When it rains, it pours lol I've had so much go wrong in the past year, and a week ago, I go to the jewellery store where my e-ring was bought and tell them that I wanted it cleaned. It was bought almost two years ago (long engagement, long story lol) and I've only ever cleaned it at the store where it was purchased. The matching necklace was bought a year ago and I always thought that the necklace looked brighter than the ring, as if the ring had faded (It's a pink stone, I'm pretty sure it's topaz). I was told not to be silly and under the lights at the jewellery store, they always matched, but under my lights at home, the necklace does appear darker. Anyway, when I took my ring in for a cleaning, I was told they can't clean it for me. I explained how free cleanings came with the insurance policy I bought at the store, but the girl told me that their cleaning solution would damage the stones. Nice to know after having it cleaned there about once every two months for almost TWO YEARS!! So my fears about the stones fading wasn't entirely crazy. So I ask the girl if the stones would fade over time, to which she replied "Of course, they're lab created, they'll fade just by washing your hands too often" I'm a little anal about having clean hands, so not what I wanted to hear.
So now I'm ROTTED about having an e-ring that I know will only continue to fade out as time goes on (It's faded a nice amount in only a year and 8 months) and most importantly, not being TOLD it would fade, even after telling the lady we bought it from that it was to be my e-ring and would be worn forever. So, what do I do now? Do I take out the "fake" stones and buy three genuine stones to replace them? (which I'm told will cost approximately $700), or do I buy a brand new ring with a genuine stone for around $500? I found a new ring at ANOTHER store that I think is gorgeous, I'm understandably pissed with the store where my ring was bought. It's currently in the shop getting a new rhodium coating, which is covered by the insurance policy I bought, but I'm pretty sure they won't cover replacing the stones. So, what do I do? Replace the ring? Replace the stones? or live with the fading? Edit:
Here's my current e-ring, slightly faded:
And here is the substitute I have in mind: