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Relisted on ebay as a spinel

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T L

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I don't know if any of you remember this thread where I mentioned a huge ebay war over a violet/blue tourmaline of very rare color.
Well, it's really a spinel. The ebay seller relisted it and certified it, however he/she forgot to remove the information about tourmaline in the listing.

Here is the original thread where the stone ended up going for around $2,000. YOu can see the original listing link in that thread.

https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/i-have-never-seen-a-bidding-war-like-this-on-ebay-ever.101909/

Here is the new listing

http://cgi.ebay.com/5-95CT-IF-VVS1-CERTIFIED-VIOLET-BLUE-TRILLION-SPINEL_W0QQitemZ170306962309QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item170306962309&_trksid=p3911.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1308%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50

I just love finding this type of stuff on ebay!
 

FrekeChild

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Random. I especially enjoy how it still has "Tourmaline" all over the info section. They kind of suck at this.
 

Brown.Eyed.Girl

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See I just don''t trust myself to really notice inconsistencies like that initially - so ebay would be so bad for me

Good job on finding that TL!
 

chrono

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It now shows a cert listing it as spinel but the info text is a tourmaline.
Wouldn't spend $2K on it...I wonder why it came back?
 

mochi

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I wonder if it will go for $2,000 again??
 

T L

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It was also originally listed with an origin in Africa (I think Tanzania), and the seller went out of his/her way to talk about this new rare color of Tanzanian violet/blue tourmalines. Now it's from Sri Lanka!
 

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My first thought was that she/he is using the same photos for stones that are similar. But I guess whoever paid $2000 ( if thats really the case) decided to have it certified and was upset it wasn''t a tourmaline and returned it.
 

T L

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Well whatever the case, I think this is a good example where certification is important, especially when buying some expensive colored gem from ebay.
 
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