- Sep 20, 2006
I agree with Caitlin. Long live Pearl-Guide!
Enbcsobe, they must have deleted the thread despite the fact that it contained a number of different stories from forum users about their experiences with this seller. I did not request thread deletion. They did this on the basis that they think I am a seller, even though I do not see myself as a business, I do not have a registered business, and I have only sold to friends and acquaintances locally at materials cost when people have asked me after seeing g the pictures I post I n Facebook of the things I have made. My website (which I listed here and not on the other forum) serves as a gallery/portfolio and I included prices at the request of my friends. I do not take custom orders or ship anywhere or otherwise promote the things I have made. And in that thread all I discussed was the buying experiences and expectations. So I don't think it's reasonable for them to assume I have any agenda other than as a buyer who wanted a refund and to inform others as well.
The purpose of Pearl-Guide.com is to
Promote cultured and natural pearls as the world’s most popular and ecologically responsible gemstone
Protect consumer confidence in the online pearl industry
Protect consumers from unethical trading practices
Educate consumers and members of the industry
Promote honest and universal grading systems
Promote honest and ethical pearl retailers and wholesalers
Break the industry’s shroud of secrecy through open discussion and debate
Make breaking news of the industry available as it happens
This is why P-G is so exceptional:
KaySD -- It's actually good (though sad) to hear that it wasn't just me being cranky about PS. I thought I was getting overly sensitive, nice to know I wasn't totally out on a limb.
JerseyPearl -- I'd love to do something with my colored stones, but they are almost all faceted stones that need to be professionally set, which means having a bunch of $$ at one time and a plan for a piece that I will actually wear (I've also got pave rings collecting dust b/c they aren't practical for my current life). Some of the loose stuff (fire opals, eg) I don't even have someone I'd trust to set them even if I could afford it. I also have a lot of what are really "learner" stones that I'm not sure are worth setting. I should probably divest some of the stuff on DB or LT, but I haven't been able to bring myself to do it. I love that with help from you all I've found places to get "learner" pearls that I can assemble myself, that can be re-assembled a million times, for not very much $. Its like almost-instant gratification, with low committment and a lot less guilt.