Lately, I've seen some "sketchy" stones being sold by sellers in Thailand, who seem to always describe the gemstones' origins as "Africa". They also describe the stones as being "heat treated".
Now, there are still MANY legitimate gemstone dealers in Thailand. But these few "bad apples" have really spoiled the barrel, for me anyway, and apparently some other buyers as well. Someone on ebay wrote about this, and it's very interesting, and it's exactly what I have seen as well. Basically, this person's experience with 20 sellers in Thailand resulted in receiving 72 stones that were glass, 32 stones that were hydrothermal quartz, and 7 stones that were doublets---all advertised as sapphires or rubies. And ALL of these sapphires were of "African" origin, they stated. When this person (a gemologist who is also the CEO of a gem company in the US) confronted the seller(s), they told him, "Oh, we sent you the wrong package!" WOW, that's bad.
|"Gleaming Aquamarine" $12.99, 12.94ct|
|$12.99 for this "Aquamarine"?|