(Closed) The amusing lies a ring salesman told me!

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
1177 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Oh, some jewelers. I had a similar experience with Jared, so I understand. I asked if they set moissanite and the jeweler made a face and said “we don’t even TOUCH that…”

I’m like you. I google everything. So I looove when jewelers (or, for instance, mechanics) try to play me.

Post # 4
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011


…and that’s why they’re called salesmen. 😉 Gotta get that commission! Ha ha. In all seriousness though, jewelry stores want everyone to think if it’s not platinum and diamond it’s not worth owning. *Smh*

Post # 5
858 posts
Busy bee

thats what they are going to do, why let you buy a moissy when they can talk you into buying a diamond for up to 4 times as much and also try to sell you a more expensive metal. I am going to have to have a serious talk with SO before we go look at some Moissanite so he knows not to listen to a word the sales people say because I know they are going to try to make him think its crap and i’m sure what we will see will be older stock so I have to explain that to him too

Post # 6
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We have a similar story.  When NotFroofy and I were looking for a wedding ring for her to wear, we took the ring she was giving me (inherited from her grandmother back in Wales) with us to a local jeweler, and told the salesperson that we wanted a similar ring for NotFroofy.  We were told that the ring we had was 22 karat gold, which was either completely unavailable or would be hundreds of dollars, and that we should settle for something similar in 18 karat gold.

I knew that NotFroofy’s grandmother had worked in a shop and helped to support her eight siblings when that ring was bought.  And her husband had just enlisted in the British army.  So it seemed to me that a) the ring couldn’t have been all that expensive when it was bought, and b) there must be similar rings from the same era all over the UK.  So without telling NotFroofy what I was doing, I went to eBay UK and looked for a ring for her.  After putting my calculation skills to the test by converting British currency and ring sizes to US equivalents, I came up with a nearly identical ring from the same era for $155, including shipping.  NotFroofy was thrilled, and the local jeweler got none of our business.

Post # 7
612 posts
Busy bee

We recently went to find a wedding band for my Fiance and wound up in a shop where the jeweller actually makes the rings on site. We said we wanted an 18k white gold ring (to match mine, although we didn’t say that part) and the jeweller said they only make 14k rings, because “18k is far too soft for a wedding ring that you’ll wear every day.”

The truth? They only deal with a 14k white gold alloy, so they couldn’t make us an 18k ring even if we said we wanted it anyway.

Post # 8
2195 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Those chain jewelery stores are terrible. You’re always better off at a smaller, local shop. A lot of the times their quality and customer service is far superior.

Post # 9
207 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had a very similar experience at Helzberg. I went in to see what a moissy looked like. They didn’t have any in stock but the one saleswoman had one so she let me look at hers. Personally, I thought it was gorgeous! She had it set in yellow gold which really complimented the ring’s fire. It was beautiful! After letting me look at it for about 15 seconds, she and another saleswoman asked why I was looking. I explained that I was interested in a moissy for my engagement ring. Immediately, she pulled her ring away and started going off about how moissy has no real value and why would I want something that I won’t be able to pass down to my children and blah blah blah. 

They then proceeded to show me the most expensive diamond collection in the store. 

It looks to me like Helzberg is all about the money and doesn’t care about what you really want. 

Post # 10
764 posts
Busy bee

This is just nuts to me. I don’t work in retail but I woukd THINK a sale is a sale and they would talk up ANYTHING they sell in their own store. They should even try to sell you a semi mount if you have a stone or discuss their repair department. That’s what our local Helzberg does!

Post # 11
14486 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Yeah, those 4 bulleted items you mentioned are definitely pretty BS, but I have to agree with his statement of white gold vs plat/plad.  It is softer and will scratch easier than a white gold ring and look more dull than gold.   My shiny new wedding band is dull and scrached within a month of my wedding, while my gold right hand ring that I’ve been wearing for nearly 4 years still looks shiny.  But I wouldnt say that makes one BETTER than the other, its personal preference.

Post # 12
4419 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

The saleman was basically right about the paladium and platinum… They do look dull faster than rings with a rhodium finish. But you are right that they can be buffed out. What he didn’t tell you is you can have a rhodium finish applied to paladium and platinum if you want. It isn’t limited to white gold.

One of the advantages to having a rhodium finish applied to paladium and platinum is as the rhodium wears off, you don’t see that yellow tinge that white gold has… Not that you are looking to have rhodium applied to the ring you’re looking for, but it is an agument that you can throw back into the salesman’s face next time they try to give you crap about white gold being better. 

When a sales person tells you that the stone will lose value, just look him straight in the eye and tell him you aren’t buying it as an investment to make money on. You’re buying an engagement ring, not a mutual fund. Most people don’t buy engagement rings with the idea of selling them for a profit in the future.


Post # 13
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

find a new jeweler!! :p I have a beautiful palladium ring and highly recommend to anyone!

Post # 14
273 posts
Helper bee

Hi! I too have been looking into Moissanite as a diamond alternative because of its double refractive properties (2x as sparkely as a diamond!) BUT I started doing some research and realized that the truth is Moissanite does NOT and will NOT hold its value. The stone is man-made as opposed to a diamond which is a rare earth made stone. Do I want to buy a Moissanite ? Absolutely!! BUT not until AFTER 2013, when the only company that is allowed to sell it right now, Charles and Covard’s patent runs out. You know what this means? The price per carat of moissanite will drop DRASTICALLY the second other companies have the go ahead to mass produce it!

Post # 15
4336 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@smiles731: interesting! I wasn’t aware of that! I guess I will have to hold off on buying the earrings and pendant I really want… 😉

Post # 16
490 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

My Fiance refuses to go to Helzburg anymore because he has had nothing but problems everytime he has went to one.  He said they just didn’t seem to care what he wanted, but only cared about selling him what they wanted him to buy if that makes any sense.  I wish you luck on finding another jeweler who appreciates all stones! =D

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