Is it common for jewelers to buy poorly cut large stones from Israel, cut them into smaller stones, and pass the savings along to customers? Sounds too good to be true. I just spoke with a family run jeweler on the phone who says that this is how they keep their prices low. We are going to go and check out their work, but I''d like to know if this procedure is common practice.
As a side note, my best friend and I went into an antique and estate jewelry store today after spending a lovely afternoon at the beach. Curious to check out some stones, I asked the proprietor what loose stones he had available and after much hesitation he took out a nice .96 H VS1 RB that he had for $4,600. Not a bad price -- but the guy was sooo rude. He said I could see the certificate, but I probably would not understand it and he acted like I didn''t belong in his store, perhaps because I had shorts and a T-shirt on. Needless to say I felt like Julia Roberts in Pretty Women. He obviously didn''t know how much I DO know now that I''ve found this forum. I want to walk in there w/ the beautiful diamond I''m going to have soon and tell the big jerk that he made a HUGE mistake! Anyway, Thanks for listening to me vent!