All, Tucson, AZ Gemshows are a wonderful experience to listen and
learn from all the different players in the gem and jewelry field. I
probably had the expert advice of over 500 different dealers in my
two weeks behind the counter. Dealers from many countries and
everywhere from independent jewelers with general jewelry stores, to
independent jewelers with exclusive galleries, to one person jewelers
operating out of their closet. I talked to almost all of them about
disclosure of gemstone treatments and how disclosure effects sales.
Here are a few of the common comments I heard from this mixed group.
Full disclosure of all possible treatments a gemstone could have
been subject too and the fragility of the gemstone results in loss of
sales. They specifically noted tanzanite and apatite.
Nobody really knows what treatments a gemstone has been subject
They almost all wished that the court case would have been
settled out of court and the issue were handled internally within
the jewelry industry.
They did not trust gemology reports, from any lab. Especially
when it came to treatments of corundum and emerald.
They did not trust appraisals, from any appraiser. Especially
when it came to appraisal of finished jewelry they were accepting
responsibility for the repair.
Gerry Galarneau —