The Scary Truth About Diamond Shopping and Switching Scams
Couples, please beware of diamond switching! Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a jeweler to sell you one diamond and when you go back to pick up your beautiful and perfectly sized ring, they have switched the diamond to one that is of lesser quality, full of carbon spots and inclusions … It happened to us!!!
When my husband purchased my engagement ring, he approved and paid for one diamond, but when he picked up the ring…they gave him a diamond that was worth approximately $2000 less than the diamond he paid for! When we confronted the jeweler, they explained that they conveniently sold the diamond to another customer…so, what they’re saying is they basically made off with $2000 from our purchase, because they had no plans of telling us that they switched the diamond!!! That is commonly known as theft…right?!?!
After discussing this issue with family and friends, several people confirmed that diamond switching has happened to them or someone they know. They also talked about how we need to be careful where we get our ring’s cleaned, because diamond switching can happen then too! I’m not talking about “Mom and Pop” jewelry stores either!
We have learned our lesson! In order to protect ourselves, we have a very detailed appraisal (it’s like a “fingerprint” of your diamond) and we do not get our rings cleaned by a jeweler…I clean them at home with a toothbrush and cleaner!!! It actually works very well!!!