MielesGems

Ethically Sourced Gemstones

Florida, United States · 20 Sales

MielesGems

Ethically Sourced Gemstones

Florida, United States 20 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Announcement   ~~~~~For wholesale pricing please contact me.~~~~~
Welcome to our shop offering ethically mined and sourced gemstones Direct from Kenya. Faceted in the US by master faceters, Kenyan craftsmen and intaglio carvings by yours truly.
For jewelry using our gemstones please see my other Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/HouseofRishavy

Announcement
Last updated on Aug 5, 2016

~~~~~For wholesale pricing please contact me.~~~~~
Welcome to our shop offering ethically mined and sourced gemstones Direct from Kenya. Faceted in the US by master faceters, Kenyan craftsmen and intaglio carvings by yours truly.
For jewelry using our gemstones please see my other Etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/HouseofRishavy

Liz Rishavy

Contact shop owner

Liz Rishavy

Shop policies

Last updated on November 30, 2011
I have several sections in our shop. I'd like to discuss several of them.
NON PROFIT STONES:
The one that is most important in my opinion is this section. I know many people might be skeptical of this but there are truly so many people in the world that are in desperate need of help. This is part of how I am helping. Since Etsy listing fees are only $0.20, I thought it would be wonderful to be able to help several of the brokers in Kenya that have asked us to sell their stones here in the US. Even though these stones are coming directly from the broker, we are asking their fair market price. They deserve the same opportunity to thrive as the rest of us.

I live my whole life on the precept that you should love your neighbors as you love yourself. I do not wish to sell cheaply to compete with the Asian market. It's not fair to the people who have moved tonnes of earth to bring you these stones. With the internet many of our African friends can see what the going prices are here in America. They are no longer kept in the dark about imbalances in the price/payment of goods.

MASTER CUT STONES:
Now here's the place for exceptional stones that are truly rare and beautiful! I have had the great honor to commission these stones to be cut by Internationally renowned, award winning faceters.
Stephen Kotlowski:
Stephen Kotlowski of Phenomenal Facets started his career at the tender age of 16! American Society of Gemcutters (ASG) recognized is talents early in his career, Awarding him the title Supreme Master-Faceter twice over! He has won numerous AGTA faceting awards. He has been chosen to work with some of the worlds rarest stones. His talents stem from his incredible mind that allows him to create while he is faceting. He has a general idea of what he wants the piece to look like and then is able to adjust if things come up as they often to in faceting. So do you have some trouble gemstone children that are a bit rough around the edges and maybe a little broken inside? Send them off to Stephen Kotlowski's Finishing School. They'll come out nicely polished and well rounded shining examples of all the good inside!
Lloyd Forester:
Lloyd Forrester of Clear Cut Gems is another Master Faceter. I have had the luck of meeting with Lloyd personally, as he lives not too far from me, in the Florida Keys. He has a long pedigree in both the diamond and gemstone fields. Born in South Africa he naturally started faceting diamonds. Soon the lure of color was too much to resist! Gemstones that scream "COLOR" are cut to perfection in his hands. His incredible work is so beautiful it inspires even the most macho of men to go "WOW!"

COMMERCIALLY CUT STONES:

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
Payment
We accept:
Paypal,
MoneyGram,
WesternUnion
If you'd like to pay using MoneyGram or WesternUnion the item will not be shipped out until the payment clears my bank typically 5 business days.

Layaway Plan:
50% - 50% (no fee)
30% - 30% - 40% (2.5% fee)
20% - 20% - 20% - 20% - 20% (3-5% fee)
You must contact me for a special listing if you'd like one of the above plans. These plans are to be paid monthly. If at anytime you are unable to complete payments then the sale will be canceled and your money returned minus the fee.
Items will not ship out until the final payment clears.

Taxes, Duties
Florida:
will be charged a Sales Tax of 7% on the total amount (price+shipping).
International:
all taxes and Duties are the responsibility of the purchaser. According to the Uniform Tax Agreement all sapphires, rubies and emeralds incur a 10.3% duty upon import.
ALL parcels will be properly documented and no exceptions will be made. No packages will be marked as gift or of no commercial value,etc. If you live in a country that prohibits the import of gemstones, I will ship to you but be aware that your package may be confiscated and i will not be liable for your loss. There will be no return of funds for items lost damaged or confiscated by import/duties/customs officers.

If payment is not received by the 3rd business day the sale will be canceled automatically.
Shipping
All items will ship within 3 business days of payment received. If you wish to combine shipping I will give you a quote or the actual shipping charges.

If you have also paid for a GIA certificate it usually takes an additional 3 weeks to receive the stone and it's grading papers.

I will ship out all parcels 1st class parcel post with insurance through the United States Postal Service.

All other options must be quoted. You may upgrade to additional services Our ask for a different carrier such as DHL, FedEx, UPS.
*Note: the cost is substantially higher for international shipments if you use any of these carriers.
Refunds and Exchanges
For a refund you must contact us!
Do not return a purchase without contacting us first!
On stones with a value over $100US no refund payment will be issued until the stones have been received.

Domestic:
Refunds are accepted upto 7 days after you receive your parcel.
If you are on a Payment plan then your additional fees will not be refunded.

International:
refunds are accepted within 3 days of receipt of package (due to longer transit times). If you are on a payment plan and an international customer your additional fees will not be refunded plus there will be a restocking fee of $10.

If an item is lost or damaged in-transit please contact me to initiate an insurance claim through the shipping provider.
Additional policies and FAQs
All of the Non Profiting stones are not a charitible contribution and cannot be claimed as such on your income taxes. I am simply sending all of the money of the sales to the broker or miner who owns the stones. These are NOT stones I have paid for and cannot claim the profit as mine for these stones and these stones only you are buying essentially from the Kenyan gem broker, miner ,etc noted in the listing. Since both Etsy and Paypal take their final cost fees for the listings and receipt of payment there is no room to charge anything additional and still have the owner get the money they need.

So I am donating my time and effort to help these people. I will not do this for every person that approaches us because it does take a lot of time and effort. I have 4 children and I home-school 3 of them as well as running a jewelry business and this gem business.