I have very much enjoyed following the conversations regarding
buying gemstones at a good price. What exactly is considered a good
price? How about using legitimate wholesale as a guide instead of
believing a $100 stone can be picked up overseas for $10.
Frankly, I don’t understand the logic of believing that you can
email Bangkok and get great deals. Chances are, (in most cases) " it
ain’t happening. " And if allowed I would like to tell you
Most major dealers from Thailand and India and other parts of the
world, are not selling via Ebay or public access Internet. These
cutters furnish primarily to dealers who use quantity as well as
quality. They don’t wish to run the risk of loosing their major
accounts for small single stone sales. As a gem importer for many
years, I have never once seen one major cutting house sell on Ebay.
However, most of those you find are small Thai dealers who buy from
the major cutters. They have small office areas with 10 names on the
door. They buy mostly 2nd and 3rd quality stones from larger cutting
houses and promote these with starting prices of $1.00 US. Many of
these people bank on your not going to the trouble of returning an
item or…worse yet…Opps, we never received the return.
If I may suggest…if you are relatively new to buying
gems… Firstly, set your quality and price bracket you want to
stay within. Find a dealer you can work with and who sees you as a
potential upgraded user. Until you really know what you are doing buy
within your own country. Thanks to the efforts of AGTA & GIA we have
some pretty solid laws governing the representation of gems in the
US. Many countries can call it anything and get away with it.
Ebay can be a good place to start. Though there is loads of junk out
there, there are some very good dealers with nice merchandise and
some pretty realistic prices. Cruise through a few of the stones you
find of interest and then look at all their merchandise and ten
bookmark the ones that have consistantly good stones and value. Read
descriptions carefully and ask questions. Vague descriptions with a
lot of flowery words and no particulars can be a stay away clue.
I offer these remarks only as a suggestion. As in all businesses you
will find good sources and bad, with a few mistakes along the way. Go
slow and you will find many honest dealer out there and not too far
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