(Closed) FB Moissanite; interesting trip to a local jeweler…

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Post # 3
3101 posts
Sugar bee

@Sweetjennygirl:  That’s surprising.  I thought the difference is always fairly obvious, especially to someone in the biz.

Post # 4
1880 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Even Amoras and FBs test as diamond. It’s because diamond testers test conductivity or lack of conductivity or something. That’s not news.

Post # 5
100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

That’s funny that she was so determined to see the actual differences. Did she seem unnerved that her diamond testers were wrong? Also I didn’t know that all moissanite could fool diamond testers either!

Post # 6
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2018

Lol thats insane!! Love Moissys!

Post # 11
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard

I think most people can’t really tell the difference at all (unless you hold it up directly next to a diamond), and it bugs me when they claim that they can. but I don’t really care what people think anyway, if they want to spot my moissanite then whatever. 

Post # 12
6355 posts
Bee Keeper

some people working in jewelry stores really don’t know their stuff. There’ve been some shocking gaffes bees have shared that jewelry salespeople have told them. Usually a true jeweler (someone who buys diamonds wholesale and sets them him/herself in settings he/she designed) knows a great deal (otherwise the business is sure to fail), but a salesperson can be MUCH less knowledgable. Pawn shop owners tend to be in the middle…owning the business, they try to learn enough to not get ripped off and go out of business, but not really being jewelers, their knowledge is still pretty stunted. 

My favorite gaffe was from David Yurman salespeople at TWO DIFFERENT locations: Oh these london blue topazes? Yeah they vary in color due to the fact that they’re all-natural …. no they are not treated at all.

Really? So David Yurman has a secret source of the world’s only natural london blue topaz? Everyone else had to put them in a nuclear reactor to get that color (and the darker ones were simply irradiated longer), but not Yurman, apparently! LOL!

Post # 15
6355 posts
Bee Keeper

@Sweetjennygirl:  His london blue topaz rings look absolutely gorgeous… but they definitely aren’t untreated! What annoyed me about it though, is some things are harder to tell as to whether they’ve been treated or not (e.g. amethyst). You would think that in order for his price and cachet to be justified, the consumer would have a strong degree of certainty when buying his brand about whether and how the product was treated or not. So I’ve really soured on Yurman now, at least for the products that have gems in them. And I kind of don’t even want to buy anything from them at all now, on principal, for lying to me, twice! (although I believe the salespeople probably didn’t know better, they should have been trained better). I still really like his design elements, but there’s a lot of designers I love (many of which are more affordable too). I’m not sure I want to give Yurman my business now.

Post # 16
8444 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Funny thing about Charles & Colvard (makers of moissanite) is that they actually made a ton of money selling testers when moissanite first came onto the market.  In fact, I think they made more money on the testers than the stones themselves the first few years.  

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