(Closed) What is so wrong with wanting real gold?

posted 7 years ago in Accessories
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

@Corilee13:  I’m sorry you’re having such luck.  I haven’t had those kinds of experiences yet at all.  Good luck finding something better soon!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My first reaction is that they told you what you wanted to hear so you would choose them, and now they are thinking about passing off the gold plated as gold because they do not actually have the capabilities to deliver what you’re asking. Seems like they’re trying to fish out if it is a metal allergy or if you are just being a materials snob or something. But I’m skeptical like that. I would definitely write them off and find something more reputable! Good luck.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

They aren’t all that way, of course, but it’s a mixed bag. Sometimes you get really professional sellers and sometimes not so much. I find that almost all of them have amazing ratings and so you can’t really go by those.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

If I were you, I would try a reputable jeweler where you live rather than etsy. I love etsy, but if you want something specific (like solid gold) you might not actually get it. I cant tell the diff between gold plated and solid gold, so who’s to say they wont just send you the gold plated stuff, ya know?

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Corilee13: You live in Portland, right? or close by? Try Goldmark Jewelers in downtown Portland. Cal can do anything you dream up!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

That must be frustrating. I hope you find something with a great seller soon.

A thought that crossed my mind is that the Etsy sellers may be making the jewelry with findings they purchase elsewhere, and the findings may not be available in 14 Karat, 18 Karat, etc.

I think they could communicate their reasons / limitations in a better way.

A piece of advice I once received was “never assume the customer’s budget”. It’s something I’ve had to keep in mind in my job because I have to remember that my tiny budget for discretionary purchases is not the same as a lot of our customers.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You win some and you lose some on etsy. Don’t discount it as a whole based on this experience! Try searching for solid gold and see what you can come up with. Most costume jewelry is gold plated or filled, and those seller’s probably don’t even stock the good stuff.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper

I don’t know what prices you were quoted, but the cost of gold has recently skyrocketed. What you think may be a ‘slight increase’ may turn out to be astronomical for what you want. Pure gold is very soft, so it is always mixed with another metal for strength and stability. For something you may wear a time or two, is it worth it to spend so much?

What kind of prices were the earrings you were interested in?

http://www.ecrater.com/p/10243168/tanzanite-solid-14k-gold-chandelier#

I wouldn’t pay $500. for these.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Corilee13: You’d have to call him and ask, he’s super nice and might recommend someone that does, if can’t.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Corilee im sorry about these annoying sellers!

Have you considered making your own special earrings?? Just came to me that so many girls are into making jewelry now and you really do gotta be careful with that metal allergy! =)

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