Not call cunning. Is call smart. Cos when it comes to something personal like an engagement ring, if she somehow likes a Tiffany & Co. one, even if you get her a high end Lee Hwa or Soo Kee, she might not be completely satisfied with it.
But then again, not everyone thinks that way lah. There are many who will like any kind of ring you buy for her, like how Homer Simpson proposed to Marge with an onion ring. :bsmilie:
So what is your budget? Tiffany&Co is not impossible unless your budget is like 1-2k. I think 3.5k maybe even possible. But of course you will have to take a smaller diamond too. Probably .2carat with a weak color and clarity. If you have the dough, a 0.5carat with decent color and clarity would be in 7-9k region. Alternatively, if you head down to our Local Jewelers, for the same prices, you probably can get better diamonds.
That brings me to my next point, All diamonds are rate according to Carat, Color and Clarity. Carat would be the size. Color is rated by alphabets with D being the highest, Clarity is how clear the diamond is and the ratings are usually like from Fl(flawless) to VS( Very Small inclusions). There is also the cut of diamond which would be the shape.
So think about it, what is more important? The brand or the market value? You are probably not going to pawn or re-sell your engagement ring unless something bad happens. Don't overspend as well.
Yes, please note your own budget. Get something within your means because if not it will become a burden to yourself. Not to forget you still have to save up for your wedding ceremony and dinner. Suggest you write down all your expense items to keep yourself within your budget. I do have it in a spreadsheet, can email to you if you need, just pm me.
Trust me it's not going to be cheap even for a simple one. I just had mine wedding in Jan this year and it was difinitely expensive but luckily I wrote down my expenses and kept everything within budget.
If you want to get an engagement ring from Tiffany be prepared to fork out at least $3K because below that you get diamonds that are poor in quality, this is from my own experience. Really heart pain man. But I am sure your financee will be very happy.