It occurs to me that this thread brings up a really important
aspect of our art/craft i.e. being a business, whether we want it
to be or not!
GIA does an awesome job in TRYING to bring some reliability and
repeatability to products that are by their very nature
UNIQUE…The is only as good as the communication
between the student and teacher and the seller and buyer.
I have been to and in the mines in Asia,bought rough and
finished stones, EVERYBODY has THE BEST THERE IS AT THE BEST
If you don’t know what you are looking at or for well you will
find out when you return and try to sell your product. A
This is why our commercial gem merchant friends on the list are
so good at posting what they will have shortly!!! Creating that
demand is an art!!!
This is one reason why in diamonds at least, DeBeers is a
cartel, to control the illusion of scarcity in diamonds and
artifically prop up their value. Like any pyramid of sales it is
great if you are at the top! But there are many levels to make a
living at as well.
“Diamonds are a girls best friend” what an awesome bit of
How many times does a customer in a time of need or distress,
want to sell diamond or colored gem jewelry only to find that it
is valued just slightly above or below the cost of the metal?
We are in the trade of selling illusions; beautiful, exotic,
unique, unusual, cool, far out, sensuous, erotic, desireable
Most customers are INTIMIDATED by microscopes! They don’t have a
clue what they are looking at or for!
It is for the illusion of reassurance more that scientific
rigidity, that these instruments are so proudly displayed. It
even says so in the trade literature!
I love all the different sources and opinions expressed here on
Orchid, I especially appreciate the stone dealers who offer their
goods for our inspection and purchase! And the artists willing to
share their awesome creative spirits and boundless experience and
I would like to suggest that we share more about how to create
the ILLUSIONS that SELL and still remain honest & successful
BRAVO TO ORCHID!
Wm. Augustus Mason
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