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Every other week I get a query from the forces in Afghanistan or Pakistan. Usually the email comes from an entrepreneurial US soldier:
I can buy cheap rubies in the local market!

My answer is always the same: DO NOT!

Often people wont listen and months later I get an email saying: I wish I had not.

I respect risk-taking, and good business sense is an American virtue. However, when it comes to gems everybody seems to think he is the very first.

Probably many others try every week. So here it is, for all to read:

Forget about buying cheap rubies (or other gems).

Gems have been traded there since the ice age. Those locals know their business and the last thing they will do is sell a soldier a bargain. Period.

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Re: rubies and soldiers
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I've had a couple of these come through here Edward. The buyer always wants me to re-cut the stone to make it "look better". Sorry, no can do. These things are typically of horrible quality and have been glass filled. Even then they are murky with numerous surface fracture showing, something like a marble which has been heated and dropped into cold water.


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