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Rare Gemstones - A Seller's Market

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

Rare Gemstones - A Seller's Market

Anecdote:  in late summer I got a call for a 4+ carat lagoon tourmaline of a very specific cut and color, not too dark, etc etc.  Unsurprisingly, the potential buyer couldn't find such a stone anywhere.  I asked the buyer if they were serious about the purchase because it would be expensive and hard to find.  I come across about 100 lagoon tourmalines in that size a year at best and I know who imports them and the source.  I know Tiffany likes those stones too and they pay good money for them.  Out of those hundred or so stones,...

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How Are Gemstones Sourced, and is Their Sourcing Ethical?

Posted by Yvonne Raley on

That is actually a question I come across fairly often in some shape or other.  I.e. are your gems ethically sourced, do they meet the Kimberly standards, are they Fair Trade?  I have written about this before, but I think it is time to revisit the issue.
Three observations, an anecdote, and finally an indeterminate conclusion: First observation. Most countries in which gemstones are mined these...

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