Let me take this opportunity to say how very pleased I am with the emerald ring you had made for me. As you know, we met nearly 15 years ago when I was on a business trip to Bogota. At that time I fell in love with two of your rings, but, regrettably, did not purchase either of them. Instead, I purchased from another emerald shop, and got an inferior product — a decision I have regretted for 15 years. But I never forgot you and your beautiful inventory of Colombian emeralds.
I know that you spend a lot of time and attention finding your stones. I also know that you came recommended to me by the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, and I know the embassy would not recommend an emerald dealer unless that individual had a sterling reputation for good business practices and honest dealings.
When I saw a ring that I greatly admired on your website, it was in white gold. I asked if you could remove that stone from the white gold setting, and make the ring in an 18-karat yellow gold setting. You agreed. I wired the funds to you, and the ring arrived, perfectly sized, in about three weeks. You even added four extra tiny diamonds for good measure. It is really beautiful, and it brings me great joy to wear it.
I would recommend you without hesitation to others who are looking to purchase quality emeralds. You are an expert in your trade, and a pleasure to work with.”Grace Moe Washington, DC
“With my fiancé originally being from Colombia it was obvious to me that when proposing, the only thing that would be fitting for such a moment would be a Colombian Emerald. Whilst this was a great idea, living in London was going to make this a little more difficult, or so I thought! Whilst doing some research on where and how to buy emeralds I read an article which mentioned Lee in a prominent US publication. I reached out to Lee and straight away he couldn’t have been more accommodating. Over the course of 4 months he was back and forth with design ideas whilst being appreciative of my budget constraints. Design agreed and money paid Lee crafted a beautiful ring. Lee also arranged for the ring to be made available to me whilst I was in New York which is where I proposed. Lee went above and beyond.
I had the ring independently appraised for insurance purposes back in London and I am happy to say it was appraised at twice the value I paid for it. I put this down not just due to the quality of the stones but the craftsmanship and attention to detail that Lee produced in this ring. I will continue to recommend Lee to others, he has a customer in me for life.”Paul Collier London, Great Britain
“You can go anywhere in Bogota and buy a green stone.
But if you want an Emerald that is a stunning representation of the Beauty that Colombia has to offer, then you must go see Lee Wasson. Lee doesn’t just sell you an emerald. He takes the time to show you several emeralds so that you can truly learn what makes each emerald unique and beautiful. When I first met Lee, I just knew that I wanted an emerald for my wife. Every time she wears her emeralds she receives dozens of compliments, which is great for me, but really a testament to the gorgeous emeralds that Lee sources and the fine craftsmanship from his shop, which brings out the very best in each gem.
I have come back, and bought more emeralds from him for my wife.
I would absolutely recommend Lee Wasson to anyone who wants to buy a fine quality emerald in Bogota.”B. & J. Thais New York City, USA
The next day my wife and I browsed through 20-30 emerald stores prior to our meeting with Lee. Freshly armed with our new emerald education, our eyes were opened. We could not find a single store in the city selling emeralds even remotely close to the quality that Lee offers.
Simply put, most of the top quality emeralds mined in Colombia are exported out of the country and never make it to the Bogota markets. …Our experience that day, combined with Lee’s great customer service and high quality jewelry, made the decision to buy from Lee an easy one. We purchased our emerald ring from Lee and have been thrilled with it every since. Thanks Lee!”Andrew and Emily California, USA
“I had a delightful buying experience with Lee Wasson. He displayed a sizable and exquisite choice of rings for me to select from. I made a selection that delighted my wife upon my return to the US. Lee made the process very easy for me and for that I was very grateful. The greatest part of the buying experience was the incredible hour and a half, or more, Lee generously spent with me explaining the extensive history of emeralds, describing the evolving world market for emeralds and Colombia’s prominence in the quality gemstone market as well as teaching me how to identify the better stones, etc. …Fascinating and informative given me much more than a beautiful stone by adding an evening with an expert. I only wish my wife had met him also (and that I had more money to buy more stones!) A memorable experience in all respects”D.D. North Carolina
I would like to highlight… Lee’s personalized services, attention to detail and understanding of what a woman desires… Many thanks Lee for your interest open mindedness, I hope to repeat this great experience, I recommend to all the brides who dream of the perfect ring, you can trust in Lee’s experience and advice, his years of experience are very valuable.”Angélica Cardozo Bogotá