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Gem Bureau

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Gem Bureau

Hello all,

I noticed there is a store in Colombo called Gem Bureau and looks like they are specialised in selling gemstones.

Here is the street view of the shop:

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/uv?hl=en&pb=!1s0x3ae2596820260819:0xfb67e5b2b7279ff7!2m5!2m2!1i80!2i80!3m1!2i100!3m1!7e115!4s/maps/place/gem%2Bbureau%2Bcolombo/@6.910207,79.8521128,3a,75y,81.14h,90t/data%3D*213m4*211e1*213m2*211skPxFbmuA0Sxras2LgUtQdA*212e0*214m2*213m1*211s0x0:0xfb67e5b2b7279ff7!5sgem+bureau+colombo+-+Google+Search&imagekey=!1e2!2skPxFbmuA0Sxras2LgUtQdA&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjn66WhwaXNAhUkJcAKHdyzAAYQpx8IfTAP

I wonder if someone can tell me if they are trusted or not? In Chinese writing they say they are a part of the Sri Lanka's government. Even though they didn't use the term "official" they used the word "country".

I hope someone can help me with this as I fear I am a victim of them... :(

If this is the case I will definite report them.

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1. Re: Gem Bureau

Just a 'normal' jeweller which indeed means a large chance of being scammed. The sole solution for getting quality gems is together with the jeweller visiting the State Gem Board at Colombo WTC or Galle Face and getting a free appraisal, and only paying after that. This way certificates aren't swapped with other (cheaper) gemstones in the shop etc. etc.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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@eRIKDr So is that shop genuine or not?

I would really like to know if they are a scam or indeed is what they say.

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Also this is a note for those who plan to send me a PM:

Just post it here so everyone can see what your intention is.

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4. Re: Gem Bureau

There are no genuine shops and no scammer shops. Almost all shops _might_ sell you a genuine gem (good chance if you are a local) and a fake fem (unfortunately quite a high chance if you're a tourist). And in case of the latter of course they have conned you and should be punished. The sole illegal thing in the shops status could be claims on their signboard of being state approved etc. but probably the wording is such that it's legal but misleading to most tourists, sorry...

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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5. Re: Gem Bureau

Hi,

You must check in certificate with gem .But there are so many place's in our country. different gems , different price and different selling method.

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Himal

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6. Re: Gem Bureau

Nope that's insufficient, as all shops have the risk that they swap certificates given for good-gem-A and now attach it to pumped-up-fake-gem-B. The Gem Board appraisal is the sole safety net working uptilnow, sorry...

Tnx,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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7. Re: Gem Bureau

Hi

Simple thing is if you know about the products then it's easy to make a deal, if you don't know about the product then simply avoid buying. I wouldn't buy something I really don't have a knowledge about. And if you are aware of the types, quality, prices then there are plenty of places to buy the gem.

Good luck with your shopping.

All the best

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8. Re: Gem Bureau

I would only go to jewelry stores that have lots of consistent positive reviews. Preferably by people who have gotten appraisals back in their home country. If you were approached by a man who told you he could take you to a gem shop and suddenly a tuk tuk magically appeared to take you there, it is never legitimate. Sorry. Even places that look really official and high end like MI Gems on Flower Road in Colombo are selling fakes. They know tourists are easy prey.

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DO NOT TOUCH WITH A BARGEPOLE! We have certainly been conned out of £1000 by being overcharged on a ring we purchased there. We definitely fell foul of their scam telling us on the street that it was the last day of the sale etc etc.

When I then read the comments it confirmed what I suspected. We have since had the ring we purchased looked at. We believe that it is what we were sold but at a greatly inflated price.

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10. Re: Gem Bureau

hi

Laksala , a state owned enterprise has a decent collection of gems.

www.laksala.gov.lk/gem-and-jewellery-main/

http://www.laksala.gov.lk/store-locator.php

or Try Tiesh at 253 R A De Mel Mawatha, Colombo 3

if you are interested in Tiesh PM me to direct you to a person who would take you through treated and untreated gems. They are genuine about that. As Erik above said there are no bad once, every body sells treated and untreated Gems . The difference is that a good seller will disclose whether its treated or genuine and price is accordingly. Treated gems are not fakes but are of low value than genuine ones

Cheers

Edited: 30 April 2017, 17:46
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