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 Post subject: A question for the trade: WHY
PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 4:17 pm 
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It is interesting that we are able to fix up nearly worthless stone and make it as presentable as a debutante. But

With all the varied, gorgeous stones available, why bother? or is it a great and rampant need for profits??? The Gemmology Project is enumerating hundreds of stones; Dr. Edward G├╝belin's remarkable collection is there for all to see how brilliant and varied actual gemstones are. That thousands of people in the industry are falling over one another to fiddle with yet another stone, for yet another reason, is simply irrational. Perhaps even insane.

Ignorance is a great deterrent to improved sales of "lesser" stones. A concerted effort by the various trade organizations, jewellers' and gemmologists', probably could create a significant new interest in the spectrum of beauty that is the gemstone world.


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 Post subject: Re: A question for the trade: WHY
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It is interesting that we are able to fix up nearly worthless stone and make it as presentable as a debutante. But

With all the varied, gorgeous stones available, why bother? or is it a great and rampant need for profits???

Follow the MONEY!


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You bring up excellent points bluemiein.
Perhaps its because everyone over 3 years old has heard of rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds, therefore they are far easier to sell than more obscure, esoteric gem varieties.

Things are slowly changing, though....


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For a gem to be mass marketable, aside from other factors like toughness and the like, there has to be a ready supply of material in attractive colors (though obviously not too ready) to get the critical mass necessary to make it into popular awareness. There's a pretty limited number of gems that match the bill. I'm a big fan of axinite, but I don't hold any illusions that it will ever be a popular gem in its present state (though a large find of material in a more popular color than the current hues could easily change that in the future). Anyway, this means that those few popular gem varieties will be valued at a premium, so obviously anything that can lay claim to a popular name has extra value. This isn't anyone's fault per se, just an economic reality. I do believe that any currently "lesser" gem (with sufficient durability) could be elevated to a higher status at any time if a sufficiently large find of good material is found and marketed.

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If you want to get logical about things... the insanity is the current demand for gems that can be perfectly imitated or in many cases exceeded and improved upon in every way by CZ.

Think about it for a while... simple chemical compounds mined in countless tons, some of which are valued at tens of thousands of dollars per carat... that is insane.

Nothing unusual or irrational about the market, it always demands something new and different, and expects everything to get cheaper. So there will always be mad scientists buying the dregs and doing the basement chemistry projects to turn sows ears into silk purses, be it sugar treating opal or glass filling ruby. A hundred million bored American housewives watch their TV's, credit cards clutched in sweaty hands, with breathless anticipation of the results.

The valuation of gemstones is simply mass delusion, enforced by yearly propaganda budgets of billions of dollars. DeBeers created the notion amongst American women that weddings and engagements require diamonds, and it's gone downhill ever since.


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