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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.


Thanks!


Sandra


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

Sandra,

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? :>)

Gary

22nd Jun 2007 01:40 BSTJoseph Freilich

Hello Sandra,

your friend is correct..do your homework, and of course, knowledge is power...so, 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


gemcrystals@aol.com


Cheers, Joe
 
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