Joined: Sat Sep 22, 2007 1:21 am Posts: 100 Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
A few months ago I bought 2 pcs of Ruby GF from a respected rough dealer that is a GO member and I will not give their name because I have bought rough from them in the past and still plan to. All of the other material I purchased from this vendor has, what I consider good value. After I cut the 1st pc (about 7.5ct @ $50 per/ct, YES) i ended up with a nice looking 1.85ct heart cut. Then I started reading about GF Ruby value and was dissappointed to hear the $10-$20 per ct CUT value.
I finally asked the vendor and recieved the you get what you pay for answer. I assumed that maybe because I'm not a gem expert that I would just shut up. Now, having read more about glass filled rubies I'm wondering why this vendor would sell these stones at this price. There are pieces of this material on sale today for $50 per caret. Again, I'm wondering if I'm not seeing something here, other than I got screwed. I have had a good relationship with this vendor and it just does not make sense for this vendor to risk their reputation. I need some enlightenment here. I Will turn my ?'s to you that are already enlightened. Thanks to all, bob
Joined: Mon Oct 17, 2005 2:39 pm Posts: 3530 Location: San Francisco Bay Area, CA
In some jewelry stores, jewelry with GF-rubies sells for regular retail markup prices in the $100s per carat.
It's all about the when and where of who's willing to pay a certain price, I suppose.
That being said, I'd be a little upset too if I was a regular customer of a vendor and given such a short shrift answer... it doesn't sound like great customer service to me. Still, not all GF-ruby is created equal. Maybe this is "high end" stuff... if it looks substantially better than the garden variety stuff out there, that may explain the added cost.
Or, as Barbra said, maybe the dealer is just trying to get back what THEY paid for it... not everyone gets good deals all the time.
It's a wierd world. Just this week we recieved, on memo from a well known diamond supplier, a glass filled ruby set into an elaborate ring. The ruby was about 5 carats; the wholsale COST for the ruby, without the mounting, was $1,070/carat. We screamed and sent it back immidiatly. Perhaps it is a case of diamond dealers venturing into unknown waters? In any case, this is the reason we are gemologists. Ignorence can be extremely expensive in our field.
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Joined: Fri May 12, 2006 11:24 am Posts: 7286 Location: Rome, Italy
a glass filled ruby set into an elaborate ring.
it's happened to me aswell recently to see many of those rings, sometimes with 10k$ of diamonds mounted and "gorgeous" GF rubies, my fear is that somewere there will be someone that will buy them.... ciao alberto
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