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    Default Gemstone suppliers in the UK & Europe

    Hi everyone,

    Was hoping you can help. I'm starting out in the jewellery trade and need to source small batches of identically sized semi precious stones for my designs.

    Can anyone recommend good and relatively cheap suppliers of gemstones in the UK and Europe for this?

    thanks!

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    Check out Manchester Minerals, they usually have a good stock and give good service, see;https://www.manchesterminerals.co.uk/

    James
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    Thank you for the recommendation James!

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    Actually there is no such thing as identically sized cut gemstones. They all vary in size by small amounts. However you can ask for them to be rechecked to get nearer to your ideal, for instance to fit ready made settings.

    The same goes for the colour, according to which part of the crystal the stone was taken from. For instance green tourmaline can be almost black, or have a brown cast. Then there are inclusions......

    Finally gemstones are no longer cheap and you might need to shop around.

    The most professional company for me is AE Ward: http://www.aewgems.co.uk/ Dennis.
    Last edited by Dennis; 27-02-2017 at 12:09 PM.

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    You can asked for calibrated stones but you will pay more for them.

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    Lovely, thank you Dennis... I've been to AE Ward already.

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    Hi Josef, yes I know they're more expensive, calibrated ones. Can you recommend any companies that you know of?

    thanks in advance...

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    What type of Gemstones and the size cut and quality are you after ?

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    I went to AE Ward website the site appears to be broken is it just me?

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