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Faceting Lap Kit 3Have just finished a tidy up of our Faceting Laps section – we hope it will now be easier for our customers to find which option best suits them.  We have a wide range of lap types and grits with some fantastic kits put together (8 kits to choose from).  Excellent quality products at already discounted prices – buy in kit form and you get even more off the price.

As we speak, we all know just how inflation is really biting and it hurts.  Our last lot of Diesel was $1.71 per litre and rising constantly, steel price rises of over 50% since Jan 08 and fertiliser and chemical costs for our farming are through the roof.  Bottom line is that everyone is affected!

Prices are on the rise everywhere.  This includes items such as Laps, Faceting Machines, Dops – almost anything that involves metal or expensive import freight will be going up in price as old stock runs out.  We try to keep prices down where we can so existing stock will remain at the old prices until we run out.  A great time to buy before prices go up.

Brand new Facetron faceting machineWe have one new stock Facetron Faceting machine at the old cost of just $3,500 AUD – the next machine will be a couple of hundred $$ more due to a factory price increase in April.  The Gemmasta at $3,900 is also good buying with the factory absorbing cost increases in metal as long as they can.  In all we have 4 complete machines in the storeroom (including one great second hand Gemmasta) so be quick to check these out. 

LAYBY:  we can, to approved customers, offer a Layby option on faceting machines (or our more valuable gems/parcels).  As a guide, purchases must total at least $1,000 AUD and be paid off in 4 equal monthly payments – if you are interested, please ask as you may be eligible (conditions apply, no interest!)

Mining continues although it becomes more challenging all the time.  Although bulk rough prices have increased about 40% since December 2007 mainly due to shortage issues, we are still faced with “mine run” prices around 10% below the levels just prior to September 11 (2001) when everything crashed around us. 

I hate to sit down and work out just how much the cost of production has risen in that 7 years – needless to say, it’s a damn lot.   Given that our costs of production are much much higher and prices received actually lower, it seems crazy that there are still a couple of us still persevering in the industry.  Mining for Sapphire in Australia remains marginal at best at current prices.

Thanks to you, our customers, Aussie Sapphire has continued to grow and prosper keeping Jobs in town so thanks for the support!

So I guess the main message is clear – old stock of machines, and accessories along with selected cut gems all represent a good buy.  Prices will rise and the value will hold well – if you’ve been considering a purchase, it might be a good time to get serious.

As always contact us if you cant find what you need online.  If you get a better quote from an Australian supplier, ask us – we will certainly try and match or better it if possible.  If you have any suggestions or comments, just mail them through.

Stay well and best wishes from Andrew and Leah Lane (www.aussiesapphire.com.au)