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Photos courtesy Custom Cut Gems
Lisa Elser, this article’s author,
looking at sapphire crystals
at a mine in Sri Lanka.
Buying at the source: How hard can it be?
By Lisa Elser
W finding rough material that met my
to find high-quality gem rough, but the only way to get
standards (and my price expectations)
at the good stuff was to know the dealers. Unfortunately,
had proved to be difficult. Stones
I was new in the business and didn’t have the contacts to
get me into the private rooms or behind the counters where
and overseas—were not as advertised and returns were
impossible. I’d been pounding the ground in Tucson trying
I bought from online dealers—both in the United States
88 hen I started my gem-cutting business,
the ‘Big Boys’ bought.
Jewellery Business / August 2013
7/11/13 3:08:55 PM