Betrayed: A Sparkling Love Affair with Macy's Is Over - Page 2
I've got a fairly large handful of jewelry purchased at Macy's because I TRUSTED the bloody store.
And now, well, it seems that Macy's may have defrauded its customers.
A class action complaint alleges that Macy's sold fake rubies and other gemstones. The rubies sold as real rubies aren't, but are lead-glass filled treated stones. And I have several ruby pieces, including a ring that my husband just bought me for Valentine's Day.
That sapphires it sold were actually fracture filled with glass. And I have a bunch of sapphires.
A complaint by a former gemologist that worked for Macy's even alleges that Macy's sold a cubic zirconia as a diamond.
And I'm depressed. And furious. I never understood that I was buying composite, lead filled stones. (The irony is rich for those that know me).
A recent news story on CBS 5 followed up on the original story that aired on Good Morning America. CBS 5 found that Macy's was still selling fake rubies. One of the rubies purchased by the undercover reported as 50% ruby and 50% glass.
The gemologist quoted in the story states: "Basically you got a Volkswagen when you thought you were getting a Cadillac." The video is eye opening if you have ever bought fine jewelry at Macy's.
Macy's issued a statement in response to CBS 5's inquiry. And in that statement, Macy's states that "rubies also may be fracture-filled with glass or a glass-like substances during the heating process to improve the overall quality of the stone."
So, Macy's basically admits that it does fill its rubies with glass. But Macy's doesn't tell you that when you are buying them.
I feel, in a word, betrayed. Completely. I don't know if what I bought is fake or not - I'm going to take my pieces to a gemologist.
Nevertheless, my love affair is over. My wallet will thank me but my heart is broken.
This is an original LA Moms Blog post. When Jennifer isn't lusting after gemstones, she blogs about non toxic living and lead in consumer products (ironic as that is) at TheSmartMama.