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Performer of 2019:
Color-Change Gems (again)

Here is a price list (US $/carat) for hand cutcertified and untreated gemstones:

Remarks:

  • Dollar per carat based on average (multi-carat) stones depending on variety (e.g. rubies are generally much smaller than, say zircon)  
  • Rule: bigger is expensive, smaller is cheaper, matched pairs are higher
  • Prices exclusively for untreated and certified gems in 2019 (if you find stones in our stock that are cheaper they may have been graded in earlier years, snatch them before we notice and up the price)
  • Dark stones and bargains are here not considered
  • Precision cuts are works of art and can easily double a gems value
  • Price span within one group reflects smaller quality issues and differences in size
  • Presumption: international single item retail (not wholesale or parcels)
  • Some varieties like topazruby or sapphire cost only a fraction when treated.
  • As a rule Burmese stones are significantly more, African stones less expensive than Sri Lankan gems
  • Please ask for standard prices of specialties such as color changers, chrome tourmaline or cats eye alexandrite (these stones are too rare and complicated for a general price lists)
  • Subject to the development of the US Dollar vs. Asian currencies 
Blue/Violet Poor Fair Good Very Good Excellent
Sapphire <150 150-400 400-2000 2000-10000 10000+
Aquamarine <80 80-400 400-900 900-1600 1600+
Indicolite 100 100-200 200-400 400-800 800+
Spinel <60 60-200 200-500 500-1000 1000+
Zircon <50 <150 150-400 400-600 600+
Topaz 200 200-300 300-800 800-1200 1200+
Red/Pink Poor Fair Good Very Good Excellent
Padparadscha <150 150-500 500-2000 2000-10000 10000+
Ruby <300 300-1000 1k-3000 3000-10000 10000+
Pink Sapphire <100 100-500 500-1000 1000-2500 2500+
Spinel <80 80-500 500-1000 1000-2000 2000+
Topaz <100 100-400 400-800 800-1200 1200+
Tourmaline <100 100-250 250-500 500-900 900+
Zircon <50 <100 100-200 200-400 400+
Hessonite <50 <100 100-200 200-400 400+
Almadine <50 <100 100-200 200-400 400+
Rasberry <50 <100 100-200 200-300 300+
Rhodolite <100 <200 200-400 400-600 600+
Pyrope no value <50 <100 100-250 250+
Yellow/Brown Poor Fair Good Very Good Excellent
Sapphire 150 150-400 400-800 800-2000 2000+
Chrys. Cat's 100 100-300 300-700 700-1000 1000+
Chrysoberyl <50 50-100 100-500 500-1000 1000+
Hessonite no value <50 50-200 200-400 400+
Sinhalite no value <50 50-100 100-200 200+
Zircon no value <80 80-150 150-300

300+

Grossular <50 50-100 100-200 200-500 500+
Tourmaline 50 50-100 100-200 200-300 300+
Scapolite no value <50 50-100 100-200 200+
Purple Poor Fair Good Very Good Excellent
Sapphire 100 100-400 400-800 800-1200 1200+
Spinel <50 50-200 200-300 300-500 500+
Tourmaline <50 50-100 100-200 200-30 300+
Rhodolite <50 <100 100-200 200-400 400+
Amethyst no value 100 100-200 200-300 300+
Green Poor Fair Good Very Good

Excellent

Chrys. Cat's

100 100-200 200-400 400-800 800+
Sapphire 200 200-400 400-800 800-1200 1200+
Alexandrite
Chrysoberyl
150
<50
150-500
50-100
500-2000
100-200
2000-10000
200-500
10000+
500+
Tourmaline 100 <200 200-500 500-750 750+

Zircon

no value <30 30-100 100-300 300+
Diopside no value <50 50-100 100-200 200+
Kornerupine no value <50 50-90 90-160 160+
Garnet <200 200-400 400-900 900-1500 1500+
White Poor Fair Good Very Good Excellent
Sapphire 100 100-200 200-500 500-1500 1500+
Quartz 50

50-100

100-200 200-300 300+
Topaz no value 50 50-200 200-400 400+
Beryl no value <50 50-100 100-400 400+

Learn about grading / Ask about pricing

Gemstones on the Web

If you are new to buying stones on the web, you might wonder why apparently similar looking gemstones are offered for vastly different prices.

Compared within one company, the reason will most likely be that the gem photo does not show the stone's true beauty or else hides its flaws. An honest web dealer will set his price based on the stone and not its photo, even if he may discount a gem that refuses to be photographed 'correctly'.

However, a price will also be influenced by the sellers future expectations of the stone's value, his personal taste, the inventory he holds, and the current demand for a particular variety.

If you compare prices between sellers, especially on an international basis, the differences might be even more dramatic.

Here are some reasons:

As a rule, never buy valuable gems without certificates (third-party, not self-made, mind you) and sufficient inspection time.

When you compare carat prices, make you sure you compare on the same level:

Some companies charge extra for transport, insurance, certificates, listing etc.. See our "No Extra Fees" policy.

Auction:

EBay is notorious for $10 offers on stones that the sellers claim have a declared market value of $1000. Why should someone sell a $1000 stone for ten dollars, unless he is really desperate - which wouldn't give him time for EBay anyway?

You might sometimes find an undervalued bargain on EBay (if you know more than the seller), but you will definitely not get a fine sapphire for $10. If that were so, nobody would be working anymore, let alone mining.

Nobody will sell anything significantly under value. In the gem trade as much as (or even more than) anywhere else the old rule applies: You only get what you pay for!

The $2.99 question: "People sell gems for $2.99 on the Internet! What is wrong with them?"

Simply put: Those are not gemstones. They are synthetics, glass or industrial grade material.

A 'precious gem' for $2.99 is an oxymoron.





For penny pinchers:

While you may find bargains on this website, especially with one of our monthly sales, this is not the place where international misers buy gems. They're welcome to read, learn and have fun, the web is free for all.

To save money, take risks on ebay, try your luck on the many low-cost websites, or be patient and take your time to find a suitable gem in one of the often excellent but small inventories of hobby traders. Take time and bet on auction-sites or search pre-loved jewelry. Even some precision cutters have gems for retail. You can find great almost-not-for-profit bargains on the web (any accountant can tell).

We don't compete on price. Keeping an inventory like ours is no hobby-venture but serious business even if we are a small company compared to NSC, BlueNile or other old-world mammoths gone online over the last decade.

Other than many, we do not use virtual-inventories (meaning gems are owned by company X but sold unseen on numerous websites). We know every gem we offer, personally. Only thus can we judge the quality of each gem, provide realistic photos and write honest describtions. No copy-paste gemstones here.

Personal service and quality never comes cheap. For example, buying thousands of lab reports upfront is not a service for penny-pinchers. Do the math: 2000 reports online today at, say, a low average of $100 each - that is bound capital (not to mention the gems themselves). Many gems have two reports, plus they are re-made every 5 years or so. 

Some cost-cutters have asked: why invest in reports? Because it's part of our all-out service commitment. Only with a lab-report already done, can you be 100% sure about what you order. You won't believe how many surprises come back from the labs, even amongst pros.

A 3rd party report also proves that the gem is actually in our stock, not just a photo of a gem which we will try to source after you have ordered it, as practised elsewhere. Furthermore, each gem is absolutely identified with a report and cannot be offered on other websites. Most importantly, however, a 3rd party report kills wishful grading, avoiding subjective opinions on colors, clarity, gem-category, and of course treatments. For those reasons, we have $200K cash bound in reports. That is more than $1k capital cost per month. All for your peace of mind. And it is only one of the many extras we offer.

However, for ways to cut cost read on...



 

Funds tight?

With some luck, checking for gems without report can be a good way to cut cost here.

If you find a gem you do like and which is not a one-in-a-million rarity, we might have a similar sister/brother off-line without report & work and thus cheaper. Untreated and un-calibrated gems with 3*NOS quality are always rare, but chances are best for gems that are wholesaled in parcels (like red garnets, or white topaz, green tourmaline etc.).

Padparadschas, watermelon tourmalines, star sapphires or similar scarce gems are very rarely sold in quality parcels; and even if, they all will be unique, so chances are nil that we have an identical gem unpublished.

We also have a box with gems that will never be published because they don't fulfill our quality standard. Those we'd sell at the same prices you see elsewhere on the web, on ebay or budget websites.

Gems with windows, inclusions or treatments are not worth our time nor the cost for lab reports, but they do get stuck with us.

If funds are tight, you can ask two type of questions:

a) Do you have an unpublished gem like this (link)? Works only for 3*NOS gems.

or

b) Do you have a XYZ-gem with flaws that is unpublished? 

It helps to add what kind of flaws you are indifferent to. If you don't care about windows or inclusions, but do not want treatments, chances are best; although we do have a couple of treated gems as well, mostly sapphires and a few rubies.


Three shots of the same seven carat chysoberyl.
Note the color and visibility of the table feather. We would select
the left photo and mention a stronger green in the comment.


Gem-photos on the web:

Today there are more good gem photos than good gems on the market.

We don't color enhance or brighten or darken our photos. Our photos are made with a "normal" Nikon 5400 and every stone is shot individually. We never re-use old photos.

Left untouched, photos might show inclusions to dominate, weaken or strengthen a color, make a light stone darker or vice versa. If that is so, we mention it in our comment at the end of the grading report.

If you think a photo differs from our grading, you can assume that the grading is closer to reality than the photo. In any case our stones convince best in person. 

Our hand-shots: Please take note that our hand photos are made with fingers of US-ring-size TWELVE (no hand-model within our budget). Thus, if you have a ring-size of, say, SIX the gem will look twice as large on your fingers.

Read an in-depth analysis of how to judge different gemstones by the photo:

Gemstones on Photo

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Investing in gemstones

Gems are not an investment that can be bought and quickly resold for profit. Whoever says so is either badly informed or not honest. 

Untreated gemstones easily hold up with inflation plus one or two percent. Some varieties become fashionable and beat any investment fond, but you have to know which one and be there to get them. This is much easier than on the stock market but still you have to be on the watch.

However, gemstones are highly concentrated and mobile valuables. In accounting terms or at customs, they actually come under "cash equivalents".

This is true only in regard to a gems' portability, but in terms of cash-flow they can better be compared with real-estate. One might sell a gem at any time, but to get a good price you will have to find a buyer who wants exactly what you have.

On the other hand gems have a clear advantage over real estate because they do not to need any maintenance, they can't be confiscated by governments, and you can carry them in your pocket anywhere anytime and...

... gems are definitely the best looking of all investments. They can be a daily source of joy and you will never get tired of looking at them. (In fact it may be somewhat addictive.)

If you are not only attracted by the beauty of gems, but by their value potential, stay away from the highly fashionable and already expensive varieties like pads, pinks or rubies.

We invest in garnetsspinels, off-color sapphires and chrysoberyl. They will gain value even short- to midterm and will surely make an excellent heritage for the next generation. Untreated ones only, of course.

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Investment-Planning

Here is a table of gemstones
we recommended for an investor's gem-collection
with a total budget of $30.000:

(in 2011)

Variety

Type

Size in ct

Shape

Budget in $K

Sapphire

Green

Blue

Yellow

Pink

White

1-2

<1

1-2

<1

1-2

each in a different shape

1

1

2

1

2

Stars

Ruby

Sapphire

1-2
2-4

one round, one oval

2
2

Cat's Eyes

Chrysoberyl
Semi-precious (Garnet or Apatite)

1-2

4-6

any

1

0.5

Ruby

Purplish or pinkish OK

<1

Round

2.5

Garnet

Red (any variety)

Tsavorite

Demantoid

Hessonite

3-6

<1

<1

3-5

Each in different shapes

1

0.5

0.5

1

Beryl

Aquamarine

Green Beryl

1-2

1-2

any

1

1

Diamond

D VS1-2

<1

Round

2.5

Amethyst

Purple

5-10

Any

1

Topaz

White

5-10

any

0.5

Tourmaline

Green

3-5

any

1

Spinel

Blue

Red

1-2

1-2

Any

1

2

Jade

Imperial

2-3

Any

2

Turquoise

Blue Green

5-10

Any

1

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