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I will require large gemstones in the 80ct (+ or - 20 ct) range for limited edition centerpieces for necklaces. I'm interested in Caregory A (inexpensive) amythest, citrine, topaz (silver and blue) and Category B (somewhat more expensive) aquamarine; kunzite, morganite. I have two waaasy to go here. Buy for size and lesser quality and have it recut (since many of the inexpensive stones are native cut, or, go for quality and pay the price for a well cut stone that may have been recut already.

I've searched some sites and would really appreciate your opinions on as to their general pricing and reliability. Here are the sites:
1. tz gems.com
2. gemstones-lights.com
3. awesomegems.com
4. mineralminers.com
5. allsheneeds.com
6. jewelz.com
7. pehnecgems.com
8. gemscape.com

All remarks will be much appreciated as I have never bought from internet before. Stephanie Young

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Steph,

Gemscape is based out of my city, San Antonio. I have met and taken a class from Neal Shaver (the owner). I have not done business with the company, but Neal has been known for many years by several of my gemological contacts here in the city. I haven't heard anything bad about him or his company.


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Stephanie,
You may get more responses if you make the sites hotlinks. In the future, you can just type the web address as http://www.<sitename>.com and DT will automatically create links for you.

As for me, I'm now going to click the links above and see what I think .

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Quote this post and reply to it Post#4 @ 05-21-01 , 12:40 AM


Got this one sittin' on my desk I'll let go cheap.



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Quote this post and reply to it Post#5 @ 05-21-01 , 09:23 PM


Didn't R/A say he had a piece of aquamarine lying around?

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It's a twelve pound beauty from the Rossford mine.

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Quote this post and reply to it Post#7 @ 05-21-01 , 11:48 PM


R/A...

I'll bet Richard Homer can turn that into a work of art for you!

The top section is a little light but the lower half seems to have nice color and I think has potential.

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Rossford mine. Glass factory ?


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I know you better than that Wink.

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R/A...

Is that Rossford, OH?

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Yes, JB, that is Rossford, OH. Either you are a very well-traveled guy or YahooMaps! is giving me away!

The Rossford "mine" is of course no mine. It's an LOF (that's Libby Owens Ford, now Pinkerton) glass factory. They make float glass mainly for the auto and architectural market. You likely have glass like this in you car right now!

This sample shows how the thickness of the material effects the appearance of the color.

I'm not a fan of auquamarine (though it is my birthstone), but it sure would be fun to have on this size to play with!

Thanks for playing "What's My Rock".

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R/A; You got me. I thought that we would be able to have an aqua as "big as the ritz". Leave it to wink and Johnnie Boy to unmask your aquaglassine. Stephanie Y.

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Wink: Your phot of Richard's cutting on the 50ct. aqua is superb. If I get the right stone, (at the right price) I will be knockig at your and his door! By any chance do you know of a cutter named Garlarneous (sp.?) I believe he does some handsome work as well.


QUOTE]Originally posted by wink
Ah, the old sight ID game. Judging by the color and the concoidal fractures, I am going to guess glass.

(or possibly obsidian, which is just natural glass, though slightly unusual in such a clean piece and color.)

Okay, I let the comment of letting it go cheap influence me too.

So, what is it really? And do you want to let Richard cut it if it is NOT glass.

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P.S. A little 50ct Aquamaring that Richard whipped up a couple of years ago...

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You must be referring to Gerry Galarneau, who can be found at this website: http://www.galarneausgems.com/

He also does some concave facetting.

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Ha,the truth is finally out! Leave it to our experts Wink and Brad to guess it was glass.

R/A... never been to Rossford or even heard of it until now. But some sleuthing on Google does wonders.

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I think Brad and Jonny know me all too well, and Stephanie will now have a healthy distrust for anything I post!

Stay tuned, next week I post a picture of a piece of slag I picked up at a brass foundry and try to convince you all that its a half pound piece of gold.

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J/B Thanks for the address. Toured Gerry Galarneau's site and saw some very nice concave facetting. Would appreciate hearing from anyone who has seen his stuff "in the flesh?" Stephanie Young

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You must be referring to Gerry Galarneau, who can be found at this website: http://www.galarneausgems.com/

He also does some concave facetting.


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