My wife and I went to Karats Jewelers after we finalized our wedding dates. We were very specific about our requirements. The truth was, there was still five months to go for the wedding and we were at Karats to look at some designs. We were not really looking forward to buy one.
However, I believe once you get in, this Akshay Anand who calls himself Andy, the owner of the jewellery shop, won’t let you leave without you placing the order. This guy is a scammer and mostly on his tricks to lure customers into buying things for extra money.
So, when we went to his shop, he asked us to place the order right away as the prices of gold was going to shoot the coming week. This was a complete lie. It was not the case. On the other hand, we did notice that the prices went a bit down the next week.
That was not the biggest of our concern though. This guy is a scammer and whatever we talk bad about him would be less of his character. So, we ordered wedding ring bands designed by Jeff Cooper. The rings costed us $2050. Andy locked the design and told me that the rings would be available the next week.
However, the next week, we got a call from him saying that the rings were not ready yet and would take another week. He also requested to call and confirm before reaching to his shop as he wanted to make sure we do not have to take the trip to his shop without a reason.
We did the same thing. We kept calling him every other week trying to know if the ring was available. But, more than two months passed and this guy, who told us that the rings would be ready the next week after purchase, failed to deliver it even after two months.
After weeks passed, he told us that the rings would be available in three days and if they don’t, he would give us upgradation on our diamonds. I accepted the deal. When I checked in to his store after three days, he said that he missed the courier. So, he gifted my wife silver earrings.
There earrings were also fake. Because, when my wife started wearing them, her ears turned black. This wasn’t really silver. We did not bother because it was for free. What else we could have expected?
The rings finally arrived after three months. We checked the rings and they looked beautiful. We showed it to my brother and his fiancé. They said that the ring was beautiful for sure. However, she showed me her rings and told me that there was no engraving of Jeff Copper’s name on the design and the 18K engraving was very small making it look like 10K.
I further checked the design and found that the holes beneath the diamond setup were also not aligned properly. We had paid for Jeff Copper’s design and that was the reason why that price tag. We could have gone for a cheaper ring, otherwise.
After all these mess, I checked with other jewellery shops. Everyone did tell me the design was beautiful but none of them said that it would have costed me $2050. They said that the rings were around $1000.
I was very upset listening to all this. I went to Andy and told him that I did not find the engraving and highlighted other problems with the rings. To this, he became upset and started looking like he is the most sober person I have ever known. I also asked him why the ring was not put in Jeff Copper’s box and his personal branding. To this, he called few jewellers and confirmed with them that Jeff Copper does not send rings in boxes. He made me believe in everything once again. However, the words must have reached Jeff Copper. As so much was happening around. I also had posted a facebook photo of my ring claiming that it was not Jeff Copper’s as the jeweller told me.
I forgot to take that down after believing Andy for the last time. And, thank god, I forgot. I received a call from David, brother of Jeff Copper. He wanted to check the pictures of the ring from all angles. I sent him the pictures. After checking those pictures, Jeff called me and told me that the ring was not designed by him. The 18K engraving was also done with laser which again was a sign that the ring was not designed by Jeff Copper.
Jeff told me that he would involve his attorney into this matter and I should not let Andy know about what was happening. He asked me to ignore his calls for some time. However, Andy kept calling after that. He left weird messages like an ex-girlfriend.
Later, the notices were also sent to Andy. The court order to settle the situation was sent to Andy. I had to order the ring from another shop. For the same design, I paid $1750. They were cheaper than the ones I got from Andy for the fake rings.
I am still waiting for the refund which I am sure I would be getting as the court is involved now. Andy is a cheater and a big liar. The rings, afterwards that we received was intact and had all the red flags sorted that we had with the ones we received from Andy.
If you want to save yourself from so much of trouble, do not shop from Karat Jewellers. The guy, the owner of the shop is a con artist. He would try to make puppy faces to let you believe he is the most innocent person and never lies.
Do not fall for his traps. He is a huge criminal. I can claim with what I have experienced with him.