Who is The Gem Trader?
The Gem Trader is owned and operated by a G.I.A. Graduate Jeweler Gemologist, Brad Payne, who has had a passion for colored stones since childhood. After an education in art history, Brad pursued his interest in gemology at the G.I.A. campus in Carlsbad, California and subsequently started The Gem Trader. While the business is based online, Brad does do a number of shows each year to better develop relationships with those interested in gems. We will always make note of upcoming shows on our inventory page, so please stop by if we happen to be in your area
We are dedicated to finding stones which are some of the finest and most unusual available, we also strive to keep costs very near a wholesale level. Rest assured that very few of the stones available on this site would be found at a retail jewelry establishment and almost none at the prices we can provide.
All of our stones are either selected individually from the stock of wholesalers and dealers around the world or cut directly from rough that we have purchased. Everything on the site is a natural gem, we do not carry imitations, simulants or synthetic gem materials. We try to select those items that would appeal to the gem connoisseur, the collectors of the rarest gems, and the custom designers looking for goods significantly above and beyond the commercial level.
Please be sure to check out our Reference Center for a description of our clarity grades, a glossary of gemological terms and some links to useful websites. You will find our latest profiled gemstone there as well.
We do all our own photography and pride ourselves on getting clear and accurate shots. We only resize and crop the raw images and do not manipulate the color settings; only on rare instances with particularly difficult material would we consider doing this and we would clearly state that we had in the description. If something appears unclear or you need clarification please ask and we will make any and all efforts to accommodate.
Please enjoy the site.