Friday, May 20, 2011

One of My Favorite Suppliers

Have you heard the story about the man who bought a business from another and when he showed up with fat check in hand, the original owner handed him the keys and a very large binder. The new owner was smart enough to know a real value. He had just paid for decades of experience and contacts. He knows that the notebook will lead him to the best profit.

Instead of a free tutorial today, I am offering something else for free and potentially more valuable. My favorite gem supplier.

I am not affiliated with them in any way other than doing business with them for about 10 years. I don't gain a thing by telling you this and accept no responsibility for your own purchases. They are a small outfit. The site is antiquated with no frills. You can call them with no trouble and someone will help you. You can leave notes about your order on the order form and they will try to accommodate you. I have gotten very good quality gems from them. I have gotten a couple stinkers, too, but they are good about returns.

Here is the caveat:  The pictures, when there are any, are usually terrible. You really need to know your stuff to be able to get a good idea of quality from a bad picture. The bigger gems have better pictures, but the smaller ones are done on a scanner, I think. You HAVE to be an educated buyer. Not all the deals are great and not all the stones are great. But, the ones that I have gotten, especially the larger ones, have been fantastic. I have gotten some incredible deals!

The blog pictures are from my most recent purchase. The rubies, probably from Madagascar, but excellent nonetheless, are 6mm 1.25ct each. I surmised from the crappy picture that they were well worth the 33.00 risk. I expected something nice, but not something THIS nice. They are very clean and well cut. The color is a very nice red without much pink. Why would I pay for fake rubies when I can get these at that price? The amethyst briolettes are 36.cts 23x11mm with super gemmy color.

Check them out Sign up for their newsletter to get heads up on new gems. Buy frequently and get a discount. I get a pretty good discount now.

Keep up with the weekly specials but check out the rest of the site, too, especially the wholesale section which you don't need to qualify for. And, remember, be an educated consumer. Oh, and stay away from the stone beads and cabs. Just sayin... .

"Why in the world is she telling us this?" you may ask. Well, I'll tell you, I have more gems than I know what to do with and I just don't use them all that much anymore.


  1. Thanks Tela, for posting your supplier. The rubies and briolettes look rich in their colors! What a great position to be in...having more gems than you know what to do with. Unfortunately, I am only in that situation with seed beads which I now rarely use!

  2. Thanks Tela!! I've just started really looking at real gemstones seriously, and still don't know exactly what I'll do with them!! lol Someday!!.....

  3. Thanks Tela!! Ill add this address with your rock man's address. I have emailed and he ships to England for Free!!! You are costing me money lady!! ha ha ha Thanks for the good read! Glenda x

  4. Hi Ladies! So nice to hear from you :)

    Christine, I never thought it possible to have too many, either, but I could never resist a good deal.

    MichelleO, try starting with sizes that you can fit in a snap set, you can do lots with them that way. :)

    Glenda, I'm really happy they will ship to you free. I have NEVER once had a problem with shipping with them.

    Hope you guys get some lovlies. :)


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