Time has change, as per my knowledge and experience people prefer to buy online low cost value for money gems 100 USD to 7k usd online, above 7k they like to deal in person with long term trusted sellers in privately, many people visit Hong Kong they see few gems on HK shops and they immediately navigate to ebay, etsy to compare the price and they come to my shop where they have found similar gems they feel my price is good so they called me to meet in person so they can have a look gem in person. Trust me every time I visited these guest they have purchased from me High to very high cost items and they has been now part of loyal buyers.
Why do you buy online? its easy and hassle free,let me explain.
You get full security from online markets like eBay, etsy, Gemrock, IGS and most Important PayPal.
what you should look for before purchasing gems online from these website.
No1 Good feedback, No 2 Long Term sellers, which you can easily guess if you visit the seller profile and feedback on eBay, etsy also check the value of the gem people bought from them which you can see if item has not been sold privately under feedback, more the value and better feedback these are the green signal for being a very trustworthy online seller they really care about their buyers because they know if buyers open a case against them for misrepresented items then they are going to be in trouble. So I would encourage people to buy online without hesitation but make sure once you receive the gem and if its not carrying certificate such as GIA,AGL,GRS,AIGS then you must seek professional help and get it checked… also point to be noted don’t buy too beautiful Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire nice cut cheap like 100 to 200 usd for above 2 cts gems without certificate.
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