Post # 1
- Wedding: County courthouse
Ok so let’s start by saying I have an engagement ring from moissaniteco.com. I love it and it’s actually an “upgrade” from my diamond ring i got almost 5 yrs ago. So today my husband and I were at the mall and i decided to see how my moissanite would test on a diamond/moissanite/cz tester. Of course it tested as a moissy. Well the jeweler….oops i meant to say sale person :-)….looked at me all crazy. I said i knew it was moissanite…but he still looked at me and hubby funny. And then he said how moissanite was made from diamond and was a diamond simulant. That’s where i corrected him and said moissanite is SiC…not carbon like diamond…that moissanite is an actual gem that does occure in nature and yes moissanite can appear in diamonds as “inclusions” or bubbles. He said i was wrong and that he had seen a documentary about moissanite and that I was wrong. My hubby stepped in and said, “No, you don’t understand. My wife researched all diamond alternative, especially moissanite, extensively. She know her stuff.” And I do…i researched Asha…plain cz…Diamond nexus (found out all the contro surrounding the co.), white sapphire and moissanite. The sales guy was all offended and said well it sparkles nicely and we left. My hubby and I laughed about what the guy was trying to say the whole way to our car. I have no problem calling b.s. on anyone who tries to give me wrong info. Has anyone else experienced this???
Post # 3
There’s all kinds of misinformation about moissanite that gets spread around. It’s the same as cubic zirconia, it’s super yellow or super green 100% of the time, it’s unsuitable for daily wear, it’s used to summon velociraptors from the nether world, it behaves like a disco ball, it has never existed in nature. Just gotta shake your head.
Post # 5
@Jabberwocky: bahaha! Very true! When my fiancé and I were looking around to find a Moissanite in person, I asked a sales person at Kay’s if they had any. To which she so matter of factly said, ” No. We certainly don’t carry anything fake here.”
I told her it was a shame that more company’s don’t get with the program and educate their employees on alternatives to diamonds. Or at least use some tact which would have been much appreciated.
Post # 6
- Wedding: County courthouse
@misschickpea: i had that snarky vib coming from sales guy. what most ppl think is that if anything is made or grow in lab…its fake. mall jewelry stores sell lab created gems (sapphires, rubies, emerald…amythest…citrine and alot of other things)…so according to their mentality lab grown diamonds are fak as well. w/e.
Post # 7
Yeah, people look at you like you have 5 heads if you (gasp) don’t have a diamond sometimes.
And I can’t stand when they say it’s a “fake.” No, it’s not a fake. It’s a different stone entirely.
I mean, glass stemware isn’t “fake” crystal. It’s glass, not crystal.
Cotton isn’t “fake” lace, it’s cotton.
Blistex isn’t fake Chapstick, it’s something different!
lol I don’t understand why people are so closed minded.
Post # 8
When my fiance and I started looking we went to Jared just to get ideas. FI mentioned that we were considering moissy and asked if that was something that they could do. The salesman went off on a rant about how they don’t sell any “diamond simulants” and about how if it’s not a “real diamond” it’s crap and you’re throwing money away etc. We looked for a little while longer and then left. We went across the street for dinner and as we were leaving the salesman came in. He pulled us aside and apologized for what he said, saying that’s what he’s supposed to do when people ask about moissy. It’s not that they don’t sell diamond simulants, it’s that they don’t sell anything that competes with a diamond. He even told us that when his son in law was looking for a ring he for his daughter he got him a great deal on a setting, but pointed him towards moissanite for the stone. “Trust me, if I recommended it for my daughter you’ll love it”.
Post # 9
As a chem nerd, I love listening to people’s “facts” about moissanite. It’s hilarious. When someone is making themselves look like a moron, don’t interrupt them!
Post # 10
Moissanite is a threat to the diamond industry and I doubt Charles and Colvard are going to want to share their success with the likes of Zales, Kay and Helzberg. When I’ve told jewelers what my ring was, they usually react negatively. I think it reflects a fear of losing success. I mean, it’s a wonder gem– five times cheaper, twice as sparkly– it is a diamond dealer’s worst nightmare. If they can spread misconceptions, they can keep attaching a stigma to moissy.
Post # 11
@LittleAudrey: True, but honestly, it’s better for us moissy lovers! The price stays low and we get amazing sparkly jewelry for an affordable cost.
Post # 12
You just have to keep in mind the diamond industry, like the oil industry, is very old and very influential, and very used to having complete control over their market. They have a lot of money, a lot of power, I mean – what other industry have thousands of people been killed for being involved in, but 99% of the world decides thats not really important? Industries with that much power and money are expert propaganda machines, and you can absolutely believe they are doing everything in their power, and spending millions of dollars, to make ANY alternative to buying a brand new diamond look bad. I’m sure he wasn’t lying – Im sure DeBeers or whoever did make some ridiculous anti-moissy documentary to get jewelers to pass that info on to customers.
Hell, I even had a jeweler try to convince my husband that I didn’t want my greatgrandmothers heirloom ring (he just took it in to get it cleaned and resized). He was like “no, she specifically told me she did not want any new jewelry, and she was really excited about having a family heirloom” and he LAUGHED at him and said “oh all girls say that!” Bitch please.
Post # 13
If I went into a shop (any shop, really) and the salesperson told me outrageous lies I would never set foot in the store again.
Yeah, I get it. Their job is to sell diamonds. But they really hurt their credibility with spreading lies about moissanite. How harmful would it be to simply say “sorry, we don’t carry moissanite?” I wonder how many people are told that crap (most consumers today do their own online research) so I would think its safe to guess that the consumer knows they are being lied to. I wonder how many people then buy an alternate stone at that shop. Just makes you wonder. I know I would never ever in a million years lay down one dollar so that fool got a commission.
Post # 14
@Jabberwocky: LOL I could sure use some netherworld velociprators right now, for unrelated reasons.
Post # 15
@starla: Red diamonds. Red diamonds summon the velociraptors.
Post # 16
Yes, you definitely mean salesperson, not jeweler!
I’ve heard sales people say very ridiculous things to me, like insisting up and down that london blue topaz is natural!
Sales people are not the jewelers. At a chain store there is probably not even a jeweler in the building. The only time you’re really going to see an actual jeweler also play the role of salesperson is at some local independently-owned stores, and even there, they usually hire some salespeople too. It’s a low wage position… don’t expect professional expertise on the level of a jeweler from sales staff. You will probably be disappointed.