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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 $$$$

What Is Rubellite and Why Is It So Expensive?

Buying rubellite tourmaline is a lot like buying fine emeralds, it is best to know and trust the seller. Nothing beats a GIA certification with origin for rubellite.

The Rarest Topaz, Russian Green

In mid 2018 Ezekiel (Zeke) Loftin purchased one of the rarest topaz on the planet. A flawless 80.90 carat, dichroic, Russian Imperial Green topaz, cut from rough discovered in the Old Imperial Mines of Russia. (above – The dichroic gem changes color, golden green in sun/candle light and a mint green in standard indoor light or … Continue reading The Rarest Topaz, Russian Green

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

Peridot

Shopping for peridot is a lot more complicated than one might think. First, you need to know that color, clarity, cut, size and origin effect the value of the gem you are buying. The finest peridot comes from Burma, Pakistan and Arizona and each have unique attributes.   If you want vivid, deep green peridot … Continue reading 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.