Had a young guy want a ring re-sized for his fiance. Not a problem
for me BUT!
It was his grand mother’s engagement ring, gold and diamonds.
Guessed it yet?
Granny was full of it, she was a full blown liar.
It was gold plated sterling and had fineness mark 925 and makers
Well made ring and all that, stones who knows.
I sent him to a master jeweller rather than tell him the stones were
Coward’s way out or not wishing to tell the bad news?
I have told ladies what their jewellery actually is in the past and
as gently as possible.
Their reactions have range from extreme distress to “WTF I will kill
the bastard!”. Presumably the ex who had waxed lyrical about the
value of the ring and stones. Also had the opposite, “Madam that is
not a funny looking stone in silver it is a very good Parti sapphire
So what would you tell a guy in his early twenties in front of his
fiance who thought it was the real deal?
Make no mistake I can be a heartless bastard, especially when buying
gems from retired jewellers. Starting offer 30% of wholesale price
never got past 50% of wholesale before they sell. No one outside the
trade wants gemstones unset, or so it seems.
But could not tell this young guy he had a pretty piece of costume