Friends-- I hope some of you will be kind enough to advise me. I
am beginning to work in gold with my silver, and to do work which
emphasizes stones much more than before. As a result, I need a
better class of stones. I’m in the Chicago area, and go to the
International Gem and Jewelry show here (one coming up this month).
I am comfortable enough buying the low-end stones I have been using,
but feel very uncomfortable judging the value, worth, quality of
diamonds, sapphires, etc.
I’ve read all the info on Orchid about GIA programs, etc, but I
don’t really feel I can take the time to become a full-fledged
expert. How can I begin buying stones with confidence? I browsed the
Creative Gems site last night, and was going to order a couple of
things to try them out, but the minimum shipping charge was a third
of the amount of my tentative initial order. Maybe that’s still a
bargain–I have no idea!
I guess I am hoping for, at least, a dealer or two that can really
be trusted to give me my money’s worth, even if my ignorance may
make me easy to cheat. What do you other non-experts do when you
want to start buying diamonds and the like?
As you can tell, I’m quite nervous about this step. Please forgive
me for the length of this–and thanks for any and all help!