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Site general terms of use - Gemstones and jewels

General Conditions of Utilization (GCU)

Updated on 2 January 2013

You are now connected to the internet website, the portal of precious stones, hereafter named or the Site.

The Site allows you to have access to numerous services free of charge like consulting an encyclopedia on precious stones, using a search engine with advanced options to facilitate your research, getting news on precious stones, consulting numerous animated photographs, extracts of films, articles and documents relating to precious stones and exchanging information in chat rooms.

The Site also enables you to access commercial offers and partnership services of in a sales forum and to make purchases and payments in a secure manner.

Web users visiting this Site or parts of the Site declare knowledge of and expressly and unconditionally accept these General Conditions of Utilization (hereafter called GCU) as they appear on the day of access to the Site. The user of the Site undertakes to respect all of the present GCUs. The Site reserves for itself the right to modify at any time all or part of these GCUs. It is for the user to refer to them regularly in order to be informed about the latest version. If the services of the Site are used after modification of the GCUs, the user is simply deemed to have accepted the new GCUs.

General Utilization of the Site does its best to give you up to date information from reliable resources; it undertakes to do its utmost to make the consultation and the utilization of information secure, but cannot be held responsible for errors, non availability of some information and/or services, in particular for reasons of maintenance or upgrading.

The user has knowledge of the nature of the Internet, of its technical performances and of its limitations, particularly the time it takes to respond, after having consulted, questioned or transferred information data. It is for the user to make sure that his personal computer and his connection are compatible with the Site and the use of its different features, in particular its controls, and to do all that is possible to protect his personal data and/or hardware and software from viruses which may arise out of interactions with the Site via the internet.

The Site cannot be held responsible for any problem caused by third parties like the malfunction of the internet link, of telecommunications, or of information technology equipment of the Client.

The user must recognize that he is solely responsible for the use he makes of the information he gathers from the Site.

The information and opinions contained on the Site can in no case be considered as formal advice for which or his partners could be held responsible. In no case could they be held responsible for any direct or indirect damage resulting from accessing or using the Site.

The Site could provide hyperlinks to other websites. The posting of these links constitutes neither a recommendation nor a validation by of these Sites or their content.

All third parties who wish to create on their site a link leading to our Site must get prior permission from us in writing. If the links leading to our Site have been created without our prior authorization, we cannot be held responsible for possible injurious consequences to the user which may ensue.

Intellectual Property

All the texts, videos, commentaries, works, illustrations and images reproduced on are subject to author’s rights as well as international intellectual property rights.

All total or partial reproduction of the Site is strictly prohibited unless previously agreed upon.

Similarly, the social denominations, marks and distinctive signs shown on the Site are protected by French and international law. All uses, reproduction, dissemination or representation of all or part of the above elements is prohibited without the express written authorization of the rights holder, the company Precious Com.

Public access restricted spaces

Account holders are assured privacy in a public access restricted space on the website through use of a personal access code comprised of a username and a password. This access code is strictly personal and confidential. You must take all necessary steps to safeguard your username and password and agree not to communicate these to anyone else. You are responsible for their use, for their safe keeping and their confidentiality. We will never ask you for them, neither by e-mail, nor by telephone, nor through a letter.

The Site will not be held responsible for fraudulent use of the access code. In case of loss or theft, or suspicion of loss or theft of the access code it is your responsibility to inform the Site so that a new user name can be sent to you.

Internet law and liberties

No personal information is either collected without your knowledge or used for unspecified purposes.

The personal information is treated subject to IT law: “ Loi Informatiques et Libertés du 6 janvier 1978 modifiée.” Your personal information gathered on this Site is necessary for the processing of orders and for their settlement.

The information is limited to use by and partners and courier service companies. They can also be used to for internal checks and in the in the framework of the legal dispositions relating to the laundering of funds or the war against financing terrorism. Should you not object the information may be used for commercial purposes by and with your agreement for solicitation by e-mail and by sms.

You are hereby informed and have agreed expressly that in the context of the execution of an order and in accordance with the agreed specifications of the order your personal information can be transmitted with in outside the European Union.

Newsletters and commercial solicitation

Your e-mail address will only be used after your agreement to receive a newsletter and after you have been informed of new offers, services and promotions of the website and its partners. You may request at any time that this e-mail address not be used for commercial solicitation by emailing us at: , or by post to the following address: Precious Com, Punta d’ Oro, 20137 Porto Vecchio, France.

Information Technology: required security and configuration

Exchanges between your personal computer and the client section of the Site are strictly encrypted at “128 bits” so that third parties may not intercept confidential data circulating on the internet. This encryption is characterized by an address preceded by “https” and a small closed lock icon indicating that you are on a secure page.

The Site is built to function best using Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome web browsers. We do not guarantee functioning of the Site through use of web browsers other than these. We recommend you ensure that you have the most updated version of the concerned web browser when connecting to the Site. Should you encounter difficulties while browsing or attempting to connect to the internet we recommend that you download and install on your personal computer a free version of the Firefox web browser.


Certain features such as “cookies” (enabling a website to record data taken from the personal computer of a user) or Java applets (a programme that is enabled by a request from a user’s web browser) are designed to collect data. Such features cannot be implemented without knowledge of users. The majority of web browsers now allow users to decline the download onto their personal computers of such technology. Accordingly, it is best in such cases to inform users of the purpose of such features and the means available to decline their use.

Users of the Site will be informed at the time of their browsing of the Site that a cookie may automatically be installed on their web browser. Cookies record certain data that is compiled on the disc memory of the user. The cookies do not contain confidential information of any kind but they enable users to maintain a history of pages visited by the user. Users are allowed to access, remove or modify their personal information which is being diffused by cookies. The web browser is configured to signal the presence of cookies as well as to enable you to refuse their installation.

Chat rooms

All information collected during your chat room exchanges on given discussion themes is intended exclusively for Chat room discussions are moderated and contributions that are off topic or go against the Site’s editorial policy or that are illegal may be disallowed by the moderator before they are displayed.

Those browsing the website and wishing to participate in a chat room discussion must agree to use their own e-mail address and not usurp the identity of a third party and not spread information that is illegal, untruthful, defamatory, obscene, abusive or in contravention of intellectual property rights and will not attempt to implant viruses.

The Site, the portal of precious stones, is subject to French laws.