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What should it cost to replace a cloudy CZ and who can you find to do it?

Hello, I just found your site a few days ago and have been reading and enjoying your information on CZs. I can’t believe someone who is the Diamond Guy cares about us Cubic Zirconia people. It really touched my heart, and I just want to say thank you. Now for my question. I have searched your question archives, but can’t seem to find this information. I have a diamonique 1ct marquise cz set in a 14k yellow gold ring. It has six prongs holding the stone. I just got it on an auction type web site so it was used, but it’s pretty. The cz seems to really sparkle when I first clean it, but after a little while it doesn’t look as bright as it did when I first cleaned it. After reading many of your other cz answers, I thought I could order a 1ct marquise cz from Jewelers Direct for $12.00 and have the old stone replaced. I called a few jewelers in my area and got over the phone estimates ranging from $8 to $60. I explained that I just wanted them to take out the old cz and put in the new one. So I was surprise at the price difference. Can you give me some insight on what this job should cost. I don’t know how old the ring is ,and I don’t know what type of wear it had before I got it, so I don’t know the condition of the prongs. They look okay to me and the stone doesn’t feel loose at all, but I am not a jeweler so I can’t say if they need any work or not. If it would be just a simple switching of the stones, what would be a reasonable price to pay? Is it unreasonable to ask a jeweler to do such a thing? Thank you for your time and consideration.   Ruth

Hi Ruth,

$25-$35 is not an unreasonable amount to pay but why not have Jewelers Direct do it? They’ll probably get you the best price.

The Diamond Guy

The founder and president of Diamond Cutters International, Fred is one of the top diamond experts in the world, as well as a three-time Guinness Book record holder in jewelry design.
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