DEAR ABBY: My husband gave me a beautiful diamond and sapphire ring for our anniversary. Because it was too large, I took it to a jeweler who has worked on many pieces for me. After looking at the ring, he asked me where it came from. I told him it was a gift from my husband.
When I asked the jeweler why he asked, he informed me that the sapphire was synthetic and the "diamonds" were, in fact, cubic zirconia. I was shocked, and now I don't know what to do. I'm not certain whether or not to tell my husband. I don't want him to think I don't like the ring, in case he knew what he was purchasing. It is beautiful, and I will love wearing it regardless. However, if he bought the ring thinking it was the real McCoy, he may have spent a lot more on it than it is worth.
Because my husband has always given me exquisite jewelry, I suspect he doesn't know. Should I share this information with him or keep my mouth shut? -- STUCK IN STONE MOUNTAIN, GA.
DEAR STUCK: Tell your husband that you took the ring to the jeweler to have it sized and what he told you. Assure him that you love it and want to keep it "regardless." He may have bought it from the Home Shopping Network, or he may have been taken advantage of by a jeweler. Either way, it will clear the air.