Caveat Emptor ~ let the buyer beware
Ellensburg Blue is often unidentifiable by even the trained eye, so know
and trust the source... Regrettably due to it’s beauty, popularity, value and scarcity, the amount of “fake”
Ellensburg Blue agate being sold on auction sites has reached an epidemic proportion. (Don't get burned!)
I have recently seen blue agate worth just a few bucks, sold as
E-blue for hundreds! ~ Regrettably, as they say, "there is one born every minute". Don't let this be you -
Be weary if:
· Beware of terms such as “old stock”, “estate” and “Ellensburg Style” as these
terms frequently accompany fake or mislabeled E-blues.
· Tumbled and cabbed stones are particularly difficult to authenticate
· If the price is too good to be true – It’s probably not a blue!
· Money back guarantee IF you can prove it’s not real
Ways to protect yourself:
· Ask the seller for a written note of authenticity
the sellers “buy” history as far back as you can – Look for anything suspicious
for a 150% money back guarantee ~ If the seller is sure it's genuine E-blue, they will have no problem with this
to post feedback “after” you have had your purchase authenticated – Blueagates.com will soon be posting
a select number of Ellensburg Blue agate jewelers (experts on E-blue) where you can mail your blue to be authenticated at
a very nominal charge
Additionally – Blue agates.com will soon
be posting a forum for authentic Ellensburg Blue Agate to be sold (linked to auction site of seller’s choice)
Note: While there are many reputable sellers
of gems and minerals; unfortunately, there are a few scoundrels that warrant the need for this message.