Yesterday, my husband and I went over to the AGTA gem show. I was so
excited to see all the fantastic things that were offered there, plus
the winners of the gem cutting contest that I had seen pictures of in
the JCT magazine. What a difference seeing it in person makes!
At any rate, I have been looking for some good oval Peridot, either
faceted or cabs, so I thought I would take advantage of the show and
see what I could find.
I was absolutely appalled at the low quality of both the material
and gem cutting and the huge price they were charging for these
These stones had visible inclusions, dark strips running through the
stone that were very obvious to the naked eye. The color was light,
not bright or concentrated.
One vendor had some stones that looked like they were cabochons, but
when she took them out of the display, I noticed they were cabbed on
top but the bottom was not flat, but had a strange faceting there.
There were only 4 facets on the bottom and I could see no reason for
that faceting being there. Lots of the cabs were like that. Very
strange. It looked like maybe someone was practicing on this material
and then they decided to try and sell it to some unsuspecting person,
in this case, me!
AND they wanted $70 to $100 a carat for these stones!!
Is this normal? I mean, I was so surprised at the extremely high
prices. The quality was really not that good in most cases.
I looked at one Peridot that was close to 6 carats, and had that
strange cab/facet configuration. They wanted over $200 for that stone
(this was a “deal” price, the sales lady said). Just imagine how much
I would have to charge for resale. I think that is very high for a
low quality semi-precious stone, but wanted to ask you all what you
Like I said, this was not high quality material.
It seems that the Tucson show doesn’t really have a lot of
opportunity for good prices any more. Am I alone in thinking this?
Laura H. Hastings