Looking for vendors that sell real gemstones…
Not glass filled or synthetic etc. I don’t paying more but do mind paying more for stones that are not authentic.
I have been buying rings for years at HSN but in reading customer reviews on rings I am thinking of buying, surprised to see more and more returning their purchases due to poor quality of the stone, or it is glass filled etc.
Looking for a vendor that sells consistently high quality gemstones….Thanks~
I guess that really depends on what stones you are looking for – and what you mean by "more". How many thousands of dollars would you pay for those perfect rubies and saphires and whatnots? I guess you could always try JTV or your friendly local jeweller… You could also try pawn shops and real estate sales. I gather, some of the best items you might find on something like Christie auction. JTV seems to be doing a good job of presenting the state and origin of their stones. Or you could establish connections with a supplier from India or Brazil or something.
As far as the cheap glass filled rubies Colleen was selling as "enhanced" instead of "manufactured" as the GIA calls them. Recently she did sell some enhanced rubies (well even fine rubies may be heated, these weren’t fine rubies though) but she referred to the fake glass filled rubies she’d sold and said something to the effect "these aren’t glass filled and let out a huge chortle, like the fact that the previous glass filled rubies were a joke on the poor people that bought them, I was one. I have pictures of it, with a cheap 6 megapixel camera when the ring is turned sideways, you can see nothing but white bubbles all the way across the bottom of the "manufactured" ruby. I complained, but to this day that ring web page still does not admit that it’s not considered a ruby by the GIA. I kept the ring as proof and so that I can openly talk about it.
I don’t mind buying artificial, or enhanced stones as long as I am honestly told that is what they are.when I buy them. For example turquoise, I want to know if it is considered real, meaning that at most it has had the Zachery treatment or if it is ground up and created by being compressed with resin to appear to be real. Look at the details, some enhancements are ok, others mean they aren’t even considered real. Buyer beware.
Hi Toree, you might want to try Michael Valettui (not sure I spelled his name correctly) on Evine. He has gems en vogue. He only uses real gem stomes. He is excellent at explaining exactly what you are getting. Sonia B is also on Evine. Her jewelry is pricey and the real deal.
A consumer would not know if a stone is glass filled unless it is disclosed. That is not something you can see. You will need an awful lot of money to buy just the stones themselves and perhaps have them made into what you want them to be.
Otherwise, estate jewelry might be a answer. Please keep in mind that gemstones have undergone treatments for years, so there is no guarantee that you will be lucky in finding non heat treated, non irrdiated, non dyed, non fracture filled stones even in estate jewelry.
What about Jay King’s jewelry he smines them:)
It doen’t matter to me I can’t afford the real gems:)
As long as they sparkle that what matter to me:)
Rubies that are lead glasses filled are poor quality accorning to the GIA:)
Thank you for your wonderful post:)
Peace and love:)
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03.09.16 12:32 AM