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True Tales: The Ring and the Wart

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One day a customer in her mid-40s came in with a wide diamond wedding band on her right hand, which she simply couldn’t get off. I told her we’d have to cut it off and resize it and she could have it back in a week. She begged me to do something now, telling me: “Look, my husband and I are probably getting a divorce and I wanted to see what the ring would look like on my right hand. I can’t get if off. If I come home with it on the right hand, he’ll be suspicious.” She had a small wart on the knuckle of that hand. She told me, “Look, just put some lotion on and it pull like crazy. I got to get it off today.” So I greased her up, wrapped a towel on the ring and pulled hard. Pop! The ring came off … as did the wart. We bandaged her up with alcohol and a Band-Aid. She left. The next day the woman came back in to thank me. She had gone to the doctor to check out her “wart injury”. She told me the doctor said “Nice job. The jeweler saved you $65, which is what I would charged you to remove the wart.”

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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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A 5-Carat Diamond Wasn’t Big Enough for This Client

Go big or go home? A jeweler wishes this customer would.

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A CLIENT LOOKED at many different fancy yellows, each above 5 carats, for over six months with countless meetings and still couldn’t decide. The most recent excuse? “It’s just not big enough.”

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‘Even If You Were Cher, I Wouldn’t Loan You This Jewelry!’

An owner refuses to fall for this dumb yet real scam artist.

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ONE DAY, a limo pulled into my parking lot. The young lady who alit claimed to be the P.A. for Cher. She went on to pick out pieces from my case that she swore would work in that night’s performance and be returned the next day. I informed her if the star herself walked in, I wouldn’t hand over thousands of dollars worth of jewelry “on loan.” She called me some nasty names and left. Seems Cher was not performing anywhere near the East Coast that night and it was just a scam. Oh well! — James Doggett, Doggett Jewelry, Kingston, NH

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