Frequently Asked Questions
- Q: Do you have a brochure and a price list?
A: No, we do not. Our inventory of one-of-a-kind fine color gemstones
changes rapidly. And, like most importers and wholesalers, we do the
majority of our business on the telephone. We discuss selection and
pricing with our customers, and then send gems out to them for their
approval and purchase.
- Q: Can I see the gemstone before I buy it?
A: Absolutely. We can send you the gemstone(s)
if you have a valid Visa, Mastercard, or Discovery card. Typically,
our customers are very pleased with the selection of gems we send and
decide to purchase within one to two days. However, if you require more
time, arrangements can be made.
- Q: This is all new to me. How can I do this long distance?
A: Think of us as a mail order company. Instead of a brochure, we like
to spend a few minutes on the phone finding out what your needs are;
then we describe several gemstones that would be right for you. Many
of our customers like to ask Jay particular questions which pertain
to their individual situation.
- Q: If you don't have a brochure, can you send me pictures?
A: Photographs just do not capture the essence of a gemstone's beauty,
or accurately represent the color. For these reasons, I guess you could
say, we do this the old fashioned way. We send you the gem(s) so you
can see, touch, and hold the gem before you are asked to purchase. Also,
because our customers are buying gemstones for Vedic Astrological reasons
we encourage a see it, touch it, love it, approach before you buy it.
- Q: Can wearing a gemstone prescribed by a Vedic astrologer really
effect my life?
A:Yes! Based on my own experience, the results I have seen in my family
and the reports of many hundreds of satisfied customers; a well selected,
jyotish quality gemstone, properly prescribed can have a remarkable
effect on one's life. See the testimonials
section of our website for the experiences of our customers.
- Q: How much does this cost?
A:The cost of the gemstone will vary according to the type, size and
quality of the gemstone recommended. In some cases, an Uparatna or secondary
gemstone can be used with excellent results if one is on a budget.
- Q: What kind of gemstone should I wear?
A:Usually the type of gemstone and the size range is recommended by
your jyotish astrologer. Our expertise is in the selection, acquisition,
and inventorying of "beautiful, sweet, sattvic, jyotish quality gemstones"
at very attractive prices. Then we can help you select the right gemstone
for you. The science of jyotish astrology and the proper recommendation
of gemstones for remedial effects is best done by an in depth analysis
of your astrological chart by an expert Jyotish astrologer. While there
are some general rules for prescribing gemstones, we feel you are best
served by getting an astrological gemstone recommendation by a master
Jyotish astrologer. We can provide you with a list of master Jyotish
astrologers with whose work we are familiar, upon request.
- Q: Is the quality important?
A: Our personal experience and research, plus feedback from hundreds
of satisfied customers over the years tells us the quality of the gemstone
is very important. Over the past 26 years, Jay, our chief graduate gemologist
and overseas buyer, has continually refined his personal buying tastes.
Jay is known and respected around the world as one of the very best
"intuitive" colored stone buyers. The qualities he considers critical
for a "jyotish quality gemstone" are the color, clarity, cutting, and
the "life" of the gemstone which Jay describes as the "sweet sattvic"
quality of the gem-the essence of the gem. (For a more in depth explanation
see what makes a "jyotish quality gemstone".)
- Q: Can I buy these gemstones in a jewelry store?
A: The short answer is no. In our experience, the vast majority of jewelry
stores do not have Jyotish quality gemstones. We can make this statement
because for years we have sold to jewelers throughout North America,
and are quite familiar with jewelry markets in many other foreign countries
as well. We estimate fewer than two percent of finer jewelry stores
have this quality gemstones in stock. It is really a sad commentary
on the state of the jewelry market today to say such a thing. But then,
many other aspects of the world today are equally out of sync with higher
- Q: I understand these gemstones are of a special quality, but am
I paying a premium price as well?
A: No, although these natural gems are quite rare and special, we are able to offer them to you at very competitive prices. In fact, we think for the quality gemstones we sell for this purpose, our prices can not be beaten. Our position as long time, frequent overseas buyer at the source countries, has allowed us to hone our buying skills and develop valuable contacts to make this possible. Also, by buying at the source, then importing, and distributing directly to you, we are able to sell at or near wholesale prices. The reason gems are usually sold for higher prices to the end consumer by jewelers is simply the number of middlemen hands the gems pass through. Gems travel through many hands to the consumer—the importer, the manufacturer, the wholesale jewelry dealer and the retail jeweler; and at each step a mark-up is added.
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