Zales / terrible experience
My husband purchased my princess cut solitaire at zales in Jan of 2000. When trying to pick out a band to go with my solitaire I was discouraged from the idea that I liked and wanted to see on my finger, being told it wasn't a good look. Another idea I had, a jacket, was also shot down. I was told that the ring was too wide and it couldn't be done. My current jeweler showed me that it was not only possible but very stunning! The look I was going for back in 2000 was very popular last year and this year, 2007-08. This was only the beginning of my experience with Zales. In March 2000, only a couple of days before my wedding and barely two months after the ring was purchased, I lost my diamond still attached to the head it was set in. The gold in the band where it had been attached appeared to be pitted. The store gave me a loaner ring to wear to my wedding while they fixed mine. When I received my own ring back it had the wrong head. I was told they had no way of knowing which head was originally on the ring even after I presented my papers (with photo on the certificate) to them along with the broken ring when it was brought in for repair. I was upset and just wanted to take my ring, even though it was not right. I was told that even in a couple days or so if I decided that I wanted to have the right head put on the ring I still could. When I asked for my certificate for the new diamond that was replaced I was told to keep my old certificate and that the diamond was a match to my original one. I thought they knew what they were talking about so I left with no new papers for this new diamond. Only days after this all took place I was having some snagging issues with the prongs that were on the ring (the wrong head) and took it in only to realize that there were two cracked prongs. I had them put the original style head on the ring at that point. I eventually took the ring in to Helzburg's and was told that I should indeed have been given a new certificate for the new diamond because no two diamonds are alike. I also asked another jeweler from one of the city's most reputable jewelry stores and was told the same exact thing. I went back into Zales with this information and they argued me out of it. That was the end of it. I took no further action. I wish I had but it has been almost 9 years since the purchase of the ring. As one woman stated in another post about Zales... "I am now stuck with a ring that I do not like and has no sentimental value to me."
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