Post # 1
Ever since I joined the Bee I’ve heard something I’ve never considered, jewelers replacing your diamond with a less quality one! It freaks me out and now I’m too paranoid to leave my ring with the designer who made it for cleaning or repairs lol. What to do ladies? Help! I need to get something repaired and it may take a week but I’m too scared to leave my ring with him…
Post # 3
Is your diamond inscribed? Mine has a number on the girdle And it still freaks me out. Is this the same place you bought the diamond from? Honestly I would take to a very reputable jeweler. It may cost more but worth the peace of mind.
Post # 4
I do understand. A very good friend had his stone replaced with a lesser diamond. He picked up on it immediately because he was in night school taking…wait for it….gemology.
It didn’t help any because the jeweller denied it but I never went back to that shop.
You could have it laser inscripted. Mine is. I have a Canadian diamond with a number on it.
Post # 5
@Baybeejulia: I have a sapphire as a centerstone. I have a teensy, tiny, not noticable unless you are staring and looking for it little imperfection on it. I always look for it when I get it back.
Post # 6
@Inlove2001: I don’t think it’s inscribed… Now I’m considering getting something lasered onto it. How much would something like that cost? My jeweler was pretty reputable, he’s got a massive company of diamond design and that’s what he specialises in, he doesn’t actually have a store he has an office in a city building.
Post # 7
It looks like it’s about $75. Here is an article I found for you.
Post # 8
@Inlove2001: That’s so cheap! Thank you! I’ll definitely look into that!
Post # 9
@Baybeejulia: LOL I am paranoid too. I wouldn’t worry about leaving it with the jeweller you purchased it from. I have two rings. One diamond is GIA and Canadian diamond inscribed. The other is not, but its the one I’ve had since we got engaged. I know that stone like the back of my hand. Today I picked it up from being resized at NOT my normal jeweller, and when I got home I saw the diamond was crooked. Which panicked me, because why would the diamond be messed with when resizing. I took it back to them and they said it was the setting that was tweaked, which I did see once they pointed it out. I am pretty certain its still my diamond, but concerning nonetheless. It was been sent out, yet again, to be fixed. Not a fan of this feeling.
Post # 10
@Baybeejulia: My jewelers will look at the stone with a loupe and ‘map out’ on the repairs slip where the inclusions, feathers, etc. are in the stone, then they have me verify then, and also when I pick it up. My center stone has a tiny black carbon inclusion in the middle though, so it would be pretty hard for them to do a switch.
Post # 11
@Baybeejulia: The ONLY pieces of jewelry I’m comfortable with leaving at the store is my engagement ring and other jewelry I got from Tiffany & Co. I fully trust their staff, and I just don’t see the purpose of them switching my diamonds to lesser quality ones. The diamond on my engagement ring has a color grade D, so I’m sure I’ll notice it if anything changes. Hopefully? Lol but I highly doubt they’ll mess with my jewelry. Other than that, I don’t like leaving any of my other diamonds at jewelry stores.
I have a certified colorless diamond heart necklace from a local jeweler, and I refuse to leave the pendant at the store, so I just get the chain cleaned. The pendant has many smaller diamonds, and I’m afraid they’ll switch them out. Luckily it doesn’t really get dirty even though I wear that necklace everyday.
Post # 12
@Baybeejulia: Yup. I am the same way. I am ULTRA paranoid. We have a friend who is a jeweler. I’ll leave it with her but I even sometimes worry and I totally trust her. To be fair, both of my rings are my grandmother’s orignial set.
Post # 13
Good Jewellery Insurance will cover what is called “mysterious disappearance” as well as when the ring is out of your sight at Jewellers (such as the plans offered by Jewelers Mutual / Perfect Circle Insurance = http://www.perfectcircleinsurance.com/Jewelry-Insurance/Our-Coverage )
Most Jewellery Stores will include a Certificate of Description with the Ring when you buy it… and that will have “some” details on it.
This is one of the main reasons it was also important to us to get a CERTIFIED Diamond, as there is a more detailed description with a GIA Certification.
Additionally when you get Jewellery Insurance most require also that you have an Appraisal done, and as part of that process there is a very documented description of your Ring & the Stones / Feature Stone. The details is what will prove that the Stone / Ring is the one you insured.
When we got Our ERing the Appraisal was part of the purchase… so mine was detailed on paper from the get go (IMO the safest way to go)
As well like some other Bees, I have a Canadian Diamond, so it is Laser Engraved as being a Cdn with a UNIQUE Registration Number for that particular stone.
Also, if your Ring isn’t engraved in any way, I’d plan on that too… just a simple word or number (Wedding Date… etc) can make a world of difference in proving the ring is yours if it should ever be lost or stolen
All of the above goes a long way in providing peace of mind… nothing is 100% I suppose, but this goes a far ways
Hope this helps,
Post # 14
Update ladies, my diamond is already laser inscribed with the GIA number so I couldn’t be happier!