if that's the going price, I'm ok paying that. I'm always a
little leary buying emeralds and rubies,
I understand you perfectly. The fact is, that may be the going
price, but I think it's too high relative to the rarity of emeralds.
Bigger, clean stones, sure, but stuff under a half carat, what's the
big deal? And rubies too have gotten a little rich for my blood. I
just picked up 2 rather mediocre tanzanites, pear shaped, can't
remember the weight but 5 X 7 millimeters thereabouts. Nicely cut
but on the pale side. Cost me $575, and if I didn't have a customer
waiting for them, there's no way I'd pay that for them. I'd just not
buy tanzanite any more. I looking forward to the day when the stuff
I sell won't have all the value based on the materials but rather on
demand for my original work. Meanwhile, custom fine jewelry with
traditional high end materials is paying the bills.
David L. Huffman