Hello, friends! I have been enjoying married life. You know what's great about married life? Jewelry. Oh yeah, there's love, companionship, blah blah blah, but let's be real, we all got married for the jewelry, amirite? I LIKE SHINY THINGS, DON'T JUDGE ME. Our pals over at Abazias.com have some tips on jewelry buying and care. I am all ears!!! My diamond is precious to me, like a wee little baby I wear on my hand in a metal basket.
Don’t Fall for the Jewelry Switcheroo
Everyone has a great-aunt or grandparent that went into a jewelry store only to find out their vintage engagement rings were worthless. What happened here? There are various possibilities, but many of them can be a case of the old jewelry switcheroo. As to who the guilty party might be, that’s anyone’s guess.
You Never Got a Real Diamond
Before you blame the jeweler, there’s a real possibility you never got a real diamond. Your spouse might have meant to switch the ring when they could afford the real thing and after the wedding never bothered. It could be the fiancée got taken by someone who sold them a ring that didn’t include diamonds, but they were misrepresented as such. They might have not understood that the words “simulated diamonds” meant diamonds that aren’t natural and not worth as much. Whatever the reason, something was switched either in their minds or the rings.
Another way a ring can be switched out is when you take it to get appraised or for a cleaning. These two activities should be done right in front of you, so that the person handling the jewelry has no chance to switch it out. If you’re asked to leave your piece and come back for it, try a different jeweler.
Work With Reputable Jewelers
The moral is clear: Always seek a reputable jewelry merchant. Always have your jewelry appraised so that you can verify that what you came in with is what you should leave with too. Otherwise, it’s very difficult to tell after the switch at what point in time the diamond went missing. Keep the ring safely in your home in a jewelry box or in a lock box. Be careful with your fine jewels and make sure you are present when they are cleaned or repaired.