Thursday, February 27, 2014

FASHION FOR LESS PART 2: Tiffany & Co. bow ring doppelgangers

I recently saw Kate Spade's bow ring at Nordstrom, and went on a hunt for bow rings.  I came across these cheaper alternatives that I'd like to share with you.  Here's the thing, Tiffany & Co. always take better pictures of their rings.  So, I think it's better to compare them with customer's review photos.  At first glance, these are quite similar so beware of buying fakes on Ebay if you like the Tiffany ring!  Without further ado,

The twist bow ring:

tiffany & Co. twist ring, twist bow ring

Above:Tiffany's Twist Bow Ring, (sterling silver) $225, picture taken from Tiffany & Co. website (left) and Leslie Love Makeup Site (middle, right).

la preciosa sterling silver twist bow ring

Above:La Preciosa Sterling Silver Twist bow Ring, $20.82, picture taken from (left), and me (middle, right)

Spotting fakes on Ebay:
Some sellers don't show the stamp on the back that looks like this.
(left) Tiffany & Co. twist ring, (right) Le Preciosa twist ring

But, I think the difference is clear.  The Tiffany and Co. ring is thinner, and more narrow.  This gives it a more elegant look.  As for the La Preciosa ring, it's a flatter bow, and the ends of the tie are also farther apart.  So if you buy the Tiffany & Co. ring on Ebay, look for those differences so you won't buy the La Preciosa ring for the price of a Tiffany's ring!  

For me, I think for a fun weekend, casual ring, the La Preciosa sterling silver twist bow ring is pretty cute!  The difference is not enough for me to pay $225 for the Tiffany & Co. ring.  Both are sterling silver.  I'm happy I found the La Preciosa ring.  I wore it 4x last month. :)

There is also the bow ring.
bow ring, infinity bow ring, rhodium finish, sterling silver

Above: Tiffany and Co Bow ring, $2,400.  Picture from Tiffany & Co website (left), Beauty Image Gallery (middle), and purse forum (right).  Made out of platinum and 0.10 Carat diamonds .

Above: Infinity bow ring, Sterling Silver with Rhodium finish, $26.00.  Made out of rhodium and sterling silver.  Picture from Amazon (left) and me (middle and right).

Again, there is always the Tiffany's stamp in the back of the ring.  The Tiffany & Co. ring is made with platinum and has real diamonds, hence, the price tag.  Difference in appearance comes down to a few factors.  Tiffany's bow tie ends have sharper corners, are longer and farther apart.  The infinity ring has a rhodium finish which makes it shiny.  Some people love platinum and diamonds, and some people prefer Rhodium because of the movie Blood Diamonds.  I personally like both and went with the infinity bow ring because I'd rather travel to Japan with $2,400 right now.  Both are really cute though. ^.^  

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