Hi Thomas H. Louthen III
and to all the others out there who like to play “The emperor has no
You and everyone else that can call doublets crap because you can
afford the alternative
Talking OPALS HERE. Being able to afford the alternative does not
stop doublets being crap.
Not being able to afford the alternative simply means you have no
idea where to buy.
Doublets are crap because they eventually delaminate. End of story!
I can buy beautiful solid opals (not black) for under $100, lots of
colour and well cut.
Just buy them from a miner, who is a fellow stall holder, who sells
didgeridoos/yidakis that he makes and plays.
As for heat treated sapphires no reason to buy them, plenty of
quality untreated ones here in OZ.
Buy them from the sapphire mining areas.
Because some people work hard and amass money does not mean they do
not live in the real world.
Perhaps they live in a more realistic world than those who spend for
instant gratification rather than thinking of the future.
Probably got a sub-prime mortgage and defaulted LOL.
If one refuses to listen to someone with a wealth of experience and
demonstration of quality manufacture who willingly shares his
expertise through his blog i. e. Leonid then it is no wonder one
justifies crap gems as “All my customers can afford.”
As for pretense those of us who have a genuine family coat of arms,
granted for service to the crown, find adding a numeral at the end of
ones name an Americanism that is nothing more than a feeble joke. See
we Scots can be as rude as the pretentious Americans.
As for backing turquoise with epoxy I have no expertise in this area
(honest I am) so I will not comment.
As long as the customer knows what they are buying then at least it
Just because you have not charged the standard markup on jewellery
does not make you a saint. It probably means you have little business
sense. There is a reason for the prices the trade charges, jewellery
is a luxury good.