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February 16, 2014, 11:29:44 AM
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It's sad to see all of my pictures gone in this thread!  Oh well, if you want to see some of our latest gemstones and projects please visit this link on facebook, and also add me as a friend!

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152014124499370.1073741831.523524369&type=1&l=165cd57000
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February 16, 2014, 12:21:11 PM
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Very cool. Good luck

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February 18, 2014, 01:15:26 PM
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I make each piece custom, so it depends on whether you want diamonds or CZ or white sapphire, and depends on the size and weight and purity of the precious metal.  With white sapphire and 14K white gold a very rough estimate is $3500.
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February 18, 2014, 01:17:15 PM
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All new stones!

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152018217409370.1073741832.523524369&type=1&l=9401f989e5

I just added another sapphire so please click that link again!
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February 21, 2014, 09:53:49 AM
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I can answer most questions about custom jewelry and gemstones.  Give me a try!
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August 04, 2014, 09:45:46 AM
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I contacted Dave to buy a set of ruby.
It was a pleasure to talk to him. You can tell he really loves beautiful stones.
After he figured out what I have in mind, he went to scan the local markets, to find a matching set of what I had in mind.
Really putting effort into it and in contact with me, he found really great ones!
I got them lab-graded too, shipping was quick and secure.
These are completely untreated stones. Locally, I would pay several times of Daves price. Not to say that I saw ruby of that quality in any local showcase, ever.

What can I say, Dave offers awesome quality, provides outstanding service, and with an affordable pricetag!



I am a recreational, hobby goldsmith, don't blame Dave for the ring - he provided the stone only. ;-)
Also, in nature the stone has a much deeper, richer color. Those are difficult to photograph.

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August 04, 2014, 08:20:35 PM
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Business with Dave was always a pleasure.

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September 13, 2014, 07:57:49 AM
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Wow, Ente and Turbor- that you so much for your kind words!  Melanie and I do love gemstones, and we consider ourselves collectors.  They say that if you find a job that you love, you will never work a day in your life.  That is 110% true for both of us!!!

I just posted a new ruby that might be of interest to some of you:

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=780829.msg8800605#msg8800605

Our primary focus is ruby, sapphire (all colors), and emerald.  We have been seeing some truly outstanding Zambian emerald lately.  We just sold a 2 1/4 carat stone a few days ago.  Unfortunately all I have is a cellphone camera pictures because in Bangkok you are not allowed to take cameras into the Gem and Jewelry Fair.  But check this out!  



I would expect this stone to appraise for $10,000 to $14,000 in America, Australia, or Western Europe but we sold it for much less.  The client who bought it has been doing business with us for years and she re-sells the stones for a profit where she lives, and she can still undercut the local jewelry stores and has much better quality goods!

The supply chain for colored gemstones is traditionally very long.  Colored gemstones move through a lot of different hands before they finally end up in your jeweler's showcase.  We cut those middlemen out and sell directly to you, the end consumer.  Because we are right in the middle of the gemstone district in Bangkok, we have access to millions and millions of carats of ruby, sapphire, and emerald.  We don't buy low and sell high, we buy great stones at good prices and we make a modest markup so we can turn over considerable volume.  This keeps our pricing highly competitive!

The emerald in the pic above is Zambian origin and is only oiled with colorless oil.  It has not been dyed or chemically treated, nor has it been filled with resin in order to hide flaws.  It is extraordinarily clean and of exceptionally good color.  I have a superb supplier for such stones and can source these almost at will.

Thank you again guys- your comments are very much appreciated.
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September 13, 2014, 08:04:15 AM
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I just want to comment on what Ente said about photographing gemstones.  I agree it is extremely difficult.  The main problem is that our eyes are too good at discerning color.  Modern digital camera sensors are NOT that good with colors.  Please, if you ever see a picture of a stone that I have listed for sale, read what I say about the color and do not rely on the pictures.  There is no camera yet manufactured that can do what your eyes do.  Pure hues are particularly hard to photograph.  Even modern SLR's like our Nikon 3200 (24 megapixel) with a specialized macro lens and daylight macro ring will NEVER see colors as accurately as your eye.  I try to do some post-processing to correct color errors made by the sensor, but even after this is done it is not 100% accurate.  The ruby I have listed here on the forum is a perfect case in point.  It is pure red, but the camera shows orange.  In real life you will ONLY see pure red in this stone.
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