I am frequently asked what stones I buy, and even more frequently am sales-pitched random and vague offers of “gems all kinds.” If you are a serious professional gem dealer, chances are you don’t want to waste your time and mine by offering materials I’m never going to buy, so it would be nice for us both if you would read this page before contacting me.
I buy from small independent businesses around the world, and am always on the lookout for new gems to add to my offerings. I’m very picky though, so if you are genuinely interested in selling to me please read and understand what I am looking for. I usually buy small parcels, no more than 20-500 pieces of any given stone at a time. I also buy quality facet and cab rough.
Natural, mined stones only, no synthetics or lab grown. I test the gems I buy and use the services of an independent gemologist as well. Any vendors misrepresenting their goods will be dropped promptly.
Treatments must be disclosed. I do buy heated, irradiated, and occasionally diffused gems but the treatment must be disclosed. I do not buy composite, man made, dyed or coated stones.
Cutting must be excellent. No windows, shallow cuts, fat stones, extinction, etc. I look for brilliance in everything I sell.
Clarity: Generally, I look for eye clean gems. Occasionally, depending on the material, inclusions or silk may be okay.
Pleasing color and appearance are a must. I like the unusual and will sometimes buy stones that do not represent the ideal color for a given gem variety if they are, objectively, beautiful. I once bought some garnets that were “too dark” to the point of being almost black because they had a stunning cut and polish and had a beautiful, almost glowing black appearance. They were prettier and less expensive than black spinel. That is an example of “less than ideal for the variety but beautiful” gems. What I do not buy are ugly, dull colors, muddy colors, extinct stones, etc.
Workers you employ including cutters and miners must be paid a fair living wage for their location and have safe, humane working conditions. Small independent cutting shops and family operations are preferred. Please be open to talking to me about the people you employ and sharing photos, video, etc.
Prices need to be at wholesale to the trade levels. I buy close to the source to ensure that miners and workers get paid fairly for what I purchase, and I have no intention of exploiting the natural, non-renewable resources my suppliers are good enough to provide. With that being said, I am very familiar with the gemstone trade and going market prices, and I shop around to find the closest sources and lowest reasonable prices. If I can get it cheaper from a different, quality dealer, you’re probably not going to make a sale to me.
More specific interests:
I specialize in gemstone stud earrings, which means that I’m always looking for quality calibrated round gems in the following sizes:
I also buy calibrated round cabochons in 4mm rounds and 6mm rounds only. Round cabs need to be well calibrated and consistent. I don’t tend to buy cabs that are cut from poor “cab grade” quality rough. If the cabs are cut from traditional gem rough, I want them to be beautiful, eye clean stones. If they are cut from other materials, the only requirement is that they are pretty and I want to add them to my inventory 🙂
As far as gem varieties, I have pretty varied tastes that include non-traditional and rare materials. If it’s affordable and pretty, I may well want it! It doesn’t have to be a large parcel, or even a stone that is typically faceted. I use faceted labradorite and carnelian for example – I have an open mind!
Feel free to pitch me whatever you have available within these guidelines, just please be aware that I see thousands of gems for sale and only pick some of them; I am picky and need to choose what will work for my business.
If you have stones you would like to sell me, please include the following information:
- Sizes available
- Quantity available, if limited
- Photos of the gems you are selling (not stock photos, but the actual gems or parcel you are offering)
- Minimum order if any
- Shipping cost
I can be interested by good deals on high quality faceting and cabbing rough. I’m not interested in mediocre rough any more than I am in poor quality cut stones.
Facet grade rough to me means the pieces are clean throughout the majority of the stone, the rough is well shaped (not flat or thin) for good recovery, is large enough to cut decent sized stones from, has good color and is not too dark, and has been graded to remove all stones that do not meet these criteria.
Cabbing rough should be excellent quality without large junk or sub-par sections within the stones. I will buy slabs or chunks. Please be ready to quote shipping charges if you are outside the US.
Crystals are only of interest to me as rough for cutting. I suggest offering fine quality crystals to other buyers as mineral specimens, and offering me the ones that have damaged terminations etc. providing they are facet grade.
Gems I am interested in buying:
- Faceted and cabbed rainbow moonstone
- Spessartite garnet
- White zircon (natural)
- Green zircon (natural)
- Faceted chrysoberyl
- Neon apatite (the dark blue color; I have plenty of the lighter colors)
- Beryl, various colors
Gems I currently have a reliable supplier for (ie not looking to buy right now)
- White topaz
- Black spinel
- Smoky quartz
- Rhodolite garnet
- Yellow andesine
- Golden tourmaline
- Chrome diopside
- Color change garnet
- BC jade
- Maw sitsit
- Lapis lazuli
- Ethiopian Opal
I do not buy or sell coral or ivory.
Selling estate gemstone collections, store closure gem stock, etc.
I do buy from private individuals on occasion, but please be aware that I approach purchases from people not within the gem and jewelry trade with great caution. Many individuals have poor quality or fake stock and don’t know it, or expect to sell at retail prices. Here are some things you should know up front before emailing me:
- I do not deal in stolen goods. I follow gem and jewelry crime reports and have many contacts in the industry, so chances are good that I will recognize stolen property and I will assist efforts to prosecute gem and jewelry thieves.
- I do not pay up front. You have to send the goods to me (insured) for inspection, testing, and evaluation. If I find gems of interest to me, I will make an offer. Any items I am not interested in will be returned to you.
- I buy at wholesale rates. I never rip people off, but what I will offer is similar to or slightly lower than the current wholesale to the trade market price. If you are unfamiliar with the gem trade, this amount may be less than you are hoping for.
- I will occasionally sell goods on commission if both parties are interested.