Well as far as the Genuine issue goes, sickeningly chain stores also
do this. Basically they are lab created stones that are really that
type of stone (like the lab created Alexandrite used in tunable YaG
lasers that has the properties of Alexandrite, not spinel or
corundum). What is bad is frequently retail sales clerks do not know
the difference between “Genuine” and “Natural” and the stuff they
feed the customer unofficially is criminal. I don’t touch the stuff.
I do have untreated sapphires and lots of untreated stones. I also
have a few treated stones. The treating does make a difference to the
customer if they have the option. For some its “I don’t care what you
did to the stone I am just buying for looks as long as that won’t
change” others its "If it did not come out of the ground that color I
don’t want it.
Personally I would never use TV jewelry sales as any sort of
personal guideline for what is OK. I do occasionally watch the shows
for shear entertainment value (but then I have a twisted sense of
humor). Just consider the shows selling Goshenite as “white aqua”, I
personally wondered why they didn’t just go all the way and start
selling “yellow emerald” or “pastel emeralds” I mean really, no body
has heard of those terms so they must be really rare .
Really I think the best guide for a person selling jewelry is to
tell everything and where everything is not known assume the worst. I
always would rather tell the customer MORE than they want to know
than cut my own throat with lack of disclosure. A relationship with a
customer is built on trust. I don’t only want 1 sale but the one 5
years and 20 years down the road. I particularly dislike the idea of
being sued or having my name dragged through the mud via word of
I also (this is strange) make jeweled leads for show dogs (yes there
is a market for that and pearl collars ect - somehow if you are
putting 25K into showing a dog per year, a 75 to a few hundred
dollars for a collar is reasonable and then a few thousand on
themselves is even more reasonable…). I disclose the nature and
origin of the semi precious BEADS I use. I even tell them if it is
real or synthetic hematite. You can bet if I do that over something I
buy for pennies a strand that I will do that for something quite a
bit more expensive. Tell them everything, it is the only correct
thing to do.
Back on what started it all. I have 250 carats of loose, cut Songea
Sapphires .5 - 2.5cts each. Some are beautiful colors I don’t want
to play with and already have pieces I am designing for them (for
people). Others I would not mind having turn a nice orange red/red.
My questions are
- does it have the same problem as the diffusion process?
- do only certain colors heat well?
- who does it and for how much?