Recently some good clients of ours at Harris Jewelers returned from a 10th anniversary cruise. Marking the occasion, they had purchased several items of jewelry. One was a round faceted ruby, with a center section of channel set rubies, bordered by diamonds.
She needed to have it sized; the company they bought it from wouldn’t size it. We carefully examined it under the microscope as we always do in our in-take procedure, and asked if she know the center ruby was a glass-filled composite stone.
By the look on her face, and her dropped jaw, it was clear that she did not know.
“What is that?” she asked. We explained that a glass filled ruby is a composite stone of a very low quality ruby, heated up just to the melting point, and then influxed with glass to fill fissures and cracks in the stone. The glass is red, evenly coloring the stone and making a $5.00 per carat stone appear much more valuable.
I’m not saying all rubies sold on cruises are composites, but it pays to ask about the treatments of each stone you are about to purchase. An ethical sales associate should be willing to answer any and all questions pertaining to the quality, treatment, durability and value of each item.
Watch our video about our own experience on a cruise and the high pressure jewelry sales we experienced!