GemSelect Newsletter - September 2006
We're nearing the end of the long rainy season here in Chanthaburi, Thailand. It's been an unusually wet year, but so far we've escaped the devastating floods that have hit some areas in the north of Thailand. We'll be glad to see the sunshine again and enjoy a few months of pleasant weather before the heat returns in March. Many people are surprised to know that we actually have seasons here in the tropics. We have 3 seasons; hot, really hot and wet.
The weather may be dreary in the rainy season, but it's a good time to get some work done and we've been very busy here at GemSelect, finding great value gems for our customers and enhancing the website to save you time as well as money.
If you haven't visited recently, here's a summary of some of the important improvements of gemselect.com:
We now accept credit card payment through WorldPay. We searched long and hard to find the best international payment partner, and WorldPay is working out very well for us and our customers. WorldPay is part of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group, the 5th largest banking group in the world. For those who prefer to use PayPal, we will continue to support that payment option as well.
We've added new search and sort features to help you find the exact gems you're looking for. We know that it can be fun just to browse through pages and pages of interesting gems. But sometimes you want to be able to find something specific and it's useful to be able to sort gems by type, color, shape or size. Look for this new drop down menu on the gem pages:
If you make jewelry, or are buying a stone to have a jeweler set for you, you may want to buy a stone in a "calibrated" size to fit standard jewelry mountings. We've added a calibrated size chart, with links to all the calibrated sizes for the various gem shapes. We also show the calibrated size for all relevant gems when you view the detail page for a particular gemstone.
Last, but not least, we've added detailed information pages for almost all of our gem categories, with fascinating facts on the unique characteristics, history and physical properties of each type of gem. If you've ever wondered about the refractive index of spinel or the specific gravity of zircon, you can find it on our info pages.
Chanthaburi may be a small city, but it happens to be the center of the world as far as colored gemstones are concerned. It's estimated that up to 80% of the world's supply of ruby and sapphire passes through Chanthaburi. In the last few years, the trade in semi-precious stones here has increased dramatically, especially with African stones that are cut here in Thailand.
Excellent buys this month include:
These gems have good color saturation, are eye clean, and are available in round shapes (perfect for earrings) weighing up to 1 carat. It is hard to find sapphires this nice at this price, anywhere.
These gems are unusual, translucent opals, available in yellow and orange facet-cuts. They are very affordable stones.
Chanthaburi is close to the Cambodian border and we've acquired some superb Cambodian zircon. These gems range in color from golden-orange to blue. Zircon is well-known for its brilliance. You won't find zircon of this quality at this price anywhere in North America or Europe.
The traditional birthstone for September is sapphire. Those born in September have a good excuse to buy this classic jewelry stone, which is hard-wearing and never out of fashion. At any given time, we stock 1,000 or more sapphires on gemselect.com, in 24 colors and a dozen shapes. We have lots and single gems weighing up to 20 carats, from Thailand, Sri Lanka, Burma, Africa and Madagascar.
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Happy Gem Hunting!
Your friends at GemSelect
- First Published: September-01-2006
- Last Updated: June-23-2017
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