Here is a price list (US $/carat) for hand cut, certified and untreated gemstones:
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 2015 (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)
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 topaz, ruby 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 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
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Gemstones on the Web
If you are new to buying stones on the web, you might wonder why apparently similar looking stones are marked with completely 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.
However, a price will also be influenced by the sellers future expectations of the stone's value, his personal taste and the current demand for a particular variety.
If you compare prices between companies, especially on an international basis, the differences might be even bigger.
Here are possible reasons:
As a rule, never buy 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. and you might end up paying double prices per carat before the stone is finally at your door. See our "No Extra Fees" policy.
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 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. We are frequently asked:
"People sell gems for $2.99 on the Internet! What is wrong with them?"
Simple: Those are not gemstones.
They are synthetics, glass or industrial grade rough sold at "cutting costs".
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.
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.