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January 07, 2012, 01:27:37 PM
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This is a stone so rare that I have never seen one like it in my eight years of buying here in Thailand.  As a gemologist I am taught to be skeptical, but this gemstone taught me not to be. 



As do nearly all of the very finest rubies, this stone hails from Burma.  That is not only my opinion, but the opinion of Dr. A. Peretti, one of the world's most renowned gemologists who specializes in ruby and sapphire origin.  The report that comes with this gemstone is issued by GRS- GemResearch Swisslab.  If you are familiar with Sotheby's or Christie's jewelry auctions you will regularly see reports from GRS.  To say that this report is unassailable is an understatement.  Dr. Peretti's signature and his opinion hold an enormous amount of weight in the gemstone world. 



You may have heard the expression that serves as a law in the colored gemstone world:  "Color is King."  It means that nothing trumps color.  A stone that is included may still be extremely desirable.  A stone that is asymmetrical might also be very highly valuable.  If a stone is the "right" color, the value skyrockets.  For a ruby, that color is "pigeon's blood".  This term comes from (where else?) Burma.  They have a saying that "Asking to see the blood of the pigeon is like asking to see the face of God."  How is that for an expression of rarity?  Color is King.  Surely the Burmese stone traders got tired of foreigners showing up to buy ruby and asking for this color.  They ask for it because they read it in a book somewhere, but they don't know what they are asking for and they wouldn't respect it if you showed it to them.  Indeed, they wouldn't know it!  It's literally that rare. 
 


Another Burmese expression about ruby goes like this:  "At a carat, there is a price.  At a carat and a half, the price doubles.  At two carats, there is no price."  Truly fine ruby- especially Burmese ruby- is incredibly rare and it can't be replaced.  Once this stone is gone, it is gone- and I might see one in another eight years or I might not ever see one again.  These are stones that most dealers in Bangkok or Chanthaburi just don't have.  Dealing in such extraordinarily rare stones takes a massive amount of capital.  Most of these dealers have literally millions of carats of ruby in stock, but perhaps only one piece of pigeon's blood color over a carat- and most of the time not even one!  When a dealer knows that a particular gemstone can not be replaced, how does he set his price?  Of course it is much more than a stone that can be replaced at will.



When you learn to judge gemstones, you have to learn presence.  You can know everything in the world about gemstone treatments and color, hue, tone, and saturation.  You can be an expert in every physical property that a gemstone may possess, but unless you understand presence- the feeling that the stone creates as a whole- as a sum of all of the parts- you can not value gemstones accurately.  Presence is what sets the price.  Presence is what sells the stone.  Presence is what stimulates desire and creates rarity.  There are so many rubies that are beautiful.  Beauty in and of itself does not create the ultimate of rarities, and even if Color is King, color alone does not create this rarity either.  Presence is the brilliance, the color, the intensity- presence is the culmination of every value factor.  You might call it "allure". 



Maybe this will help to understand presence.  Let's say you see a woman at a cocktail party who is tall, and has an hourglass figure, and she moves gracefully.  Is she alluring?  Well, not if she has a very nasally voice, buck teeth, and asks you to grab her a couple of beers- one for each fist.  Now imagine the same tall woman, hourglass figure, lovely teeth, a voice like a bird singing, a form-fitting black dress, same graceful motion, and big bold green eyes that melt as soon as she sees you.  That's presence.  It is everything in one package.



This ruby is 1.64 carats and intensely saturated red.  The independent report from GRS serves to assure you that my assessment of the color is accurate as Dr. Peretti and I agree.  It will also be an important part of the documentation that your insurance company will require to cover this stone.  Because GRS is independent and has a solid global reputation the report takes a lot of the guesswork out of obtaining a stone like this and it reduces the risk drastically.



This stone might end up in a ring, or a pendant, or it may just live much of the time in your safe.  This is a polarizing issue.  Gemstone collectors are adamant that they enjoy gemstones just as much as people who wear them in jewelry, and generally jewelry connoisseurs scoff at this notion. The choice is yours of course.



There are not many things in life that are so rewarding to possess as a fine gemstone.  It takes a certain type of person to appreciate gemstones, and by and large these are people who appreciate greatness for its sake alone.  They might not have a love of baseball but they know that the New York Yankees are special.  They might not be a boxing fan, but they understand and respect the honor and the presence of a world champion heavyweight.  They know that it's just a baseball team, just a fighter, and just a gemstone- but they also can grasp the full weight of what else it is. 



I have many clients from many different countries who appreciate fine gemstones.  They come from different industries, different backgrounds, and different perspectives but they all seem to enjoy the lifestyle that their ambition has earned them and they all love the allure of a very special stone. 

Let's start this auction at 2,000BTC.  I reserve the right to withdraw this auction if the price of bitcoin fluctuates more than 10%.  This is a seven day auction.  Please consult with a competent attorney regarding the legality of importing this gemstone into your home country.  It is the buyer's responsibility to comply with all laws and to pay any import duties or tariffs that may be incurred.  The purchase price does not include shipping or insurance.  We are experienced in shipping high-value items and will be happy to assist you in order to protect your interests.

If you have any questions about this fine ruby please contact me directly at dave@tiptopgem.com.  Note that I also have access to many rubies and sapphires both in my stock and through other wholesalers and I can assure you the best value in any ruby or sapphire purchase.

Please visit Tip Top Gem to learn more about us.  You might enjoy the galleries on the site: 

http://thegemvault.tiptopgem.com/

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January 07, 2012, 01:30:20 PM
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January 07, 2012, 01:44:54 PM
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There is no glass filling in this ruby (of course).  It is flux-healed.  If you want to learn more about this process I strongly recommend you read this article by Richard Hughes, author of the classic Ruby and Sapphire.

http://www.ruby-sapphire.com/flux_healing_mong_hsu_ruby.htm

This treatment is stable and permanent.  It is also widely accepted in the gemstone trade.  From time to time you might see a ruby of this quality on the market that is unheated.  There is no general rule, but the wholesale prices that I have seen indicate that the price would roughly quadruple over a flux-healed ruby.
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January 09, 2012, 11:53:45 AM
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We welcome the participation of your local jeweler, gemologist, or appraiser in the acquisition of this stone!
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January 10, 2012, 03:39:09 AM
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I have access to a very wide range of rubies from the pinnacle of greatness like this pigeon's blood 1.64 carat pear down to more modest stones that are beautiful but very reasonably priced.  A great example of this would be unheated and heated African ruby.  You can buy a very beautiful ruby of over one carat for as little as $1,000.  Glass-filled ruby is not as rare or durable as "normal" ruby but if you need a stone for earrings or a pendant it is beautiful and very affordable.  One-carat stones can cost as little as $150, even in fairly high quality.

Ruby is one of the most enticing gemstones and it represents love and passion.  Traditionally it has been the most expensive colored gemstone and that trend continues today.  The finest Burmese ruby can bring as much as $400,000 per carat.  I've been in this business here in Asia for eight years and to me, there is nothing as beautiful as a high-quality ruby- whether glass-filled, heated, or totally treatment-free.  There is a ruby for everyone no matter your budget.

If you have any questions about this stone or about ruby in general please get in touch with me.  I would be more than happy to answer your questions and help you in any way that I can!  dave@titopgem.com
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January 11, 2012, 07:28:37 AM
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January 13, 2012, 07:44:57 PM
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January 14, 2012, 01:23:38 AM
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My goodness...quite the stone, but too rich for my pocketbook. Is there a color rating of 'pauper's blood'? Maybe I can afford that one...

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January 14, 2012, 06:55:08 AM
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I'll tell you a great secret Randyfolds.  Imagine a stone that came out of the ground in Africa instead of Burma, and back off the color just a little bit in saturation.  With that stone you are looking at about $4,000 instead of $13,000.  Amazing difference, huh?  And you can move down in size a bit to one carat, or maybe 1.2 or 1.3cts and you can drop down to around $2500.  Chances are, anyone who might see your $2500 ruby will be amazed and will agree that hands down it is the finest they have ever seen in their life.  Most of the ruby available in the West is really terrible quality.  It has poor color and is loaded with inclusions to the point of being opaque.
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I'll tell you a great secret Randyfolds.  Imagine a stone that came out of the ground in Africa instead of Burma, and back off the color just a little bit in saturation.  With that stone you are looking at about $4,000 instead of $13,000.  Amazing difference, huh?  And you can move down in size a bit to one carat, or maybe 1.2 or 1.3cts and you can drop down to around $2500.  Chances are, anyone who might see your $2500 ruby will be amazed and will agree that hands down it is the finest they have ever seen in their life.  Most of the ruby available in the West is really terrible quality.  It has poor color and is loaded with inclusions to the point of being opaque.

Yeah, I have a corundum ruby. That's about as close as I'm gonna get...the real pauper's blood stone...but it's shiny and pretty!

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January 15, 2012, 02:48:30 PM
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This ruby is still available.
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January 16, 2012, 06:50:35 PM
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Ask me a question about this one.  I am happy to answer!
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January 21, 2012, 08:53:44 PM
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Please contact me about this or any other ruby!
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February 01, 2012, 05:05:09 PM
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Make an offer on this stone- let's talk!
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February 05, 2012, 12:18:45 PM
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Many more rubies available in all sizes and prices.  Glass-filled ruby can cost very little, and unheated African ruby is a great value.  Whether you want to spend a few hundred dollars or many thousands, I have a ruby for you.  Send me a note at dave@tiptopgem.com for answers to your questions.
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February 12, 2012, 05:53:55 PM
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$12,500 if paid in bitcoin; contact me for Paypal price.
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$11,500
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March 26, 2012, 06:52:50 AM
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$11,000 in bitcoin buys this stone and FedEx delivery.  You pay seperately for insurance on the parcel.
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$10,750 in bitcoins includes FedEx but you pay for insurance.
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April 15, 2012, 07:12:39 AM
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If someone buys the ruby with GPayPal, and charges back after you've shipped it, what are you going to do?

Btw, your images don't work, lrn2imgur

Nice ruby
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