GEMSOFAMERICA

GEMS OF AMERICA

Gaithersburg, Maryland · 1 Sale

GEMSOFAMERICA

GEMS OF AMERICA

Gaithersburg, Maryland 1 Sale On Etsy since 2017

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JOEL AREM

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Announcement   Welcome to GEMSOFAMERICA, home of Montana Rock Creek sapphires, Arizona peridot, Mexican danburite and apatite, Brazilian tourmaline, aquamarine, andalusite and topaz- in short, one of the largest selections anywhere of high quality gems from all the Americas - North, Central and South! Many are vintage and unique products that cannot be replaced. Others represent localities from which production may continue in the future. I specialize in sapphires from the famous Rock Creek deposit in western Montana. I am unique in having from this locality a full range both of sizes and colors, from 2mm round stones up to gems over 5 carats, and a huge variety of colors, including all shades and saturation levels of blue, green and blue green, as well as pinks, purples, greens, yellows ....and even padparadschah!

It is impossible to list and show all of the gems I have available, so please write to me if you have a special request or need a specific item.

I am a well-known gemological authority, a former Smithsonian Institution curator, and the author of 7 books on gems and minerals, so you can be sure that what you are buying is what has been represented! Customer service is my #1 priority and I strive to make your buying experience interesting, secure and educational. I generally ship within 24-48 hours and insure all purchases over $100. Customer satisfaction is my top priority.

Numerous trips in the 1970s and '80s resulted in the accumulation of a huge inventory of cut gemstones, including many from South America and the USA. Much of this material is no longer even available in today's marketplace. I take pride in offering the finest and most unique pieces, and guarantee all my gemstones to be as represented. I also have a full range of gems from worldwide localities, including many museum-quality stones, and I specialize in having a full palette of colors that are characteristic of gems such as tourmaline and spinel. I can also provide melee in a wide variety of materials, including sapphire, garnet (rhodolite and Mozambique), amethyst, danburite and many others. Please contact me for information!

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My SHOP POLICIES page has information on payment & shipping options.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/gemsofamerica/policy?ref=shopinfo_policies_leftnav

◉ If you're new to Etsy, here's a guide to the checkout process: http://www.etsy.com/help_guide_checkout.php

◉ I am always willing (if my inventory permits ) to do a reserve listing for you.
Etsy convos are the fastest way to contact me as I check my email multiple times a day!
You may also email me at either threerng [!at] verizon.net or joelearem [!at] verizon.net if you so chose.

I greatly appreciate immediate payment as I always strive to have a quick turn-around of no longer than 72 hours from the time I receive your order and payment. I know you want your gemstone(s) and I want to ship them as soon as I can so that I don't fall behind in my orders. If there are ever extenuating circumstances where I will not be able to ship within 72 hours I will have a notice up in my shop to that effect or I will contact you personally.

I currently accept PayPal and Direct Checkout. If PayPal notifies me that you have paid by check, I will ship your items when your check clears, which usually takes about 5 business days. When you pay with Direct Check Out, Etsy will notify you automatically that your order has been shipped and there will be a tracking number

If you are sending a money order, please make it out to Joel E. Arem and mail it to me at P.O. Box 5056 Laytonsville, Maryland 20882. I will notify you as soon as it arrives and your order will be shipped.
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SHIPPING
I always try to ship within 72 hours of receiving payment. Insurance will add a bit more depending on the value of your purchase.

YOUR SHIPPING ADDRESS:
I ship to the address provided in the Checkout "SHIP TO" transaction section. Please be sure the address is accurate as many times the address that may appear on your PayPal account is different than where you actually want the item to be shipped.

The Buyer will be billed for the additional shipping fees if the package is returned to me because of an incorrect shipping address.

◉ I can insure both DOMESTIC and INTERNATIONAL packages. I use USPS insurance and also third-party coverage, which allows us to mail items by First Class Mail and get insurance for full value. USPS First Class Mail cannot be tracked once it leaves the USA, and items cannot be insured unless they are shipped via Priority or Express Mail (which is rather expensive). However, some countries are NOT COVERED by third-party insurance plans. We will let you know if this applies to an order you have placed in our shop, and work with you to ship as safely and cost-effectively as possible. Priority Mail to Canada and Mexico starts at about $20 (small flat rate box) or $29 for a normal package, and to other countries it varies, so please contact us if you need a quote for this kind of shipping. Maximum insured value for a flat rate box is $400.

Priority mail within the USA is $5.50 FOR UP TO 1 lb. of merchandise. Priority mail over 1 pound varies in cost with destination up to about $12.00 for a 3-pound package to California, for example. Please email me if you require any of these options.
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REFUNDS AND EXCHANGES
All my gemstones are inspected one by one before being shipped. They are individually wrapped in gem papers to protect them and then put in little plastic ziploc bags.

If you ever have a problem with a damaged gemstones, don't hesitate to contact me immediately rather than leaving negative feedback. I check my convos and email numerous times a day! I'm only human, and with so many orders going out on a daily basis, there is always room for error.
I will replace your damaged gemstone if possible, issue you a store credit, or give you a full refund if the item is returned in the same condition as it was shipped and within 14 days of receiving your order if you are not fully satisfied.
I want you to be 100% thrilled with your purchases and have this reflected in positive feedback which you can leave for me in my shop.

I value each and every customer and are delighted that you have chosen to shop in my Etsy store ! Customer relations are extremely important to me and I pride myself on the authenticity of what I sell, how I package it, and being accessible to all of you should a question or a problem ever arise.
Thank you -
Joel Arem
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◉ Check out our other Etsy shops -
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ForeverInStyle - Debby Arem's catalog of vintage Beaded Jewelry, including hand knotted necklaces, bracelets, earrings and fan pulls .

https://www.etsy.com/shop/EurekaEureka - EurekaEureka features unique vintage beads and less expensive faceted gems for jewelry and craft needs. Featured are luxury hand-carved semiprecious stone beads, West German pressed glass, givre glass, Japanese millefiori glass, Japanese tensha, coral, unique metal beads, vintage lucite .....and much more!

▶http://www.etsy.com/shop/JoelAremCollection - Joel's private mineral and gem collection, started in the 1950s, and now being made available to the public

http://www.etsy.com/shop/DebbyAremDesigns - Original recycled circuit board geekery jewelry,office products ,and home decor incorporating vintage circuit boards

Also check out:
◉ Debby's website - www.debbyarem.com
◉ Joel's website - www.joelarem.com

We are proud members of the Etsy Vintage Team and Team Ecoetsy.

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Last updated on Feb 25, 2017

Welcome to GEMSOFAMERICA, home of Montana Rock Creek sapphires, Arizona peridot, Mexican danburite and apatite, Brazilian tourmaline, aquamarine, andalusite and topaz- in short, one of the largest selections anywhere of high quality gems from all the Americas - North, Central and South! Many are vintage and unique products that cannot be replaced. Others represent localities from which production may continue in the future. I specialize in sapphires from the famous Rock Creek deposit in western Montana. I am unique in having from this locality a full range both of sizes and colors, from 2mm round stones up to gems over 5 carats, and a huge variety of colors, including all shades and saturation levels of blue, green and blue green, as well as pinks, purples, greens, yellows ....and even padparadschah!

It is impossible to list and show all of the gems I have available, so please write to me if you have a special request or need a specific item.

I am a well-known gemological authority, a former Smithsonian Institution curator, and the author of 7 books on gems and minerals, so you can be sure that what you are buying is what has been represented! Customer service is my #1 priority and I strive to make your buying experience interesting, secure and educational. I generally ship within 24-48 hours and insure all purchases over $100. Customer satisfaction is my top priority.

Numerous trips in the 1970s and '80s resulted in the accumulation of a huge inventory of cut gemstones, including many from South America and the USA. Much of this material is no longer even available in today's marketplace. I take pride in offering the finest and most unique pieces, and guarantee all my gemstones to be as represented. I also have a full range of gems from worldwide localities, including many museum-quality stones, and I specialize in having a full palette of colors that are characteristic of gems such as tourmaline and spinel. I can also provide melee in a wide variety of materials, including sapphire, garnet (rhodolite and Mozambique), amethyst, danburite and many others. Please contact me for information!

*******************************************************************************
My SHOP POLICIES page has information on payment & shipping options.
https://www.etsy.com/shop/gemsofamerica/policy?ref=shopinfo_policies_leftnav

◉ If you're new to Etsy, here's a guide to the checkout process: http://www.etsy.com/help_guide_checkout.php

◉ I am always willing (if my inventory permits ) to do a reserve listing for you.
Etsy convos are the fastest way to contact me as I check my email multiple times a day!
You may also email me at either threerng [!at] verizon.net or joelearem [!at] verizon.net if you so chose.

I greatly appreciate immediate payment as I always strive to have a quick turn-around of no longer than 72 hours from the time I receive your order and payment. I know you want your gemstone(s) and I want to ship them as soon as I can so that I don't fall behind in my orders. If there are ever extenuating circumstances where I will not be able to ship within 72 hours I will have a notice up in my shop to that effect or I will contact you personally.

I currently accept PayPal and Direct Checkout. If PayPal notifies me that you have paid by check, I will ship your items when your check clears, which usually takes about 5 business days. When you pay with Direct Check Out, Etsy will notify you automatically that your order has been shipped and there will be a tracking number

If you are sending a money order, please make it out to Joel E. Arem and mail it to me at P.O. Box 5056 Laytonsville, Maryland 20882. I will notify you as soon as it arrives and your order will be shipped.
****************************************************************************
SHIPPING
I always try to ship within 72 hours of receiving payment. Insurance will add a bit more depending on the value of your purchase.

YOUR SHIPPING ADDRESS:
I ship to the address provided in the Checkout "SHIP TO" transaction section. Please be sure the address is accurate as many times the address that may appear on your PayPal account is different than where you actually want the item to be shipped.

The Buyer will be billed for the additional shipping fees if the package is returned to me because of an incorrect shipping address.

◉ I can insure both DOMESTIC and INTERNATIONAL packages. I use USPS insurance and also third-party coverage, which allows us to mail items by First Class Mail and get insurance for full value. USPS First Class Mail cannot be tracked once it leaves the USA, and items cannot be insured unless they are shipped via Priority or Express Mail (which is rather expensive). However, some countries are NOT COVERED by third-party insurance plans. We will let you know if this applies to an order you have placed in our shop, and work with you to ship as safely and cost-effectively as possible. Priority Mail to Canada and Mexico starts at about $20 (small flat rate box) or $29 for a normal package, and to other countries it varies, so please contact us if you need a quote for this kind of shipping. Maximum insured value for a flat rate box is $400.

Priority mail within the USA is $5.50 FOR UP TO 1 lb. of merchandise. Priority mail over 1 pound varies in cost with destination up to about $12.00 for a 3-pound package to California, for example. Please email me if you require any of these options.
*******************************************************************************
REFUNDS AND EXCHANGES
All my gemstones are inspected one by one before being shipped. They are individually wrapped in gem papers to protect them and then put in little plastic ziploc bags.

If you ever have a problem with a damaged gemstones, don't hesitate to contact me immediately rather than leaving negative feedback. I check my convos and email numerous times a day! I'm only human, and with so many orders going out on a daily basis, there is always room for error.
I will replace your damaged gemstone if possible, issue you a store credit, or give you a full refund if the item is returned in the same condition as it was shipped and within 14 days of receiving your order if you are not fully satisfied.
I want you to be 100% thrilled with your purchases and have this reflected in positive feedback which you can leave for me in my shop.

I value each and every customer and are delighted that you have chosen to shop in my Etsy store ! Customer relations are extremely important to me and I pride myself on the authenticity of what I sell, how I package it, and being accessible to all of you should a question or a problem ever arise.
Thank you -
Joel Arem
**********************************************************************************
◉ Check out our other Etsy shops -
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ForeverInStyle - Debby Arem's catalog of vintage Beaded Jewelry, including hand knotted necklaces, bracelets, earrings and fan pulls .

https://www.etsy.com/shop/EurekaEureka - EurekaEureka features unique vintage beads and less expensive faceted gems for jewelry and craft needs. Featured are luxury hand-carved semiprecious stone beads, West German pressed glass, givre glass, Japanese millefiori glass, Japanese tensha, coral, unique metal beads, vintage lucite .....and much more!

▶http://www.etsy.com/shop/JoelAremCollection - Joel's private mineral and gem collection, started in the 1950s, and now being made available to the public

http://www.etsy.com/shop/DebbyAremDesigns - Original recycled circuit board geekery jewelry,office products ,and home decor incorporating vintage circuit boards

Also check out:
◉ Debby's website - www.debbyarem.com
◉ Joel's website - www.joelarem.com

We are proud members of the Etsy Vintage Team and Team Ecoetsy.

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  • Joel Arem

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    Joel Arem grew up in Brooklyn, New York - not the most ideal place to become an avid mineral collector! But at age 8 he was hooked on the amazing and endless shapes of natural crystals and it became a life-long passion and career.

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Last updated on Feb 23, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Are your prices negotiable?

I sell vintage products that in most cases cannot be replaced. The quality and uniqueness of my items does not allow for negotiation on prices.
While I may offer special promotional sales from time to time (such as free shipping on orders at my discretion ), my inventory prices are final as listed.

How can I trust that your gemstones are what you say they are?

I have more than 60 years of experience in the world of gems and minerals. I am widely regarded as one of the leading authorities in the world on colored gemstones. After obtaining my Ph.D. in Mineralogy from Harvard University, I was a Smithsonian curator and went on to publish numerous books that are still among the most widely used references and guidebooks on crystals, gems and minerals in the world.
The Color Encyclopedia of Gemstones has for 40 years been the world's most authoritative source of information on (and color pictures of) gemstones, including many of the rarest collector gems.
You can feel 100% confident purchasing from my shop!
Visit my own website for more information about my credentials http://www.joelarem.com

SELLER DETAILS: What is your address to mail a money order or return items?

TO RETURN ITEMS:
Joel E. Arem
P.O. Box 5056
Laytonsville, Md.
20882
Once I receive your returned item, I will issue you a credit to your PayPal account MINUS YOUR SHIPPING COSTS to return them

TO SEND A MONEY ORDER: Please make it out to:
Joel E. Arem
and mail it to me at P.O. Box 5056 Laytonsville, Maryland 20882.
I will notify you as soon as it arrives and your order will be shipped.

What if my purchase is a gift for someone?

I am more than happy to mail your purchase directly to the gift recipient!
Just add their shipping address in NOTES TO SELLER when you check out, and let me know that it is a gift. And of course I will NOT include a sales receipt in their package.

I am happy to include a gift enclosure with your message on it. Just let me know what you'd like me to write for you.