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1. What is a Graduate Gemologist?
2. What is a Gem Show and is the general public permitted to attend?
3. Why can't I find some of the items you have for sale at the Gem Shows on your web site?
4. Do you have a store in Kernersville which I can visit?
5. How many years have you been in business?
6. Are you a Wholesale or a Retail business?
7. Do you design any of your cuts?
8. How does one learn how to do gem faceting?
9. Do you have any instructions on your web site on how to make gem trees?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Q: What is a Graduate Gemologist?
A: A Graduate Gemologist is a jewelry professional who has passed the most rigorous academic curriculum offered by the Gemological Institute of America in diamond and colored stone identification and grading. The G.G. designation that comes with this diploma from GIA is internationally regarded in the gem and jewelry trade as the industry's most coveted academic credential and as the mark of a senior jewelry professional.
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Q: What is a Gem Show and is the general public permitted to attend?
A: A Gem Show (aka Gem & Mineral Show, Gem & Jewelry Show, etc.) is a show consisting of 15 or more vendors in which gemstones, minerals, fossils, jewelry, beads, lapidary supplies, jewelry supplies, and other lapidary arts and crafts are sold as well as the provision of jewelry setting and repair services. Some Gem Shows are sponsored by Gem & Mineral Clubs while others are put on by promoters. Most Gem Shows are retail shows and are open to the general public. Wholesale shows are generally advertised as such and are restricted to members of the trade with legitimate resale licenses. To learn more about the Gem Shows we are in, please see our Show Schedule and click on the links in the left column where provided.
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Q: Why can't I find some of the items you have for sale at the Gem Shows on your web site?
A: There are just too many items in our inventory to include everything on our web site. If there are any items you noticed on our table at a Gem Show that you wish to purchase please email us with the details and we may be able to make those items exclusively available to you for purchase through our online store.
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Q: Do you have a store in Kernersville which I can visit?
A: No, we do not have a brick and mortar store in Kernersville or elsewhere. Our merchandise can either be purchased at the Gem Shows in which we are a
dealer or via the Internet. We encourage you to visit our booth at the Gem Shows we are in so that you can fully appreciate the quality of the merchandise we carry.
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Q: How many years have you been in business?
A: We have been in business now for 29 years. For more information about our company please visit our About Us web page.
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Q: Are you a Wholesale or a Retail business?
A: Several of our customers remark that our prices are significantly lower than the prices that they are accustomed to paying for similar merchandise at their local retail fine jewlery stores. Many wonder if we are a business which sells wholesale to the public. We are fundamentally a Retail business which is able to offer our merchandise to the public at a reasonable price. Very little of our jewelry is simply resold merchandise.We have a hand in the making of the majority of our jewelry. The majority of our gemstones are cut from rough material that we purchase directly from reputable importers.
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Q: Do you design any of your cuts?
A: Yes, Jean with the aid of Robert Strickland's facet design program, GemCad,
has come up with several unpublished designs and continues to express her
creativity through enhancing the beauty hidden within a stone.
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Q: How does one learn how to do gem faceting?
A: Believe it or not there are some schools out there which teach faceting. Jean received her training at one of our local Community Colleges in 1990. Many Gem & Mineral Clubs offer courses in faceting also. You may find that some faceters out there offer apprenticeships. There are some excellent faceting instruction books available for sale which you may use to teach yourself the art as well as instruction videos. To begin with, read Jean's article on faceting,
Gem faceting: Romancing The Stone on our web site.
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Q: Do you have any instructions on your web site on how to make gem trees?
A: No, but if you would like to learn how to make these beautiful and very popular decorative gift items, you may try joining your local Gem & Mineral Club, many of which offer classes on how to make them. A good instruction book, Wire Tree Sculpture, used to be available for sale on our Online Store, but it is no longer available because it is out of print.
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