Post # 1
Kind of a dumb question, but I ordered a loose moissanite stone, and I was planning to get it set at a local jeweler (probably one at the mall – Kay’s, Zales etc.). But i totally forgot that there could be a possibility that some jewlers wont work with a moissanite? Is this true? Or can ANY jewlery store set this stone?
Post # 2
I am not sure,about mall stores, I would call ahead. I personally would look for a smaller independent jeweler. You will most likely get a better price this way too. The Shane Co wanted to charge me $300 to set my moissanite (almost as much as I paid for the stone)! The independent jeweler charged me $50.
Post # 3
Not all jewelers will work with moissanite. Some that will may only work with their own stones.
Post # 4
Please search the boards for the Kay/Zales posts. 9/10 they are disaster stories. They have sales associates selling jewelry, not jewelers. They send out their work to be completed by God knows who and most of the posts on repairs are crazy. Just check it out as I wouldn’t want you to receive less than stellar service.
Post # 5
Some of them can’t even tell the difference. I had a sales associate gushing over my cz stand in ring at a couple different stores. I was like you really can’t tell that is fake? When I put my cz next to either my diamond or moissanite is a world of difference, not so much so when I put my moissanite next to my diamond. You may just want to not tell them as moissanite will be just as durable to heat and preassure as a diamond. I’d probably just not specify because a lot of them will have an unnecessary snob factor and I just wouldn’t want to deal with that. They’ll typically assume it’s a diamond anyway.
Post # 6
I’d call around to find a local jeweler over using the mall ones, just look at their yelp reviews. I dust go with local custom jeweler who had been in business for 50 years, but didn’t have a lot of online reviews for the jewelry side of the business (great reviews for the pawn shop side)
I got my cheap moisseys set by them and have mixed feelings. It was cheap($300 with tax) and looks like the cads they sent me, but the prongs are slightly offset. They offered to recast the setting for free, but IDK, it doesn’t bother me and the wedding is 3 weeks away and I don’t want to deal with the stress of worrying about whether or not my band will be done on time.
I have no regrets for going with moisseys instead of a plain band or one with diamonds. I ended up getting what I wanted for a price I was happy to pay. The moisseys were $25 on EBay and are so lively and glittery in real life.
Here’s the wonky prongs:
Post # 7
As others have said, I’d avoid the commercial companies and go for a local independent jeweler.
I got mine set for $30 at a family owned business and had a great experience— check the reviews.
She told me that places like Shane&Co charge diamond prices for setting moissanite (~$300) or dont do it at all.
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard
I also would say call around to independent jewellers. I’m not sure how chain stores feel about setting gems but I usually only had them set during restyle events which usually happen quarterly before I found an awesome local jeweller. And that was about 10 years ago now and I usually bought stones from them so I don’t even remember how much the setting fee was.
At the jeweller I use now though it’s usually about 50 dollars to set a stone. Plus you want to make sure they are comfortable setting moissanite. Just because it’s cheaper than diamonds doesn’t mean you want to get yours ruined by someone who doesn’t know what to do with it 🙂
Post # 9
mall stores are the LEAST likely to set your moissanite for you. The get a majority of their money from the selling of stones (low quality for too much $$). Those commercial stores are about quantity not quality.
Find a local jeweler and call ahead to ask. The jeweler that my D.H. got my ring from will set any stone and had a super positive attitude about non diamond rings. You may find a few that won’t set it because it’s not their stone or because they don’t have experience but a little research will save you the headache
Post # 10
My local zales were extremely rude and said they would absolutely not work with moissanite. Maybe was just my local store… But call and check. I highly recomend finding an independant jeweler to set it.
Post # 11
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Thank you bees! Youre right. Ill just go to a small jewler! I was asking about the big chain jewlers because they’d probably have the setting I want.
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2017 - A vineyard
don’t discount the smaller ones! They might be able to get it too depending on what kind of setting it is 🙂 or find or make you something similar
Post # 13
Any jeweler should be able to work with moissanite because it is not significantly different from working with other gems, but many still will not. I agree about avoiding mall jewelers and going independent.