It started with rocks and arrowheads over 40 years ago. And it grew...boy did it grow. When my wife Phoebe and I first married, her mother was fretting about what to get me for my birthday. I overheard my wife tell her, "Oh, don't worry about Zeke mother, he'll be happy with a rock."
Much of my life was spent running animal rescues for the pets of domestic-violence victims and a portion of our income goes to animal charities. I also worked in publishing and the MHMR field in Texas.
My love of gems grew, along with my education in gemology. I keep learning every day. When it comes to estate buys I am a great gem picker in a great state (Virginia,) for good buys. I bought my first blue spinel years before it became a hot commodity and I kept on buying them. When I started making money selling gems I put my money back into our company. My success is due to honest/close relationships with the mine owners, miners and some of the finest gem cutters in the world. And, passing down value to our customers.
We have an in-house (Master, United States) gem-cutter and we partner with world class gem cutters. Often, we give you a lower price than the cutters offer on their own sites because we make big buys annually and our buying power saves you money. We are not a huge company and you should not treat us as such and we promise not to treat you like a number. We will never deliberately sell you simulated gems as real, or treated gems as untreated.
On estate pieces we gauge carat-weight based on the measurements and type of gem; using math based on jeweler's charts. We can't disassemble jewelry pieces meant to last a lifetime to weigh each stone but our math usually errs in your favor since we round down.
We are thrilled to send any gem(s) you buy to GIA for certification at no charge except the lab fees you incur. We do not have hundreds of employees so we, "wear a lot of hats." If you are ever unhappy with any item or service you get you may speak directly to our owner, just write, "Speak to Zeke" in the header of the email to firstname.lastname@example.org
I'll always take time away from gardening, gem hunting and fixing up our old French Second Empire home to talk with you. We want your trust and good old-fashioned advice is always free at Old Virginia Gem Co. We accept reasonable offers on higher dollar items when possible, but we always try to base our prices upon reality and the true quality of the gem.
Zeke Loftin, Owner of Old Virginia Gem Co.