- 7 years ago
- Wedding: December 2013
So if you’ve read any of my recent posts you’d know I’m on a quest for the perfect ring. To sum up really quick what I would want, I’ll just bullet point the specs…
- The budget I’ve pretty decided on with bf is $1500-$2000
- 2CT equivalent Mira moissanite with 6 prongs
- Made in Palladium
- Thin milgrain band (2mm), with channel set diamonds
In this quest, I’ve looked at many, many rings online & in the stores. I’ve learned so much here on WB it’s amazing, I’ve googled like there’s no tomorrow, and I feel pretty confident that I’m an informed consumer.
Which brings me to yesterday… I went to the Helzberg at our local mall, knowing that they are the only local jeweler (other than JC Penney and Kohl’s) that carries moissanite. I asked the salesman if I could see it, and he was more than happy to show it to me.
They only had one ring with moissanite in it, a 1.5CT that looked totally yellow under the light, which made me think it was an older moissanite. He also told me all of this:
- Moissanite is basically a harder CZ
- Moissanite is not worth buying, since it doesn’t hold its value
- Moissanite is 4 times more sparkly than a diamond (Really????)
- Moissanite is REALLY overpriced for what it is
Then I started talking about how I wanted palladium, and he and another associate pretty much made a face like “Why the hell would you want that?”..Which confused me because they have a prominant display of palladium rings in the store.
One of them asked me: “Let me ask you this, why palladium?” And my response was: “Because it’s naturally white and fairly light, and I like that when it gets scratches buffed out I won’t lose any metal”…which I thought was an answer that would pretty much shut anybody up. How wrong I was..
Both sales people were like “oh no, white gold is so much better, shinier, and durable…and palladium/platinum get really dull and ugly after a few months.
So that was my experience, not trying to dog on Helzberg – but it just amazes me how every time I talk to jewelry sales people they either lie/greatly exaggerate different things about gemstones and different metals, etc. If there’s any advice I can offer after my various experiences is to get informed/educated about what you want! If you don’t, they’ll play you for as big a sucker as they can!