I have a problem. I received a 18k gold bracelet from my husband that he purchased while stationed in Afghanistan this past Christmas. (It also had rubies, sapphires and emeralds) I took it to two separate places to inquire about having a safety chain put on it. Both places quoted me the same price to do the work so I let the jeweler I normally work with do the job. The gold was a really rick color. I have other pieces of 18k jewelry and it matched those. The mark on the jewelry also said 18k.
Upon the return of my bracelet (10 days later) The color was different. It was no longer the rich gold color. It looked more like my 14k gold jewelry. I''ve had the piece appraised and the appraiser says that although the mark says 18k it really is 14k.
My concerns are that the color was drastically (noticably ) different when I picked it up. I had an appt. to have it appraised so I didn''t raise to much of a fuss at the time. (The bracelet was appraised at $2000.) I can''t see my husband spending that much money on something and then having it not be what it was stamped to be.
Is it a common problem that jewelry from overseas is mis-marked? I''ve heard of jewelry being copied before and I''m concerned I may be a victim of a switch here locally. My jeweler sent the piece off to be done this time, but in the past things were done on-site within a matter of days. I don''t know where to research this type of information. Could you direct me to sources I could use to educate myself better so I can discuss this problem with confidence that I know what I''m talking about?
thank you for your help!