a reply to: stutteringp0et
I am sorry you had to learn a hard lesson the hard way, and I can feel your wife's pain.
My mother gifted me a ring she had custom made when I was a child, many, many years ago. It contains an investment quality diamond as the center
stone, surrounded by 6 other high grade diamonds and 7 emeralds. It is a gorgeous ring, heavy in gold weight. I took it by a jeweler's one Saturday to
see if I could have it cleaned. One promise my mother made me keep was that I would wear the ring, not just box it up, and put it away. It terrifies
me now, to wear, as I realize I am walking around with about 40k in diamonds, emeralds, and gold on my finger. Needless to say, I am cautious when I
Anyway, this jeweler looped my ring, and gasped, and started walking around the store, claiming to be trying to see it "in different light". I stuck
to her like glue. At one point, she tried to walk into a back room, and I abruptly stopped her, "That ring does not leave my sight", I said.
She continously asked, "Where did you get this? I have never seen anything like this, where did you get this?"
I replied that it was a gift, and, are you able to clean it and safety check the prongs, or not?
Now, mind you, the cleaning and repair area was behind glass windows where there was about 5 or 6 employees working on cleaning and repairs. Instead,
she insisted she had to take my ring into some back room, to which I was not allowed to accompany her.
"No thanks", I said, taking my ring back. There were all sorts of red flags going off in my head. She then insisted that I have the ring appraised,
which would require it being "sent off" for a week. What part of never leaving my sight do you not understand?!
I have yet to find an appraiser, even by appointment, that will appraise that ring, on site. They all want to take it elsewhere, though they are fine
appraising other items at that appointment.
Instead, I got the main gem mapped, and have dozens of photos, and the original appraisal from the 70's.
I recommend you get an appraisal done now, in person, and don't let it leave your site again until it's done.
I have zero doubt in my mind that woman at that store was going to steal my diamond. Her actions gave her away. That chain has since closed, and had
many charges of theft and fraud made against them for just such actions.
It's a hard lesson, and only can help others to learn from your mistake. Just prevent it from ever happening again. No one is out to help you. Always
stay cynical like that about gems and jewelry, and you will be okay. It's shameful, but true.
edit on 16-6-2014 by Libertygal because: (no reason given)