(Closed) What is your opinion of tiger gemstones?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 16
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Busy bee

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lesbeeinlove:  Thanks for catching that! I was thinking of — improperly named — Cubic Zirconium which is the synthetic version of Zircon.

Post # 17
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Wannabee

Hey everyone! I know this is old,  but I just needed to express my opinion of this shop.  I had a ring from this shop less than 2 months and the stone fell out.  It was definitely not worth the $70 spent.  It was pretty,  but definitely cz. And the band was beginning to show signs of tarnish.  I was always extremely careful, not running it under water and taking it off at night,  but this still happened.  I contacted Tabitha on Jan. 18th and heard nothing back.  I contacted her earlier today,  and still nothing.  Poor quality,  and worse customer service.  

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

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danielle.yoakum:  I’m sorry 🙁 that sucks! I would suggest checking out Berricle if you’re looking to replace your ring. I see tigergemstones pop up on instagram a lot and she drives me crazy with her wording , I hate sellers that can’t just be straight up. 

Post # 19
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Wannabee

I know this is an old thread, but I wanted to post my review of Tigergemstones in case anyone is looking into this company. When I first found Tigergemstones, I was amazed at the awesome looking rings and the incredible prices. I was blown away by all of her positive reviews on Etsy, too. I decided to do a little searching around the internet to find out more about her and came across this thread and one other. I saw a few negative reviews and also saw people pointing out that the stones are clearly CZs (unless this etsy seller has discovered some new, magical stone!). Anyways, I ordered a pair of earrings so I could see for myself  what they were like.

This is the review I left on etsy – “The earrings were pretty but got foggy after wearing 3 times. If you are considering getting one of these rings as an engagement or wedding ring, I would suggest first ordering earrings so you can see the stone and the quality (that’s what I did!). I was also disappointed to find out that she cannot make all of her sterling silver rings in 14k – only the rings she already has listed. This makes me think that they are not handmade rings, rather they are purchased from a supplier and resold. I also thought it was strange that when my package arrived it had a totally different name – PBY Holdings. The fact that the seller won’t explicitly disclose type of stone is used is odd.I’m 99.99% sure they are just high quality CZs. This is totally fine, but be honest about what they are. Fun for costume jewelry but not for an e-ring.”
I woke up this morning with a message on etsy titled URGENT. This is what TigerGemstones (Tabitha) sent me – “I just read your review and I would like to address your concerns. The reason why Tiger Gemstones is not on the label is for your own security. Any package that has the words GEMS will tempt a thief to steal it. I am not hiding anything from my client – PBY Holdings is the legal name of my business.
I make all of my items – Etsy reviews the entire process before I am able to sell here. They go through a very thorough process and you can also contact them to verify.
Individual molds for gold and silver are different and it takes a lot of work to create them so it is cost prohibitive. In addition, I only have a certain budget to work with so I cannot carry a huge amount of gold in house.
Please see the care sheet that came with your jewelry, it requires maintenance to keep clean. I can assure you the stones did not fog on the inside and the surface just needs to be cleaned with soapy water. Our products all use proprietary formulas for our stones but they are absolutely simulated diamonds (not real) as noted in my listings.
I really hope that you are willing to adjust your review, I would prefer if you would remove the information about my company name for your and my client’s protection. I take the security of my packages very seriously. I would also like you to reconsider your review, I work very hard to maintain my store and a 3 star rating is really going to hurt my search ranking.
I hand make, pack, ship, and reply to every message I get personally.
Please let me know if you would like to return the earrings and I would be more than happy to provide you a return label at my expense.”

First, I have a problem with an etsy seller asking me to change my review. Has anyone else ever had this happen? I never had! Then again I am the type of person that usually leaves 5 star reviews. Secondly, when I wore the earrings I was very gentle on them. I made sure they never came in contact with water and that I put them on after I had applied skincare products and makeup (and yes I made sure to wash my hands before even touching the earrings). After being that careful, they still managed to lose a bit of their luster and fog up after wearing them three times- this tells me the stone is CZ! Lastly, her excuse that PBY Holdings is her business’ legal name is not true. The package said PBY Holdings, LLC on it. After doing a quick search on the Nevada (the state she is located in) Secretary of State Business Entity Search page (every state has this to look up legitimate corporations and LLCs/LLPs), it came up with nothing. She may use PBY Holdings, but it is not a legal name. I work in the legal field, so I am pretty savvy when it comes to these things. Overall, I would caution anyone that does business with her. She seems dishonest. If you leave anything but a 5 star review (which the package came with a note asking specifically for a 5 star review), be prepared to receive a similar etsy message. 

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016 - Long Island, NY

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caliweddingb:  Sorry to hear you had a bad experience… I’ve had a great one. I bought a ring as a stand in for my diamond ring, and while I haven’t worn it a lot (I have worn it more than 3 days, though), it’s in great condition and I even get compliments on what a beautiful ring it is (and any time I’ve divulged that it is not a diamond but a stand in, I have been met with nothing but shock!). I have worn mine horseback riding and to Six Flags with my students, so not super careful with it but I’ve seen no issues that aren’t easily fixed by cleaning my ring. Of course it does NOT look as beautiful as my diamond ring, but that is because it is not a diamond. 

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/review-etsy-seller-tiger-gemstones-stand-in-ring-pic-heavy/

I did a review there, if you’d like to see the ring itself. I have to agree with you, though, asking you to change your review and remove the name of the company is a bit weird. Good luck.

Post # 21
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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caliweddingb:  I’m so glad I’m not the only one feeling dissatisfied with tiger gems. I have purchased several items from her and literally all of the stones have fallen out. She is VERY deceiving. I know the rings are CZ… as soon as I took them from the package I knew…. I had a feeling they were but she words the descriptions very carefully so even me, a jewlry enthusiast was left scratching my head. My very first purchase was a ring. With in HOURS of opening it the stone fell out! When I messaged her about it she accused me of mishandling the jewelry…c’mon. I have also messaged her about changing a stone into a different setting and she gave me the run around and said she couldn’t. Really…you can’t put the same size, same shape stone in a different style setting but with the same measurements?? Which makes me thing she’s ordering them. So crazy she asked you to delete your review. Makes me think of the past reviews that she managed to convince the customer of deleting. I feel bad for the hundreds of people who have been deceived. Its one thing to choose CZ for your engagement ring, but because of her wording people actually think they have a higher end stone. IMO a CZ set in sterling silver, although beautiful, isn’t a “forever” ring…which is totally fine if you are aware…but I feel like most of her clients aren’t. I also cringe thinking of all the men/women who have bought engagement rings for their partners thinking they are getting a fabulous deal on a “diamond” or higher end stone. The moral of my story is: I won’t be purchasing from her again!

Post # 22
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Hi ladies! I own one of her rings and although the it always starts out beautiful after I send it back to her(to be replated and get replacement stones) within two weeks, my metal always bends (because it is rose gold plated sterling), five of my “diamonds” are currently missing, my stone seems permanently cloudy and it is silver colored as my plating had worn off 🙁 It is NOT worth the upkeep. My husband is buying me a new set for Christmas because although this one was a money saver at first, it no longer is.

Post # 23
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I make all of my items – Etsy reviews the entire process before I am able to sell here. They go through a very thorough process and you can also contact them to verify.”

i sold on etsy for years. They do not do this.

Post # 24
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Blushing bee

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atcgirl:  Same here!  I’ve been at Etsy seller for years and no one has ever looked into my process.

That being said, though, I have a “stand-in” ring for traveling from Tiger Gemstones, and it’s beautiful.  I’ve worn it about probably around 100 days in total, and it’s in great shape.  I actually get a lot of compliments on it, and when I tell people it’s a CZ ring, they can’t believe it.  I’ve gone through two “stand-in” CZ wedding bands off Etsy, and both have lost stones in the dozen times I’ve worn them, but my fake e-ring is still perfect.  I do clean it a lot, though, as it tends to look dirty much faster than my real rings! 

I don’t think it’s a bad shop- maybe a bit unethical in their wording since it’s clearly CZ- but my ring at least is decent quality.

Post # 26
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I found them to be extremely shady and avoidant of the question I asked “IS IT cubic zirconia” she even deleted my comment stating it was! 

Post # 27
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

They are most definitly cz. Their stuff is way overpriced too

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

They are “higher quality” CZ (which techinally would be a diamond stimulant). I have a pink gem from TigerGems, and I really love it. It sparkles in various lighting and the value wasn’t bad. The quality of the setting could be a tad better, but it didn’t break the bank. I am okay with it being CZ. I just wanted a pretty ring. However, falsy advertising is not okay. 

Post # 29
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

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jcasey7488:  I posted something on one of her Instagram pics once, something like “do you use synthetic gemstones as well in your rings? Or just CZs?” and she deleted it too! I really hate her misleading wording, there are people who just don’t know any better and she takes advantage of that. Smh. 

Her CZs do not look that great, the round brilliants are pretty enough but the princesses and radiants are glassy looking in pics, I imagine they’re worse IRL. 

Post # 30
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I would NEVER I repeat never! Buy anything from them, not only are the diamonds horrendously fake looking, they aren’t selling a better quality, my CZ ring looked 10 times better and help up better than the ring I received from them. On top of that their rings are not durable in the least, I lost 9 stones out of my ring and they gave us the run around each time I tried to have it fixed. Lab made diamonds are usually on par with natural diamonds and the jewlery from this store is worse than gumball machine rings. I would definitely go for CZ

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