.5mm Solitaire Ring with a 4 prong design is the perfect modern alternative to the Tiffany Co setting. Available in platinum, white, rose, and yellow gold, and compatible with any diamond shape.

The Marseille Engagement Ring

A solitaire ring with an extra feminine flair, the Marseille Ring’s tulip motif gallery is perfect for a simple and dainty style. Pair it with a wedding band of your choice or choose from our selection of bridal sets.

The June Solitaire Ring

The 1.5mm band and 4 prong design of the June Solitaire ring allow the center stone to sit low on the finger, making for a more refined look than the original without sacrificing brilliance.

The Solon Ring

The Solon Ring is perfect for a brilliant Tiffany setting alternative with a bit more glamour. The center stone is accented with a delicate band featuring a single row of 14 lab-created diamonds.

Petite Floating Gem Ring

If you want even more enchantment, our Petite Floating Gem Ring is perfect for you. The hand set lab-created diamonds extend halfway around the finger. Compliment this gorgeous band with the diamond shape of your choice for a custom ring just for you.