Is this jeweler crazy? moissanite price and color claims seem insane

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: would you continue to engage w this jeweler?
    yeah keep going you want the setting not the stone : (6 votes)
    16 %
    nah, bail, she doesn't seem knowledgeable or trustworthy now : (32 votes)
    84 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    5445 posts
    Bee Keeper

    This is really confusing. We spoke with a small local jeweler a while back about moissanite, and he said he would order me one and it would be much higher quality than the stuff that is sold online. At the time I thought he was totally full of it but since he offered I said ok. When he got it, it did not have the hollow/dark spot most moissanite does, but it was very warm. It looked like a totally different stone from the Amora I ordered. He was adamant that there are a lot of disreputable companies online who sell a subpar product. I don’t know the truth of any of it. You could see if they would order you one so that you could compare, as long as it’s a no pressure situation. 

    Post # 5
    Member
    1931 posts
    Buzzing bee

    From what I understand, the only D-F color simulant is either CZ or the Amora Gem. Pretty sure your jeweler can’t get the Amora Gem as there’s a waitlist. 

    Post # 7
    Member
    1931 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @chillinchillin:  I think as long as you trust her for the setting I would go with it. I’m still deciding if I want to go local, to an Etsy seller I fell in love with or to Schubach’s or MoissyCo! 

    Post # 8
    Member
    92 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2002

    The jeweler is wrong.  There is no such thing as D-F moissanite other than Amora Gem.  You don’t need to stick with her just because she can make your setting.  There are some really good moissanite retailers that can do custom work.

    Post # 9
    Member
    5445 posts
    Bee Keeper

    @chillinchillin:  I get it. What I am saying is that this jeweler is not the only one who has these beliefs about moissanite. I was told something similar by a jeweler also (although not D-F). So what I’m saying is that many jewelers have a different opinion on it and different facts, and honestly I don’t know who to believe because they are professional jewelers, as opposed to a company online telling you what they want. I was just trying to say this doesn’t mean the jeweler is shady–I have heard the same thing from a few reputable jewelers myself. 

    Post # 10
    Member
    1327 posts
    Bumble bee

    (Also, apparently even the whiteness of the Amora Gem is kind of in question now, because some of the first buyers are saying in their reviews – with photos – that they don’t really look colourless, that they have some visible warmth to them.)

    Post # 12
    Member
    11379 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @chillinchillin:  did she quote you $1200 just for the setting?  that could be right.  my custom setting cost more than that and it didn’t include any of the diamonds. 

    what does the setting you want look like?  can you order it elsewhere?

    i would maybe look around and possibly buy one already made.  if you don’t like this jeweller or feel uncomfortable with them, definitely don’t use them for anything.

    Post # 13
    Member
    1465 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    @chillinchillin:  A custom setting, especially one that is any more intricate than the most simple peg-set solitaire, can easily cost $1200. Actually $1200 is a bit of a bargain, if you want any kind of side stones, pave, detail work, etc.

    Post # 14
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    1788 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @chillinchillin:  @BlondeMissMolly: There are jewelers online who sell low quality moissanites that have poorer cut and clarity. One example is JTV, and you can tell because a 1 ct solitaire only costs $200. However, they obviously want you to believe that all online retailers sell lower quality moissanites, and that wouldn’t make any sense. The major retailers of moissanite online, like C&C (through moissanite.com) and MoissaniteCo work exclusively online. So why would C&C (the only company that has permission to create moissanite for sale under the current patent) withhold their prime product only to be sold through jewelers, where moissanite buyers would rarely go? I think the most likely answer is that this extra amazing moissanite only exists in their imagination, because otherwise I really doubt you would have only heard about it from them. 

    OP, your jeweler is greedy, dishonest, and has already majorly misunderstood you once. I wouldn’t trust her to give you a fair price on the setting either.

    Post # 15
    Member
    1788 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @mypinkshoes:  @GoldfishPie:  She was quoted $1200 for the stone. A stone that the jeweler claimed was a higher quality moissanite than the Amora moissanite OP purchased for $730.

    Post # 16
    Member
    1465 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    OH I see. Yup, not trustworthy! Run away!

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