Promise To You

Khazargems offers a 10-day satisfaction guarantee from the time you  receive your gem. To assure that the gems and jewelry you receive are  what you expect, our listings and photographs are accurate and honest,  and we recommend that you view the information on our Know What You Are Purchasing page. Additionally, we answer all emails and phone calls  promptly.

Why Buy From Khazargems?

  • We are a U.S. Based Company – No hidden fees, duties, or  tariffs.
  • Low Shipping Costs – We ship USPS Insured Priority Mail for items  under $5,000, and Insured Registered Mail (signature required) for  items over $5,000 and under $25,000.
  • The Items for Sale are the Items Pictured – We do not use stock photos (unless clearly stated) as commonly used on other Sites.
  • The Colors on our listings are what our Camera Captures – We do  not alter or enhance our photos to misrepresent the item’s color,  luster, or clarity.    The Color-Change pictured in Our Photos is Natural – Many  Alexandrite Sites create the color-change by changing the hue of the gem  digitally.
  • We try to educate the consumer – On all aspects of Alexandrite and other precious gems and jewelry, an informed consumer is a satisfied  customer.
  • The photos displayed in our listings are not enhanced – Unless clearly stated, the item for sale is the item pictured.  The lighting used is not enhanced lighting but simple daylight or fluorescent light for the green coloration of Alexandrite and a few highly diffused 60 watt incandescent lights for the purple/red color-change. All other precious stones are photographed using simple daylight or fluorescent light.

Please note that the camera “sees” gemstones differently than the  human eye. The absorption and reflection of the light (the gem’s sparkle) captured in the photographs will be different than what the human eye sees from a moving gemstone. When light strikes a gemstone, light waves are either absorbed by its minerals displaying color, or reflected from its facets. Depending the focal length of the camera and where it is focused, the photograph will capture a stagnant image. Your eye will be able to see all of the gems different hues, tones, and saturation…all at once.

Many of the gems Khazargems obtains are tested by an independent gem lab and sold with a lab certificate. Khazargems performs in-house testing to verify each stone’s authenticity, color and color-change, size, carat weight, luster, and clarity before it is sold.

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Store Policies

Great care is taken to accurately represent our natural Alexandrite jewelry and gemstones and other products both in the photos and in detailed descriptions.  Please see our <a href=”/authentic.asp”> Promise to You</a>.  Thoroughly review the whole listing and ask questions before purchasing. We will gladly respond to Emails within 24 hours. Our address and phone number can be found on our Contact Page.

Payment Methods – We accept Master Card, Visa and Discover through PayPal. If you do not have a credit card we can arrange payment through certified check or money order. Payments made via certified check or money order will delay shipping at least 2 weeks. Payment made from outside the United States must pay with a Confirmed/Verified PayPal account.

Layaway – To purchase on a layaway plan, please contact us with your personal information and the item you intend to purchase. A 20% non-refundable deposit will be accepted through PayPal, or by certified check or money order and can be sent by postal mail. Full payment must be received within 2 months of your initial payment. Additional payments can be made any time; however, to expedite shipping, your final payment should be made through PayPal. Please contact us when you are making your final payment so we can help you finalize the sale. If full payment is not received within 2 months, we will attempt to contact you to make other arrangements. If you change your mind, a full refund will only be given up to 10 days from receiving your initial deposit. After 10 days, your 20% deposit is forfeited.  Substitutions are allowed.

Coupons and Discounts – Periodically we offer coupons and discounts. Coupons and discounts may not be combined unless specified. If you have a coupon code with a larger discount than an advertised sale, please contact us before purchasing. If you combine a coupon with another discount, the order will be canceled and your money refunded.

Sales Tax – Khazargems is registered in the State of Florida. We cannot accept any orders from residents of the State of Florida.

Shipping – Parcels are usually shipped USPS Insured or Federal Express (FedEx).  Due to the price of insurance, shipping costs are usually high. We strive to ship your package within 24 hours of receiving your payment (excluding weekends and holidays). When payment is made with a money order or certified check, your shipment will be delayed at least 2 weeks for verification of funds.

International – All VAT, taxes, duties, and/or other fees charged by the destination country on orders shipped internationally are the responsibility of the buyer. We ship internationally to the following countries only: Australia, Bahamas, Belgium, Canada, Cypress, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norther Ireland, Norway, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City.  Contact us if you have a problem with your order.

Returns – Khazargems has a 10 day no-questions-asked return policy. We cannot accept returns after 10 days so please check your item carefully and notify us immediately if you are not satisfied with your purchase. Items must be returned complete and undamaged with all original documentation and packaging. Refund is subject to final inspection and we reserve the right to refuse refund if item has been worn, damaged, or altered. Custom jewelry is non-returnable (including resized items).

To speed up the return process, please call or email to obtain a Return Murchandise Authrization (RMA) number. Items must be returned insured with a tracking number. We are not responsible for lost returned shipments.

Send your returns to:
11150 South Williams St, #8
Dunnellon, FL 34432

Ring Resizing – We offer the option for rings to be resized by by our master jeweler. We are sorry, but any ring that has been altered, including being resized, is non-returnable.

Privacy – Your privacy is our concern. We do not share or sell your name, email address, order details, or any other personal information to third parties. When purchasing, your contact information is entered into our customer database and you will receive periodic promotional email directly from us. If you do not wish for us to contact you in the future, please let us know.

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Terms & Conditions

Alexandrite is a Precious Gemstone whose cost per carat is greater than that of fine Diamonds. All of us at Khazargems understand that your purchase is important to you. Before completing your purchase, please familiarize yourself with the  basic gemstone and jewelry terminology we use on this Website by  reviewing this document. We have designed our Website and our product listing pages so you are able to make an informed decision. Please be informed.

We promise to represent our gemstones and jewelry accurately and honestly in the photos, statistics, and descriptions.  We welcome your questions.   Please send us an email or give us a call.  We will answer the phone.

Lastly, for the legalese…I have read Khazargems’s Store Policies.  We have instituted these policies to make your purcahse as easy as possible and to take away any surprises.  I agree to be bound by them.

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Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

I bought a 0.83 carat alexandrite on e-bay that turns from a mint green to yellow. When I got it I had it appraised, the appraiser said it was crysoberyl and was worth only $200. What is the difference between Alexandrite and crysoberyl?

Sorry about your gem from eBay. What so many people don’t realize is that for crysoberyl to be called ‘alexandrite’ there are three conditions that must be met:

  1. Alexandrite has a standard that states the gem must change from green in fluorecent light or daylight, to red or purple in incandescent light or candlelight. Some crysoberyl that cannot be considered Alexandrite displays a color change from green to shades of green, yellow, grey, or brown.
  2. Crysoberyl with the proper color change but with a color-change of less than 30% is not considered Alexandrite.
  3. The color from alexandrite comes from a specific combination of chromium and iron.

It isn’t enough for a crysoberyl to change color in order to be considered Alexandrite. If the color does not change to red or purple, if the color change is not strong enough, or if under lab analysis the gem does not contain the proper composition of elements, it is not Alexandrite.

I have found a ring I would like to purchase, but it is not my size. Will you resize it for me?

Yes; however, we recommend that you have the resizing done by a local jeweler because, due to the width of the band, the size needed may be 1/4 to 1/2 larger or smaller than you expect. Also, once a ring is altered, it becomes non-returnable, so you loose the benefit of your 10 day return policy.

Who sets the standard for price and color-change for Alexandrite? Also, how does one find an appraiser that really knows about Alexandrite?

The standard for price of alexandrite is the average retail cost over the period of a month, quarter, and year for the different grades of the gemstones.

Color-change is determined by counting the number of facets that change color in the stone when looking down through the table of the gem. The GIA labels these changes by using the terminology of Weak (considered color-change crysoberyl), Medium, Medium-Strong, Strong, Very-Strong. Other labs and several international governmental agencies use a numerical grading which is determined by the percentage of facets changing color. These conditions are performed scientifically but the reading of them is subjective. Therefore, color-change strength may be rated differently by different gemologists.

To find an appraiser that knows alexandrite, check out the American Gemological Labs (AGL), American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), Gemological Institute of America GIA), Gem Trade Lab (GTL), to name a few.

I have desired an Alexandrite for some time and yours look beautiful; however, if the retail is $5k carat or more, how can you sell them for so much less?

Yes- excellent natural Alexandrite retails over $5000/ct for stones under a carat. We have family and agents buy from the mines and cut the stones for us. This takes out the middlemen between the mine and the consumer that adds several thousand percent to the final price.

Where and how do you get your Alexandrite?

Most of our Alexandrite comes from gem mines in India. These mines produce outstanding alexandrite with top color and color-change. We have family and agents in India who obtain the rough Alexandrite directly from the mines and then cut and polish them in their factories for us.

The mines in India are under government regulatory laws to conserve the precious gemstones mined there. The mines are closed for approximately three months per year due to monsoons and other climate conditions. Most of the stones are under half-carat weights although a new mine that opened in March 2005 is producing some larger rough which is leading to gems of higher carat weight.

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About The Author

RANDY LANDER has spent over thirty years researching and studying natural alexandrite and other color-change gemstones. She has family and business contacts in Russia, Asia, and India with up-to-date information on gemstone formationmine developmentnatural vs lab created or synthetic alexandrite, how to purchase Alexandrite, types and quality of gemstones currently being mined, and much more.

Ms Lander has been asked by gem and geology clubs to give seminars on Alexandrite around the United States and has submitted papers to gem labs, publications and official agencies on the state of hand gem mining and its dangers to indigenous children and adults.

Randy is also a member of the International Mine Watch Agency.

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