Thursday, August 11, 2011

Scenes from Grassy Creek Gem Show

We got to go up to the Grassy Creek gem show last weekend.  The weather smiled on us and it was actually under 100 degrees that day.  I didn't make it to the Franklin show this year, we had a Breast Cancer Walk Fundraiser.  Dev went, and said it was a great show.  Looked like it was a bit slow in the sales department for the vendors though.    I didn't get many shots before my camera battery died, but here they are:

We got some fantastic Mexican, Australian, and Ethiopian opal that will be up on the site over the coming weeks.  For my personal collection, I bagged a couple of gorgeous square cut Columbian emeralds.  Now I just have to wait for the price of gold to come down so I can afford to have them set in earrings :)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

5% of Summer Sales to Avon Breast Cancer Walk!

Best Pink Rock I have!

Beth has committed to participating in the Charlotte Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. The walk is 26 miles the first day and 12 miles the second day. (That's a lot of walking!) The money I raise will be managed and disbursed by the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade to help provide access to care for those that most need it, fund educational programs, and accelerate research into new treatments and potential cures.

I will be walking and fund raisingwith an amazing group called Team Tuff Girl! is donating 5% of all orders this summer to Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

To donate directly:

Learn more about the walk click here!
Proceeds from the items in my etsy shop will also go the Walk!
(oh yea, and there's some new rough up!)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New Rough! Gorgeous Citrine

We've added some new citrine rough, including the one above!  Check here for the latest rocks:
or you can always use the search function at the top of each page.

Fight Breast Cancer!
Sponsor Beth in the 2011 Avon Breast Cancer Walk (click here)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Emeralds! and Spring Fever Free Shipping

Some pretty little emeralds up!

These are some of the emeralds we got in Brazil.  If you haven't read about our trip, check it out here.

Dev is already talking about going to Tucson in 2012...which means we need to sell rocks, so we can go buy more rocks!  So here's a free shipping coupon for you!  Just put springfever  in the voucher box at check out to get your free shipping! I think the coupon code is case sensitive, type it in just like you see it...doesn't have to be green :) Exp May 31 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


This is from our free's an oldie but a goodie! I just love spinel crystals...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

And the winners are...

We are thrilled to announce the winners of our 2011 Faceting Competition!
Thank you to everyone involved.  As always we had a wonderful time seeing all the "pretty rocks" that were entered!  Judging came down to the wire on this one!

Winners will receive a gift certificate for facet rough in the amount shown by their name.

Best in Overall:
Michiko Huynh - $500 facet rough

Traditional Cut Category -
1 st Michiko Huynh - $150
2 nd Ivan D. Smith - $100
3 rd Charles McCoy (1.31 ct) - $50

Creative Cut Category - Charles McCoy $150

Monday, March 21, 2011

Pretty Rock News - March 21 2011

Happy Spring!

Faceting Competition! All the stones are in and we are busy meeting with the judges.  We couldn't get them all together at once this time.  I guess we will just have to suffer though more beer and pizza dinners this time! The winners will be announced before the end of the month.  (Someone remind me not to have a competition end during tax season...)

We recently closed the Pretty Rock forum. Forums take a tremendous amount of time to do well. With all the balls Dev and I have floating, one of them had to go, and we chose the forum. It was fun chatting with folks, but we just didn’t have the time on a daily basis to maintain the forum. There is a lot of behind the scenes work that goes into a forum! If you have a favorite forum, don’t forget to send the leaders a thank you note for all the effort the put in to give you a nice place to chat!

On a happier note, I am going to try and be more consistent in my rock blogging to bring you news about Pretty Rock and rocks in general. We welcome comments on our posts, so we can always chat that way. We do moderate comments to keep out the spammers, so it might be a day or two before your comment shows up. Sorry, but that is the only way to keep those folks from spouting their nastiness.

Mexican Fire Opal  Dev picked up some gorgeous Mexican Fire Opal last weekend.  We will be getting some up on the site this week...stay tuned!