- 2 years ago
- Wedding: July 2011
I’ve read a lot about moissanites, and have decided that I want one. I also jumped the gun a little, so to speak, and ordered one without ever having seen one in real life (that I know of). So, I wanted to see what they look like, and set out today to hopefully go and take a look at some. (Yes, I know what you’re thinking: I should look first, then order later…. yeah….)
The first jeweller I went to (where I ordered the moissanite) is where I had my wedding band custom-made. They specialise in custom-made items, and, as luck would have it, didn’t happen to have any moissanites in any of their pieces at the time. Bummer. So, I went around to other jewellery stores in my city to see if they had any I could look at. First stop: the mall. There are three jewellery stores in my local mall.
First store: the gentleman working there said, “sorry, we don’t sell moissanites. They’re pretty, and they look just like diamonds. Can I interest you in cubic zirconia?”
Second store: “A what? What’s a moissanite? Is that a brand name of Cubic Zirconia? We sell those. Would you like to take a look at those?”
Third store: “Moissanite. Moissanite…. I’ve heard the name before…. can’t place it.” (The person then turned to another person working there and said, “do we sell moissanite?” She at least knew what it was, and said she’d seen it before at a trade show, and that it is practically banned in Canada, because it’s too close to diamonds, and confuses customers. She said there’s no point in getting it, as it’s priced at around $1500 per carat, and at that point you may as well get a diamond.”
Fourth store: The Bay. (Not high hopes, but just thought I’d check, just in case). “Moissanite? What do you want a zirconium for? Can I interest you in a Swarovski crystal? You’ll like it better than a zirconium.”
Next stop…. independent jeweller not in the mall: “Moissanites are rubbish! They scratch, break, snap, dull, and tarnish. Don’t get that. Your boyfriend is being cheap. Make him get you diamonds! We have conflict-free Canadian diamonds that have much more sparkle.”
From what I can tell, only two of these (other than the jeweller where I ordered the moissanite) has ever even heard of a moissanite before, though they are all a little misinformed. One had the idea of it right (first one), in that he at least knew that it looks like a diamond, and the other at least knew that it was easy to confuse the two. But the others?? The one at The Bay was easily the most confused (Cubic Zirconia and Zirconium are not even the same stones, and suggesting a Swarovski crystal instead????) I had expected the worst from The Bay (they’re not exactly a jewellery store, afterall), but that was just such a stupid statement!
Has anyone else met with uninformed comments from jewellers about moissanites?