Raw gemstones are sold through online marketplaces, to local gemstone and jewelry stores, and at gem show exhibitions. Rough and cut stones are auctioned on eBay, Gem Rock Auctions and the Gemology Marketplace. Contact local sellers and gem societies to find out how to become an official seller.
The market for raw gems is sporadic and prices vary depending upon the quality and weight of the stones as well as demand. Local retailers often make relationships with long-term buyers and suppliers, providing more opportunity for repeat business, while gem and mineral societies have scheduled events where sellers rent booths to show their wares. Selling on eBay, Gem Rock Auctions or Gemology Online keeps gems advertised for a longer period of time.