When I buy stones at shows, I prefer to view them under Ott lights
if possible - the colors show truer. I'm always a bit hesitant to
buy from a booth that has lights that cast a color shade (usually
sort of a yellow) - makes it hard to really see what I am getting.
A good neutral background is nice - I hate it when the background
interferes with trying to really see the color of the stone - either
by making the stone darker, lighter, or reflecting a color onto it.
Seems like greys and tans do well? I don't think I've ever been
influenced by how the stones were aligned - some dealers put them in
rows, some have them in individual plastic boxes, some have them
loose in trays....I don't think any of that has ever influenced me -
if it did I didn't notice it!
I DO like it when prices per carat or prices on individual stones
are posted - I hate finding a stone I like the looks of, and getting
the dealer to show it to me, and then discovering that it is quite
out of my price range and I have wasted both my time and the
dealer's time. I have only a set amount of time to go through a
show, and I would prefer to spend it looking at things I could
actually afford, rather than something I can't! I would think the
dealer's time would be better spent with customers who might
actually buy also.
I also like it when similar stones are grouped together, so that if
I am looking for a specific stone - say a sapphire for a custom
order - I can see all of the dealer's sapphires together, instead of
one here and one there. Most dealers seem to do that, but some
Good luck with your booth!
Beth in SC which has decided that it is, indeed, winter - and is
going below freezing once again tonight. Brrrrr - I like it
cool, not cold!