I just picked up this parcel of Montana Sapphire rough. There are 64 stones, so this should keep me busy for some time. I'll start cutting one today, so keep an eye out for it. Most of these stones will cut around 1 ct, some maybe 1.5 ct. a few a bit under 1 ct. There is a nice range of colors here, with most being different hues of blue. I may take on some commissioned cuts with these.
I am also taking on commissioned Lab Created Stones. See this new page on my site.
Beginning on October 11, 2019 PayPal will charge not return their fees on a refund. So depending on your location, any refunds I make I will be charged 2.9 to 4% of the purchase price. As you know, my site doesn't automatically mark a stone sold, so often several people purchase the same stone. In the past, this didn't create much of an issue, as I'd simply refund this people. Now with this new policy I would be charged for each refund.
To avoid these refunds on non sales, I changed the shopping cart to not process the PayPal order automatically. In the shopping cart you can indicate PayPay, which will send me an email of your purchase. I'll then send you a PayPal invoice. You can also use Apple Pay Cash, which is my preferred method, or mail a check.
Until I can get my arms around this European Union GDPR thing, there are no sales and shipments to the European Union. This process is a bit complicated and not all that clear, and I don't think it fair to pass the expense of meeting the GDPR requirements on to my non European customers. There are stiff fines for not complying, which would put me right out of business. Once I can get a better understanding of what is required to comply, and the costs involved, maybe we can't restart business in the EU, and attach a cost adder to sales into the EU to cover the expense without forcing me raise prices for everyone else in the world. These types of government regulations cripple small businesses, but maybe that was the intent.
If you are in the EU and have signed up for my email list, please remove yourself from the list.
You can now use Apple Pay through iMessage to pay for your stones. To pay with Apple Pay, you must of course have an iPhone and be running the latest IOS 11.2 or newer. During checkout, select Apple Pay Cash as your payment method. You won't be billed anything until I receive your order email, at which time I'll text you a payment request. Make sure you include your iPhone cell number or email associated with your iMessage account.
Here's some more information on this new payment method from Apple
For many of the stones I am including Video's of the stone. When you see this Icon below the pictue of the stone, then there is an icluded Video. Just click on this icon to see it. Since the files are pretty high resolution it may take a few seconds to load.
Coupon codes are back!
With the new shopping cart, I can have some more options, so there may be some new codes coming. Right now I have set up the “No return” coupon code again.
The code is: NORETURN, using this code, you will get a 5% discount, but there is no return privilege on the stone then.
The coupon code is entered in the shopping cart.
Note, the NORETURN coupon code is not valid for lab created stones.
Follow on Twitter as from time to time I will Tweet out a Coupon Code for special sales.
With January right around the corner, and Garnet being the birthstone for January, I thought I would cut a few. Garnets come in a wide range of colors, and are one of my favorites to work with.
I am cutting new stones every week. After 3 or 4 are cut, I will post the new stones on this page, along with some comments and maybe even a video about them.
When I make a new posting I will always do a Twitter tweet about them, and send out a notice on the email list.
Videos are taken with iPhone X outdoors in natural lighting. Very cloudy day today for this shot.
My friend Logan from Hunt Country Jewelers won 1st place with this unique piece. To really appreciate it you need to see it and hold it in person. There are so many hidden items and gems. Logan has set a few stones recently for customers of mine, his work is truly fantastic.
I have known King for many years, and cut this Star Cut stone for him about 10 years ago. The stone is a 17 carat Citrine with a frosted star that King had set into the heavy gold chain. He wears it every time he is on stage playing with Neil Diamond, who he has been a part of Neil's band now for over 40 years! The video was taken from a concert at The Greek Theater in LA.