Moissanite – the Ignorance of Jewellers

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

None of the jewelers in any of the 6 malls in my county had ever heard of moissanite either!!! They all looked at me as if I told them I wanted an Ice cream cone as my center stone. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

I think sometimes its ignorance just because mall jewelry stores are basically just retail stores…its not like they hire jewelers, they’re all just people working a minimum wage job. If they didnt work there they’d probably work at Macys or some other store in the mall. 

The other part of it is probably just the money factor. Diamonds are their big ticket item, so thats what they want to sell you, same as any other place. They’re going to talk down the inexpensive stuff to try and get you to buy the expensive stuff. 

Like any other place where you’re spending a large sum of money, you need to do your research first. Unfortunately, you cant just take salespeoples words for it

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

highland_dancer:  Never been Moissanite shopping but mall jewelry store sales associates are not jewelers. They sell inventory that is shipped to them, they don’t make it themselves. Honestly unless someone is specifically in the market for a diamond alternative the majority of people probably haven’t heard of Moissanite. Diamond is still pretty much standard for engagement rings these days. Maybe things will change in the future but for now be prepared for a lot of frustration when shopping outside of Moissanite specific retailers.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

And you are surprised that a jewelry salesman is going to convince you out of what you want because they don’t carry it in there store because…?

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I gave up on salespeople a long time ago, no matter that the area. They dont know anything and don’t care, either. Do ur own research, educate urself, make ur own decisions. 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

highland_dancer:  

They might say it’s illegal to try to talk you out of it? That’s ridiculous though.

Post # 10
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Newbee

here is a pic of my 7.5mm cushion cut moissanite. I absolutely love my ring, and think it is more gorgeous than most diamond ones i have seen. It is super sparkly. The accents are real diamonds .33tcw and the bands are rose gold. Getting a moissanite was the best decision i have ever made!!! I did have to order mine as well as none of the local stores knew what it was.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

highland_dancer:  There are stores that are approved to sell Moissanite! I’m not sure where you are in Canada but I found this store called Moissanite Co of Canada in Toronto. There are also ways to find stores that sell Moissanite near you!

http://www.charlesandcolvard.com/authorized-distributors

http://www.charlesandcolvard.com/where-to-buy/stores

I am also looking into Moissanite and I would rather see them in person first!

Post # 11
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Blushing bee

 

highland_dancer:  I knew nothing about moissanite before I stumbled upon the bee. Before ordering my stone, I also wanted to see it in person, just to be sure I was going to love it. Alas, no one locally in Texas actually carries it, although my local jeweler–who I ordered my setting through–had heard of it. They carry some high-quality CZ, so I asked him why not moissanite? He said that his clients don’t ask for it, so he doesn’t carry it. He also said that that clients either want the real thing–even if they have to sacrifice something like carat, clarity, or color–or they want a stand-in stone, but want it on the cheap, so go with CZ. I told him that it couldn’t hurt him to have either some loose moissy or one stone set in a ring–clients aren’t going to buy what they aren’t aware about, nor are they going to buy something they’ve never seen before. He would have ordered the stone for me, but I just ordered one myself through moissaniteco.com. My stone was the first moissy I’ve ever seen in person, and I absolutely LOVE it.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

Mall stores are bad for gemstones in general. All of the sapphires and emeralds I looked at were lab created and super cheap compared to getting a natural one. Plus the ring’s little info stickers only listed the weight of the diamonds surrounding the gemstones.. no info on the gemstone itself in terms of size, weight etc. Thank goodness for the internet!

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

taterjuice:  Actually, according to Charles and Colvar, they do carry it at 3 stores in the DFW area 🙂

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

Only I’m about four and a half hours south of DFW in Shiner. We’ve got plenty of beer here, but no moissanite. 😀

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