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    Default Buying rough gemstones, in the UK

    Hi
    I want to buy single rough uncut gemstones in the uk (to avoid steep postage and VAT handling fees).
    -Can anyone recommend some good suppliers?
    -In particular I want one, or a few, rough spinel with more or less pefect octahedral dimensions in the 1-3 carat/ 6-10 mm range, but I'm not too concerned about clarity/inclusions.
    Something similar to this but a bit bigger would be nice:
    http://prettyrock.com/php/facet-roug...-spinel.php%3F
    Thanks for your help
    Matt

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    Thanks Lucie- A.E Ward seems to be only cut stones- I'm after uncut stones.
    Cheers Matt

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    One of rock and gem fairs would be a good bet - there are a few coming up: http://www.rockngem.co.uk/show-dates.html - their exhibitors list might also provide some good sources, though the current list seems very incomplete as it seems to include only people who've filled out their questionnaire.

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    these guys any use?

    http://www.rockshopwholesale.com

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    Googling Lapidary Suppliers brought up a number of companies, including this:

    http://www.ukge.com/en-GB/Lapidary/R...FUoOwwoddX0AUw And this:

    http://www.manchesterminerals.co.uk/...eralRange.html

    Changing the search to Uncut Gemstones brigs this:

    http://nortonsafe.search.ask.com/web...t=sb&qsrc=2869

    So I don't think you need do more than try other key words. Dennis.

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    I have three trays of polished Opel's to unload. Interested?

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    This thread is sooo last year dear.

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    you could always ask on this facebook group for rough or cut stones all uk based
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1654557401500400/

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    lightingridge

    Photo's, prices, quality, carats ??

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