I have shopped with Gem Select for over 15 years and have always had an outstanding customer experience. The images of the stones depict the exact color, cut and quality (eye visible) and the descriptions precisely provide the provenance and gem specifications, etc. You know exactly what you're purchasing. They also consistently provide excellent customer service.
I believe this market could grow very large in the wake of cryptocurrencies as gold and silver become less popular. I believe birthstones will begin to increase in popularity for jewelry and meaningful trinkets. I think this website should consider another metric that gauges how "raw" the mineral/gem/stone/etc. is-- how processed it has been. Some people may want to get the raw material from a specific location, know its history, and contract someone to refine it into a personal keepsake.
Easiest website to find what I'm looking for as a starter gem collector. Many years in precious metals I decided to expand my interest. This website makes it easy to search exactly what I'm looking for with great description of what I'm purchasing.
Express Shipping: $29.90 USD Flat Rate - Full Value Insurance / Most shipments delivered within 3-4 days.
Economy Shipping: $8.90 USD Flat Rate - Insured for up to $200 USD / Most shipments delivered within 7-14 days.
Free Combining of orders - No extra shipping fees.
Pay one flat rate shipping fee for all items per transaction / shipment.
No minimum and no maximum order value.
Order as many items as you like and still pay only one single low flat rate shipping fee starting at $8.90 (Economy) or $29.90 (Express).
All gemstones are natural!
All photos and videos are of the actual gem for sale (No Stock Photos)
What you see is what you get! Shipping actual items as pictured.