Post # 1
So I went to go ask a jeweler a few questions about moissy today and he basically slammed them. He actually told me that since I live in a state with a lot of sunshine, if I wear a moissanite, my stone is going to turn green in a few years. He claimed that all the information about them on the internet is false and that people would be better off getting and switching out CZs instead of spending the money on a moissy because it’s still a man made stone. He like, went on a tirade.
I kind of just stood there in shock almost laughing because what he was saying was so ridiculous. So, why do they hate them so much? Is it because they are a threat to their bottom line? Sheesh, you would think he would either answer my questions calmly or say that he didn’t work with it, but today was just…bizarre.
Anyone else had this experience?
Post # 2
Sounds like you need to shop for a new jeweler.
Post # 3
CinqueTerre: I think maybe jewelers dismiss all simulants as equal, temporary,so theres no interest in learning about newer ones, the thought may be why pay for a more expensive simulant (moissanite, f1 or amora gem) when CZ is so cheap and available? Plus maybe they became jewelers in the first place because they love gemstones and diamonds? Of course theres the money angle too.
Post # 4
NFLwidow: Haha, I agree! It was just a store I passed when I was up in a bigger city today so I stopped in to chat. It ended up being…weird. 🙂
SoonMrsCrocker2: I think you’re right about the purist aspect of some jewelers. Good point.
Post # 5
Most employees at jewelry stores get paid off commission. So I think they hate them because they will make more money selling an overpriced diamond than they will a moissanite. Moissanite may be man-made, but its a 9.5 on the scale. That’s harder than a sapphire. They’re truly good quality gems. But when your income is commission based, you’re going to slam every inexpensive white stone out there (that’d make a great alternative) to try to persuade your customer to buy the more expensive white stone (a diamond).
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess
My cousin is a jeweler and she wears moissanite. I told her my ring was moissanite, and she told me all her jewelry is moissanite.
Post # 7
My jeweler had nothing but good things to say about my mossy. But it’s not normal inventory the retail jewelers regularly carry.
Post # 8
They’re not all like that. The jeweler where I used to live sold moissanite and accepted my moissanite stud earrings for her consignment case (they sold quickly too!) Her inventory was mostly a mix of new diamond and gemstone pieces with some vintage/consigned. I think it just depends on the person.
Post # 9
I’ve never met a jeweler who didn’t hate moissanite. Of course they hate it– its very existence is derailing the century long diamond monopoly. It’s costing a lot of jewelers thousands or milions in profits. If my 1 carat moissanite were a diamond, it would cost between 6 and 10 k, and I’m just one customer.
Jewelers need to jump on the moissy train or eventually lose business.
Post # 10
I agree–they’re not all like that. I went to one in NorCal and he went like this, “I cannot believe moissanite has been updated this much in the last 10 years”. This was when he started asking me about Amora Gem–which turned into a 1 hour conversation with me pointing to BTD website and everything. I mean, he knew C&C manufactured moissanite so he was in the know, just not for the newer rough.
He was pro-moissanite, thinks the sparkle is beautiful. It was a small mom and pop shop, no “sales ladies” to have commission–just the old man, an old lady, and I’m guessing their youngest son. Based on their yelp reviews, they were well sought after since they have like 4.5 stars, 100+ reviews. They charge super reasonable too, with a one day turn around time for re-sizing. Amazingly lovely people.
Post # 11
I’ve never met a jeweler who hates it, but I took mine into a jeweler today to get my FB swapped out for a F1 and he asked me how to spell it… I still think it’s just not that common yet. Although I’m sure some hate it for the same reason some people on here with diamonds hate it, cuz it’s like 10x cheaper and most people won’t know the difference
Post # 12
- Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY
My jeweler didn’t have a problem setting my moissy.
Post # 13
CinqueTerre: Because they are priced more competitively than diamonds, which eats into their profits. 🙂 Not hating on diamonds — I have one — but let’s be real, they’re not worth 1/10th of what we (well, our FIs) pay for them.
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I actually once called two jewelers to ask if they set moissanites and any information on that, and both of them said “no we do not” in a firm voice. Lol they didnt seem to like my question.