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?I had a lady come in around Christmas to drop off her wedding ring for cleaning. It was a ring with a box-style head. As I cleaned it, I noticed that under the head, the ring was packed with white cookie dough, so when she came in to pick up the ring, I joked with her about doing a lot of holiday baking. She replied that she hadn’t made any cookies, but she had made a meatloaf a few days ago. Yuuuuck!? 

SUE P.,
ESCANABA, MI 

?Let’s face it… lots of men are dumb about jewelry. We had a woman who loved big jewelry and she met a man at church. He drove a cement truck and it was apparent he had never purchased fine jewelry before. She came in and looked at engagement rings with two-carat diamond centers and triple-row invisible-set mountings. When the man came in with her, he announced that she could have anything that she wanted, so she selected a ring. When he found out the price, I thought he would faint. He got angry. She offered to pay for half of the ring as she was not going to settle for smaller. He could not pay for the ring and we could not get him financed. In the end, the couple did not get engaged … all because of the ring. We spent many hours trying to keep the sale alive and keep the couple together. Since that incident, when a man tells me he’ll select the diamond and let his lady select any mounting that she wants, I suggest that he qualify his offer as such: ?Darling, my budget for the mounting is $X,XXX and you can have any mounting that you like within the budget.’ This has been very helpful for the less-than-savvy jewelry buyer.? 

BRAD F.,
SCOTTSDALE, AZ 

?A male customer was very interested in a black jade men’s ring we had made in 14K yellow gold. I told him the ring was ?seven ninety five? and he told me he had to ?think about it?. He came back a few hours later ready to purchase the ring. He handed me a $10 bill. I was so shocked it took me a minute to respond.? 

NIHALA H.,
HEALDSBURG, CA

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The Sweet Taste of Vindication

A plate piled high with cookies can go a long way to remedying a false accusation.

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Last summer, we had a customer come in to pick up a pearl necklace that she “swore” she left with us to repair. When we couldn’t find it in our repair box, she got really mad and threatened to call the Better Business Bureau on us. We were all stymied. None of our records showed that she had left that necklace with us. A few days later, she sent her husband in with a plate piled high with cookies to apologize. She had found the necklace in her jewelry box. She hadn’t brought it to us after all. Those cookies were very sweet indeed! — Chay Rees Runnels, Rees Jewelry, Nacogdoches, TX

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One-Legged Man Leaves Trail of Devastation In Search of Ice Cream

His parting words were, ‘My wife is going to kill me.’

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Our shop was very busy one afternoon, when all of a sudden my husband yells, “Oh s#!@, call 911!” and goes running out the door just as a car hops the curb and crashes into the glass door and surrounding concrete wall of the Safeway next door to us. My husband (who is a former policeman) assists the motorist as he rolls the car back off the curb and into a parking slot. He had meant to park the car, but accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake. As one of our staff is talking to the 911 operator, they ask, “Does the motorist have any visible injuries?” Hollie, our manager, was quick to let them know that the driver had only one leg, but that it didn’t happen because of the crash. (Turns out his amputation was a month old.) This man had “borrowed” his wife’s car while she was out of town and he kept saying, “She’s going to kill me!” So, the fire department comes, the paramedics come … the guy says he’s fine. He says he needs to go over to the grocery store to get what he came for: ice cream. Said he’d be back to talk to the police after he got that and away he goes with his crutches. Police come … they wait and wait … pretty soon, here he comes, driving one of those complimentary electric carts for shoppers, and as we’re all watching in disbelief, he drives right into the large decorative post in front of our shop. Backs up and then drives once again into the post as he was trying to get by it to talk to the cop. — Teri Vogan, Vogan Gold & Silver Works, Inc., Colorado Springs, CO

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If She Didn’t Like the Platinum, She Really Won’t Like the Moissanite

This real customer wanted the sheen of sparkly copper.

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A customer sent her fiancé into the store with a piece of copper wire coated with a sparkling something. He said she wanted a ring just like it in platinum with the same finish. We told him there was no finish available to re-create what he was showing us. We called a month later to tell him his platinum band was ready for pickup. When they came in, she became quite snarly because the sparkle finish she asked for was not there. We tried to explain, but she was not hearing us. She said she needed the sparkle to remind her every day of “the sparkle in their lives.” She demanded to know why it took us a month to tell her it was not possible. We explained that we had told her fiancé the day he came in. When she glared at him and asked why he didn’t tell her, he just looked at the floor. (She is 5 foot tall. He is 6 feet 4 inches.) She refused the platinum band we had special-ordered and walked out of the store. We were left to wonder what will happen when she finds out the focal stone in her engagement ring isn’t the 1.5-carat diamond she thinks it is, but rather a stunning moissanite at a tenth the price?

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