All, I would like to hear from more people who shop the wholesale
shows. Are the dealers disclosing treatments? What are your
impressions of the accuracy of dealer supplied disclosure? I would
especially like to hear from Gemological Graduates about the accuracy
of dealer supplied disclosure and sales pitches on the floors of
wholesale shows. Names are not necessary, just experiences.
I would also like to hear from the shoppers if they even care about
disclosure. Do you care about disclosure in stones that are
inexpensive? Like tourmalines, peridots, beryl, etc? You know the
stones that sell for under $400 per carat. Yes, I know many of these
stones can sell for much more than $400 per carat, but I am
interested in the less expensive stones. You are the people that buy
these stones for resale and should be in the best position to give
first hand observations on disclosure at the wholesale level. What
are your observations and opinions?
I am in the process of developing a handout to go with each of my
stones at the time of sale. AGTA seems to have the best handle on
disclosure, but they have taken the easiest route by simply stating
that it is acceptable to say for inexpensive stones that they are
assumed to be treated. Your responses will help me to develop my
handout and make up my mind as to how much time I need to spend
identifying the treatments on stones that I am not sure about.
Selling price of the stones will remain the same, but I would like to
know how to better serve the customer.