The shiny knot ring in the lower left-hand corner may have the brand power of Tiffany & Co. backing it, but why shell out $500 when you can have an equally remarkable piece for much less? Yes, the Tiffany Twist bow ring
is in fact $500 worth of 18k gold, design and brand name. But, the alternative Kiel Mead Forget Me Knot ring
is just $230 for 14k of gold and artistic, originality-factor. What does that whole "orginality" part mean? Well, back in 2005, Brooklyn-based designer Kiel Mead fashioned the Forget Me Knot ring from the mold of a real string to represent more than a reminder of an easily forgotten task, but a lasting reminder of that special someone or occasion. Since then, many knot ring copycats have come out of the woodwork -- most recently, Tiffany & Co with their own more polished version. But, while Tiffany's version glows a little more golden, you may as well save your hard-earned money and buy the Kiel Mead ring, instead. You get the same look and concept for much less!
Same advice goes for the sterling silver model. Buy Kiel Mead's
for $48, not Tiffany's
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