Hi Syl. The prices on most colored stones (pretty much everything
but diamonds) is set for many dealers during the Tucson shows in
February. There is no conspiracy, just intense competition between
hundreds of vendors that yields a price range for standard cut gem
stones. Many dealers honor these prices for the remainder of the
year, unless supply quantities change.
This does not mean that you cannot pay much more for stones than
February Tucson prices. There are dealers who tout their stones as
excellent buys and ask for higher than retail prices, trusting the
lack of reliable pricing references to gouge the unwary.
I would suggest rather than looking for price lists, look for honest
and reliable dealers who offer good quality stones at reasonable
prices. There are many, including some Orchid list members. You may
want to look in the classified ads in Lapidary Journal for the
particular stones you want. A few phone calls will give you a price
Visiting a gem show is an even better way to become acquainted with
gem prices. You can see how color intensity, freedom from inclusions,
quality of the cut, type of treatment used and other factors impact
the price. Better yet, start saving your money and visit Tucson next
February. Probably not cost effective, but very educational in a mind
blowing sort of way.