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Author:  hedstrom [ Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Where to buy gemstones online

Which are the best sites for buying gemstones online? Both rough and cut. I'm familiar with e-bay so if you people here have any favourite sellers, please share! I would highly appreciate it!

Author:  Barbra Voltaire, FGG [ Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:27 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Where to buy gemstones online

This is not a consumer's forum, sorry.
The purpose of this site is to discuss gemology.
Many of our members are cutters and have online venues. You can research some of the links.
Good luck.

Author:  hedstrom [ Mon Jun 13, 2011 3:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Where to buy gemstones online

Ah.. i thought so. Well, all i wanted really was to find sellers that are trusted so i don't pay money for a piece of glass. Anyway feel free to remove this post :)

Author:  Barbra Voltaire, FGG [ Mon Jun 13, 2011 3:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Where to buy gemstones online

On, gee, there is nothing wrong with asking.....
Seriously, check some of our members links.

Author:  hedstrom [ Mon Jun 13, 2011 3:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Where to buy gemstones online

Yeah i'll do that :)

Author:  allanotaylor [ Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:40 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Where to buy gemstones online

Hi Hedstrom
Ebay is a good place to buy gemstones and I have found the dealers there to be reputable, they have to be to maintain a good sellers rating of 99% satisfaction or better. Last week I got a syn faceted qtz which turned out to be a syn sapphire & on telling the dealer there was no problem to get a replacement.
For natural gems try http://www.gemselect.com & nat & syn http://www.thaisilvergems.com
Syn gems & rough http://www.morioncompany.com
http://www.gemresources.com
or do a search on eBay for whatever you are interested in.
Cheers
Allano

Author:  Barbra Voltaire, FGG [ Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Where to buy gemstones online

Speaking as a professional gemologist who routinely identifies many gems purchased on eBay , I must say that I have seen gross misrepresentation frequently associated with eBay purchases.

Gross, fraudulent, misrepresentation.

Sidebar: Please remember this is not a consumer's forum. We share technical information, and leave buying and selling leads to other venues. :D

Author:  baobei18 [ Tue Jun 14, 2011 4:41 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Where to buy gemstones online

Barbra Voltaire wrote:
Speaking as a professional gemologist who routinely identifies many gems purchased on eBay , I must say that I have seen gross misrepresentation frequently associated with eBay purchases.


As an absolute beginner, I've been buying test stones off ebay to play with my handlens and refractometer. For my purposes, it doesn't matter if I get something that isn't as described, as this is just for my own education (and they're incredibly cheap!)

But, just in my searches of cheap gemstones, I've seen some quite obviously incorrectly labelled stones, I imagine it's just as bad on the higher end (more expensive) stones. Good luck~!

Author:  empress [ Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:50 am ]
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As a warning, when I clicked on the link to thaisilvergems.com - I got a warning that the site may be harmful to my computer. You may not want to use that link...

Author:  Roughysdad [ Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:28 am ]
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Barbra Voltaire wrote:
Speaking as a professional gemologist who routinely identifies many gems purchased on eBay , I must say that I have seen gross misrepresentation frequently associated with eBay purchases.

Gross, fraudulent, misrepresentation.



You're being charitable Barbra :mrgreen:

Pete

Author:  allanotaylor [ Tue Jun 14, 2011 6:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Where to buy gemstones online

Re comment by Empress: The warning for supposed dodgy websites by your computer is a useful one (could be default for any website from Thailand?) however, I frequently refer to thaisilvergems.com website for info and several times bought gems from them. I consider them reputable dealers.

These large dealers (the websites I have given) have to have trained gemologists on the pay roll for the company to operate buying and selling, plus designing the website. A buyer who is a trained gemologist can quickly tell whether the sales data is OK or suspect, or plain wrong. This is more likely to happen with individual sellers, rather than large dealers. The large dealers maintain their presence on eBay to get customers.

Therefore it is unhelpful (specially to beginners) to tar the whole EBay with the same brush, by declaring it prone to fraudulent practices when clearly it is not. Trust is what makes eBay work. I could remind readers that twice in the past few weeks I have read/seen posts about dodgy Gem Certificates issued by trained gemmologists, but we know this is a rare occurrence. So common sense is required. Also, when in doubt, don't! (buy, or whatever)
Cheers
Allano

Author:  empress [ Tue Jun 14, 2011 6:52 pm ]
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Allano,

I just tried their site again by typing it into my browser and did not get the warning - so who knows (not I) where the warning came from. Maybe my system doesn't like links to ebay?

Author:  Barbra Voltaire, FGG [ Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:44 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Where to buy gemstones online

allanotaylor wrote:

Therefore it is unhelpful (specially to beginners) to tar the whole EBay with the same brush, by declaring it prone to fraudulent practices when clearly it is not. Trust is what makes eBay work.
Allano


With all due respect, I disagree.
Certainly there are honest dealers on eBay. Certainly there are bargains to be had.

But unless one has the ability to determine what is legit and what is not, they are operating with a profound disadvantage. Blind trust is a fool's game.

Just do an eBay search for "blue quartz" or "alexandrite beads" or "padparadsha sapphire".
I can't find an eBay seller of mystic topaz who indicates that it is a coated colorless product.

Author:  allanotaylor [ Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Where to buy gemstones online

Hi Barbra
To be helpful I post a webpage from http://www.gemselect.com, an eBay dealer that sells a large range of mystic quartz and topaz and explains the treatment of it viz thin film deposition of titanium metal on the pavilion of colorless gems.
Refer to details given at:
http://www.gemselect.com/mystic-quartz/ ... quartz.php
http://www.gemselect.com/gem-info/mysti ... z-info.php
Regards
Allano

Author:  Barbra Voltaire, FGG [ Tue Jun 14, 2011 10:43 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Where to buy gemstones online

Well, there are currently 11,897 results found for mystic topaz on eBay. I haven't found any which describe a coating......admittedly, I have not checked all of them, just the first 100 or so.
But, to beat a dead horse, your premise that the success of eBay depends on "trust" is naive.

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