Ricky: "I've always been partial to turquoise because my grandfather had a great southwestern jewelry collection. It was one of the first stones I remember learning about because of that. It is still fascinating to me that we find these specimens in the ground that look like nothing and with a little work they are transformed into something so amazing and beautiful."
"Gaspeite is one of my favorite materials due to the sheer obnoxiousness of its light green color. It is 100% natural in color, and it is truly mind blowing to think that the right composition of minerals and heat produced this rare mineral! It is only mined in 2 locations: Widgie Townsite and Widgiemooltha, both south of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. You can almost hear the Australian accent when pronouncing those towns."
"I have not met an Amazonite I don't like! It is one of my favorite stones. More and more these days, gemstones are machine cut, so when you can find one that is hand cut like this it is really cool. You have some big enough for bracelets and small enough to use for earrings within the same strand."
"I am drawn to stones that are aesthetically a little bit more unique, and K2 has always intrigued me. I love that we intentionally source strands that have the blue spots in every bead. Even though this stone type is a little odd, I think it's quite versatile and fun!"
"Mined from a father & son duo in Australia, these strands come to us only once a year. The various colors that emanate from the stone are truly dazzling. I would keep it simple and make the strand itself be the star of the design."
"Let me start by saying, it’s true. That’s actually my hand in the photo (brag).I admire the smooth yet rugged contours, the beautiful colors, its almost ethereal glow! I love the unique, one-of-a-kind shape and feel of these jagged, hand cut collars. We’ve been working with this particular lapidary artist for 20 years so you won’t find them anywhere else!"