Beginning on October 11, 2019 PayPal will charge not return their fees on a refund. So depending on your location, any refunds I make I will be charged 2.9 to 4% of the purchase price. As you know, my site doesn't automatically mark a stone sold, so often several people purchase the same stone. In the past, this didn't create much of an issue, as I'd simply refund this people. Now with this new policy I would be charged for each refund.
To avoid these refunds on non sales, I changed the shopping cart to not process the PayPal order automatically. In the shopping cart you can indicate PayPay, which will send me an email of your purchase. I'll then send you a PayPal invoice. You can also use Apple Pay Cash, which is my preferred method, or mail a check.
Until I can get my arms around this European Union GDPR thing, there are no sales and shipments to the European Union. This process is a bit complicated and not all that clear, and I don't think it fair to pass the expense of meeting the GDPR requirements on to my non European customers. There are stiff fines for not complying, which would put me right out of business. Once I can get a better understanding of what is required to comply, and the costs involved, maybe we can't restart business in the EU, and attach a cost adder to sales into the EU to cover the expense without forcing me raise prices for everyone else in the world. These types of government regulations cripple small businesses, but maybe that was the intent.
If you are in the EU and have signed up for my email list, please remove yourself from the list.
Currently I am not taking on any commissioned work. Watch this page as new stones are added as I cut them. Updates are normally made every week.
I am back from my trip to Algonquin Park in Ontario Canada, and back to cutting. The fall color was spectacular as usual in the park. It's a magical place.
You can now use Apple Pay through iMessage to pay for your stones. To pay with Apple Pay, you must of course have an iPhone and be running the latest IOS 11.2 or newer. During checkout, select Apple Pay Cash as your payment method. You won't be billed anything until I receive your order email, at which time I'll text you a payment request. Make sure you include your iPhone cell number or email associated with your iMessage account.
Here's some more information on this new payment method from Apple
For many of the stones I am including Video's of the stone. When you see this Icon below the pictue of the stone, then there is an icluded Video. Just click on this icon to see it. Since the files are pretty high resolution it may take a few seconds to load.
I am cutting new stones every week. After 3 or 4 are cut, I will post the new stones on this page, along with some comments and maybe even a video about them.
When I make a new posting I will always do a Twitter tweet about them, and send out a notice on the email list.
Please help support Dr. Zackrison in her legal battle with the Virginia Medical board. There has been a gofundme drive created to take donations HERE
Gem 2168 shown below is being sold, and I will donate the full $282 to her drive, but rather than sell it to the person with the quickest finger, this time it's to the person who makes the largest donation to Dr. Zackrison gofundme page. The sale closes 9/24/19 at 6 pm.
Videos are taken with iPhone X outdoors in natural lighting. Very cloudy day today for this shot.
I have known King for many years, and cut this Star Cut stone for him about 10 years ago. The stone is a 17 carat Citrine with a frosted star that King had set into the heavy gold chain. He wears it every time he is on stage playing with Neil Diamond, who he has been a part of Neil's band now for over 40 years! The video was taken from a concert at The Greek Theater in LA.