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Default Anybody collect gemstones?

I have long wanted to buy some loose cut gemstones to just have(I like shiny stuff lol). I was wondering if anyone on here has collected or thought about collecting any gems.

Now, natural ones tend to be insanely pricey(from my perspective) so I'm thinking about buying some lab grown ones. Again, for me this would for enjoyment only not for investment.

Just curious if anyone has any input on this. Good places to start, stuff like that.

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Default Re: Anybody collect gemstones?

I have a Small Bag of semi Precious And synthetic ones From a friend who re purposes old jewelry Ill have to dig them out.

Best place to get them is at rock shops In tourist traps. Sometimes if you ask they have ones with minor chips tucked away.
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I used to collect all sorts of rocks and minerals, including crystals. I almost bought a lapidary faceting wheel when I was much younger. I found there are lapidary enthusiasts that have all sorts of faceted gems..... many at very low prices. You might try to check this out in your area.
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I have a whole box of semi precious type in my garage I can take pics of you like, I've been trying to sell them forever, would take $70 for the whole box if anyone is interested.
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I have a few stones, nothing too fancy though. I think the brilliant, sharp colors of the gemstones are similar to the reason why I like lasers
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I have several emeralds and pink rubies from Myanmar. These were purchased in around Rangoon some years ago by family. I hope whom ever was mining these was treated fairly. I have a feeling not.

Bloodstones/conflict stones.
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Im interested and would love to see them! PM me with pics!
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Everything here for $70 plus whatever it costs to ship?

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Yeah, you've got a lot of quartz in there. Some look like broken pieces of a geode. The amethyst crystals are not very deep in color which makes them much less valuable. I gave all my stuff to my daughter years ago, but had some very nice rose, blue and many quartz crystals. Also had a huge fluorite crystal of very deep violet. I've actually seen some of these faceted, but they are too soft for gem stones. Had an enormous calcite crystal that was birefringent. I bought another one about a year ago now just for the optical properties. Had a large piece of schist full of deep red garnets.
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