BUYING LOOSE GEMSTONES ON THE INTERNET
can be a daunting task- so many CHOICES!
The adage to keep in mind is that old, "something for nothing"
tome- is it really possible? As an occasional seller of
natural loose gemstones, the answer is a resounding YES-
SORT OF. I've learned through a few experiences
on ebay that there are certain things to look for, and look
OUT FOR. A "stock" photograph is not a good thing if
you are seeking to receive the pictured item. No two stones
are alike. You can identify a stock photo with relative
ease- there is generally (OR SHOULD BE) reference to
the fact that you are receiving an item "like" the photo. If
the photo is duplicated in other listings, beware- ask the
seller for confirmation that you are receiving exactly what
you see. Upon receipt, don't delay- take the gem to
your jeweler, or any jewelry store, for confirmation that
it is, indeed, as represented. You don't need to get an
appraisal- just have them look, because often, synthetic
stones are easy for a trained eye to identify. CHECK
FEEDBACK, and look for references from buyers that
have had their stone checked out. In the event
that your jeweler indicates that it might not be the real deal,
don't panic. Contact the seller with this information, and
see what the response is. Your jeweler could be incorrect,
in which case, a test should be performed for your own
peace of mind. LET THE SELLER KNOW IMMEDIATELY.
If you paid a tiny amount for a 2ct emerald, for example,
you may want to keep the item for its beauty, and accept
that a 2ct emerald that sells for 10.00 is what it is-
perhaps, TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. And, don't
eliminate private sellers- common folks like us- we
sell some legitimate and natural gemstones, too!
Keep in mind that ebay is a source for trained professionals,
too- you are bidding against well versed individuals.
Check out the ebayers bidding on the items- perhaps you
can glean some information from other bidders. Their own
purchases and feedbacks can offer insight, and provide a
more secure feeling of getting what you're paying for. Just click on
a recent 'won' item, and judge for yourself. You can also look
at sold items from a seller. If a sold item comes up that is
currently listed, beware! It could be a stock photo, or
a return- a great deal is rarely returned. Feedback pages are
a wealth of information!
Most of all, HAVE FUN, and learn. If you, like myself, are
determined to locate a pricey gem, there are many reputable
dealers on ebay- my favorite is Lembeck Gems for pricier
items. If you get really lucky and locate a steal,
CONGRATULATIONS. I can assure you, having just
sold a $1000. plus natural tanzanite (RETAIL) for a mere
$177.00 that deals ARE OUT THERE!