Many years ago I had a customer who was also a very good friend of
She was an independently wealth lady who owned a fabric
manufacturing company and she commissioned many pieces of jewellery
She had made her own money and was as sharp as a tack.
One of these pieces was a 18kt gold pendant set with a 5 carat
colour E flawless round diamond.
I supplied the diamond and had made her the pendant as well.
One day, she was in my shop and we were discussing a new piece of
jewellery for her.
She was wearing her pendant and I offered to clean it for her.
After cleaning, I took out my loupe to check that the setting was
She was sitting opposite me, and as I looked at the diamond, I could
clearly see this was not that–a diamond.
What I had in my hands was a cubic zirconia.
Talk about a lousy feeling.
I knew that there was going to be big, big trouble.
I told her and she went went pale and then she burst into tears.
Man, that was for sure a time I wished I was not a jeweller.
Anyway, after I made her some tea and she had calmed down some what,
she started trying to figure out what had happened.
The bit of Hell Hath No Fury came to mind.
About a month later she came round and told me what had happened
Her husband had swopped the stone.
Actually, her now ex husband had swopped the stone.
How did she find out?
The idiot had sold the diamond and put the money in his own bank
And she went through his bank statements.
He stole from his wife of fifteen years because he had a mistress.
And he sold the diamond for about a tenth of it’s value.
Later, he phoned me and threatened to put me in hospital for many,
He blamed me for his divorce and the fact that she had turfed him
out with not a cent.
I gave him my shop address and invited him to come round anytime he
But unfortunately he never took up my offer.
Anyway, she was insured and I got to do the job over.
And I melted down her engagement ring set and made her a new piece
of jewellery out of it.
A couple of years later she married a guy who was wealthier than she
Insurance, she told me.