- 5 years ago
So, two-ish years ago my boyfriend wanted to design me a claddagh ring and he went to this one store and they were profoundly helpful, but due to a bunch of sudden financial problems, he wasn’t able to afford to go through with it. But he always remembered how helpful that store was and every time we talk about an engagement ring, he insists this is the store he wants to purchase from.
Well, apparently he did go in today with the intention of talking rings and buying me a necklace, just because. And he came home completely discouraged and annoyed.
He had asked a few questions: if he could see the difference between their 14k rose gold and their 18k rose gold, if it was possible to add something like a strip of rose gold to a tungsten band (since that’s what he wants as his wedding band), and what quality they have of my favorite gemstone, if they carry it.
He was told that he needs to stop referring to rose gold as “rose gold” because it is actually just copper, and since it is just copper, there is no “14k” or “18k” to be concerned about – because it’s not gold in any way. The salesman said that there is absolutely no such thing as rose gold and tungsten bands, it is all just copper put on tungsten. He then showed my boyfriend several plain tungsten bands and continued to go on about rose gold not being what everyone thinks it is. Oh, and he told him that he can’t have a tungsten ring anyway because of his odd ring size.
He insisted on showing him white gold engagement rings and tried to make him feel guilty for not intending to propose on Valentine’s Day. My boyfriend asked to see a claddagh, the man had no clue what he was saying and had to have it thoroughly described to him, at which point he printed off a claddagh from their website and said that it would have to be custom ordered, could not be resized, and was only available in yellow gold.
And when my boyfriend asked about the quality of their tanzanite? He told him they only carry the best tanzanite, it’s a rare gem so it must be custom ordered, and because it’s custom ordered, it cannot be viewed before purchase or returned. So, my boyfriend asked if they use the GIA system or the tanzanite foundation or any other system to judge quality, to which the salesman replied that tanzanite doesn’t have any scales like that, but their store only carries the best.
And finally, they told him he shouldn’t be looking at gemstones anyway, because diamonds are what people want to see in an engagement ring. So he shoved some more diamond and white gold solitaires in his face. Needless to say, my boyfriend did not buy anything.
This is so long haha. But, I hate that he had a bad experience. I needed to talk about it somewhere. He was so excited to go, he kept telling me he had a surprise, and when he came home he just looked so disappointed. 🙁