- Sep 20, 2008
In order to not hijack a thread, I would like people to post their colored gemstone experiences in this thread. I welcome everyone to post postitive or negative experiences here.
The same thing happened to me; it was a blue topaz ring with gold bezel setting. I thought I would just get it fixed locally but it couldn''t be fixed.Date: 2/15/2009 11:21:33 AM
I liked the setting and thought that I would eventually replace the stone since it didn''t cost that much. Unfortunately the setting doesn''t hold a stone for longer than a few hours wear.
I used to be a frequent JTV viewer when I bought a lot of jewelry and gemstones from them. As I became more knowledgeable about gemstones I bought less and less from them.The good thing about them was once I tired of something I could usually sale it for about what I paid for it or I passed it on to one of my nieces.
I also went through a period of buying inexpensive rings from them and replacing the center stone for a nicer stone.It was a way to get an inexpensive semi mount but I quickly tired of that as well.All those rings have been sold now too.
I do have a few pieces of jewelry from them that are okay and I have a few things that have gemstones I bought from them that are nice but not exceptional.
I have found their gemstones are hit and miss so if I am trying to buy something that matches for earrings and a pendant I will order 4 stones for earrings and maybe 3 stones for the pendant then return the ones I don’t want.Even then you’ll spend time sending them back and ordering something else.
I was trying to get some mint garnets last spring and summer and it took me about 3 months to get what I wanted.I ordered an oval 6.5 x 4.5 mint garnet first and it was really pretty and sparkly so I had it mounted in a ring.Then I decided I wanted earrings and a pendant.I ordered 4 trillions for earrings and kept 2 of them, returned one of them and threw one of them in my gem jar.I also wanted a 5 x 7 oval for a pendant.It took 4 tries to get one I liked and that is the garnet that was the pendant I lost when a faulty chain broke the first time I wore it.The jewelry store where I had the pendant made replaced everything for me but the mint garnet they bought was not as nice as what I lost.
I would agree their quality has gone down over the last few years. If you have the time and are willing to keep paying for postage to return items you don''t like, you can find some decent things for a reasonable price.