Hi all. This is new to me, so if you haven't already decided I'm an
idiot, please don't let this be the deciding factor.
I have a friend who recently spent a year contracting in
Afghanistan. Before he left, I waxed poetic about the resale value
of Lapis Lazuli, not fully realizing the depths of boredom he would
be subject to. He took me at my word and spent a substantial amount
of time and money on several hundred kilos(!!) of beautiful Lapis,
some rough and some random chunks highly polished. I, an
inexperienced benchie and chain mailler, would like to assist him in
converting it into his retirement fund, and I don't know where to
start! (He has stated that if he cannot get a decent return, he's
going to set these luscious rocks into an interior rock wall - but
he'd rather have the money to build the house *around* that wall!)
Also, he spent enough time with his Afghani seller to build up some
trust, and his Afghani contact told him they are unhappy with the
quality of turquoise they can get hold of, and would be interested
in swapping top grade Lapis (deep dark blue, pyrite w/ little to no
splotchy white areas) for some American turquoise, at a 2:1 ratio -
2 kilos of Lapis for one kilo of Turquoise rough.
So, my questions: 1) Where do you recommend advertising his wares or
how does he reach interested parties (I'm assuming lapidarists
2) How much should he charge to get the most return for his time,
trouble and investment, or where could I research current prices?
3) Is there anything here I'm missing?
I can get/take photos if anyone on this forum is interested, if not
I welcome any ideas.
Thanks so much for your time and attention, I appreciate you all
more than you could possibly imagine. I personally count ORCHID as
the most valuable tool in my studio.