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About this stone:
Clarity. Some minor/very minor dots/pinpoints. Nothing is prominent or even really noticeable maybe with exception of only one position in which very short very thin hair on the crown is visible.
Picture. Dark spots, discoloration, unusual diagonal window, very rough and grainy. A case when my assistant says: “Stop whining.”
Stone. Nearly ideally cut and ideally polished very bright extremely brilliant stone!
I often give an information about FAIR and REASONABLE - not astronomical in various industry price lists - prices and post price list of Gem World International - Bible of every jeweler, gem dealer and serious buyer. But we live in ever-changing world. A few days ago (in October 2019) one customer sent me a message:
"Came back from the HK (Hong Kong - one of the few top dealers only gem shows) gem show last month and the prices were crazy high. No Zambians for less than $800/ct, and couldn't even get a whiff of even low grade Colombians for less than $4,000/ct.
Just ok colour heat only sapphires started at $1,000/ct. Unheated somewhere over $3,000/ct.
Needless to say I came away very unimpressed! These people were supposed to be wholesalers, trying to price like a retail store."
I didn't go to gem shows for about a year and contacted our supplier that attended almost all of them. Yes, it is prices now and he added that prices for such stones as tanzanite and paraiba tourmaline (I don't sell tourmaline) are moving steadily towards astronomical. Still, in the light of upcoming Holiday Season I am not going to increase prices for already listed stones and will continue to sell for "obsolete" prices to the end of the year.
About GIA/AGL (when most people know GIA more than AGL, AGL has a higher status when it comes to colored stones in US and in the world) certified/not certified stones. Obviously I certify top stones but it doesn't mean that described/priced as top non-certified ones are not as good as certified. They are and can be even better. Actually I don't even choose which stones to certify. I contact my assistant: "Sherry, we sold many GIA/AGL certified stones. Send 10-15 more to GIA."
I often receive "Your pictures/descriptions/values, etc. are too good to be true" messages.
As for pictures - they are mostly for reference purposes only. Some (mostly of our photographer) are very good but rather surrealistic/artistic - not realistic. However, I strongly believe that if stone is described as "high-end" or "absolutely high-end" it is better than the picture of it no matter how good it is.
Descriptions are always accurate.
Prices/values are too good to be true indeed but they are "hard to believe but true." 99% of stones I list are top to absolutely high-end. "Just good" my partner sells to jewelers off eBay and Gemrock and sometimes I combine them in lots and list for super bargain prices. I list top stones for ridiculous prices for advertisement, not for profit - to attract real world clients that are willing to pay real world prices. Buy with confidence.
Question I am constantly asked: Do you have such and such REALLY top stone?
1. Most likely I do. Most likely you already saw it - see answer 2.
2. Judging by your question, you looked at pictures of posted stones and didn't find what you were looking for. You never will this way if a stone is emerald. Pictures of emeralds as realistically represent real stones as if they were pictures of tractors. Any stone in our store priced $1,000 or more per ct is really top and would cost at least 10 times more even at online stores like James Allen, NY Gems and others. Pick any based on description not by picture. Even better - contact me and tell me what you are looking for and in what price range.
Two answers to the question I receive a few times per week:
Question: Can you show me a few more pictures?
Answer one: All listed stones are in hands of my assistant that ships them. Depends on the time of the year I am either 300 miles or 3,000 miles away from her. She takes pictures for certificates using camera in her cell phone under the kitchen light. If you are a producer of horror movies I can ask her to take a few pictures but please don’t show them to your children: poor kids will have a nervous breakdown.
Answer two: In 40+ years I didn’t see a single BOTH good and realistic picture of the stone if it was emerald. For the reason I don’t quite understand emerald is a stone that “doesn’t want to be photographed” (it doesn’t apply to any other stone). I take about 100 pictures of each stone, give them to my assistant to choose (I don’t have enough willpower to look at my results) and I am lucky if she doesn’t say: “I cannot use any picture from your nightmarish set.” Finally we found a photographer who agreed to take pictures for us (two before him tried and run away in horror) but his pictures when good are usually artistic-surrealistic interpretation. Nothing will replace seeing a stone in person and again - we refund immediately no questions asked.
My partner and I have a registered in NY State business (ES Gems) that includes gemological lab and for eBay we certify our stones. I’ll post certificates here too (unless a stone is certified by GIA or AGL).
Please note that emerald is Type 3 stone (most included and is considered to be always included). Its clarity grade tops at VVS, (not FL, IF or even IF-VVS) which according to GIA is barely equal to SI2 of Type 1 stone.
Some minor/very minor dots/pinpoints. Nothing is prominent or even
really noticeable maybe with exception of only one position in which
very short very thin hair on the crown is visible.
Dark spots, discoloration, unusual diagonal window, very rough and
grainy. A case when my assistant says: “Stop whining.”
Nearly ideally cut and ideally polished very bright extremely