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I've gotten addicted to GSN and now think I have it figured out- SOME of this jewelry is not worth it, "Things too good to be true are still not true." Lighting is used to greatly accentuate the brilliance and clarity of the stones - be wary. Size is another fooler -- check for a point of reference before you buy. I've gotten burned when things just did not look the same in life size and on my hand.. so be judicious and be careful and you can get an excellent bargain very occasionally. These so-called "expert hosts"can be the real joke. Steve goes from "celebrity owned" $49,000 bracelet to celebrity red carpet $79,000 same bracelet to finally selling it at $7,900.00. He is the celebrity-driven nut case: I mean who really cares? Hunter and Kurt need to be sent to broadcasting school, and taught not to holler. Can you see the salesman at Tiffany, leaning across the counter, screaming at the customer: "YOU NEED TO BUY THIS RING RIGHT NOW!!!!" I had hoped the new owners would bring some class and action to bear on these jokers -- but so far no results and no changes. But there are -- every now and then -- good deals.
I have made many purchases on Gem Shopping Network for a year now and I have been really, really pleased with the quality of the jewelry. I had watched the channel on and off a few times, and one night they featured some 18 inch amethyst necklaces that were $85. I thought they were beautiful, so I made the purchase. When you make your first purchase, you have to register, so they will ask you for your address, email, etc. From that point on, you will be able to bid on auction items, and your whole transaction will be very quick.
Several days later I received my necklace via Fed Ex, and it was really beautiful! I had never seen anything like it in a store. I have been hooked ever since!! I see a lot of negative posts online and I cannot imagine what the issue is. THEY HAVE AN A + RATING on the BBB!! They also have been in business for 16 years -- if they were scamming people, they would not be able to stay in business. You cannot find in any store many of the pieces that they often feature -- beautiful one-of-a-kind estate pieces, and beautiful rare gemstones that most people probably have heard of.
This past Christmas my husband bought me a beautiful sapphire ring from Mike (the best host in my opinion.). He was very, very skeptical to purchase expensive jewelry from TV, but he was really shocked when he saw how beautiful it was in person. Again, all things will arrive Fed Ex, and will require your signature upon arrival. They also come in a nice blue box which tucked inside a blue organza bag.
I would say if you are thinking of making a purchase, do a little research on the gemstone you are thinking of buying. Price out mountings with their carat weights -- then you can determine if the price is fair. I look on sites like Blue Nile and GSM is so much less expensive. The estate pieces always are especially, and they are truly stunning. I think they have some really loyal, very wealthy customers that purchase some of those major pieces. Most stores don't carry what they sell such as spinels, or Mexican fire opals. And forget mall jewelry stores -- a total rip-off and poor quality.
I also really enjoy watching Asian Collectables with Max. He has these amazing rock specimens, really cool jewelry collections, jade carvings, fossils, things you would never, ever see in any retail store. I bought my son a meteorite specimen and he was totally thrilled.
The only negative to Gem Shopping Network is that it is highly, highly addictive. My husband is telling me he is going to call Direct TV and have it blocked!! : )
For years my husband bought me thousands of dollars from a local jewelry store. They always assured us we were getting the best price. Now, I see I was grossly overcharged.
I would defiantly recommend buying from Gem Shopping Network. Start with a small purchase first if you have doubts, but if you love jewelry like I do, you will not be disappointed!
I hope this review helps.
I've been buying from Gem Shopping Network for several years. I've never had to return a defective item and have been quite happy with my purchases. My fav is a champagne/cognac diamond 1.28 ctw. The estimated the value to be $4500. and I paid $2200 quite sure it would be appraised for more. Imagine my surprise when the appraisal came back at $8,320.00. I always watch for items that are top gem world class as I know it will be of highest quality. I love all the host except for Steve because of his foul language, and refuse to buy from him. However I have noticed its getting better. I bought a $5000 TGWC Tanzanite at auction for $400.00. I do think, however, that some of their item prices are inflated because I have seen them on other sites for less. The determining factor would be comparing quality to quality. It's hard to tell. I would have to give this company a 5 star rating. But stick with the top gem world class items. That would be your best return for the money.
I love Gem Shopping Network...especially my dealings with Clay at customer service. Anytime I have encountered a problem with the merchandise, he has gone out of his way to accommodate me. I've read all the negative reviews, and find them hard to believe.
Any newbies and first time buyers need to know some tips before you make a purchase....I have found that certain hosts will give you a better price; my favorities are Mike and Sam and they are usually on at night. They are both very honest and the items they show are there own items that they have handpicked and purchased for themselves. They are never junk. Also, Rafie with his estate jewelry will bargain with you.. and his items are outstanding and are always a good buy. Another important tip: The jewelry is magnified a hundred times, so don't be fooled by the look of the diamonds; if the item has less than 50 pts of diamonds, don't buy it unless there is another stone featured with it, that you like better, because when you get the item home with only 16 pts of diamonds, you are going to be disappointed and will be wondering where the diamonds are...another tip: always have the model wear your item. Also, if you have made a big purchase it is wise to get an outside appraisal on it before the timeframe for returning it has expired. It should appraise for almost double the price you paid for it to be sure you paid a fair price for it. If you are hesitant to buy a ring, don't have them size it for you, because you may not be able to return it, and if you are allowed to return it, there is a restocking fee of 20% I believe. Do not remove the tag! you will not get a refund. I am hoping you will follow my tips to make sure you get that quality piece of jewelry to enjoy as much as I do with my purchased from them.
I have purchased items from GSN and have been happy
with all my purchases. One multi-colored sapphire bracelet I had
purchased years ago had an orange sapphire come out. I
lost it and took the bracelet to my jeweler to repair it, replace
the sapphire so I can enjoy my bracelet. When I
picked up the bracelet, my jeweler told me This is a
very expensive bracelet. That made me feel real good. It
wasn't junk. I have had some pieces where little diamonds fell
out and I need to have them repaired, but I will take the
pieces to the jeweler to repair and not ship it all the way back
to Georgia for the repair. I am rough on my rings. I'm sure
the little diamonds came out just digging for stuff in my purse
and probably caught on something or snagged on an item
of clothing. I have put a stop to buying items only
because the high cost of gold has made it cost prohibitive
when you have to operate on a budget. I started buying
when gold was hovering at $400 an ounce. I just can't
afford to buy at the inflated prices. I miss those days.
I never had to return an item. I only bought items that
I just had to have, not because it was a good deal.
I've never been disappointed. People who speak
negatively about GSN should do their research before
buying. I do miss Treasures With Sue. What's the Muffin
Club going to do now?
I have been purchasing jewelry and gemstones from Gem Shopping Network for more than six months. Until today, I was mostly happy with GSN. However, there have been some mistakes with Customer Service. I have purchased over $13,000 in merchandise; I have returned approximately $33,000 in merchandise. There is a learning curve when beginning to purchase jewelry on on TV. Items look much larger on TV, as they are magnified. They look different when you get them home. Sometimes they don't look good on your hand or the color of the stone does not match other items I had purchased. Many items were gifts and not liked. Some were of poor quality, defective, looked cheap and not worth the money!! I returned them and each time I called Customer Service, gave them the reason for the return and was given an RMA number, (an Approved Return Merchandise Authorization).
I purchased a Jade carving that was chipped, but it was past the 7 day return limit. They would not replace the defective merchandise and would not accept a return.
On two occasions I requested that a House Credit be applied to to two rings. It wasn't done and I used the House Credit on other purchases. I think they were going to "push through" a payment from one of my credit cards when credit was available, they had done this before causing me to exceed my credit limit!
I purchased a Sunstone ring for $2,650.The Sales Rep for this Sunstone told me that I had a remainder House Credit that could be applied. I asked the Rep to check to see if I had ANY outstanding unpaid items. I specifically asked if the two rings had been paid for, as Customer Service mistakenly failed to use the Credit that I told them to apply previously. I was assured that everything was paid and correct.
Still no rings. I called and was told that they were PAID, and would ship out shortly. I called again and was informed that the rings did not ship because they were waiting for payment. This was the 3rd time!
Frustrated, I cancelled the order for the 2 rings, as well as, a Mandarin Garnet 1.06 ct gemstone that I won at Auction for $250. I had already purchased an Auctioned Star Sapphire for $400. Then, I won an Auction for a Larger 1.36 ct Mandarin Garnet for $150. I did not want to pay shipping, insurance and return shipping for the smaller gemstone. (which expensive, beware! I request Postal, which takes a little longer, but is much less)
It was at this point that Kye, the Customer Service Rep, informed me that MY ACCOUNT HAS BEEN RESTRICTED. NO FURTHER PURCHASES WOULD BE ALLOWED!!!
Next, I spoke to Customer Service Supervisor, PAT. He informed me that I am NOT ALLOWED TO PURCHASE ANYTHING for up to six months, at which time, I should call Kye to learn how I must get my account to a 50% RETURN RATE.
In order to do this, I must agree to terms and conditions, including lessons for purchasing properly. Then, I would be ALLOWED to purchase jewelry, but NO RETURNS OR EXCHANGES ALLOWED!!!! NO MATTER WHAT THE REASON!!
I told the Supervisor that I would NOT AGREE to purchase items from TV or Internet without the ability to return for any reason. The Supervisor then told me there was nothing more to do since I was not willing to ACCEPT their RULES AND RESTRICTIONS, even though Customer Service APPROVED AND AUTHORIZED THE REASON for all returned merchandise.
I spent $13,000 with GEM SHOPPING, but it was not enough as I was a customer whose return ratio was higher than 50%.
Nice glass of wine...maybe some fav cheese... turn on the shopping network because I want to treat myself... Yes!!! I say..
Then I turn on the channel 228 in my area.. Gosh darn its kurtfullofhimself & overpriced Ralphie... At least Ralphie does not talk about himself and how this should not be on the tray or turntable!!! That is a constant from Kurt.. This is not suppose to be on the turntable.. Then don't put the darn thing on it!!!!!!!!! Yada Yada Yada.... Been there done that....
Do not shop here. I've purchased many things from this show,4-5 of the items were defective,they over price there stuff,they tell you a over inflated price in the beginning,then tell you a sale price to make it look like you have a deal. The stones that they sell at auction a usually flawed and you can see this if you look at the mirror reflection instead of the stone. I've personally been lied to buy Steve,Marvin,Kurt. I've been told that there appraisals are done buy a former imployee,can you say conflict of interest. We,the customer set the price, don't fall for there cheap sales tricks. This is one,they ask 2000 for a stone that's worth 200 ,then say look,and set it in a 8000 dollar amount and thy to tell you how beautiful it looks,I could pick a stone off the ground and place it in a 8000 dollar mount and it would look beautiful,that's a sales trick. I could go on,but as I said we set the prices and if people don't bid 3000 for a 1000 piece of jewelry,they would have to sell it for the true price. Think about this,they pay 10,000,000 a year in air time fees,where do you think that cost goes to,that's right,the customer. KEEP YOUR BIDS,OFFERS LOW and you can get a deal. Not everyone is a celebrity and can afford a 250,000 piece of jewelry. Respectfully your neighbor and friend.
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