July 21, 2007

Tiffany & Co.'s Elsa Peretti® Mesh Earrings

When I graduated from high school, family friends offered or actually gave me various little things from Tiffany & Co., half of which were from the Return to Tiffany's collection. Every girl around me seemed to love the collection and I don't think it was possible for me to walk around the city without seeing at least one girl wearing the braclet or necklace. But honestly, I hated it. Mostly because it was just oh-so-typical, but also because I didn't feel the particular need to be tagged "Return to Tiffany's" (even though I appreciate some girls think it's cute or whatever, no offence.) And since receiving said braclet, I've been put off Tiffany's, thinking either too many people owned the items or they were just too boring.

But a visit to Tiffany's to buy these earrings made my fall in love with Tiffany's. I now totally appreciate Tiffany's as THE place to get simple, quality jewelry. Since I can only afford the simple Tiffany jewelry once a year, I've chosen to focus on the simple shapes, namely the ones from the Elsa Peretti collection. (I can't stress how much I love this collection.)

As a little end-of-year present, I've decided on getting a pair of earrings (because earrings are almost the only jewelry I bother with,) by Tiffany's. I originally was planning to get this pair of gold mesh earrings. While I'm impartial to the little pearls, I like the shape and the way the mesh moves when you move. So last Sunday, I visited a Tiffany's boutique and tried them on. Wow. I've always wondered why people would buy these instead of the ones I see around all the time in much cheaper stores, and now I know why. The quality is amazing. The mesh feels SO smooth and silky.

After deciding the earrings were fantastic, the salesman recommended me this pair of earrings (photo above.) He said they were younger and more attractive. He was right. My mum and sister thought this pair was prettier too. This pair was younger, louder and had a way slinkier shape than the first pair. But I was so shocked by the US$1295 (HK$10000+) price tag that I left the store very quickly afterwards.

Now I'm annoyed. I mean, obviously I would like to get the Mesh Scarf Earrings (the second pair,) but there's no way I'm going to just dish out that amount of money for a pair of earrings, esp since it's not like I even have an income.

The salesman and my mum tell me that no matter which design I choose, the gold ones would last way longer than the silver ones because the silver ones tarnish quickly, whereas gold would last a long time. Another question that I'm trying to answer is that will the current trend of wearing gold jewelry end after this summer? Afterall, gold jewelry has made it's revival from the 80's around 2-3 years ago, and silver has just made it's revival this summer. But now that I think of it, these shapes are such classics I don't think they're really trend items anyways.

The salesman also (nicely and annoyingly) presented this design as an alternative. Thankfully I don't like this design as much as the others so I can quickly discard this design.

So that's my thought process. Right now I'm thinking I should just get the first gold pair because they were the original pair that I wanted and they're still really pretty and (relatively) affordable. Plus, the fact that the second pair has a louder desgin means that it's less versatile and repeatable than the first pair. Which pair would you pick?

Photo credit: www.tiffany.com

43 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm personally not too fond of Tiffany's overpriced silver. But if you do like the silver look, definitely go with white gold. But needless to say, it gets VERY pricey.

7/21/2007 12:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm... I have to say, I like the second pair A LOT more. Something about the pearl on the first pair... it just doesn't seem to go with the style of the earring. (Strangely, it doesn't bother me as much on the silver pair.) That said, regardless of quality, Tiffany's just seems SO overpriced to me. Half of what you're paying for is the name.

7/21/2007 12:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, I like the second one better. But that price- yikes!

7/21/2007 12:40 AM  
Anonymous Clar said...

so apparently tiffany's started the more affordable simple line with those heart bracelets from a while back. So many high school girls bought them on their allowance money that the Tiffany's brand began to lose it's cache, so they promptly raised prices on all their basic stuff to keep teenyboppers out of their customer base.

AKA neighborhood small jewelry store is the best place to go.

7/21/2007 1:18 AM  
Anonymous cereus said...

i agree with the first anonymous: white gold is always the way to go. even though it looks silver, i feel like it has a warmer white look than plain sterling silver. it looks better on all skin tones.

that being said, and seeing that none of your options are in white gold (sorry), i like the second pair in gold. it will look more like a real piece of jewelry, not something cheap from the street market. save up money! get this pair!

also, personally, if you're really rocking an outfit, forget trends. you're going to look good no matter what.

7/21/2007 2:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you made an entry for these mesh earrings! I've seen pictures of Hilary Duff and Lohan wearing them and the earrings definitely grew on me.

I have to agree with some of the previous comments, in that the pearls are a little off in terms of overall design. I would go for the silver.

7/21/2007 2:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have always found that when it comes to "investment" purchases, wait, save up the money and get what you really, really want. You won't regret it.
You will have these earrings forever. They are all beautiful. It is, indeed, a hard decision.

7/21/2007 3:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I prefer the first pair, only because they seem like they will "date" less quickly that the second pair. The second pair, although slinky, sex and attractive, look very 80's to me.

7/21/2007 4:48 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

I like the second gold pair more, but they look much younger and like something you would wear to go clubbing. The first pair is more elegant and I think you will be able to wear them longer.

Let us know what you decide!

7/21/2007 7:53 AM  
Anonymous dhina said...

the first pair are cute, claasic, and much much more worth the price tag rather than the other pairs.
especially the second one..! I mean, you can find it anywhere with far less shocking price.
so, choose the first one! you can wear it anytime, even in the next 20 (or 30?) years...
let us know!

7/21/2007 3:28 PM  
Blogger Kaye said...

I'm actually more fond of the Frank Gehry collection than the Peretti- especially the torque and axis series!

7/21/2007 4:01 PM  
Anonymous Yuppiegurl said...

Not my cup of tea but I do like the first pair better. I like it because of the pearl.
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7/22/2007 1:12 AM  
Blogger Corinne said...

First gold pair. But I'm biased -- cause they're my first Tiffany anything. :)

7/22/2007 6:23 AM  
Blogger Dim Sum Diva said...

I would go for the original design, but in silver. The silver complements the pearl much more, which makes it a more versatile piece than the gold, where the pearl makes a statement.

7/23/2007 12:23 AM  
Anonymous Kate said...

I love Elsa Peretti. Simple elegance. I'd go with the silver, gold always seems tacky to me.

7/23/2007 7:24 AM  
Blogger Tulz said...

I still think Tiffany's is overpriced but I have to say I love the second pair. I'm not a fan of the pearl in the first ones. If you want a silver look, do they have white gold or platinum? Avoid the silver because of the tarnishing factor.

7/23/2007 3:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got the pearl one in silver and it looks really pretty!! It is very elegant when you wear them with cocktail dresses but rocks when you are in casual wear! They just go with everything! The gold one is firstly, too expensive and silver looks younger!! Think about it!!

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Anonymous grace said...

so, did u end up buying a pair of these mesh earrings? if so, how are they? i'm thinking of buying a pair.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Second pair, gold. Although that price might be scary, you know the quality is good. There is no doubt that something from Tiffany's will outlast and be more luxurious than a pair of earrings for $12.

I wouldn't focus so much on whether or not the silver will not be trendy. Do you like the silver ones? Trends are not really something you should use as a guide.

6/21/2009 9:15 AM  
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