When I started my gem-cutting business, finding rough material that met my standards (and my price expectations) had proved to be difficult. Stones I bought from online dealers—both in the United States and overseas—were not as advertised and returns were impossible.
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” It is clear Shakespeare placed more emphasis on what something is, rather than what it is called. Yet, when it comes to gemmology and provenance, it would appear the lines are slightly blurry.