(Closed) The jeweler won’t work with moissanite…is that common?

posted 8 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Some jewelers are paranoid because people will drop off a ring (potentially) with a synthetic and then say (later on) that the jeweler took their real diamond and replaced it with a synthetic. 

So, I think he just wants to be safe.  This is definitely something that I have heard discussed in the jewelry world. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’d ask him. If it were me I’d probably politely of course but honestly tell my customers it’s nothing against you I’ve just had problems with this before etc. I dunno about the whole dropping of a ring with a synthetic and then saying it was real, because really what’s to stop them from saying the same thing about a white sapphire or a white topaz or a white zircon, there are plenty of colorless stones out there that are natural not synthetic. To me it sounds like he has a problem specifically with synthetic jewels I’d ask him why. Maybe it’s just his own opinion maybe there’s more to it but I’d certainly want to know what my jewelers reasons where.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’d like to hear what he says about it too. Based on what I’ve seen at Pricescope, jewelers seem to be really wary of synthetics even though customers are perfectly open to buying and wearing them.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

A pretty popular jewelry store wouldn’t even resize my ring onsite because it was a moissanite.  They were pretty snotty about.  Needless to say, I will never go back to that store again.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Another Bee who is a jeweler said that her store was reluctant to work with anything man-made, especially for engagement jewelry, because they don’t want to be the bad guys if the giver presents the ring as a natural diamond.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I had a jeweler disdainfully tell me he’d never work with titanium, not realizing I have a titanium engagement band. I chalked him up to being a loser and didn’t give him my business for our wedding bands (which he’d be pleased to know are. not. titanium.)

I can see the validity in the perspectives others are offering about why they wouldn’t work with moissanite, but honestly, I think it’s because then they don’t make as much money off of a synthetic stone.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Sigh. This makes me sad. I love my moissanite ring and never wanted a diamond in the first place. I hate how diamonds are the end-all-be-all for bridal jewelry. If jewelers were smart, they would get with the times; many brides are choosing alternatives, whether white gemstones, colored gemstones, or other options. This makes me worry about where in the world I can take my ring if anything happens to it and it needs repair ( I bought it online, and live in a mid-sized city; many jewelers here are mall jewelers, and I have been treated with hostility if I mention Moissanite.)

Of course I can understand the problem that might arise from a guy presenting his bride to be with a moissanite and trying to pass it for a diamond. That could cause problems for them.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Vonnegurl- you are exactly right about the money thing. Soooo many jewelers spread rumors about Moissanite turning green over time, etc, because they wouldn’t make as much money from a Moissanite ring. This ends up confusing people  and it’s a shame.

Post # 12
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875 posts
Busy bee

I have to be honest, I can normally identify a synthetic stone upon seeing one, and it always puzzles me to see someone use precious metals with a faux stone.  A good jeweler is going to give you good information.  They know the value and the reasoning behind the value of a specific stone is based on it’s rarity. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@LittleAudrey– I hear you! For titanium, the cautionary tale is how it can’t come off of your finger in an emergency. But that’s really only a possibility if the ring is made of aerospace grade titanium (ie metal repurposed from a submarine), not commercial grade.

I bet you could find someone on Etsy to repair your ring if you ever needed it. That’s my plan for titanium since apparently it’s so offensive to the store jewelers to even be asked about it :p

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Hmm, that’s a good idea Vonnegurl. I’m a little paranoid about letting it out of my sight, but I need to remember that my ring was only 800 dollars lol. So worst case scenario, my ring gets stolen or damaged, I can buy another one relatively cheaply. Another reason why I’m so glad I chose Moissanite over a diamond. Ring insurance isn’t even worth it, becuase it would exceed the price we paid for the ring in a matter of a year.

Titanium sounds cool. My fi will be picking out a wedding band soon. Maybe we’ll look into it  : )

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