Casey-this is one of the few times i use caps in my posts
Your posting style is quite difficult to follow, so I thought I'd break up your reply to me to make it a bit easier. Not sure what the "use caps" was about because I didn't see any caps except for the capital C in Casey - perhaps that is what you were referring to.
-my answer to u "sticks & stones" yada yada, enough
Very adult response Steve, very informative and helpful to the other members of the board and to anyone wanting to learn about good sites to buy colored gemstones.
I reread my responses and I don't see where I ever threw "sticks and stones" at you. I never knocked your stones or your jewelry. My issue with you is your "throwing it out there with no backup" posting style on a board that is NOT made up of experienced colored stone collectors, and I take issue with many of your "blanket" statements. That's hardly sticks and stones. If I was insulting to you, you have my apology, as that was never my intention.
This thread initially was started to share the names of "reputable" loose gemstones sites, but instead of sharing any sites or names, you just tell everyone what great luck you've had buying on ebay and how all "6" of your appraisers agree with you and give you appraisals that state your stones are worth much much more than you paid for them.
Having 6 appraisers (whose names you never share) does not mean their appraisals are correct.
Steve, you seem to be very pleased with your purchases and subsequent appraisals of your purchases - that's great, I'm happy for you, but without some backup, they are only opinions and I was only trying to point that out, once again, I hardly call that sticks and stones.
i think u all mean well but my responce to u is that u should learn how to shop for gems-i mean really get into looking for good stone at good prices.
Case in point, telling "u" (us...me....???) to learn to shop for gems, but still, no real advice, no links, no vendor's names.
i have put many years into assembling my pendents to be some of the most unique items i & others have seen, i have talked with people who travel the world dealing in rare gems, frank scheafer out of pennsylvania is a good friend & has seen many of my items with positive results-
Finally a name! Frank Scheafer in Pennsylvania - so I looked up Frank's website: http://www.fgsgems.com/fgsgems/item_detail.asp?Type=Sapphire
Frank is a designer and cutter - not a certified gemologist, not even a certified appraiser, in his own words AN ARTIST, that runs a jewelry store, cuts stones and makes jewelry. He's likes your stuff, that's great Steve, I'm glad he is your friend, but that still doesn't prove anything, nor is it giving the members of this board helpful information for them to use in purchasing gemstones.
So I looked at some of his stones. Example: He has a ruby that is supposed to be a Burma ruby, under 2cts, on his site for sale for over $8,000 with an inhouse appraisal and his description of the ruby is: A super Ruby... Clean...Red...Right!
Really??????? No cert, no guarantee of no treatments other than traditional heat - only that it's clean, red and right and he wants over $8,000
I'm not going to make any more comments on his stones or jewelry, I'll let the members here check out his website and draw their own conclusions. I'm assuming Frank is not one of those who travel the world dealing in rare gems because he does not have ONE truly rare gemstone on his site for sale.
All of his gemstones appear to have "in house" certification, which means nothing...apparently there are no independent gem lab certifications or even independent appraisals by a certified gemologist....sigh......
im a hobbiest with reasonably good experience & info to back up my information & relying on the expertise of professionals to base my opinions on..
Then by all means share THAT information - don't just tell us what a great job you have been doing for 7 yrs and how your appraisers and friends agree with you.
bottom line-if i see a post that i feel i can be a benifit to the person asking a question, i will give my 2 cnts. because im coming from a place that shopping for good stones at fair prices from the source can be very rewarding-ive had too much success from too many people to change that-i dont know u, we will never meet, this rant is just trying to explain my stance-with all due respect-steve...
The title of the thread is "best loose gemsites please". You have yet to suggest ONE site or vendor, just telling the board what a great job you have done getting your gemstones on ebay is NOT helpful to anyone, and in some case is actually quite counter productive.
So ONCE again Steve, my initial request to you - keep it real.
Share some vendors names that you feel are reputable, link some sites where you have had good luck finding good deals.....
OR if you want to keep your sources to yourself, that's ok too, but then don't go on and on about all your great deals on a thread that is all about SHARING that information.