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Tanzanite International, Florida Complaints & Reviews - Ripped off on customized ring

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Tanzanite International

Posted:    Bonnie G

Ripped off on customized ring

Complaint Rating:  97 % with 33 votes
Contact information:
Diamonds International
Florida
United States
My husband & I were in Cozumel on a Carnival Cruise Jan. 29, 2009 and were looking for a ring for him. In over 23 years of marriage it is the first time he requested any jewelry. He wanted an unusual ring that wouldn't be seen on everyone. The salesman picked out a diamond men's ring which had a 0.28 ct diamond set to one side. My husband said it was ok but too much and not unusual enough. The salesman then picked out a tanzanite oval stone 0.87 ct. which was quite nice. He said that they could set the stone next to the diamond and quoted a price which was quite high for the ring. We hesitated and then the manager was called over and asked if the custom ring could be created and to possibly discount the price further. The manager then went to the work center at the store and came back with a price for setting the tanzanite plus dropped the price of the ring. We still hesitated and said that we weren't carrying that much cash and weren't even sure our credit card would accept the charge since we had forgotten to inform them we were traveling. The immediately ran the charge card for the cost of the ring and proceeded to tell us that it would be ready in a couple of hours. We were also informed that if we were unsatisfied at any time we could upgrade the ring since it was all registered with the company or get a total refund ... no mention was made of time limit. He then had me sign the receipt ... I should have thoroughly read what I was signing but am used to dealing with reputable jewelers here in the states. Even if I had read it and refused to sign it would have done me no good because it is clearly stated that refunds aren't issued due to buyer's remorse and they had already charged my card so I had effectively paid for the ring. We picked up the ring several hours later and really liked it even though I was still not happy with the $1280 I had paid. My husband loved the ring and wore it proudly until last week when after being out all day in New Smyrna he noticed that the tanzanite stone was missing by running his fingers over the ring and catching a burr. Upon looking at the ring we noticed that the opening they had cut for the stone was rough with many burrs and the ledge they had allowed for the stone to sit in was much too narrow to allow for the glue to hold the stone securely for any length of time ... the stone fell out 3 months to the day from purchase. I immediately went inside, pulled up the paperwork & warranty (that is a real laugh), called Diamonds International and established a claim ... I was told somebody would contact me with 24-48 hours which they did. Hugo M called (supposedly from Cozumel, listened to my story and told me to fax or email copies of the receipt, their appraisal, etc. and somebody would get in touch with me in a couple of days as they would be on labor day holiday starting the next day (I'm sure they were still open for business to rip off other cruise passangers.). After not hearing from him for several days I emailed him requesting to at least have him acknowledge receipt of the required email. I still didn't hear from him and emailed Diamonds International in NYC stating my disatisfaction of their handling of my claim to date. I received a call yesterday afternoon telling me that they denied my claim totally because it was more than 60 days from purchase ... 30 days which is their normal warranty and an additional 30 days because I was a Carnival customer. He then told me that the stones in the ring weren't covered at all because they were larger than 0.15ct and even though their workmanship was shoddy (I had send a picture of the ring minus the lost stone showing the narrow ledge they had expected to hold the stone) there was nothing they were willing to do. I told him that I wanted that put in writing and emailed to me. I received an email later that evening from Hugo with the offer of them fixing my ring at my expense and had 14 days to accept their offer. I emailed Hugo back with a copy going to Diamonds International in NYC stating that their offer was ludicrous ... who in their right mind would PAY to have a ring repaired (and of course would have to purchase a new stone sight unseen) by a jeweler that wouldn't even warranty the original ring. I also stated that we would be at every shopping talk on all future Carnival cruises with the ring and explain what happened and what a rip-off Diamonds International is plus we would visit every Diamonds (or Tanzanite) International store in the ports we visit and go over the problem with every manager. I received a telephone call this morning from "Jason" from their NYC store and said that he would make sure somebody will take care of me right away and it wasn't done with bad intentions ... he knows I am unhappy and will do whatever he can to help me. I'm not holding my breath because I just received another email from Hugo M in Cozumel stating: "Hello .Thank you for write me back, and I am sorry about all this situation . I already let my supervisor know about all this and He will speak with the sales person as well with the manager to avoid this happened again. If you need anything else don’t hesitate to contact me. Hugo ." I'm not going to take this lying down and will continue to fight for a solution to this problem ... either fix the ring at no cost to me or give me my money back ... store credit is not acceptable but a full store credit would be better than nothing if I could use it on the Diamonds International website.
Bonnie Gitto ... Orange City, FL

Tanzanite International

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 16th of Mar, 2010 by   cindy grey 1 0 Votes
way to go bonnie.
 18th of Jun, 2010 by   Euronimous 0 Votes
Thanks for the information. I was considering a large purchase from Tanzanite International. I have decided to find another source for my purchase. Sorry to hear of your problems with them. Hope they do actually try and resolve this for you. Please post if they do.
 20th of Aug, 2010 by   Monica<3 0 Votes
Should have shopped in key West
 3rd of Jan, 2013 by   Ann Wykowski 0 Votes
I have seen this over and over again about Diamonds International. What scam artists, and the ships support and encourage this pactice.
 18th of May, 2013 by   Cozumel Diamonds International 0 Votes
The ship's have "expert shoppers" that give the port shopping talks...and I've heard this from several people on various cruises, that these personnel receive "kickbacks" from their ship's guests buying at their cruise line/ship's recommended stores.
That being said, my husband bought me a pair of diamond earrings in Cozumel from DI for my retirement gift. The store salesclerk recommended I not have paperwork in my possession while going through U.S. Customs, and they'd mail my receipt, warranty, and appraisal to me.
(That was in 2006 and I've yet to receive it!)
We charged this purchase on our American Express card. When I got my statement later that month, our purchase price was $111 higher because the store waited 3 days before actually charging our card, and the exchange rate had increased. I called the NY office and dealt with a "new to the company" employee who promised: (1) to get approval to credit us the $111 overcharge, (2) promised to call me back -- NONE of which ever happened even though I called almost on a daily basis and got the same "false" promises from her.
As it turned out, we scheduled another trip to Cozumel 5 weeks later, and made a beeline to the DI store going straight to the same salesclerk we'd dealt with as well as talking to the store's manager. We were given an immediate $111 refund to our AX card.
I think each store runs their business practice as "site based management" -- i.e., they make their policies as the situation dictates.
As far as the NY office goes -- their customer service department was absolutely useless to us.
 17th of Aug, 2013 by   Alice1980 0 Votes
Why would ANY jewelry store replace a large stone for free? You could just be at home, popping out stones and selling them loose and then raising hell on the internet and filing false claims to make a profit. NO jewelr in the entire world would replace a large lost tanzanite, or diamond or nay stone for that matter simply because you claim it fell out. As far as feeling what you refer to as Burs, if your hsuband hit his ring against something hard enough to shake the stone, it would also affect the integirty of the metal around it. Gold and silver are soft metals, not meant for rough play.
In response to saying the stores give "kickbacks" you are wrong. It is a paid for promotional program. thats called advertising, not kickback. Kickback implies something shady and under the table. Something done illicitly. if you read your cruise offered guarantee, it clearly states the parameters of the advertised program. Do you buy any product with brand names? Coca Cola? Toyota? Nike? Guess what? Those all advertise to gain customers. Does that make them bad, or false? NO! Have you ever sat down with a car salesman or insurance salesman and had them explain what they personally are being paid before you discuss the price of the goods or service? No, you havent, and thats why it isnt a kickback, or a scam. You should read things before you sign them, and if you dont agree then dont buy it. I ONLY purchase watches and jewelry from the map mentioned stores on cruises, and someday, when you shop at one off the map and your diamond turns out to be glass, or your tanzanite to be an iolite, youll deserve it.

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