- 8 years ago
- Wedding: April 2014
You can find the relevant federal law here:
It’s not the most exciting read, but the take home message is that the government takes this issue seriously. If someone knowingly stamps jewelry incorrectly and sells it to you, it is a misdemeanor. Once charged, it will go on their criminal record and they will have to pay a maximum of $500 to the court or do jail time. The law also describes your rights to sue and recover attorney fees if you win, and you’re not limited to suing for the amount you paid… you could do a class action for example.
Have you googled the BBB report on the jeweler to see if there are any other claims like this?
I have been on this board for ages and have NEVER heard of markings. I just now got paranoid and had to whip out my ring to check the stamp!
This doesn’t make sense at all. I worked in the industry for several years and there are a dozen ways an unethical jeweler could cheat people that would be way more reliable than trying to pass off marked silver & cz as platinum and diamonds. It’s bizarre to think this would be their big scam. I would tend to think it must be a mistake of some sort, but I’ve never heard of sterling silver display rings. I’ve seen gold rings with display czs, and “base metal” display rings with czs, but never sterling silver. What would be the point? Silver is a precious metal — you want to sell it, not use it for display when there are cheaper metals that look just as good for the purpose. Not to say it’s impossible, but I’ve never heard of it. Also, 63 is not old. I can not believe she would trade in 2 rings and give $1000 and not get any documentation at all of what she traded or recieved. It just makes no sense and that usually means there’s something missing from the story.
@bunnyharriet: I haven’t read any responses but she should go to an appraiser or another jeweler first to confirm what the stone is. It’s possible that the engraving on the band is for the setting only. Settings and diamonds are purchased separately (I think) so I don’t see why a setting would have an engraving that describes the diamond.
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