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Jewelers Reveal the Strangest Questions They’ve Been Asked by Customers

“Can you make a ring from my kidney stone?”



WE ASKED HUNDREDS of jewelers who responded to INSTORE’s 2021 Big Survey, “What’s the oddest question a customer has ever asked?” Responses from the front lines of jewelry retail were even quirkier than might be expected.

The most common odd questions jewelers get involve making small diamonds into one big diamond or making one big diamond into enough smaller diamonds to outfit the whole family. i.e. “Can I melt this diamond and make a bunch of smaller ones?”

Here are some other examples:

Custom jewelry brainstorms:

  • “Can you make a ring with my kidney stone?”
  • “Can you make a charm for my wife from my gallstone?”
  • “Can you make my grandfather’s glass eye into a necklace?”
  • “A 5-star U.S. Army General once asked if we could put his surgical staples inside a locket for his wife…to which we replied “Yes, Sir”!”
  • “Can you create a cross from the stainless-steel wires from my husband’s emergency heart surgery? Yes, yes we can!”
  • “Can you make earrings out of the feet of the turkey I shot?” No.
  • “Can you make a snow globe engagement ring?”
  • “If I bring you a belt buckle; can you turn it into a ring?”

Special requests for the repair department:

  • “Do you repair lawnmowers?”
  • “Could you adjust the clasp on my breast ornament?”
  • “Why is something growing in my diamond?”
  • “Can you fix my toaster oven? The guy at the appliance repair store wants too much money.”
  • “Can you clean my toilet bolts in your ultrasonic?”
  • “Can you help me to insert this belly button ring?”
  • “Will you help me deliver my chihuahua’s pups? You’re good with small things.”
  • “These earrings are stuck in my ear. My surgeon asked me to have you remove them.”
  • “Do you charge to size a ring?”
  • “Can I bring in my mini-fridge and plug it in while I go over my projects?”
  • “Can you fix my wedding ring while I’m wearing it?”
  • Questions only the owner can answer:
  • “A woman asked her recently passed husband if she should buy a $5,000 sapphire bracelet. He said yes!”
  • “At what elevation do the deer turn into elk?”
  • “Can I bring in my service goat?
  • Customer: “Do you believe in the planets?” Me: “Like, the solar system?” Customer: “Yes.” Me: “I do.”
  • “Can I wear this ring hog hunting?”
  • “Can I speak to the guy who wears the Cole-Hahn shoes?”
  • “Are your customer reviews real or made up?”
  • “Do you really earn a living?”
  • “If I buy something on the Internet and show it to you, will you warranty it for free for life?”
  • “How much is a diamond without the carats?”
  • “Can I take it now and pay you over the next two years?”
  • “Why are your prices higher now than when you opened in 2004?”



This Third-Generation Jeweler Was Ready for Retirement. He Called Wilkerson

Retirement is never easy, especially when it means the end to a business that was founded in 1884. But for Laura and Sam Sipe, it was time to put their own needs first. They decided to close J.C. Sipe Jewelers, one of Indianapolis’ most trusted names in fine jewelry, and call Wilkerson. “Laura and I decided the conditions were right,” says Sam. Wilkerson handled every detail in their going-out-of-business sale, from marketing to manning the sales floor. “The main goal was to sell our existing inventory that’s all paid for and turn that into cash for our retirement,” says Sam. “It’s been very, very productive.” Would they recommend Wilkerson to other jewelers who want to enjoy their golden years? Absolutely! “Call Wilkerson,” says Laura. “They can help you achieve your goals so you’ll be able to move into retirement comfortably.”

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