Before I get to the situation, in order to avoid a repeat of the thrashing I got on a BBQ Pit by some oh so wonderful food snobs, I need to point out the following so I don’t get heckled by jewelry experts as “white trash”:
I do not typically shop at shopping mall jewelry stores. There’s a local Mom and Pop jeweler that I use. But my wife has been seeing these commercials for that damned “Love’s Embrace” necklace from Kay Jewelers, and to my surprise, specifically asked for it for Xmas.
With the exception of her engagement ring, I have never spent over $500 on a piece of jewelry. I’m lucky in that my wife tends to prefer lower price antique type of jewelry (or so she claims, right ladies?) but because I have been somewhat financially blessed over the past few years, and my wife has been very wonderful and supportive despite the demands of my job, I decided to splurge a little and get there the 1/2 carat version that retails at $1299 (which I ended up getting for $899):
It’s a stunning looking piece, even for Kay’s. OK, maybe some of the fellas here think $10,000 is splurging for a piece of jewelry, and I sound cheap, but to ME $1000 is a lot of money for a necklace, and I’d say the same thing if I was a billionaire.
- As a male, I know NOTHING about what a good value is in a piece of jewelry, but I know my wife’s tastes very well, and rarely does she ask for a specific piece, but I seem to hit a home run every time when I surprise her. So please excuse my ignorance about jewelry (though I know the markups are astronomical).
Here’s what’s troubling me: While wrapping the gift, a salesman (who was not the one who sold me the necklace, but was assisting the woman who sold it to me) mentioned that the diamond had been cut by some famous diamond cutter. I asked him to repeat the guys name. He did (and I have no idea or appreciation who it is), and then, just as I was signing the credit card slip, the salesman, who probably should have kept his mouth shut, drops the following bomb:
“It’s not a real diamond, but you can tell her it was cut by blah blah blah.”
My heart dropped down my throat. Did I just almost pay $1000 for cubic zirconia? Is this a diamond made in a factory? Nowhere in the ad or on their website do I see any indication if this is a “real” or “not real” diamond. It just says “diamond”. I wanted to ask the salesman to repeat what he just said, but for some reason I froze up, took the necklace and left the store, wondering what have I just done?
Or, based on your knowledge of jewelry, even though its a manmade diamond (if thats the case), it’s still a very nice piece made of white gold, and I should take heart in that I did not buy a blood diamond?
Or did I just get ripped off by Kay Jewelers? If my wife likes the necklace, thats fine, but I’d rather pay a few hundred for a smaller one if its a fake diamond. Or am I just being a cheapskate? I mean, I don’t mind buying a fine piece of jewelry, but I want the real deal.
Please advise, jewelry experts!