So: where can I now get gorgeous blue and orange manmade faceted
sapphires, without the branding and exalted price and with an
array of sizes, like Rio used to carry?
Try Kotel Imports, New York City I believe. I do have their number
at work, but it is 3:35 am on a very hot record breaking heat wave in
Denver. Email me offline if you need more info. There have great
Ceylon blue lab sapphire, lab alexandrite (alexandite like?), red
ruby, and you do have to specify clearly what you want. They also
have natural faceted citrine, ame, iolite, peridot, garnet, blue
topaz. I use checkerboard round and cushion cut 3mm-8mm stones. You
can order on memo, their bookkeeping sucks so keep records of what is
returned and when. I sent a package back and six months later they
tried to collect on what I returned. JVC contacted me, I asked if I
have the right to proof of delivery from them and I was told I did. I
requested proof, and the matter was dropped…just so happens that
the person I was dealing with left the company at the same time I
returned the goods, and coincidentally my return was not logged in.
Many other transactions with them with no problem, but I document
everything with every body now.