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Fakes & FraudsNewbie seeking help on semi-precious online sources

21st Jun 2007 21:36 BSTSandra Ludwig

Hi, Folks--I've recently become very interested in semi-precious stones, mostly because I would like to include them in the handmade jewelry I've been doing for about 5 years now. I do have a local bead shop, but I'm not thrilled with their selections.

Recently, I got ripped off on ebay for some "chrysocolla," which turned out to be some sort of stone or ceramic with a plastic, painted coating! Fellow beaders tell me to "do my homework" before going to a bead show this coming August. However, with little or no knowledge of rocks, I'm wondering just how I might do that.

Moreover, I'd like to buy some semi-precious beads on ebay or on a regular Internet site.

Can anyone recommend a trusted vendor? Or point me in the right direction?

I would really appreciate it.



P.S. I've been reading some of the threads here, Especially on "primavera stone" and "crab fire agate." Some of that primavera stuff is going for $100+ a strand on ebay right now! LOL. Sheesh.

21st Jun 2007 23:49 BSTGary Weinstein


Here is the best advice I can give you. There is no ONE 'trusted vendor'. There are thousands! It all depends on your needs. Quantity you can use. Quality you desire. Selection, etc. As a gem and mineral dealer since the early 70s I can tell you that the best thing to do would be to look around for a local rock shop or go to shows to learn. Find a local club. Buy books and read them. Ask questions. The internet is a great place but does have some drawbacks when it comes to purchasing unseen items if you are not familiar with them. Best to buy from a brick and morter store. Want to buy mine? :>)


22nd Jun 2007 01:40 BSTJoseph Freilich

Hello Sandra,

your friend is your homework, and of course, knowledge is, enough with the corny slogans. I would get a subscription to Lapiday Journal, and the GIA's magazine, "Gems & Gemology". Not only are the articles informative, but the advertisers tend to be the most established sources...( with exceptions, of course ! ).....I too have been a gem dealer for the last 30 years, and although retired, I can still reccommend some sources if you e mail me directly at

Cheers, Joe
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