(Closed) Ever heard of jewelers making stone swaps unknowingly?

posted 11 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I haven’t heard of it recently, just because stones now usually have lazer etching, but the stone in my mom’s engagement ring was swapped when she took it to get sized.  I agree with your family – take it to someone who you can trust.  Also, make sure they map it, and see if they might be able to etch it so that it’s always identified as yours. 

Post # 4
198 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

My grandmother had a horrible situation happen. She took her ring in to get cleaned and the jeweler took out her IF perfectly cut diamond and replaced it with a lower quality stone. She never got her original stone back. It was HORRIBLE!

Post # 5
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’ve heard of that happening and it’s scary. Try to get your diamond etched so that you know it’s yours. Its sad that some people can be so dishonest.

Post # 6
83 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Omg, I haven’t heard about this but I was always worried when I would get my ring dipped and cleaned… but I realized the first day I got it that I have a small flaw in the diamond (little black dot) so I always know if I get my diamond back… go figure that I would be happy with a flaw!

Post # 8
297 posts
Helper bee

I don’t know what laser etching is but a good jeweler will put down any inclusions, etc…on a piece of paper (of a diamond drawing) so you know that the diamond is yours. 

Post # 9
1799 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@CapeBoundBride: I have heard WORSE then replacing it with a lower quality diamond!! My Mother-In-Law sent her ring in for cleaning and they replaced it with a ZERCONIA!!!!!! argghhhh so awful!! 🙁

Post # 10
1404 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’ve heard of that.  I always ask to look at my ring under the ‘scope everytime when I pick it up from the jeweler.  They look at me like I’m crazy, but I don’t care.  I don’t trust those 20 year olds working at Jared’s.  I check to see that the laser etching on the diamond in my ring is still there.  It’s always there still.  At least in the main diamond.  They could swap out the other side diamonds and I wouldn’t know.  I hope they don’t do that! 


Post # 11
697 posts
Busy bee

I’ve heard of it, Fiance and I want to get my stone etched.  I’ve only had to take it in once to get the prongs tightened, and I had it done while I waited.

Fiance was super-nervous, so now that I’ve gotten the prongs tightened, I’m going to look to see where I can get the GIA number etched.  

Post # 12
2896 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve heard of this, too, and it makes me nervous. My ring is a family ring as well, and I’m seriously considering getting it etched just for the peace of mind. 

Post # 13
402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

ive always kinda thought it was an urban legend, but at the same time, i can see some skeezy shady jeweler trying this.  its horrible either way. 

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