by sapphirehunteruk » Aug 12, 2019 at 1:14 PM Hello! I’m new to this family, but have spent the past week scouring the site for information on buying sapphires direct from Sri Lanka. Please redirect me if there’s already a thread on this, but the best I’ve found has been on recognized wholesalers rather than local shops. I’m looking to buy a pastel/ light cornflower blue sapphire around 3-4 carats. I’ve been able to track down some beauties for around $2,500-3,000 USD from Sri Lankan sources that have online recognition, but want to make sure that I follow a good procedure for getting the gems to make sure they’re not fake or switched out for fake/ synthetic ones if they’re listed as being certified. So, what procedure do you all follow when buying gems from a foreign source? Is it possible to pay for certification and shipping to your certifying body of choice, then transfer them the funds upon certification, and have the certifying body send you the gems directly? Really looking forward to your advice and to being a part of this community. Thanks!