I Want to Buy Gemstones; What are my choices?
So you want to buy gemstones?
Maybe you're treating yourself or someone close to you to a special gift and you want to have some jewelry made. In that case you will be buying what are referred to as loose gemstones. Loose gemstones are cut and polished precious and semi-precious gemstones that have not been mounted or fixed into jewelry. They are just loose stones. Loose gemstones should be genuine, original, precious and semi-precious stones, not artificially produced materials, which are called synthetics and are made in laboratories. Synthetic or artificial gemstones are the types normally found in low-priced jewelry.
So, if you are looking for gemstones to buy then we can assume that you are looking for a genuine loose gemstone. Precious and semi-precious stones are usually bought from an online gem supplier, a gem and jewelry trade fair, or from a gemstone wholesaler or a retail jeweler. If you have a jewelry shop, or make your own jewelry, then you may buy your gemstones from any one of these parties. Online retailers, if they are a good retailer, will have plenty of loose gemstones for you to choose from, including a large variety of different gemstone types, in a multitude of shapes and cutting styles, and in a wide range of sizes and stunning colors available in different carat weights.
Loose Gemstone WholesalersIf you wish to buy in bulk and don't have any specific customers in mind, then you may wish to buy from a gemstone wholesaler. Most often the wholesaler will visit you at your business premises with his loose gemstones. Most wholesalers have an established list of clients and you may wish to shop around for a suitable wholesaler to do business with.
Gemstone Trade and Street MarketsBuyers in the jewelry business also attend trade shows to buy their precious stones. So, if you have a lot of time to spare and do not mind spending your day examining a multitude of gemstones, and you intend to buy your loose gemstones in bulk quantity, then you may consider attending a trade show. Popular trade show events include Tucson's Mineral and Gem Show, JCK Las Vegas, as well as Hong Kong's and Bangkok's gem and jewelry events.
A great example is the weekly gem market in Chanthaburi in Thailand. Every weekend, hundreds of people, wholesalers and buyers, flock there to do business. In fact, Chanthaburi is where many of the Thai gemstone dealers and jewelers (for example jewelers in Bangkok) buy their own loose gemstones.
At a gemstone market you make your interest known to the sellers, for example, you may wish to buy sapphire and tourmaline, and they will come to you. A broker will normally approach you with a collection of loose colored gemstones and negotiate with you. At some markets you can reserve a table and sit all day negotiating with sellers as they take their turn and present their gemstones to you.
Online Gemstone Wholesalers and RetailersNot everyone has the time or inclination to spend all day at a gemstone market. So, if you are a private buyer and you are buying a single gemstone or two for a special occasion, and maybe just have an interest in precious stones, then your best option will be to buy a loose gemstone from an online retailer. Choose an online retailer with a large choice of precious stones. Check out the description and details of the retailer's gemstones. Read their return policy and their shipping information. Finally, look and investigate for genuine customer reviews to see what other buyers' dealings and experiences were like shopping with them, both good and bad.
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We hope this article will help you to make a decision on how you should buy your gemstones and possibly put your mind at rest.
- First Published: September-12-2011
- Last Updated: October-07-2016
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