Wall of Shame

Wall of Shame

So we are “experts”! Ya right!! Here are some memorable wall of shame moments at Goldbay


Really? you can Burn Diamonds? Nahhhhhh

Owner and #1 Expert – Dave Varabioff

  • Year – 2010
  • Years of experience at that time – 11 years
  • Cost of screw up – $1800.00
  • What  the screw up was – When I first began refining gold I knew that you could “melt” stones out of the gold with a torch, what I didnt know was you had to treat the stones with Boric Acid first to prevent oxidation. 6 carats of princess cut diamonds “scorched by the torch”
  • What did I learn from this – I learned that “I am never too old or have too much knowledge to not listen to what someone has to say”

Dave Webb

“I am Sterling Man”, Na, Na, NanaNaaaaaa

Store Manager and #2 Expert – Dave Webb

  • Year – 2014
  • Years of experience at that time – 3 years
  • Cost of screw up – $1700.00
  • What the screw up was – I asked Dave to get rid of all the plated sterling platters, and one of them WAS NOT plated. He “got rid of” a Sterling Silver Platter that was worth just under $1700.00 at  the time
  • What did I learn from this – I learned that “I shouldn’t listen to the OTHER Dave”

Owner and #3 Expert – Dan Whitacre

Dan the Rolex Man

Dan the Rolex Man

  • Year – 2014
  • Years of experience at that time – 2 years
  • Cost of screw up – $500.00
  • What  the screw up was – I bought a “Rolex” watch band – White gold – Problem is it was a FAKE Rolex band and it was Stainless Steel
  • What did I learn from this – I learned that “Stainless steel and 18k gold react very similar to the test acids and I need to be a little more patient because eventually the Stainless will dissolve”
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