Been watching this thread for some time now. Guess its time to weigh
in. I have to look at this question first as a cutter and second as a
jeweler who makes and sells stuff!
As a cutter, it matters not one ioata to me the origin of a stone.
It is nice to know, but the rough stone is evaluated on the basis of
its physical qualities and how they will impact the cutting process to
attain the best gem. Of course, there are lots of intermediate things
that will impact on those qualities and I recognize right off that
origin sometimes will play a part in the physical qualities of a
stone. But then so will some of the treatments it goes through before
it gets to the cutter. When I purchase rough, I don’t ask its origin
unless the seller wants to advertise it as beryl or sapphire from this
place or that. Normally the value of rough is based on the beauty,
size, and cuttability (neat word) of the piece. Thats how I acquire
When I go to sell it to the next guy up the line, usually someone who
wants to set it, those normally are also the first attributes they
look for as well. Origin only seems to be REALLY important when it
gets to the retail level and/or for an appraisal.
When I make a piece for a stone, it is nice to know the stone’s
origin but I can’t remember a time when that played a crucial part in
setting the price. Of course, I don’t deal in the high end stuff and
my overhead is low so maybe thats just not built into my scheme of
things. Maybe if I had an expensive store with high marketing costs
and all that, I would look for anything to improve my intake. Some of
you mentioned, "if a customer wants a stone from a specific area…"
That sometimes happens, especially if it is an 'important’
acquisition. After all, ‘bragging rights’ are important to some people
and I respect that. In such a situation I would try to obtain a
documented stone. But up the price just because its from place A
rather than place B? I don’t think so.
Cheers from Don at The Charles Belle Studio in SOFL where simple
elegance IS fine jewelry!