Warning about rings


takoda
on Jan 11, 2011 @ 09:53 am

 


Like the fool that I am, I haven’t had my wedding rings looked over at the jewellery store where my rings were bought for at least ten years. What a mistake that was!! Last weekend I lost one of the diamonds. I was ready to cry, but held it together. When I took it in yesterday I was told two more could be remove just with my finger nail and others were ready to go as well. I was shocked when he told me this and very mad at myself. He told me that I should have brought them in at least once a year.


After hearing all of this bad news, I had him look at my mom’s ruby and diamond ring that she gave me and my grandma’s family ring that she also gave me. He said I was also close to losing one of the rubies in my moms ring, but my grandma’s ring was fine. It made me wonder why the oldest ring that’s never bin looked at, was still in such good condition compared to the others. Do they just not make rings the way they use to.


Any how now my wedding rings are now off to see just how much all this damage is going to cost me to have fixed. Witch was free, thank God because I know with the price gold is selling at now, the gold needed to fix it is going to hit me hard, never mind how much the new diamonds are going to be.


Now I not only feel like a fool, my hand feels naked as well.


So my warning to all of you is to have any rings with stones in them checked and check often!!


Don’t be like me!!

 

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dolce_bellissima
Thank you for your warning Takoda! on Jan 11, 2011 @ 10:17 am

I'm sorry to hear about your wedding ring... hopefully the cost of fixing and replacing the diamonds doesn't add up too much. I think it is also important to point out that whenever people buy anything of significant value from a jewelry store, make sure to get a Warranty on it!! I recently damaged my favorite pair of white-gold-diamond hoop earrings by going on a roller coaster ride :(.(a pretty intense one! The Hulk at Universal Studios!) A month before that, my mom was urging me to buy a warranty for those exact earrings...Boy do I wish I would have listened to her.
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LaurenBlair
:( on Jan 11, 2011 @ 10:22 am

Takoda, that's awful to hear I'm very sorry. I remember my mom lost the diamond out of her ring just before Christmas one year and how stressed she was searching the house for it so I can imagine how upset you are. Thank you for the advice about getting rings checked I will make sure to bring mine in annually from now on.
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takoda
Got the estimate on Jan 12, 2011 @ 06:33 am



I was surprise when the jewellery store called me last night with the estimate to fix my rings. Especially after he told me it was going to take two weeks.


Unfortunately that surprise turned into shock when he told me just how much every thing was going to coat me. To have one diamond replaced, all the prongs fixed and have both rings sutured together it came to $372. I knew it wasn’t going to be cheap, but I just don’t have that kind of money right now. I was so shocked that I didn’t think about asking if he’d take payments, but I doubt he will. So I guess I’ll just have to go pick it up and go back when I do have the money to fix it. The only thing with that is it will probably coat me even more the next time I bring it in because as we all know everything goes up in price, not down. I was so up set that when my husband asked me what he said, I just said you don’t want to know and left it at that.


Maybe I’ll get lucky and win the lottery.

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LaurenBlair
Oh my! on Jan 12, 2011 @ 09:24 am


@takonda, you could always call back and ask if they have a policy for making monthly payments. You could point out to the jeweller that you are providing him a fairly large order so, you never know he might be able to set something up.

Is this the same jeweller you purchased the rings from? Is there any way you could get a price quote from another jeweller?
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mamaluv
Lauren's right on Jan 12, 2011 @ 09:46 am

Many jewelers have a monthly payment rubric set up - after all, there are a lot of young men who could only afford an expensive engagement ring with the help of time payments!

Even if they don't have something in place, it never hurts to ask if they can work with you on that. They will probably not give you your ring back until all payments are complete, but depending on what's important here that may be an inconvenience you're willing to work with.

Jewelry repair is expensive! As you said, you lost a diamond and the labour cost on this is at their technician's hourly rate. The gold claws are probably a very small part of the expense. There may be an opportunity to find a better price elsewhere, but $300-400 sounds like what I'd expect to pay in a similar circumstance.

It is a big bill though - I feel for you! My engagement ring was stolen many years ago and although it was not a fancy ring, I want a replacement very much. However, it's hard to justify the expense and so it's been 11 years and counting :(

Good luck!
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takoda
Thanks girl's on Jan 12, 2011 @ 11:16 am



Yes laurenblair I did take it back to where we bought it, People’s.


I knew if he would work with me, I wouldn't see the rings again until I finished paying for the repairs, but that’s to be expected.


The repair cost is almost half of what we paid for both rings seventeen years ago and I thought that was a lot back then. I’d never be able to replace them for that price now. While I was waiting to talk to the man I was looking at rings that were similar to mine and I almost fell over when I saw how much a new rings costs now. You can tell I/we don’t buy much jewellery. It will be twenty five years this fall that we’ve bin together, but we didn’t bother to get my rings until eight years in to it. I wasn’t in any hurry at the time, but now that my rings are gone, I sure do miss them. I never took them off unless I was having surgery. That could be another reason why they're in such bad shape.


Any how thanks for the advice lady’s. I’m going to give them a call now and see what they say. Like you said mamaluv it doesn't hurt to ask.

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LaurenBlair
Sounds Like A Plan on Jan 12, 2011 @ 11:24 am

Keep us updated, I'm curious what the response will be.
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takoda
I made the call yesterday on Jan 14, 2011 @ 08:08 am

I called the store and explained to the man there that I’d have to pick my rings up because I just didn’t have the money to fix them right now. Then I said, you wouldn’t happen to have any way I can make payments on that would you? Keep my fingers crossed the whole time.


He said yes as a matter of a fact I do have something you can do. He said it’s like a credit card where you don’t make payments for three months and I also have another deal that you can do for six months, but you have to spend five hundred dollars to use that one. I was so happy that I cut him off and asked him if he’d be in today so I could come in and talk to him about the credit. I know I’ll have the money by the end of three months, so I’m going to talk to him today and I’m going with the three month deal. I’m sure I won’t get my rings back until after I pay for the repairs, but at least they’ll be fixed and I’ll have something to look forward to. I’m so happy I asked and I came on here to talk to you lady’s about this. If I would have kept this to myself, I never would have thought about asking for a payment plan. Thank you for all you’re help lady’s you’re the greatest!!

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Ali de Bold
Glad it's sorted out! on Jan 14, 2011 @ 08:50 am

One of my part time jobs while in school was working at a major jewelry store chain and checking your stones on a regular basis is really important. Bring it in where you bought it whenever you're in the area and they can clean it for you and check the stones for free. Tightening claws is usually not expensive. In your case Takoda, the majority of your cost would be for the missing diamond. This reminds me my rings are due for a cleaning and check up!
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LaurenBlair
Awesome on Jan 14, 2011 @ 09:08 am

Tokoda, I'm really glad everything worked out for you! It's going to feel great to get those rings back on :)
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