I am returning to Bogota, this time with my mother. Yes, it should be interesting. Anyway, she wants emeralds. Emeralds set and loose. Where is the best place (or places) to go in Bogota for the best quality/price? Thanks!

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sorry this is a bit vague but, close to "CITY TV" the TV station many people barter on the streets , but realy you have gotta know your stuff or youll go home with green glass, close to La Candelaria

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I asked the same question, and discovered that you don't have a fighting chance of getting a good deal on anything except junk if you are not highly educated on it.

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yea its another world, like wall street, or you know ,swimming with sharks, get hold of a hustler you "TRUST" ok the crux of the matter , cant help you sorry, to scarey!

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It depends on the quality of emerald you want, If you don´t know much about esmeralds you might loose some money. You might get certified emeralds at major jewelry stores, but you could also get real non certified emeralds downtonw Bogotá. Mostly at the Emerald Trade Center.

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You might be asked for a lot of money for a given emerald, they do it so you might still offer a lot less but still what you offer migth be too expensive. So buy at your own risk.

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buyer beware

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I set up a web site with photos of some emeralds: http://geocities.com/UntreatedColombianEmeralds

I have posted quite a bit about emeralds at http://www.diamondring.com, just search the user name PORTAL2012

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Bogota is typically the best place to buy emeralds because the mines are nearby. However you have dealers who travel the country selling quality stones, at fair prices. But as someone else posted this is definitely a buyer beware situation unless you are well experienced. Do you know about "created emeralds"? They look just like the real thing but they are lab created and have little "gemstone" value. Wal-Mart sells a lot of this junk. Experts often cannot identify the created stone from the real thing with the naked eye. There are lab tests that can spot the fakes. Thus...lesson one, if someone is showing you a "perfect" stone, medium to dark green, walk away because they almost do not exist unless they are small stones. (less than 2-3 carats) Practically all genuine emeralds have "gardens", (flaws). ALWAYS ask the seller about having the stones professionally appraised by your expert, not his. Therefore, avoid quick transactions on the street as there are lots of hucksters out there looking to rip you off. A reputable dealer selling a quality product will be patient with you. Now, to almost reverse some of the things I wrote earlier. There are three principal mines near Bogota. Most famous is the Muso mine that produces (generally) the most desirable stones. These tend to be darker than stones from the Coscuez or Chivor mines. However the stones from the Chivor and Coscuez mines tend to have fewer gardens (flaws). So...it is a matter of personal preference. Gemologists will tell you the ideal emerald is the color of healthy green grass or darker. As a rule of thumb the darker the stone the higher its' value, also taking into account cut and carat size. I recommend you take some time researching these things on the net before going shopping. Be informed and avoid getting ripped off.

AVOID having stones mounted in Colombia unless you know the craftsman very well. I had someone mount several thousand dollars worth of emeralds in Cali. He fractured practically every one of the stones in the mounting process. He had put too much direct heat on the stones in the finishing process. Genuine emeralds are delicate and cannot withstand temperature extremes. The "expert" was a friend of a friend and had been doing this kind of work for more than 10 years (so he claimed). He told me he was waiting for a visa to be finalized as he was leaving for Texas under contract to mount stones there. He was in an established location and seemed legit. I did not know he had broken the stones until after I returned to the states. I had left Cali under a very tight time frame and did not have time to carefully examine the jewelry until I was back in the states. But it would hot have mattered anyway, he did not have the money to repay me or replace the stones.

In summary, Colombia is a great place to buy emeralds at rock bottom (pun intended) prices if you know what you are doing.

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If you want to just buy little envelopes of loose emeralds, different grades and cuts, the shops attached to the Intercontinental Tequendama Hotel have a dozen vendors. The hotel is right in the middle of central Bogota. Part of the hotel's complex, are small shops selling high-end baggage, clothes, and emeralds.

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I don´t think even gold is any bargain in Colombia these days.

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only buy from shops inside emerald center you have many shopes every price they start you can get it 50 procent down good luck

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Emerald Center down town is the best bet. On the edge of the La Candelaria district towards downtown, walking away from the.Plaza Boliva,r Is full of small stores selling gold and emerald jewelry. The shops in the Intercontinental Tequendama Hotel, while somewhat more expensive, have an excellent reputation for quality.

If you are not familiar with emeralds go here or you will be ripped off;

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

Perfectly OK to bargain.

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Hi,

I have a good friend who has been in the business for a long, long time. If I buy, he buys for me, and everyone I know. Please contact me to get in touch with him - no commitments, just to chat and learn something about the emeralds in colombia - very interesting!

BEST,

Ryan
3168575446
ryan_mykita@hotmail.com

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I'm in Bogota and I have an online emerald business (see my profile) and I can tell you that even in the Emerald Trade Center there are synthetics and doctored stones sold. You need to know what you're looking at. Out on the street is much worse. I'd be glad to help anyone who needs a little help. I don't keep an inventory in Colombia, so I can't sell you stones here personally, but I'd gladly point you to a respected and trustworthy dealer at the Emerald Trade Center. I've seen his entire operation, from the purchasing of rough material to the actual gemcutting. Its all legit, all genuine, and he'll stand behind his stones.

If you buy a stone worth certifying ($2000 or more), I can help arrange for a GIA gemologist to certify it. Usually the same day.

If you're looking for gold or silver, I can direct you to a metals lab where you can buy these metals with a high degree of confidence that you're getting what you pay for.

If you're not traveling to Colombia but want someone to hunt down an emerald for you, let me know and I'll see if I can help.

Just send me an email at: info@embassyemeralds.com, I'll get back to you the same day usually.

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