We collect unique and rare rocks and gemstones, and turn them into beautiful jewelry.
How It Started
Our stone pendants and faceted gemstones represent 40 years of rock collecting from excursions to Australia, Mexico and all over the United States. Even in our home state of Colorado, we hunt for smoky quartz crystals, topaz, amazonite, and aquamarine, to name some. Now and then, we buy the rough from someone else but all of our pendants, cabochons and gemstones are hand cut by us. We enjoy the beauty of stones and crystals created in the earth, by nature. Wanting to share this beauty with others sparked the motivation to turn rocks into jewelry. Our inspiration comes from the stunning designs and colors that are different in every rock or specimen that we find.
Sometimes the hunt for specimens and crystals can be as easy as hiking around and finding them lying on the ground but, much of the time, it requires digging and even chiseling out of hard rock.
During the warmer months (when we're not rock hunting), Jim is in the workshop running saws that cut slabs of rock and the outer perimeter for the start of a pendant. From there, he uses the cabochon machine and puts each stone through a 6-7 step process of shaping and polishing on the diamond wheels to create beautifully crafted pendants. The pendants are cut and shaped in a way that best reflects the colors and design of the particular stone. Some pendants end up as free-form, abstract pieces of art. Other pendants are more common shapes like ovals, hearts, and squares.
In the winter months Jim works inside, sitting for hours at the faceting machine creating custom, hand faceted gemstones that beautifully reflect the light and quality of the particular gemstone material.
Smoky quartz crystal (top) with three gemstones that have been faceted out of crystals that we found.
After Jim sets the stones and gemstones or attaches the bails, Mary gets to play. Mary is truly inspired by the colors in the rocks. Using a variety of media, from silversmithing or a combination of metals, or using chain, stone and metal beads, Mary has a knack for combining materials that enhance and compliment the colors in the stone or gemstone. The end result can be anything from a stunning faceted gemstone necklace that would be perfect for a wedding or a romantic night on the town, to earthy jewelry for the young woman who wants to embellish her individualistic style or set her own dynamic trend.
The other materials that make up the jewelry come from a plethora of sources, to name some: Rio Grande, Halstead, Fire Mountain, Topako Mercantile, Dreamland Jewelry, and various merchants at gem and bead shows.
Just a note about gemstones that are synthetic (meaning lab grown). We will clearly mention 'synthetic' or 'silicate' in our descriptions, where it applies. "A synthetic gem material is one that is made in a laboratory, but which shares virtually all chemical, optical, and physical characteristics of its natural mineral counterpart..." (http://www.gia.edu/gem-synthetic). In other words, synthetic gems provide a more affordable means of owning an emerald or sapphire, for example, yet without the inclusions or clouds that are often in the mined minerals. They are perfect gemstones! If our product descriptions in our shop do not state 'synthetic' or 'silicate,' they are naturally mined gemstones.
Our excursions often take us to remote and beautiful places. We often get so caught up in the finding that we forget to take a look around and see who might be watching, like this beautiful lizard.
Each rock and gemstone truly has its own personality, from beginning to the end product. Some pendants beg for the simplicity of being hung from a chain or leather. Others cry out to be included in an artistic piece of jewelry. The stone pendants are truly unique. Each one is cut individually and no two pieces come out alike. So, when you see a pendant or piece of jewelry in our shop that you like, you can be guaranteed that it is truly one-of-a-kind.
We take delight in every step of the process, from rock hunting to creating the original pieces of jewelry. We strive to make unique jewelry that you love to wear and we truly enjoy sharing this craft with others who appreciate the beauty of natural stones!
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