I'm sorry you had a bad experience
I've had the opposite here. I have a local guy who will set CZ and not blink, and carries moissanite in his store. But I took a platinum diamond pave setting that had broken to him, just to take a look at it for repair/possible insurance purposes. He declared it shabbily made due to the thin shoulders with pave, told me it wasn't *really* pave due to the way the stones were set (wanted me to call it "bead set" instead), and on and on with his list of things to say about it. I was rather dumbfounded at a jeweler who seemed happier to deal with lower end pieces as opposed to "real" jewelry. Weird! So, you get all kinds no matter where you are!