Source for Rubies

I have a student who has a commission for a jewelry piece that she
needs a ruby for. I don’t work much with stones let alone expensive
one. She said that the one in Rio is smaller that the client wants
and asked about Tie (sp) gems. I recall that there have been some
posts saying that they are not a good company to buy from. I wouldn’t
know if the stone she might buy is what it is stated to be and
neither would she. I’d welcome some suggestions for sources.

Marilyn Smith


I would stay away from Thaigem; too many horror stories and
exhorbitant shipping costs.

My favorite source for precious and semiprecious gems is Dikra Gem
in NYC. Phone is 800-873-4572 (Ask for David Kramer and tell him I
sent you – he will ask how you found him.)

No connection, just a very satisfied customer.

Karen Goeller
Hand-crafted artisan jewelry

I would strongly discourage anyone from purchasing from Thai Gems.
Every time we get a customer in the store who has bought from them
they have had a bad experience, either not getting what they looked
at on the website, not getting what the stone was actually purported
to be, having problems returning misrepresented merchandise, etc.
There are a lot of companies recommended in the archives on Orchid.
Take a look through there.

Daniel R. Spirer, G.G.
Spirer Somes Jewelers
1794 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140

Had one of my students buy some …?rubies? off of the internetski.
he paid about $300.00 per carat two stones of 1carat each. so far
$600.00 inc taxes…I just looked at them stiraitions (sp) all
through the two stones, butt ugly! I even asked one of my stone
dealers how much they were in Toronto…$50.00+ /carat, tops! you all
know the phrase… “P.T. Barnum was right!”…Gerry!