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Seeking a gemstone epoxy

Calling all gemmologists and jewellers: I need to adhere natural diamonds to a synthetic surface. I have been told that standard epoxies will cause the diamonds to appear black (?!) What are my options? [more inside]
posted by DarlingBri on Jun 20, 2013 - 2 answers

Sourcing Lab Grown Gems

Where is the best place to source lab-grown gems? [more inside]
posted by bfranklin on May 31, 2013 - 5 answers

opals are a girl's best friend

JewelryFilter: Please help me identify the stones and settings of two pendants. [more inside]
posted by socks are for puppets on Oct 9, 2012 - 7 answers

I need the biggest rubies in the world.

Where can I find really large plastic gems like the ones on sale here--but twice the size or more? [more inside]
posted by K.P. on Mar 29, 2012 - 7 answers

I'm a dude. I have an opal. Now what?

So I'm a manly man, sort of, and many years ago I was given a small opal (1cm top to bottom) - I don't think it has any real monetary value, but it's pretty, and I'm tired of it living in my drawer. Any ideas for what I can do with it? My first thought was tie pin, but that seems pedestrian. Suggestions that include sources for necessary supplies or services would be especially helpful.
posted by symbebekos on Jul 19, 2010 - 9 answers

What do I need to know about fine (and faux) jewelry?

What do I need to know about fine (and faux) jewelry? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Jul 14, 2010 - 6 answers

Something is rotten in the state of Mogok

What's with all the cheap rubies on ebay? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Apr 23, 2010 - 8 answers

How old is this ring?

Please help me get an idea how old this ring is, and what stone is in it. [more inside]
posted by angry.polymath on Oct 3, 2009 - 11 answers

Gemstone scam?

A friend of mine has become involved in a new... "job" It sounds too good to be true so it must be! [more inside]
posted by PowerCat on Jun 30, 2009 - 74 answers

Can you recommend places in San Francisco or online to buy interesting silver+gemstone jewelry?

Can you recommend places in San Francisco or online to buy interesting silver+gemstone jewelry? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Oct 7, 2008 - 6 answers

Questions about Crystals

How do we know what makes up a gemstone? And did people know in the previous centuries when (I assume) these techniques weren't around [more inside]
posted by Large Marge on Jul 5, 2008 - 6 answers

shine on your crazy tourmaline (or whatever)

When I was a kid living in La Mesa, California, my mother got to poke around in the tailings at local tourmaline and mica mines as part of weekend classes we took at the natural history museum. Are there any kinds of similar gemstone mines anywhere near where I live now - Sacramento, California - that offer similar opportunities?
posted by luriete on Jun 30, 2008 - 7 answers

How can I sell a collection of gemstones?

My husband inherited his late father's gemstone collection 6 years ago, and we want to know how to sell it. Thousands of rocks and stones are in the collection, some valuable, some not. Some are labelled, some not. [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on May 30, 2008 - 6 answers

Romantic symbolism: conflict-free and on the cheap

Help me find a quality, non-diamond engagement ring that wont plunge me deeper into debt. [more inside]
posted by kyleg on Jan 5, 2008 - 30 answers

Movie Gemstones?

I am compiling a list of large gemstones in movies. Anything to add to the following list? [more inside]
posted by lalalana on Jun 13, 2005 - 31 answers

Where should I get my jewelry appraised?

Jewelry appraisal : I have a rather unique piece of jewelry that I'd like to get appraised to find out what the gemstone is, and possibly the origins of the piece. What kind of place should I go to? Any specific questions I should ask? What should an appraisal cost? Thanks in advance.
posted by littlegirlblue on Dec 19, 2004 - 3 answers

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