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Jared Vs. Zales

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Neil,

Thanks for the info. I guess I was misinformed on the definition of the term ideal.

 

I guess that is one of many reasons I am glad I did not buy a diamond from the infamous jared's. They seem to have a great selection, and treat customers like royalty (offering coffee, snacks, etc) but they seem to act like the know alot more than they truely do, and to a novice/average person (like me) they seem to be knowledgable until digging deeper than the surface. That is just my opinion of my experiences at jared of course.

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Jared sells mall-quality jewelry while calling it fine jewelry! After only 3 months my "white gold" wedding band turned yellow gold. I believe they just dipped a regular gold ring to sell it, but I can't prove it. The plating has come off almost completely. While I understand there is a plating process on white gold, I have many friends who do not have to "re-dip" their wedding rings every few months, which is what Jared told me, "everyone who has white gold must do". After much research, I have determined that they just sold me lower quality white gold with not-so-good rhodium plating. So I am stuck with a lifetime of a wedding ring I have to take to Jared and have re-dipped every few months; a life sentence!

Also, if you try to complain you get stuck with customer service at headquarters as the highest authority. NO WHERE do they list their principals, officers, or any corporate info. Seems they are hiding something.

I do not recommend Jared and would never shop there again.

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Got my appraisal done. From a certified diamondologist, certified by GIA at a local dealer, they said my ring/rock combo is worth $15,000. That's for a Scott Kay, platinum mounting, with 2 princess cut side diamonds (one on each side of the main), and 5 round channel diamonds on each side of that. The total caret weight is estimated to be 5/8 ct without the center stone. Then the center stone is 1.25 ct, F, VS1, VG symm, VG polish to top if off. Not too bad. Just have to weight until the "big day" now. Thanks to all for your input on this site! I picked up the matching wedding band, just to be safe that they do not quit making it before she needs it. It's got another set of channel diamonds going around to match the side stones on the engagement ring, totalling another ~7/8 ct. in platinum as well.

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Got my appraisal done. From a certified diamondologist, certified by GIA at a local dealer, they said my ring/rock combo is worth $15,000. That's for a Scott Kay, platinum mounting, with 2 princess cut side diamonds (one on each side of the main), and 5 round channel diamonds on each side of that. The total caret weight is estimated to be 5/8 ct without the center stone. Then the center stone is 1.25 ct, F, VS1, VG symm, VG polish to top if off. Not too bad. Just have to weight until the "big day" now. Thanks to all for your input on this site! I picked up the matching wedding band, just to be safe that they do not quit making it before she needs it. It's got another set of channel diamonds going around to match the side stones on the engagement ring, totalling another ~7/8 ct. in platinum as well.

I’m glad you’re happy and I’m glad we could help.

 

What was the transaction price? We love to see pictures here.

 

By the way, GIA does not offer a credential called ‘diamondologist’, they don’t 'certify' anyone or anything, and they don't teach appraising. Is this how your appraiser described their credentials or are these your words?

 

Neil


Neil Beaty

GG(GIA) ICGA(AGS) NAJA

 

There's never a crowd when you go that extra mile.

Professional Appraisals in Denver

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The certificate of appraisal states "GIA certified gemologist" or "GIA certified diamondologist" or something similar, with the person's name that did it. The total cost was around $9,000 for engagement ring all together with the center stone. The wedding band was around $2,200, but I didn't get it appraised since it's not modified at all. I'll post pictures as soon as I can take some without her around, or after giving it to her next month.

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The certificate of appraisal states "GIA certified gemologist" or "GIA certified diamondologist" or something similar, with the person's name that did it. The total cost was around $9,000 for engagement ring all together with the center stone. The wedding band was around $2,200, but I didn't get it appraised since it's not modified at all. I'll post pictures as soon as I can take some without her around, or after giving it to her next month.

Cool ring. I’m glad you’re happy.

 

Just for the benefit of future readers of this thread, neither of these is a legitimate gemological credential and they’re not appraisal credentials at all. GIA does not offer a ‘certified gemologist’ or ‘certified diamontologist’ credential although they are widely stated by people presenting themselves as appraisers. (Note: AGS DOES have a credential called ‘certified gemologist’ and the GIA diploma called ‘graduate gemologist’ is a prerequisite for getting it). If you want an appraiser with training in what they’re doing look for someone with an appraisal credential from AGS, ASA, RMV, or NAJA along with a GG from GIA or an FGA from Gem-A.

 

Congratulations on your ring. I’m sure she’ll love it.

 

Neil


Neil Beaty

GG(GIA) ICGA(AGS) NAJA

 

There's never a crowd when you go that extra mile.

Professional Appraisals in Denver

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post-119025-1265643340_thumb.jpgThanks Neil.

 

Here are some pics. There were very hard to get them clear. I never realized diamond rings were so hard to get a picture of. I didn't bother taking a pic of the wedding band, as it looks just like the side stones, but half the circle around.

 

I'll post the story of the whole engagement after it's done and over. It will be an interesting one ;)

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If I may add a couple of tips for diamond photos:

 

1. Use a camera/lens with macro mode. A phone camera won't work too well (as you may have found out)

2. Don't use a black background. I find that neutral grey works best, but for aesthetic purposes contrasting colours (e.g. flowers) are also good.

3. If you need to use flash because there is insufficient lighting, put a piece of white cardboard in front of the flash so that light bounces and diffuses off it and not directly on the object (which otherwise becomes washed out)

 

ETA: here is a photo taken with a $200 pocket camera (Panasonic DMC FX-9) using the above tips/techniques.

 

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Edited by davidelevi

Davide - Specialised Consumer Information and Assistance,
Diamonds by Lauren (http://www.diamondsbylauren.com)
davide@diamondsbylauren.com

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