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Buying an Estate Diamond, winter 2019

Posted on 1 November, 2019 at 0:55 Comments comments (1)

Buying an estate diamond can be a tricky thing but here are some tips:

1) make sure the diamond is out of mounting

2) take diamond to a registered appraiser don’t try and eye-ball it yourself because you won’t have the equipment and expertise

3) check pricing with bluenile.com, I find that they have pretty good pricing for the average diamond buyer, but expect to pay at least 30% less than bluenile because you have a “used” diamond

4) always negotiate the price with the buyer and use cash when you can

5) there are diamonds, simulants, enhancements and lab grown diamonds, none of the pricing is the same

6) if it is at auction be careful because stones in jewelry can be difficult to see, especially if there is damage, if there is a GIA or other report please look at it carefully and make sure it is a reputable report

Happy Hunting!

Tips for Tucson February 2019

Posted on 13 February, 2019 at 17:35 Comments comments (2)

This year's Tucson show highlighted color and lots of it!

The ink blue sapphire on our homepage  is 10.5 carats and comes from Sri Lanka. It is a gorgeous example of color and how this is the year of the big and the bold. Top-end ruby and emerald will also continue to sell well this year with demand staying high.

Besides the top three: emerald, sapphire and ruby, there were colorful spinels, tourmalines and garnets that were impressive. The best in show this year were the color change, purple and tsavorite garnets. Red spinels and rubellites (intense pink tourmalines) were also show stoppers and people looked for red, pink and purple gemstones. These three colors dominated the show in terms of popularity.

White southsea pearls also made an appearance and were sought after by many for earrings and single drop pendants accented with colored gemstones and faceted black spinels.

On the crystal side, the hot items were heart shaped amethyst geodes. Whether you bought them for their healing powers or will make them into jewelry, they are spectacular and come in a wide range of colors and sizes.


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