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 2.97 to 4.45% 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.
For stones returned, and paid for with PayPal, there will now be a restocking fee equal to the PayPal charge. (2.97% for sales in the USA, and 4.45% for sales outside the USA). Avoid this by using either Apple Pay Cash, or mailing in a check.
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.
I made a video showing some of the steps involved with cutting a Concave Tanzanite. The stone started out as a brown/gray/purple natural tanzanite that I cleaned up a bit, then heated. The heating process takes about half a day in an oven slowing ramping up to temperature, then slowly cooling down. The result was this very pretty blue and purple/blue stone.
The video is a bit long for a website, so it may take some time to load for you.
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 in daylight.
Every now and then people ask me about having one of my stones mounted. I now live pretty close to a Hunt Country Jewelers, and have become friends with this nice family run store. So I had Logan set this stone for a client. It's always interesting for me to see how my stones end up once set.
The stone is a Blue Zircon from a back in April of this year, set in rose gold with a diamond accent.
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.