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Gem Merchants And Purchasing Agents To Professional Gem Buyer.
In 1994 I came to Brazil, after 20 years as a goldsmith, to start my career as a gem merchant. I wanted an unusual lapidation and after much searching I found David Epstein, who personally sawed and formed rough he helped me buy. When his lapidation finished cutting we had over a kilo of beautiful cut gems made the way I wanted them. We had a very satisfactory recovery and a good start to a successful career. All these years I have used David to help me source and recut when I am in Brazil and buy and ship to me when I am in Switzerland. I could not reccomend him more highly.
After my gemological schooling in antwerp I landed in Teofilo Otoni, Brazil, ready to conquer the world. The sharks would have eaten me. Very fortunately I found David Epstein. He has been my mentor for almost 20 years. His help and advise in buying and selling has helped me get started, survive in hard times and prospere in good times. I can not reccomend him enough.
Marco M. Minafra
David proved to be the most honest, competent and hard working person I found in my trips to Brazil. I've been a cutter and gem merchant for decades and am hard pressed to think of someone who knows more about cutting colored stones or is a better negotiator. There aren't unpleasant surprises when his shipments get to me. His commissions included recutting and testing when I was in Brazil and were well worth it. Need I say more?
If you ever learn one half of what David knows about gems and the market you will be the second smartest gem guru in the world guess who is the number one smartest.
Before entering in the gem business I decided to specialize in better Brazilian gems. I learnt Portuguese and got a gemmological degree, then I sought the advice of a renowned gem merchant. I had read the magazine column “Gem Wise” by Richard Wise. He had written the definitive book on how to grade fine gemstones – “Secrets of the Gem Trade”. When I asked who should I use to assist me in Brazil, he said he used David Epstein and would recommend no one else. I have worked with Mr. Epstein for over a decade and have found him extremely knowledgeable, honest and helping. He has been a major force in the procurement of fine and saleable gemstones and guiding me to a consistently profitable business. In Brazil - he is the man.
I have read Gerard Walsh's comment and as a Scotsman I would like to add "and don't you forget that laddy".
I've had the pleasure to work with David for over 25 years. I haven't been to Brazil as much as I would have liked in recent years and David has bought for my account for these years. David hunts down my specs better than anyone else and I get what he tells me what I will get. No double talk. He is also a meticulous marketer and his advise helped make sales on varios occasions. There is no other buying agent that I know who comes close to him.
Amazon Imports, NY
New York - AGTA Member
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