many bags of gemstones of all sizes and types 25 lbs avoirdupois I
want to make him an offer on the lot of it. How much per ounce
should I offer? Or should I just offer a price?
Most of the pawns shops and gold buyers are only interested in the
recoverable gold and tell the sellers that the stones are worthless.
In many cases they are - just synthetics.
One of my customers buys bags of loose stones from the pawnshops and
gold buyers. She pays about USD$ 90 - $100 per bag - of about 1
Remember - many of these stones have been damaged in the removal from
their original settings. Some are chipped, nicked, split etc. And
then the Pawn brokers of course treat them with the utmost care -
jumbling them all together like so many potatoes. So many get abraded
banging around in the bags.
But I can guarantee that my customer has already recovered all of
her original investments with them on or two fine stones that she
finds in each bag.
Just in a half hour I spent in her shop I separated many Blue Topaz
stones from Aquamarines and Zircons and blue glass - and also told
her to take much better care of the stones - instead of leaving them
all jumbled together.
Of course over half of what was in the bags were synthetic stones.
To my surprise - one of my customers - who does the cruise ship
circuit bought a parcel of very nice synthetic star sapphires - I
have no idea what he plans to do with them.
Don’t offer more than USD$ 2,500.00 for the whole 25 lbs
avoirdupois. Depending upon where you are located - I might be
interested in splitting the purchase with you (though I am only
interested in the natural stones - which can be used “as is” or
repaired, refaceted etc.)
Robert P. Lowe Jr.
Lowe Associates - Brasil