I don’t know how else to start here. You will need to read blogs and books to educate yourself in gemology. I’m not a Graduate Gemologist as I state in my about Robert page. I am a gem cutter, which is similar to a machinist. Give me a good blueprint and I can make it for you.
My teacher and I went to a well known and highly respected auction house in New York City. This was a jewelry auction that only happens twice a year. Jewelry and some loose gemstones on sale. I lot of great stuff if you can afford it. I saw fabulous Kashmir sapphires. Kashmir has been mined out since the late 30’s. The blue of those stones is what sapphire is famous for. I saw some loose tourmalines in a small collection. Rubelite that was RED, indicolite that was BLUE, green tourmaline that was green without any hint of yellow. Try and find that rough today! It’s gone. Maybe another deposit will come along, but you still have an example from the past.
We realized that as gemcutters we were part of the business. We had knowledge that most people don’t have, but we still didn’t know the marketplace. I took a magnifying glass to many of the stones and saw the flaws. I saw polishing that was not near as good as ours. But did I have a clue as to the value of these stones? No. That brings me to the point of this page. Gemstones can be very valuable. That is what attracted me to this business along with a love for gems. When I was a child and I found quartz crystals in a road cut near my home I was hooked. The passion continued from there. Explore and enjoy this wonderful art form, but don’t ignore your common sense. Deal with an honest jeweler. There are many out there. Don’t be afraid to pay a gemologist for an appraisal. If you are going to bid at an auction and you are spending thousands of dollars for a single stone please get the opinion of a gemologist as to the market value of the stone you are interested in. Take them to lunch and then pay for their opinions.
The world is changing. Business is very active on the internet. I see wonderful collectible gemstones on the internet. Obviously look for their satisfaction rating. Their return policy and any references that will insure a satisfactory purchase. When you get the stone call a gemologist and arrange for an appraisal. An appraisal fee is your insurance against fraud. I don’t think I need to spell this out for you guys, but $100 to $200 for an appraisal on a stone that you just spent $10,000 for is well worth it. If it’s a stinker you send it back for a refund. If it’s a keeper you have peace of mind knowing that you weren’t ripped off.
Like I said. I’m not a GG. From the bench of Robert. A lowly grinder! Peace. Love.