Hello. Might be a dumb question.
I assume most hobby cutters try to sell their work to help fund equipment and new rough to facet.
My question is.. Do people send the stones for a GIA report or something similar to accompany the sale?
I was just curious because I’ve bought some junk before off of ebay but because I needed stones to practice setting and jewelry making. They always attach a grade in the description.
Hello, i sell some of my cut stones on the Etsy website and i have not yet had any appraised with a certificate. Ive sold mostly stones under $50.00 ea. so i didnt figure it was needed or economically feasable .
I will consider an appraisal for selling once i cut some more valuable pieces.
I agree about the value of a stone being a factor. I have some VVS longido rubies and some eye clean no oil emeralds. Those are the only stones I’d consider a GIA report for if I was going to sell them. It isn’t worth it to try to sell a $200 stone with a GIA report when the report costs $70-$85. It eats too much into profits. I don’t sell my stones, but if I did the aforementioned would be my business decision.
Like others above, the majority of my stones are not worth paying for a GIA grading. GIA is largely overrated by their own hype for the avrage faceter, in my humble opinion. Most of my cuts are sold in the $40-$50 range.
On two occasions, I’ve sold rare cuts of Oregon Sunstone to knowledgeable jewelers for $200/each, but such rough is very hard to come by.