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10 tips to buy gemstones abroad

Patrick Voillot is a gemstone specialist and has traveled the world for 20 years in search of the most beautiful gems. He graduated in gemmology, he is a doctor in pharmacy and a curator of the mineralogy collection of the Paris V Faculty of Pharmacy. Based on his experience, he gives us 10 tips for buying precious stones. He gave this advice during the conferences held at Mes Créateurs Joailliers trade fair last November. 1. Find out about availability If you are going to a foreign country and you want to buy gems, the first reflex to have is to enquire beforehand about the different varieties of gems you might find in the country. For example, in Burma it will be rubies but also topazes, tourmalines or aquamarines. If you are offered stones that are not commonly found in this country, it might be a fraud… A good way to check this information is to check out Patrick Voillot‘s website which details for each country the stones that you could find. Or check out a gemstone guide …