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Average shipping times:

To the USA: 7 - 12 Days.

To CANADA: 5 - 7 Days.

All other INTERNATIONAL locations: 10 - 20 Days.

*If there are postal or customs delays the packages may take longer to be delivered. All packages are delivered by your local postal service so the speed of delivery really depends on them.

**The delivery times ebay gives in the listings are only estimates and are not actual accurate shipping times.

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Customers ordering multiple items will pay full shipping on the item with the highest posted rate in their order, and will receive $2.95 off the posted shipping rate for each additional item (which works out to $1.00 S/H for additional items with a $3.95 shipping rate). We also offer lower S/H rates if purchasing multiple items in the same listing; please check each listing for those lower rates. S/H cost is a flat rate to CANADA and USA. We will combine purchases for a period of 14 days however to qualify for combined S/H discounts ALL items must be paid for within the same invoice. Further S/H discounts will apply to large volume purchases. S/H is usually a flat rate to International locations. Those items where the rate is not listed must be treated on a case by case basis and customers should contact us for the rate to their specific location. All questions are always welcomed.
  

A Note on Gemstone Colour

A gemstone's perceived colour is the product of the light it is viewed in. The true colour of a stone can only be seen in natural midday sunlight, as the sun's light carries the full colour spectrum visible to human eyes. Artificial lights only carry partial colour spectrums and usually at less intensity, causing the stone to appear darker and less detailed, and with an incorrect colour.

This is an important phenomenon to account for when viewing a gemstone via the internet. An online image has had its colour altered a minimum of three times: 1. by the artificial studio lighting 2. by the studio camera 3. by the viewer's computer monitor. No image viewed on a computer will be 100% accurate in terms of colour. With recent technology however, it is possible to broadcast a reasonably good representation.

Our controlled photography studio aims at producing images that are consistent with one another for accurate comparison between gemstones; and images that portray the gemstone as close as possible to its appearance in natural midday sunlight. We have found that recent high definition Plasma and LCD computer monitors produce excellent, nearly true-to-life images when they have been finely adjusted; and we present our images to be most accurate when viewed on those platforms.

The images below show the effect that different lighting can have on the apparent colour of a stone.

(below) Natural Midday Sunlight (below) Our Studio Lighting
(above) Fluorescent Lighting (above) Incandescent Lighting