I have been married just over 3 years. I still hang around now and then to post little blurbs here and there. Some of you know me and run for the hills when you see me ;)But the last couple months of my life have been hell, because of the work of the jeweler who made my e-ring. If you can avoid them, stay as far away from Vincent's Jewelers as you can.
A few months ago, I noticed my platinum e-ring was yellowing at one spot where the diamond head met the ring part. I thought at first, maybe it's just a reflection...well as time went on it got worse. Platinum should NEVER yellow or change color. Well lo and behold, I found the jeweler used YELLOW GOLD SOLDER to assemble it. They apparently do that frequently. And readily admit to it. From what I learned in just ONE class on gemology (my first of a few), that's completely unacceptable practice, but apparently it's the "easy" way to do things so many jewelers do it, and then cover it up with rhodium to make it look white. Well ladies, rhodium wears off. And then the gold shows up.
I personally am allergic to gold and the alloys they typically use with it. And the way they soldered my ring together left gold solder exposed in two spots, up on top, and under the ring where it touches my finger. I kept getting this mysterious rash. I thought it was from washing my hands with it on and not drying it right....nope it's bec my ring was made wrong.
So we took it up there ON my anniversary because we had gone that way for dinner.
They did see it and they offered to fix it. Or cover it again. Then after disassembling it, they couldn't see a way to get all the gold off the ring to redo it without it leaving some behind, so they ordered new parts. They had to reorder those parts again a week later because their jeweler couldn't seem to set the stone right, or rushed it and melted parts. So 3 weeks later, yesterday, I got A ring back, which didn't quite look right. My HUSBAND could see it and he usually can't see anything of that kind. (The tile in the bathroom was like 4" lower on the right than the left...and how he missed that...) They somehow couldn't see that. The whole head holding the stone was lopsided. I turned it upside down and you could see it because it just all slanted. And yet...couldn't see it. So I just said..ok then...and left.
It's now in the hands of another jeweler who saw it clear as day without any magnifiers. I have to now pay over $300 to get it taken apart and reassembled the right way. People say "oh go back there and make them fix it..." yknow what? Id rather pay someone else to fix it than let them touch my rings again.
In the 4 years since my engagement, they've hadit in their hands for probably 4 months of that time, having to fix their own crappy work. You'd think someone would pick up on that and find out which guy is the culprit...So...I figured I better warn people of this because it's more stress than I needed, and it's ruined the sentimental feelings around my ring.?