I couldn’t agree more. Think of it this way. Suppose you take in
the job, and nothing happens. You’ve told the customer it’s not a
diamond, but they don’t believe you. The next guy who see the stone
might agree with you, and tell the customer that it isn’t a diamond.
This time they believe it. But you where the last one to have the
stone. If I’m a judge of human nature (actually, I’m just a cynical
old bench jeweler of 27 years in the field) they are going to
conclude that you were the one who switched the stone, rather than
good-ol-Joe-jeweler in their home town who sold it to them Maybe Joe
didn’t know either, but you are likely to be the goat in this one.
It’s a case of “shoot the messenger” and why even take a chance on
being in the line of fire? It’s a litiguous world out there, and one
might be advised to cover one’s hiney.
This is what we in the trade get for having spent centuries
downgrading the value of our workmanship while convincing people of
some intrinsic value of materials to get our price. Someone tell me,
what are we jewelers going to do when science learns to make gold and
diamonds as cheaply as they make plastics today? Was a time when
aluminum was more valuable than gold, you know…and early plastics
were pretty pricey too.