(Closed) Why do jewelers hate moissanite so much?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Honey bee

 

Thankfully no.

Sounds like you need to shop for a new jeweler.

 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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 # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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
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Buzzing bee
  • 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
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Bee Keeper

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
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Bumble bee

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
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Bumble bee

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
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Bumble bee

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY

My jeweler didn’t have a problem setting my moissy.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

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.

Post # 15
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Busy bee

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.

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