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My Trip To Tanzanian - Part II

Posted by Cecile Raley on

Day two in Arusha, Tanzania. The day started with a visit to one of Jochen's suppliers, a long time dealer in gemstone rough, one of the richest men in Arusha who has also supplied to a few dealers I know here in NY.. T. who has to remain nameless for security reaons, is a White African native in his early 60s and like all the other dealers there, totally hooked on what he does. T. showed me a...

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My Trip To Tanzania - Part II

Posted by Cecile Raley on

Day two in Arusha, Tanzania. The day started with a visit to one of Jochen's suppliers, a long time dealer in gemstone rough and one of the richest men in Arusha, who has also supplied to a few dealers I know here in NY. T. who has to remain nameless for security reasons, is a White African native in his early 60s and, like all the other dealers there, he is totally hooked on what he does. T....

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If I May Say So Myself: What I Would Buy from My Shop

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

With my semi-annual 15% sale coming up on July 13th, I thought I’d assemble a shortlist of my own favorite items, and why I’d recommend those for purchase.  I’m going to try to limit myself to three pieces from each of my favorite sections.


Of course my own favorite shop sections are the gems, and my favorite stones these days are mint garnet and Mahenge spinel. But there are other, less...

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Why Don’t All Gems Come in Any Cut?

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

I got the following question from two customers just this week: can I supply a matched pair of Merelani mint garnets, elongated pear shape.  The answer – and I don’t even have to look – is “no.”  (I actually did find one pair, so I was wrong, but you’ll see the astronomical price tag on my Etsy site!)

So why doesn’t any gem come in any cut? The answer is really simple. Gems are cut to maximize the...

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