(Closed) Ripped off! silver/CZ ring passed off as platinum/diamond from a jeweler!

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 47
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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@mrsmay07:  it could be very well so but her having fine jewelry already i would think she could tell the diffrence better then that is all i was saying. opinions are like asses everyone is entitled to have one and mine hasnt changed. good day to you hun 😉

Post # 48
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

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@lilsweetie:  that’s something I’ve wondered too, mostly I wonder about small jewelers/metalsmiths/artisans..like I know it would be fraud, and if they were found out it would ruin their business..but you have to think its something an unscrupulous person would consider

Post # 49
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@lilsweetie:  That’s why I strongly recommend getting photographic (signed by the seller!) documentation of the ring from all angles. If you suspect that the metal on your jewelry is fake or not as pure as the stamp, and if an assay (super easy test by the way!) proves that you’re correct, you will want as much proof as possible that you purchased that piece of jewelry from that particular unethical artisan/retailer. 

You can find the relevant federal law here:

http://uscode.house.gov/download/pls/15C8.txt

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.

 

 

Post # 50
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

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@Birdi:  This 100% I always feel like my ring could knock someone out.

Post # 51
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@dewingedpixie:  Haha! I know, My Girlfriend jokes I could cut someone with it haha.  If I threw it at someone they’d probably get a nasty bruise.  Who needs mace? 

Post # 52
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

Have you googled the BBB report on the jeweler to see if there are any other claims like this?

Post # 53
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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@CoolBeans:  That is great information. I’m a bit of a nerd and i totally love things like that.

Post # 54
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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!

Post # 55
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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.

Post # 57
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@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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