- How can I contact you?
In the USA and CA you may call us toll-free at 1800-540 3403. We are often on the other side of this wonderful planet and thus in different time zones. If we are not available you will be able to leave a voice mail. If you leave us your number we will call you back. Promised. Alternatively drop us a note via our automated forms or write an email directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. back to top
- How does the member discount work?
1. Apply for a memberpass.
2. Get the pass and use it at the end of every check-out as a coupon to disount your bill.
Remark: A normal user account (email plus chosen password) is needed for any check-out and does not included any discount. back to top
- May I order several stones and choose one?
Sure. If you like to order several gems to choose from, you are welcome. However, we would prefer such an order per Paypal or money wire to avoid unnecessary credit card charges. back to top
- Can I buy a stone which is marked with "hold"?
No. Gems on "hold" have been reserved already, they 95% sold. Contact us if you wish to make a reservation. back to top
- How long have you been doing business online?
We started on the web in 2003. back to top
- Where are you located?
Wild Fish is registered in Delaware (USA), Germany, Sri Lanka and Japan. Moreover, our work takes us to far-flung places like Burma or Tajikistan. Hence we travel a lot and do not maintain a public showroom. back to top
- How long will it take until the stone is with me?
Our prices include world wide shipping with registered express airmail. Free shipping will need 3-4 working days to Europe, 6-10 working days to the USA and Japan, and maximum 15 days to more exotic locations.
If you prefer an advanced service UPS offers online tracking and 48 hours delivery worldwide. Upgrading to UPS will add $75 to your cost. back to top
- How about certification?
Our prices include an independant third party certificate from one of the major labs in Colombo or Bangkok: LGTL, Tokyo, Swiss, AIGS, GIA or EMIL. You will find each certificate under 'more images' in the detail page of each gemstone. back to top
- I would like to have a stone cut in a special shape. Can you get me what I need?
If size, color and cut is physically possible, yes, with pleasure. Let us know what you seek. Please also see our section on "gem-hunting" in Business. back to top
- What payment option do you offer?
You may pay online via our secured checkout, or by phone, fax and email using Visa, Visa Debit or Master Card, or pay via Paypal. For orders above $500 you may use money transfer for which we offer up to 10% discount. Also, we offer layaway and installments. Please contact us for details. back to top
- How long can I return a stone or jewelry?
Our inspection period is seven days after delivery to you. In this period you are free to return for a full refund without discussion. After seven days we consider the deal to be closed. However, if you feel something isn't right, we will consider any reclamation to keep you as our customer. back to top
- Why "Wild Fish"?
The name was given to us by our miners. We wanted them to stop washing gravel in the river because it kills the fish (which was a new idea for them...), so they called us care-for-"Ganga Malu" or river fish or Wild Fish. back to top
- What happens if I don't want a stone after inspecting it?
Contact us to arrange the return. You will have to pay for the return transport costs but there are no relisting fees. back to top
- Do you offer any discounts for retailers or jewelers?
If you think your order is worth negotiating a discount please feel free to tell us. We appreciate your business. Make us an offer. back to top
- What is Karma?
Though in origin a Buddhist word, the concept of Karma can be found in many ethical philosophies and world religions. Karma is based on the idea of direct or indirect human responsibility in an overall connected universe on the quest to reduce suffering. In our highly interrelated and causal world, we are responsible for the moral effects of our actions. The scientific law of action (cause) and ethical result (effect) is understood beyond the boundaries of space and time. A deed may cause suffering somewhere else and in years to come or in the past, yet the deed is part of the person's or a society's karma. Karma as such can be individual or collective. back to top
- Do you sell healing stones and Jyotish jewelry?
All our stones qualify as healing gems because they are untreated and of good karma. Those selected for Jyotish healing are especially energized in a Reiki session by Gunila Schenck. You will also find untouched sapphire crystals and ready-to-wear healing jewelry, designed to be worn directly on the skin. Contact us if you can't find what you seek. We do have others in stock and offer individual designs. back to top
- Do untreated stones require any special care?
No, on the contrary. An untreated stone has been as it is for all its long existence. It will not change, ever. Heated gemstones on the other hand are brittle and thus less durable. Also, the color of a treated stone might fade with time, depending on the kind of treatment. back to top
- Do you have other stones than the ones shown here?
Yes, at times we do. If you don't find what you seek, please use "Request a Stone", or drop us a note and we will let you know what we have or make a reservation for you. Some rare stones, like alexandrite or color change garnet are usually sold before they are published, so let us know you are there. See also the section 'Gem Hunting'. back to top
- Is it safe to use credit cards on your web site?
Yes, our SSL checkout system, which is run by the Bank of Scotland, is state of the art and as safe as it gets. back to top
- My credit card limit (or monthly budget) is less than the stone's value. Can I pay in installments?
Yes, please contact us to arrange the payment or ask your credit card company to temporary lift the limit for your purchases. You may also pay by wire or western union. Contact us for details. back to top
- Can I place an order by telephone or email?
Yes, you can place an order and pay by phone, fax or email. Please call us toll-free from the US and Canada at 1-800-540-340-3 or drop us a line to email@example.com . Since we are mostly on the other side of the world, the best time to reach us is late in the evening or early in the morning. back to top
- Your Grading Report seems to be different from what I see on the photo. Why?
Consider the Grading Report to be closer to reality. Photos are a good way to show a stone but sometimes they deceive. Also look in our comments for remarks regarding such differences. If we believe a photo shows a stone as too good or bad, we mention it in the report. back to top
- Why are your stones so much cheaper than the ones I see in my local jewelry shop?
The Internet is a very cost efficient sales channel but we can't offer you a tea while you shop. back to top
- Do many people return their stone?
Our return rate in 2011 was below 5%, out of which many stones were exchanged. See our client 'testimonials' to read what our clients say. back to top
- Can you set a stone for me?
Yes, with pleasure. Check out our 'workshop' section for details. back to top
- Do you also mine gold for your jewelry?
No, but our gold comes from the Columbian "Corporación Oro Verde". Oro Verde ("Green Gold") is, like us, committed to bring the benefits of globalization to the mining areas while avoiding ecological and social destrucion. back to top
- Do you have any pairs or sets available?
We do. Please contact us and see the section 'Pairs'. back to top
- Are all stones available?
Most probably. We update our published stock every 72 hours. Unless someone has bid for the same stone within the last 72 hours it should be available. If so the old rule "first come - first serve" will apply. We will only process your credit card payment after confirming the stone's availability. Stones on "hold" can not be bought. They are under inspection or layayway. back to top
- May I see sold stones?
Not all (because of the loading times), but some specials or those that were sold recently we keep on display for a while to honor them and just for the fun of it. Others you may see in our client testimonials. back to top
- People sell gems for $2.99 on the Internet! What is wrong?
These are lowest quality sold at "cutting costs". They are industrial material (as oposed to "gem-quality"). That means the stone was produced from fishtankquality gravel at bottom rock cost:
Industrially mined and then either machine cut or faceted by some Thai girls who work their backs and eyes sick in 14 hours shifts 7 days per week sitting in a stuffy room on wooden benches. They get fired when they can't see anymore (after 3-4 years). The workers in the mines risk their lives for one $ a day and get nothing for the stone at all.
The Karma of these stones is as bad as it gets. The only one who is happy that you buy it, is the factory owner and the trader who makes 5 cents with each stone, while nature and humans are wasted along the way.
If you care about these things here is the rule:
Any hand cut stone below $15 does not leave enough for the cutter or miner. (Add $20 transport, $20 certificate, $5 insurances, $5 taxes, $4 packaging, $4 handling, some margin and you arrive out at our cheapest stones.)
A precious gemstone for $2.99 is a contradiction in itself. Sure, one can buy cheapest sapphire for $15 a kilo, but what for?
The difference between a real gem and a $2.99 stone is like the difference between a six-pack of t-shirts from China and a British suit.
Those who try the cheap-cheap offers have no fun at all, soon lose interest in gems and drop out. Then, after all the mess, the $2.99 stone gets lost in the "drawer-with-the-cheap-stuff". What is wrong? back to top
Request a Stone
Please use "Request a Stone" to inquire our stock or to make a reservation for up-coming stones.