I'm in Cali and a US friend has the moolah to buy a chunk of the green stuff.

Can anyone recommend a place to go. I'm willing to skip middle men providing I get the right assurances.

Cheers

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If you are serious go to Bogota,Zipa or Chivor/Somondoco

Posted on February 26, 2009


Under no circumstances buy from the street. We buy at the Emerald Trade Center on the edge of the La Candelaria district towards downtown, walking away from the.Plaza Bolivar. The jewelry store in the Intercontinental Tequendama Hotel has and excellent reputation. Don't be afraid to bargain and, as always, the buyer should beware.

This is an informative site:

http://www.esmerald.com/buyer_tip_s.html

Posted on February 26, 2009


And ask for a Certificate of Authenticity,,,

Posted on February 26, 2009


The jewelry store in the Intercontinental Tequendama Hotel has and excellent reputation.
is it more expensive being in the hote;l?

Posted on February 26, 2009


thanks everyone!

Posted on February 26, 2009


BE AWARE!!!!!
There is a new treatment process that acts like a bonding agent. It is so prevalent that no wholesaler in the United States will buy an emerald without a certificate from either the GIA, AGTA or the AGL. What they do is treat the rough crystal. The "epoxy" fills all the openings and bonds the material together so that when the rough is polished a stone can be made that without the treatment would not exist. I.E. a piece of rough that should produce a 4 carat stone can now produce an 8 carat stone. And if this "epoxy" ever comes out (as it could during the setting or cleaning process) your 8 carat stone falls apart into pieces.

The rumor is that Carrasco started this process and 100% of the rough from the La Pita mine is treated this way.

In essence he has practically destroyed his own industry. As soon as a major stone falls apart and 20/20 or 60 minutes picks up the story the Colombian Emerald business is done.

Posted on February 26, 2009


I've been collecting untreated Colombian emeralds for many years.

http://geocities.com/UntreatedColombianEmeralds

http://www.colored-stone.com/stories/jan09/columbian-emeralds.cfm

Posted on February 26, 2009


No, not a good idea to buy emeralds on eBay.

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There are credible labs that can tell you exactly whats up with your emerald or any other stone. They are the GIA, AGTA, SSEF,AGL and Gubelin.

Unless you are a professional emerald buyer or gambler never buy an expensive stone without a certificate. Then verify that the stone matches the certificate.

Azunoman, a heavily flawed emerald can break if hit at the wrong place. And not to defend the jewelry store but if you owned it for over 30 days you should have had insurance and just made a claim. It sounds like you had just bought it though and in that case the store needs to take it back and shove it back to their supplier.

Unfortunately you don't need a degree or any state certificate to open a jewelry store and many stores are owned and operated by people who know how to merchandise but have no technical experience with these issues. They completely rely on their suppliers for all information. In fact, even Tiffany's & Co. was once busted by Dateline NBC and issued a statement blaming their vendors.

Posted on February 26, 2009


how about any places in medellin ,, i have to pick up a ring for my mother,, any suggestions.. i looked at a place in a mall in el huaco , but the sold gold or stones.. im looking for silver.

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Its pretty simple--don't buy an Emerald either in Colombia or the US unless you get a Certificate of Authenticity . 20 years ago you could bring raw emeralds here to Miami to sell to jewelers but most nowdays won't buy from small sellers they don't know without certificates. Many Colombians financed their trips that way but that is pretty much a thing of the past. Too much fraud killed it!

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Off hand, I'd say that anyone buying emeralds in Colombia needs his/her head thoroughly examined

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You can get some great buys here and always ask for the certificate

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I repeat:

"Off hand, I'd say that anyone buying emeralds in Colombia needs his/her head thoroughly examined"

We all love Colombia here, but we all know that, at the end of the day, they'll screw as much as they can get away with - whether we're Colombiano or not... Whether we endeavor to purchaqe a genuine Muzo emerald or not. Whether we're even trying to purchase a pirated CD in the streets on even a Coke on the beach.

Loving Colombia is accepting that, as visitors, the Colombianos will ALWAYS get the better of us.

A "certificate"? The ink is worth more than the certificate. And you know it too.

Posted on February 26, 2009


with emeralds; do you prefer buying silver gold why?

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A "certificate"? The ink is worth more than the certificate. And you know it too.
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Disagree, but each to their own,,,

Posted on February 26, 2009


Miami:

Purchase an emerald in Colombia, get a "nice" Colombian certificate, then try to sell you emerald OUTSIDE Colombia on the basis of your certificate.

Colombians sure do issue nice certificates...

I've spent 20 years purchasing and selling gems (albeit from Asia and especially from Sri Lanka). Believe me, certificates don't mean anything.

Posted on February 26, 2009


You can buy emeralds in Colombia with a "trusted" professional buyer, and that is what is done. You pay office space and a comision and you get a profesional looking at the lots of emeralds and advice you on what to buy or not to buy and wheter the price is right or not.

I had been offered trips to Muzo to buy raw, invest, and cross my fingers. Too much at stake. Better to be safe, not necesrily refraining from buying carefully on the streest or at a store.

Posted on February 26, 2009


I also disagree

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Angelina Jolie her Emeralds.

Looking for emeralds? Ask Angelina Jolie, she knows where to find them!!

Posted on February 26, 2009


We got our wedding rings downtown Cali at the jewelry mall.

I would suggest you go there and ask about emeralds. It was such a great feeling getting the jewelry custom made and I know you would also have a nice experience. My wife did not want emeralds in our wedding ring, since she thought it could fall out of the setting. Who can argue with a woman when the ring costs less money?

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You can spot fakes with Chesea and Hannemann filters. Buy them in the states and read the instructions carefully before you venture forth. I defer to the experts here, but I believe that these filters will pick up the bonding treatment as well? I like the muzo emeralds for the color and because they were the prevalent emerald on the Atocha, a boat loaded with stolen Latin American treasure that sank in the 1600s? (date?). I look for the ones that have minimal black inclusions. These show well in rings, pendants and earrings.

Posted on February 26, 2009


Reminder, if your spending a lot of money (however much that means for each of you) only buy certified stones from accredited labs.

Posted on February 26, 2009


I bet Angelina paid a vew bucks for those.. Although I had to watch it 3 or 4 times to even notice the emeralds. lol

Posted on February 26, 2009


Monpirri: "Looking for emeralds? Ask Angelina Jolie, she knows where to find them!!"

Argh, I must admit that finding the emeralds was not THAT immediately obvious on your pix ;-)

Seriously, though, and as has already being written here: Find a reliable supplier. I'm certainly no emerald expert, but I can assure you that certificates aren't worth the paper they are written on, especially if you're trying to sell the stones abroad (for a small fee, I'll supply you with ANY certificates you need ;-) )

As also written here, it's simply amazing what can be done in Colombia with epoxy resin (or whatever) and emerald dust.

If you wish to purchase a genuine Colombian emerald, I'd advise to buy it in your own country (be it the USA or in Europe). It'll be more expensive, but at least you'll get some kind of "guarantee".

P.S.: Did you know that emeralds and rubies were basically the same stones and that the colors differed only because of the chemical pigmentation?

Posted on February 26, 2009


Hey, elSapo is stalking me tonight - thanks for wasting your time!

Posted on February 26, 2009


Darloup, of course you can buy top quality emeralds in Colombia, you just have to go to creditable places.
Start by going to Avenida Jimenez in Bogota.

Posted on February 26, 2009


Monpirri,

I'm sure you can purchase/get top quality emeralds in Colombia! But as you (and several other posters) wrote, it's merely a question of knowing a truly reliable source.

Now, do you reckon the "average" tourist in Colombia will be familiar with such reliable sources, especially if s/he doesn't set foot in Bogotá?

Posted on February 26, 2009