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Gemstone Auctions Online

Welcome to Gem Rock Auctions. If you are looking for loose gemstones, gemstone rough, mineral specimens, Birthstones, Diamond, Sapphire, Rubies, or anything else to do with gemstones, you’ve come to the right place. Gem Rock Auctions is a global online marketplace where verified sellers from all over the world have been approved to sell authentic gemstones directly to you. We help you buy gemstones online and explain what to look for when buying gemstones in our Gemstone Encyclopedia. Gem Rock Auctions ensures that high-quality gemstone are being sold online and looks forward to being your solution for purchasing fine gems from around the world.

Gem Rock Auctions has sold 500,000 individual gemstones to all corners of the globe. Our entire Treasures Auctions network has now sold 1 Million items including Gemstones, Opals, Jewelry and Coins. 

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Gemstones For Sale

What makes us different to other websites selling gemstones? Most importantly, our Gemstone Sheriff program is unique to Gem Rock Auctions. It is the industry’s first program to review any gemstone sold online to make sure it’s natural. A panel of independent gemologists reviews any item upon customer requests. This program ensures a high level of item accuracy. We are proud to say that we have not sold a synthetic or man made gemstone since .

Second all of our sellers are handpicked and approved by the Gem Rock Auction team. The sellers must have extensive product knowledge, customer service skills, and they have to have a passion for the gemstone industry. Any vendor approved to sell on our website has been vetted in order to become one of our Verified Sellers.

Plus, we have no-reserve gem auctions available, also known as absolute auctions, where the sale will be awarded to the highest bidder. Alternatively, you’ll have the convenience of placing a bid or you can decide to “buy now” if you prefer. Our gemstones dealers are dedicated to providing you with every opportunity to make a wise and exciting purchase.

Online Gem Auction Categories

We have organized each Auction in to categories by gemstone so that it is easier to find the mineral you are looking for. For example, single faceted stones can be found under the Gemstones category and any rough material can be found under the Rough category.

There is a special category for matched Pairs of gems for sale because these can difficult to find when you’re customizing a specific piece of jewelry such as earrings. Specimens is a special category for items that are still in the rough state but are not suitable for faceting. These specimens are perfect for seeing how the natural stones form.

Birthstones For Sale

With the largest selection of Birthstones on the web you are sure to find the perfect gift at Gem Rock Auctions. Garnet will be the ideal present for that special person in your life with a January birthday, sapphires are for those born in September, and diamonds for the April birth month.Birthstones are as symbolic as they are beautiful. You can incorporate them into necklaces, brooches, earrings, bracelets, and rings in both sophisticated and fun ways. Our many gemstones for sale will work perfectly as a gift beyond birthdays such as for anniversaries, collections, and if you are looking to design stunning jewelry.

Gemstone Overview

Gemstones are a smart investment that has attracted people for centuries. Gemstones not only have a rich history and represent power, but they are eye-catching beauties, and are treasured collectables. The integrity of these precious stones is important to our gemstones dealers, as much as the seamless process of purchasing them. Whatever your reasons are for investing in gemstones, we’re dedicated to ensuring you get a quality selection to choose from and that you’re satisfied with your experience.

Find the ideal wholesale gemstones for your goals. Whether you’re a collector, jeweler, or giving someone you love a special gift, we welcome you to enjoy the tutorials that provide detailed information about buying gemstones for sale. Spend time on our site and learn more about what makes us a quality location for Gem Rock Auctions.

Treasure Auctions Network

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Verification Programs

Verification Programs

All sellers on Gem Rock Auctions must comply with our Verified Sellers program which ensures a high degree of industry knowledge, consistent refund policy and wholesale pricing.

Verification Programs

The Gemstone Sheriff program allows our members to request an audit on any auction, which is completed by an independent Gemologist who assesses the accuracy of the item description and pictures.

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Jewelers Manufactures Association

Jewelers Manufactures Association

The Jewelers Manufactures Association (JMA) was formed on November 11, 2018 by Verified sellers from Gem Rock Auctions, who wanted to minimise the misrepresentation of jewelry online for buyers. With countless scams and fake gems online, the people behind JMA wanted to offer a reliable and honest online platform that held sellers accountable for their prices and authenticity.

JMA quite literally removes the middleman. Rather than the jewelry manufacturer selling to buyers through stockists and shops, they can sell direct to the consumer with the Jeweler Manufactures Association. The new software platform offers efficiency and reliability to both the manufacturers and customers, with a simple click of a button.


History of the JMA

When Gem Rock Auctions first formed in 2005, there were a lot of scammers selling fake or treated gemstones across a number of online selling platforms. This meant that there were a lot of sellers but little to no quality products. When Gem Rock Auctions established the Verified Sellers Program, buyers could be confident that they were purchasing from trusted sellers. Buyers were, and still are today, kept accountable by becoming approved verified sellers and having in depth product knowledge. Since implementing the Verified Sellers Program, Gem Rock Auctions have consistently increased customer satisfaction over the years, with over 350, 000 gems sold online!

However there are still scammers trying to take advantage of uninformed buyers. We are now seeing an explosion of misrepresented jewelry online, with deliberately deceptive and misleading product descriptions. In July 2018, we googled the search term ‘Opal rings’ and were surprised to see that the majority of opal rings offered were actually man made opals, however the majority of websites did not specify that the stones were not naturally formed. These cheap imitation stones were often set in silver and advertised with highly professional artistic images. This ultimately meant that many buyers today are wearing opal rings that are not genuine stones.

Jewelers Manufactures Association

Today’s Jewelry Market

After researching a number of different sellers on social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook, we noted that certain countries, especially in Asia and Africa, had much more deceptive marketing for gemstones. Interestingly, we noted a different pattern for jewelry marketing. Although there were a number of obvious sellers from China that were selling fake jewelry with inaccurate descriptions and ridiculously low prices, we found other sellers were massively over pricing their products. Jewelry pieces were sometimes ten times the price, which meant that buyers were not getting good value for their purchase.

Consumers were paying excessive prices for jewelry because of the beautifully curated images and deceptive product descriptions created through clever marketing techniques on social media. Furthermore, manufacturers would employ online influencers to create visually appealing content of their products, which would ultimately convince consumers to pay more, simply because they wanted to buy the lifestyle depicted in the image, not necessarily the stone itself. For example, manufacturers were able to sell low grade Howlite dyed in a turquoise color as Turquoise jewelry, by employing attractive influencers to wear the jewelry in their photos. Well priced Ruby jewelry was often simply glass filled but sold as natural Ruby and even heated sapphires were sold with natural sapphire prices, which were often two to three times the price! It was because of this deliberate misrepresentation of jewelry that the Jewelers Manufactures Association was formed by Verified sellers from Gem Rock Auctions. By purchasing from manufacturers who have been approved by the Jewelers Manufactures Association, consumers are no longer being mislead from clever marketing campaigns. Instead they can buy direct from jewelry manufacturers worldwide, at the best possible prices.

Furthermore, changes within the jewelry industry have led to many retail shops worldwide closing because of high shop overheads. This means that online platforms like Jewelery Auctioned are much more appealing to not just the consumer but now the manufacturer, as the expense of a physical shop are quite literally cut. Our data also shows a shift with millennial buyers from older age groups in sales on Gem Rock Auctions. While older age groups were often happy to purchase jewelry with resins and plastics on them if it meant they were paying less, younger generations are more environmentally conscious. Because of this, Birthstone jewelry, Metaphysical jewelry and Holistic jewelry pieces are experiencing high growth in the industry. While older generations were often scammed into purchasing ingenuine jewelry for a cheaper price, millennials want to be assured that their purchase is accountable. This desire for accountability of manufacturers and sellers is a great example of why the Jewelers Manufactures Association is so important in today’s market.

The aims of the Jewelers Manufactures Association are as follows;

  • To offer buyers direct access to jewelry manufacturers worldwide at the best possible prices
  • All jewelry to be exactly described for silver or gold content
  • All gemstones to have exact description if treated in any way
  • All sellers to abide by ruling of the Gemstone Sheriff program
  • Sellers who purchase jewelry from JMA members for resale can be associate members of JMA
  • Sellers must prove to Gemstone sherif strong gemstone product knowledge and be prepared to keep up with new gemstone treatments.

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Blood Gemstones?

Why aren’t Gemstones called blood gemstones like Blood diamonds. Diamonds have an ethical problem which includes financing wars to child labour and so many other issues that are not ethical in today’s world. Gemstones on the other hand do not have these same problems. Majority of Gemstone businesses are Family businesses.  The term ‘family’ means that generations of the one family and many family units of brothers and sisters work in the business. Many Gem Rock Auctions and Jewelry Auctioned sellers are holders in mining operations or operating gemstone cutting factories. Our sellers have cutting factory’s in Thailand, Pakistan, India and many inform us how uncles and nephews are employed in the business. We were actually surprised to meet with many of these right hand staff that work in the factories that are now mechanised and need to be educated and trained. On a recent trip to Thailand we meet more University graduates from this region who worked in their family gemstone business that paid for their education. Education is very important to family’s in developing countries.

We have a third-generation gemstone family businesses in Brazil where they do not let the spouse into the business so as to stop in fighting. They keep the family unity and strong business.

Governments also have more control with Gemstones as the Ethiopian Government controls the export of Opals and the Tanzanian government takes control over Tanzanite operations in its country. Many gemstone business support local villages, and today gemstone business need well trained miners, cutters ,factors as better equipment is used .

All of our members must be verified sellers and prove product knowledge and commitment to the gemstone jewelry industry. This way, we can offer an online environment for consumers where quality at the lowest prices is assured.  

Jewellers Manufactures Association - Founding Members 2019

Our Verified Sellers program and successful Gemstone Sheriff programs from Gem Rock Auctions have been adopted by the JMA association.

Founding members as of June 2019

Gold standard gems store Jewelers Manufactures Association

Gold Standard Gems 

is a Canadian gemstone seller who specialises in large and certified gemstone Jewelry. Gold Standard Gems selects large, hard to source clean gemstones such as Emeralds, Ruby’s, Aquamarine, Zircon and specialty Gemstones such as Titanite or Sphene.

Many of Gold Standard Gems designs incorporate Brilliant cut Diamonds of high standard.

Majority of his designs are a classical designs in 2 carat gold or simple modern design in Sterling Silver Jewelry
VIEW GOLDSTANDARDGEMS STORE

sarah creations store jewelers manufactures association

Sarah Creations

This company is based in Thailand and can source gemstones direct from the gemstone cutting factories. Sarah Creations specialises in modern fashionable designs with the majority of their designs using natural stone with cz's or man made diamonds to make elegant princess design jewelry 

 VIEW SARAHCREATIONS STORE

gem traders store jewelers manufactures association

Gem Traders

Has been in wholesale jewelry supplier since 2005 when they purchased MyGgems as an opal and gemstone wholesaler that was registered in 1985. This company has world wide connections with manufacturing factories in Asia and Australia and Europe.

Gem Trader specialise in Gold gemstone jewelry with traditional popular gemstones such as, Amethyst, Peridot, Topaz, Ruby. Gem Traders silver collection consists of Amber Jewelry direct from the Polish factory and also silver chains direct from Italy and joined in Asia.

Gemstone jewelry comprises of many gemstones from suppliers built while visiting countries and trade shows over the last 30 years

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Shubham Jewells store jewelers manufactures association

Shubham Jewells

Long established Indian Gemstone Factory with 3 generationS involved in the business. specialising in a full range of gemstone Beads. They manufacture and polishes these gemstones to make attractive necklaces, bracelets.

Shubham specialise in multi gemstone jewelry as they are experienced in making combination of gemstones that compliment each other and are fashionable.

Shubham also manufactures a full range of Holistic Gemstone Jewelry and full range of The Tree Of Life Pendants and Charka pendants and pendulums.

VIEW SHUBHAMJEWELLS STORE

opalplus store jewelers manufactures association

Opal Plus

Experienced Opal wholesale company with over 30 years in the Opal industry from Opal mining to Opal jewelry manufacturing. Opal mining in Australia and Jewelry manufacturing in Asia

VIEW OPALPLUS STORE

seda jewelery jewelers manufactures association

Seda Jewelry

Seda Jewelry is part of the Seda group that has sold over 100,000 opals and gemstones online and has been in the opal and gemstone industry for nearly 35 years

30 years’ experience in the opal industry and worldwide connection for jewelry manufacturing for gemstones
VIEW SEDAJEWELERY STORE

Simply jewellery jewelers manufactures association

Simply Jewelery

Established worldwide gemstone company with offices in USA and Australia.

Their parent company specializes in trade shows in the USA and Hong Kong as True-blue Logo, with stores on Gem Rock Auctions and Opal Auctions
VIEW SIMPLYJEWELERY STORE

gemland store jewelers manufactures association

Gem Land

Based in Bangkok Thailand this company has direct access to quality gemstones from Chanthaburi which is the gemstone cutting capital of the world.

Natural gemstones are set in modern design silver jewelry at affordable prices

VIEW GEMLAND STORE

Gemstone Sheriff

This program has been successful on our sister site Gemrockauctions.com for over 10 years with tens of thousands of audit request. A qualified Gemmologist will review and audit the item and leave publicly available report on the item page. Buyers can request audit and reply takes 48 hours maximum reply time.

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July 2018 - Australian Opal Show Circuit Review

The Australian Opal circuit shows have now finished with mixed results. We saw high demand for rough opal more so than cut stones. This review will look at each of the show stops and discuss what we witnessed and our opinions of the industry as of July 2018.

July 2018 - Australian Opal Show Circuit Review

First Stop - Coober Pedy Opal show

A local mining company paid for all the opal sellers booth so there was a very good turnout of sellers, and a great selection of opals. The general trend now has been for less Chinese buyers and more Indian buyers chasing low grade opal rough, known as potch and colour. This low-grade rough has quadrupled  in price over last few years. In the Outback Opal Hunters TV series you will notice that the buyers in Coober Pedy are from India.

Winton Opal Show

This is traditionally q rough opal market, and many buyers travelled a long way to visit this historical opal mining town. There was a high demand for rough with many of the vendours selling out.

Yowah Opal Show

The locals support this show with over 50 booths, and once again strong demand for the rough opal.

Lightning Ridge Opal Show

Seller booths were down because many of the boulder opal sellers who sold out during the Winton and Yowah shows had to cancel their booths.

Local Black Opal rough was scarce due to the constant drought and opal miners not being able to wash their dirt. Cooper Pedy opal sellers reported good sales at this show. 

At the Lightning Ridge show we were lucky enough to meet up with the filming crew from the Outback Opal Hunters TV show. Lets see what comes out of that.

July 2018 - Australian Opal Show Circuit Review

Gold Coast Opal Show

This is the last show in the circuit so sellers and customer attendances were down. Only wholesalers had stock and many opal miners didn’t attend. Most business was selling opals to the trade with few international buyers attending.

Summary

Many opal buyers complain that opal miners sold stocks before the show circuit started, so it was very difficult to get the best deals. Demand is so strong for rough opal that miners do not have to hold for the show circuit. This is now a serious problem for the Opal show circuit.

Another change is the emergence of Grey nomads or overseas buyers, mostly Germans hiring camping vans and travelling to the opal fields and buying direct from the opal miners.

One American couple said in the future they will visit 1 month before or after the show circuit as they did not enjoy being told the opal rough had been sold before the shows started.

If you are visiting or want to experience the fun of the outback towns, and if time is limited we suggest Yowah as the town supports this event and visitors are welcomed. This is a very small town so visitors must have campers as there is no accommodation available .

Camp fires at Yowah are such a fantastic experience.

Another change  we witnessed is the emergence of young Chinese buyers who take images of the opals on display and share to Chinese buyers on WeChat. WeChat is similar to Facebook here in the west and has a payment wallet gateway, so buyers can pay instantly for the opal. They worked the  Lightning Ridge show but offered medium price opals with no high-end sales reported.

Opal sales on opal auctions were up 22% on last year and our contestantly updated opal trends report is a great place to stay up to date with what is going on.

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Opal Auctions Online

Hi Welcome to Opal Auctions, the world’s leading industry opal website for all your opal requirements. Our verified opal miners and sellers offer opals direct from rough opals, opal specimens and a massive range of opal stones to opal jewelry from all corners of the world.

We have over 140 approved opal sellers from over 2 dozen countries and have sold over 430,00 opals to 147 countries worldwide. We have over 100,000 opal lovers as loyal members. Our sellers offer opals on a level playing field and have the industry’s most up to date information in the opal Encyclopedia. We also keep abreast of all the latest gemmological information about opals.

We strongly support the opal mining industry and members of opal associations worldwide.

Opal Auctions has sold 430,000 individual Opals to all corners of the globe. Our entire Treasures Auctions network has now sold 1 Million items including Gemstones, Opals, Jewelry and Coins.

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Opals for Sale

Our sellers must abide by stringent listing and description details so that it is easy for our buyers to compare opals from each seller. This is a fantastic advantage for our buyers. After 30 years’ experience we know that opal miners and opal wholesalers have strong passion for their opals that they mine. Sellers must give accurate descriptions, images and videos must include a hand shot and not just black images that make the opal look brighter. Only rough opal can be listed wet to show the opal colors.

Any Opal seller approved to sell on our website has been vetted in order to become one of our verified sellers.

We also find opal miners can price opals different depending on production, if high production they list lower price but if the production is low their price increases. Opal buyers can now compare opal seller’s listings and can follow our item watch, which is helpful to find what opals are actually selling for and helps buyers to follow price trends accurately.

Online Opal Auction Categories

We offer buyers exact category descriptions by opal so it is easy to search for a specific opal, opal type or even seller country. Also, buyers can search by sellers in certain country, as we have over 140 approved opal sellers from all parts of the world. 

Opal jewelry is also in exact category description so buyers can search in confidence. Solid opals are separated out from Opal doublet or Opal triplet jewelry.

Opal Sheriff

The Opal Sheriff program is managed by a panel of gemmologists so our sellers are updated with all latest developments in the opal industry. We do not allow opals from Indonesia or Ethiopia to be called black opal, unless an approved gemmological laboratory issue certification. Gemstone testing laboratories also have to be approved by our Opal sheriff program.

Many Ethiopian opals are smoked or treated and our sellers will supply accurate descriptions so that buyers can have confidence our descriptions are accurate to the highest standard. Black Opals are from Lightning Ridge and our sellers must have accurate description in regards to Body Tone as only body tone N1 to N4 is considered black Opal. A opal with N5 to N6 is considered semi black or dark opal.

Investment Opals

Many buyers do ask is opal an investment? Founder Wayne Sedawie has seen red fire on black opals from lightning ridge increase by over 20% per year in last 30 years. Today black opals are getting harder to find and no reason why they will not keep increasing as demand is so high for rare gems and opals.

New buyers can enjoy $10 Discount voucher on their first order for opal jewlery from opal rings, pendants, earrings or opal stones. Many repeat opal buyers resell in their country so most sellers offer reward program for long term repeat business who are offered discounts .

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Verification Programs

Verification Programs

All sellers on Opal Auctions must comply with our Verified Sellers program which ensures a high degree of industry knowledge, consistent refund policy and wholesale pricing.

Verification Programs

The Opal Sheriff program allows our members to request an audit on any auction, which is completed by an independent Gemologist who assesses the accuracy of the item description and pictures.

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