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Contracting Your Own Jewelry Saves $$$$

Choosing and Buying Your Dream Gem  One of the biggest ways jewelry stores make money is buying gems from a wholesale broker and then marking them up double or more.  If the average gem changes hands 9 times before it reaches the, jeweler when is the stone best obtained?  Answer: As close to the mine … Continue reading Contracting Your Own Jewelry Saves $$$$

A Blue Gem, Rarer Than Sapphire is Blowing Up!

High Quality, Blue Spinel rough is running low in Sri Lanka due to increased demand for one of the rarest blue gems on earth. Supplies of the quality rough gem cutters need to supply the jewelry trade is almost exhausted due to recent surges in demand for the once untreatable gem.  A gem that is … Continue reading A Blue Gem, Rarer Than Sapphire is Blowing Up!
How I Curated Chateau Peridot

How I Curated Chateau Peridot

My first fascination with rocks cane from my aunt Sharon who was a geologist for the US government. She would take me all around in search of plowed fields and riverbeds looking for arrowheads and quartz. Then I discovered a meteorite and the fascination in my young mind was unleashed.   I have always collected … Continue reading How I Curated Chateau Peridot

How To Buy and Mount Loose Gems.

Buying loose gems is a crap shoot. TV gem sellers promote them like used cars jacking the price up and then lowering it to make you think you are getting a good deal, but are you? Why in the world would they claim a gem is 25,000.00 a carat and then magically sell it to … Continue reading How To Buy and Mount Loose Gems.
This royal blue, spinel from Ceylon is worth as much as most sapphire.

BLUE SPINEL, the GEMOLOGICAL UNICORN

"Blue spinel is a geological unicorn and it is rare. It is truly, “natural,” unheated, untreated and true blue. They are real, really blue, made by mother earth and only discovered, liberated from their marble tombs, cut, polished, then cherished by man."

The finest blue spinel is as valuable as sapphire and the price has recently gone up 600%.