Post # 1
When taking your rings to get professionally cleaned, what are some ways to ensure the jewlers are not switching our stones? E.g. Do you have something inscribed in the stone? Count the inclusions? Watch them like a hawk?
I’m clearly paranoid about taking my ring to the jewler…
Thank you in advance for your help!!
Post # 3
I worry about this too. I’m taking it to the place where FH got it to have it cleaned. They sold it to him, appraised it and are cleaning it, so if anything happens I know it’s them. I guess I couldn’t really proove it though. I’m really curious to read other responses to this!
Post # 4
When you get it cleaned it only takes a few seconds. I don’t feel like they ‘d have enough time to switch out the stone.
Post # 5
the place I go to cleans it in front of us so we can see them the whole time.
Post # 6
I’m so so sorry to worry you, but my friend is a professional diamond broker/dealer and she has always told me NEVER ever to leave them. She says they can and DO switch them out for something else.
She told me to watch every single movement of their hands. When I had my solitaire’s band resized, I went behind the glass window and stood shoulder to shoulder with the guy. And this was a guy she TRUSTED – she told me to do this anyhow.
Post # 7
My jewler showed me a small “mark” in my diamond (that you can only see with that magnafying glass thing they use!), so every time I take it to get cleaned I check for that mark when they bring it back to me. I also have a serial number etched into my diamonds so I could always look for that if I think they did something tricky!!
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
My stone has a serial number lasered SUPER tiny on one side, so we always verify it whenever it goes in for “work” — which has only been a few times during the engagement.
Post # 9
Wow i’ve never checked fervently. I feel like I “know” my diamond well enough though. Honestly, it’s an odd-shaped cushion and I’ve stared at the particular cuts in it long enough, I bet I could tell it apart. If I had a round, oh man, I’d be more paranoid. I also have a really powerful microscope in the back (up to 500X) that I could technically scope it out with. When i get bored looking at metallography samples I look at my ring, lol.
Post # 10
My FH bought my ring from Tiffany’s, so I only take it there to get it cleaned/polished. I honestly, would never trust anyone else with my stone. Plus, if you have your GIA certificate and you’re in doubt, take it to a professional who can look at your diamond and tell you if the diamond is in fact still the same as the one stated on the certificate.
Post # 11
It’s so sad we have to do things like this. But I’ve been paranoid about it as well. Especially when my ring was shipped off to Dallas from Georgia to have a side diamond fixed!
Post # 12
I use a local jewelry store that I trust and have never worried a day about it. I’ve had my ring for 6 years. Still the same stone…
Post # 13
Oh my gosh I never would have thought people would do this! Now whenever I take my ring in I’ll be super careful… and paranoid!
Post # 14
Thank you so much for all the great advice, ladies! This was VERY helpful 🙂
Post # 15
I only bring mine to the jeweler that made it for us and trust he wouldn’t change it 🙂
Post # 16
I’ve worked for a jeweler and it would take longer than the few minutes it takes to clean a ring to switch a stone. Removing the stone is quick, replacing it with the same size/shape and fixing the metal/prongs around the stone takes time.
If someone were to switch out a diamond, it would probably be with a CZ (cubic zirconia) and if you’ve been looking at your stone closely, you will be able to spot a diamond replaced with a CZ. If it’s been a while since your ring has been cleaned, it might look different when you get it back. All jewelers have diamond testers and they can test the stone in front of you.
Synthetic colored stones usually look “glassy” or too perfect. And honestly,a colored stone would have to be pretty large to be worth switching out.
I know a lot of people are paranoid about jewelers but the only cases of switched stones I’ve heard about in real life are from jewelers trying to hide that they broke or chipped a colored stone during repair. So my advice is make sure your jeweler is experienced and well established.