Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!
If you checked our listings within last three months you might notice I (actually one of our customers) mentioned current precious stones prices that are about twice as much for Zambian and many times more for Colombian emeralds and start at $3,000 per ct for even average to good grade unheated sapphires. You may also notice that I promised to keep my prices unchanged until the end of the year and I will keep my promise. Current lowest wholesale (like at dealers only gem shows) price for so-so Zambian stone is $800 per ct; $1,800-$2,200 for top 1+ ct stones; $1,200; $2,500-$3,500 per ct respectively for 2+ ct and the more the weight the more price per ct. For Colombian even low grade (very light; average color heavily included) starts at $4,000 per ct; good but not top stones cost $12,000-$15,000 per ct and as for top... If I would sell all my Colombian stones even for top online stores like James Allen or NY Gems prices and not Tiffany, Cartier and the like ones I would write this from my island in French Polynesia... or probably it would be archipelago. As for Zambian stones I will increase prices but not significantly. Colombian are different: we cannot afford to buy any new stones for current prices; all we have are from our very old inventory. So, I will change prices to lower than wholesale but not much lower ones. But I will do it January 1, 2020. Until then enjoy "Big Holiday Season Sale!"
Note: Unlike pictures that in case of emerald (it doesn't apply to any other stone) with extremely rare exceptions can look like anything and everything but not like the real stone, videos usually at least realistic and upon my return from Mexico in the end of May, 2020 I will add them to all listings. Upon requests my assistant that in US and has all stones took additional pictures and tried to make videos but they were suitable only for producers of horror movies. So, please rely on specifications and descriptions - especially descriptions; I spend a great deal of time writing them - don't pay much if any attention to pictures and don't hesitate to ask questions. Please remember that even if a listing has a video and it is good and realistic one, nothing will replace seeing a stone in person. Many of our stones are top to absolute high-end but if you will not like a stone you purchased - we refund immediately no questions asked.
IF YOU PURCHASED MORE THAN ONE ITEM - DON'T PAY!!! WE COMBINE SHIPPING BUT GEMROCK DOESN'T LET US ACTUALLY DO IT. IF YOU PAID BY CREDIT CARD WE CANNOT REFUND EXCESSIVE SHIPPING. IF YOU PAID BY PAYPAL WE CAN, BUT PAYPAL DOESN'T RETURN FEES IT TOOK. IF YOU PURCHASED MORE THAN ONE ITEM - CONTACT US.
Please read important notes after description. I add and update them frequently.
About the stone:
Clarity. Maybe something microscopic. Actually I didn't waste my time to meticulously investigate if there really was something microscopic. What I did is checked if there were any surface reached fissures. Under 10 X I did not see even single tiny one. Our supplier who is also gemologist and seller doesn't hesitate to state that such stones are totally untreated but I do and don't state this without microscopic examination. Unfortunately my microscope is in our lab 300 miles away. Incredible transparency.
Picture. I was a bit tired of “all brilliance in the universe” unknown to human civilization crystals from the remote galaxy of our photographer and asked him to give me something naturally looking especially if stones are high-end. Well, clearly it is not what he does best. Without aid of his dozens light picture is not far from mine. Pretty much dirty, drop of color, dark spots/areas that make stone on picture much darker than the real one (real stone is Medium Dark but brightness, transparency and extremely intensive inner glow make it visually closer to Medium), etc., etc. Still better of course than my pictures – he is a pro – and looks more or less natural.
Stone. I don't know how to describe this stone, probably it is impossible. All stones should be seen in person but this one must. I have clients from UK and Canada who travel to US to see real stones. Well, they buy more than one but even if you buy just one stone that in real world costs tens of thousands of dollars it worth the trip. This stone is... unusual and I cannot explain why. “Too clean, too transparent...” Somewhat unusual color. No, it is usual, but... unusual. Exceptionally beautiful but it has some unusual overtones. Well - again - this stone has to be seen in person.
Many people ask for GIA certificates. A must if a stone is ruby or sapphire, only a matter of prestige if it is emerald. However, if you have a neighbor you really hate and want her to die from envy, it may worth it. It will not say anything different but imagine her green face!
Stone: Natural (Green) Beryl
Weight: 2.37 ct
Hue: strongly bluish Green
Tone: Medium Dark
Clarity: Type 3 VVS
Treatment: Colorless Oil
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.