Our cutting factory doesn't just meet
international standards - it sets them. Columbia Gem
House, Inc. developed equipment and techniques to cut
curved, concave facets to increase brilliance in colored
gemstones. This technique, first pioneered by master
cutter Richard Homer of the United States, uses facets
like lenses to focus light back to the viewer's eye.
It had never been tried before in a large volume production
setting, and its success has now become our trademark
within the gem-cutting industry.
Moreover, our factory is a model workplace;
with wages that are three times the minimum wage, room
& board, paid vacation, overtime pay, medical, disability
and unemployment insurance, and annual bonuses. Our
factory has nearly a zero rate of attrition, thereby
increasing the skills of the craftsmen to the highest
degree of experience in the industry.
Standard Cutting Terms and Conditions
- Shapes & Facets
- Rough Quality
- Minimum Order
- Standard Faceting Prices
- International Shipping of Rough
- Download the Cutting
Terms and Conditions
NOTE: All cutting chaarges are based on standard rough types with reasonable yield. Certain types of rough such as sapphire, ruby, emerald, diopside or opal do not fall within the standard cuttings prices. Cutting prices for these stones types are available upon request. Additional cutting charges may apply to rough with low yield only where applicable and only after being discussed with the customer prior to cutting.
SHAPES & FACET PATTERNS
Columbia Gem House, Inc. (CGH) offers cutting in a
wide variety of shapes and sizes, including ALL STANDARD
SHAPES. Columbia Gem House, Inc. generally does not
accept requests for cutting non-standard, irregular
shapes or custom facet patterns for outside orders.
However, special requests will be considered if CGH
can complete the order in a reasonable timeframe without
disrupting the normal workflow at the factory.
The quality of rough material is the responsibility
of the party that purchases it. CGH takes no responsibility
for the quality of rough our customers send for cutting.
No guarantee is offered regarding yield, size, color
or clarity. Rough will be evaluated in relation to the
order request and CGH will offer its opinion(s) before
the rough is sent for cutting. If, in our opinion the
rough cannot be cut as requested, CGH will hold the
rough until the order can be discussed with the owner.
If final agreement on cutting cannot be decided upon
within two weeks, CGH will return the rough to the customer
in its original form.
The minimum order is US$1,000. Orders may consist
of a single lot worth US$1,000 or more in cutting charges
or multiple lots totaling US$1,000 or more in cutting
charges. The minimum charge for a single lot in an order
is US$100. Where applicable, insurance and customs
fees will be added to the total order amount and calculated
as described below.
Note: All cutting charges are based on rough with reasonable
yield Certain types of rough such as diopside or kunzite,
or rough with very low yield, do not fall within the
standard cutting charges. Additional cutting charges
may apply only where applicable and only after being
discussed with the customer prior to cutting.
STANDARD FACETING PRICES
Note: Discounts may apply to customers requiring
cutting services in higher volume on a regular basis.
||Round, Oval, Emerald Cut, Baguette,
Princess, Pear, Marquise, Trillion,Brilliant Emerald
Cut (BEC), Radiant,
|Less than 3mm
|Less than 1 carat
|1 carat and over
||US$2.40 per carat
||Cushion, Heart, Barion, Tapered
Baguette, Drop Trillion, All opposed Bar Tops, All
checkerboard tops, All Free Form & Custom Shapes
|Less than 1 carat
|1 carat and over
||US$3.60 per carat
||All standard shape cabs
|Under 2 carats
|2- 5 carats
|Over 100 carats
|Minimum Size is 1 carat
||US$4.50 per carat
Payment is due upon receipt. No payment terms are offered
on cutting services. Customers in good standing with
CGH or with satisfactory credit references may be sent
goods DUE UPON RECEIPT. All other customers must PREPAY
or have their goods shipped CASH ON DELIVERY (COD).
Payments not received within forty-five (45) days of
invoice will accrue late charge fees of 1.5% monthly.
If payment is not received within six (6) months of
initial invoice, all goods are considered abandoned
and become the property of CGH.
Rough is insured only while at the CGH head office
or in transit to the cutting factory. CGH provides high
security protocols at the factory to eliminate theft.
However, no insurance is offered for customer's goods
while at the factory. All goods sent to the factory
are "AT THE OWNERS OWN RISK" while being processed
at the factory.
Value for insurance must be provided to CGH before
any goods will be shipped to the factory. Insurance
and customs fees will be invoiced in addition to cutting
charges. Insurance fees for rough in transit to the
factory are calculated at the rate of US$3.00/US$1,000.
Insurance fees for cut stones in transit from the factory
to CGH after cutting will be calculated at the rate
of (rough value + cutting charges) x US$4.50/US$1,000.
Insurance fees for cut stones in transit from CGH to
the customer after cutting will be calculated at the
rate of (rough value + cutting charges) x US$3.00 per
Example of insurance charges $5,000 rough value +
$1,000 in cutting charges
Rough from CGH to Factory: $5,000 x $3.00 per $1000 =
Cut stones from factory to CGH: $6,000 x $4.50 per $1000
Cut stones returned to U.S. customer: $6,000 x $3.00 per
$1000 = $18.00
Total insurance charges = $60.00
Customs and brokerage fees = (Rough value + Cutting
charges) x 0.35% or $31.00, which ever is greater.
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING OF ROUGH
International shipping charges from CGH
Vancouver, WA to the cutting factory are US$55.00 per
kilo of rough (minimum charge US$45.00). Note: Scrap
rough and unusable material can be returned at the customer's
request at a rate of US$55.00 per kilo.
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