I have been looking for sapphires and their pricing is great but
I'm not sure I i trust stone ratings like "mindblowing luster"
and "superb flawless" etc. I would be curious to see if anyone
here has dealt with them and what the experience was like. If you
have ANY feedback for me PLEASE email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Avoid avoid avoid avoid avoid.
Their FLAWLESS stones have major eye visible cracks in them.
Most of their stones have windows and fisheyes which are 50-60% of
what you see when it faces up.
The colors go from ok to terrible.
You will never get a good stone from these people. You get what you
pay for in the end.
Also, they include “appraisal” certificates which could only have
been obtained through bribery. They’re signed, and stamped, and pretty
clearly false. How else can a certified appraiser call a stone
internally flawless when it has a visible 2mm crack throughout it?
I’ve used several sites, of which I can highly recommend:
www.steveperrygems.com www.africagems.com www.acstones.com
They don’t have the huge selection that Thaigems has, but what good
is a huge selection when 99.9% of the selection is fit only for the
Steve, Marc, and Barb (respectively) are all very honest and easy to
work with. Their sites have different specialties. The tourmalines
and aquamarines at Africagems are incredible. Barb at acstones.com
works with several small scale cutters, and tends to have a lot of
very interesting custom cuts. I got the nicest little Paraiba
tourmaline at steveperrygems.com, which was priced incredibly. He’s
the only vendor after about six months of searching where I could find
a Paraiba which was both (a) affordbale and (b) of good quality.
Usually you can only get one of the two (note also, if anyone wants a
"red emerald" bixbite, he’s got one and it’s very nicely priced…
it’s got some color zoning but for anyone who collects, this stone is
www.inclusions.net is the site of some people I’ve bought from at a
gem show. I bought a set of 3mm rubies from them that were exquisite
and superbly priced, plus an incredible color change garnet of very
large size. Excellent product.
I have also purchased from Ebay. Of my ebay purchases I lucked out a
couple times, did reasonably half the time, and the other half the
time got less than commercial quality goods.
In general, I would go with the smaller vendors and avoid the large
ones like Thaigems.
Also note, Thaigems has registered over 30 domain names, which they
post from at ebay. This is a deceptive practice, and it against ebay
rules. I have been notifying ebay about it, and they claim to be doing
something about it, but nothing has been done for over 8 months.
Thaigems represents a LOT of income for ebay. Unfortunately, it is
scam related income, and ebay does not have the morality to turn it