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[Source] Loose Emeralds

It must be going on May, because I received three ring orders on
Friday and all the rings need an Emerald - 4mm. Figures that this is
probably the only stone I didn’t purchase in Tucson… Does anyone
have a “trusted” source in the US for three 4mm round Emeralds - AA
or AAA quality. I have a source I can purchase from, but they are at
$500 a carat - I’d like to find something a little less than that -
if possible. I don’t want junk (no $34.99 14K gold Walmart Emerald
studded earrings) - but a little less than $500 a carat would be
nice.

Catherine

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use Ebby at empire gems in new york. he is at 580 fifth ave.

Robert

    Does anyone have a "trusted" source in the US for three 4mm
roundEmeralds - AA or AAA quality. I have a source I can purchase
from, but they are at $500 a carat 

Hi Catherine;

Actually, from what I’ve seen, $500 per carat for emeralds in that
grade and size isn’t that out of line, unless you’re buying a large
enough quantity to deserve a price break. I’m sure if you shop
around you’ll come up with something, and you’ll probably get sources
here on Orchid, but anyone offering you stones like that at that
price isn’t trying to take advantage of you, it’s just what the
market is for them these days.

David L. Huffman

Thanks for the info - if that’s the going price, I’m ok paying that.
I’m always a little leary buying emeralds and rubies, so it’s good to
know that’s a fair price to pay.

Hello Catherine,

You could also give Kris Gems Int’l Inc., a shot. They are at 580,
5th New York. (212) 764 2345 or 800 Kris Gems

Nilesh

Try Amgad 580 Fifth Ave. Been in business for 45 years Great
reputation. Columbian emeralds. and natural color diamonds with GIA
certs.

Hi Catherine,

I stock loose emerald and have 4mm rds Our finest are rich near
flawless round diamond cuts and they are $800 /ct(Brazilian origin
w/ oil). We have other stones for less.

If you don’t like the stones, just return them. You take 50% on all
web prices.

Sincerely,
Ed Cleveland
303-882-8855
KashmirBlue

    if that's the going price, I'm ok paying that. I'm always a
little leary buying emeralds and rubies, 

Hi Catherine;

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

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?  

David - That’s exactly what I was thinking myself. 4mm are 1/4 carat
stones. I’m used to buying stones where the bigger the stone, the
higher price per carat. I’m basically looking at $133 for a 4mm
emerald.

For what it’s worth, Stullers sells 4mm round emeralds (about .25
ct.) for prices starting at $960/ct. for A grade to $2775/ct for
AAA. That’s $240 to $693.75 if you don’t have a calculator handy.

Jerry in Kodiak

Obviously demand dictates the price. Right now (May) everyone wants
green stones, emerald is the birthstone of May (I’m sure you all know
this already).

Emerald rough, even small rough is very expensive still (for quality
pieces). I just obtained some material that is running $75/carat
uncut. After cutting and polishing the piece, selling it for $133
dollars does nothing for me or my time. Then again most of my cuts
aren’t the standard ones pumped out by the asian cutting houses (that
are primarily interested in weight not good performance).

Anyway, my point is the stuff rough is very expensive and is making
the finished stones more expensive. That’s why I asked if the
customer was dead against man made emeralds.

Craig
www.creativecutgems.com