Peter’s “fiery red carnelian” that wasn’t, and Chris’s “1.30
Flawless diamond w/tiny chip” that also wasn’t, bring up an
important point. Know who you’re buying from!
I see those tempting internet and magazine ads too. They offer
AAA material for pennies. But as someone already said, AAA only
means it’s the best they have. There’s no standard for grading by
As. Unless you are buying from a reputable dealer, those AAA
eye-clean emeralds are likely to be Colombian driveway gravel,
the “pigeon blood” ruby melee will be muddy pink sapphire, and
that great deal on lapis is gonna break your heart.
(And no, I didn’t buy any of those. But does anyone want any extremely native-
cut, unbelievably shallow andalusite? )