Gemselect.com trustworthy-ness?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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1872 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Gem Select is trustworthy. The prices are very low because the gems are “commercial quality” which is, well, fairly low. They are often not well cut (NONE are precision cut), and are often highly treated. Color is a pretty mixed bag as well. The ones that are well-colored, well-cut, and untreated are more expensive.

Post # 4
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53 posts
Worker bee

I’ve ordered from them before. They’re cheap becaus the stones you get from them are typically very poorly cut, and are usually treated for color or inclusions. They’re ‘native cut’ stones, cut on-site at the mine (essentially) and cut to increase the ct weight at the expense of the look of the stone. You’ll have big ‘windows’ in the stones (you can see right through it top-down, so it loses a lot of light and sparkle).

That said, it is fun to get some things: I got a trio of teardrop opal cabs that I plan to have made into a pendant, and the smaller groupings of stones are perfectly suitable for melee stuff. You can also buy a stone you really like the color of and have it recut!

Here’s some top-of-the-line loose gem people, they have beautiful stones, and it may still be cheaper/better than sourcing through a jeweler.

http://www.precisiongem.com/

http://www.artcutgems.com/

http://www.thegemtrader.com/

http://www.finewatergems.com/

 

 

Post # 6
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1649 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I JUST purchased two london topaz stones for under $40 from them and they look remarkable! They are very well cut (e-ring contenders so I scoured through pages of topazes to get the perfect ones), and they have no visible inclusions whatsoever. Once I get my camera up and running I will post some pics! I definitely recommend them.

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