Friday, April 1, 2011

A new Shop!

Fancy cut citrine

 My poor neglected blog... It has been over a week since I updated.

But I have good news! I have a new shop in Etsy: Stones From Brazil. This shop focuses on fair trade, hand cut, minimally treated gems from my homeland.

Unusual burgundy and lime bicolor
I started this shop for various reasons. First of all, I was dismayed by the difference between what local cutters and miners got for their gems and what the typical customer outside Brazil was paying. It wasn't good for neither cutter nor customer. I think that I can help both by paying a better price here and offering a better cost to you, my client. I am trying to keep overhead as low as possible to maximize benefits for both ends. Of course, Brazilian postal costs do not help (which is why I am shipping smaller gems in ordinary envelopes, without tracking).

Hot pink square cut tourmaline
The second reason was fair practices. I aim to offer untreated gems or gems with minimal treatment (heat or light oiling), but, most important of all, to divulge the treatments. And, if I don't know it, to state it. I want you to get what you think you are getting, not a well told story.

Finally, I just plain love gemstones. I love picking out a beauty from a large parcel of so-so stones. I love finding an unusual color, interesting inclusion or unique cut. What a perfect excuse to spend a lot more hours doing so! If you need something specific or unique, let me know and I will keep an eye out for it.

To top it off, I am having an opening sale with the coupon "GrandOpening"! Enjoy!

D. Pedro II opal from Piaui

1 comment:

  1. Congrats on the new shop, that always takes up tons of time, probably the reason you haven't had time to blog in a week! ;) Good luck with the shop, I'm sure business will be booming in no time! :)