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[Source] Favorite loose gemstone suppliers


#1

Just starting to get into purchasing gemstones and wondering what
the overall best sources are for a variety of natural precious and
semi-precious stones.

thanks!


#2

I like Joseph P. Stachura Co. for cabochons.
stachurawholesalegemstones.com

They are nice folks to deal with, and put out a cute little catalog.
I get moonstones, garnets, amethysts, topaz, and a variety of opaque
stones. They might not be perfectly calibrated, but they are pretty,
and the price is great. If you are making your own settings, you
will like them. I buy bags of a dozen, and can thus match them up if
I need to for earrings. They have faceted stones, and have beads,
also. (just a happy customer)

M’lou Brubaker
Minnesota, USA
http://www.craftswomen.com/M’louBrubaker


#3
I like Joseph P. Stachura Co. [snip] They might not be perfectly
calibrated, but they are pretty, and the price is great. 

Worth mentioning-- I just bought a couple dozen 3mm toumalines
(faceted) from them. At my request, they made sure that all the ones
I got are between 2.9 and 3.0 mm so they will fit right into tube
settings (for students). No charge for that service.

Noel


#4

I also have to chip in with my eternal favorite: Dikra Gems in NYC
(dikragem.net)

Karen Goeller