Post # 31
Yeah, no, don’t go to Jared or other chain stores. Really, if someone already bought a ring at those places, there is not much to do, but if you have choice, avoid them at all costs.
I have two favourite independent jewelers in my city. Both have goldsmiths and gemologists on staff, both design and make their own rings in house, both can do extensive repairs, rebuilds (i.e. antique rings), both sell diamonds and every other stone under the sun.
Both places always rave about my moissanite jewelery when I go in. I have only OEC moissanites at this point (unenhanced and Amora-enhanced) and everytime I go in they say how lovely it is, and if I am seeing someone new, want to know where I got it and all about it. They both do order in moissanite from C&C for people who want it, but have not usually seen the more unusual cuts (just RBs, etc). They always treat me with great respect, and even if they are lying they at least tell me they think my jewelery is beautiful.
Post # 32
Yes, thank you! One of my pet peeves too. Hardness is about resistance to scratching, not how indestructible it is! I run across so many people who think for example diamonds can’t crack or break because they are the hardest stone. Well, yes, but they are not the toughest. They have cleavage planes, flaws, and so on that can effect how they may chip or crack. Cut also matters. Take a look at a few antique stones with thinner girdles, and you often see cracks or chips along girdles.
Post # 33
Thank you for this! Such a great explanation.
Post # 35
My moissy is an unenhanced OEC. I can’t wait to set it. Every video I’ve seen of that cut is so amazing. I had no idea it even existed before the bee!
Wow! No need to apologize! I appreciate the clarification. I really didn’t know that. Always something new to learn. Thanks for taking the time to inform me! I still question this gemologist’s logic because she implied that moissanites break in their ultrasonic cleaners. She made it seem *that* delicate. But like other bees have said, she’s probably just trying to get my business for a different center. Oh well. Onto the next. Thanks again!
Thanks to all the other bees. We are definitely not going to anymore chains. Local jewelers really seem to respect customers’ choices in almost every story I’ve heard. Thanks for all the feedback. 🙂
Post # 36
Just go to a jeweler. The jewelry store (non-chain) that I went to for my ring appraisal worked with moissanite.
Post # 37
I work at a jewelry store and we use Moissanite all the time! I love it. In fact my upgrade ring is a Moissanite. I don’t think a lot of stores understand Moissanite so they immediately discard it.
Post # 38
my Future Sister-In-Law is our jeweler at Peter Franklin and they do AMAZING WORK! so we were lucky in that sense. We did go to Shane Co to look at settings, and I fell in love with a rose gold pear setting there. i knew I was going to purchase from Future Sister-In-Law, and Fiance had already ordered the moissy. They were not snobby at all and even said they could insure my stone. If I had not have had plans already, I would have gone with them. They did show me sapphires, but that was as a color option (A light pink sapphire) to see what itd sort of look like with my barely pink moissanite wen it came in.
I did experience snobbery at a local nonchain store -McGees- i asked if I could purchase the replica of a ring I liked, in silver and CZ to show Fiance and then use as a Christmas ornament, and she said that was a ridiculous idea and I was just trying to get a cheap ring that looked real. She is the one that told me the CZ was for sale too….
And then at the very beginning we went to Helzburg and we looked at morganite rose gold halo, and the oval was more expensive than the pear. By like $100. I said I liked the pear better, but it had to be ordered- and he kept trying to hard sell me on the oval. Like … I didn’t want the oval!!
A place called Andrews actually had moissys in store, and they were beautiful!
Post # 40
Oh. but I meant to tell you I hear Jared sucks from a lot of people. Zales has been great to my brother and SIL