Friday, December 14, 2012

Giant Star Sapphire in the News

Thursday, October 04, 2012

October Discount! $20 off orders over $100!

Wallpaper for this image available click here.

Coupon Code: HappyFall  (code is case sensitive)

Just place the coupon code in the discount coupon box at the bottom of the check out page (the shopping cart.)

Valid 10/1/12 to 10/31/12  Discounts can not be combined. Can not be used on Ultra Tec Machines.

Don't forget to check out our new cab selection! 

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Diamond Hill Mine - Bryan Major

We had a wonderful chat with Bryan Major ( about the Diamond Hill Mine in South Carolina at the Grassy Creek Gem and Mineral show this weekend.  He showed us some wonderful pieces of quartz and amethyst he had mined himself.

We added this stunning amethyst cluster to our private collection

Devin and I are hoping to get to Diamond Hill this fall to see what we can dig up.  Diamond Hill allows for digging by reservation only (910) 547-0427 or

Above and below are iron oxide coated quarts from the Diamond Hill Mine.

Devin was drooling over this gorgeous smokey amethyst cluster:
©Bryan Major - photo

and here's a video of it: 

Below are some greatYoutube videos of some of the Diamond Hill finds!

Digging Amethyst & Quartz Crystal Clusters

Digging Quartz Crystals at Diamond Hill in South 

HUGE Amethyst Crystal Cluster found at Diamond Hill

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Egg Collection

I collect stone eggs.  It's started as a way to entertain myself while Dev spent hours pouring of each and ever piece of rough in a parcel at a gem show.  I pulled them all off the shelve today to give them a bath, and thought they made a nice picture drying on their towel.  There are quartz of all kinds, marble, lapis, tourmaline, aqua, opal, turquois, garnet, topaz, jaspers, and more.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

2012 Faceting Contest Winners!

This years entries are gorgeous!  As always, there were some tough decision making for our judges.
The material for this year's contest was rutilated quartz.

-Best Over All -  Michiko Huynh  - Grand Prize of $500 worth of faceting rough (winner’s choice)
Stone description: 3.7 ct (10 mm x 7 mm) Amaryllis (orginal design)

-Cabbing -

First Place - Ivan Smith -  $150 worth of faceting rough (winner’s choice)
Stone description 19.6 ct (16 x 20 mm ) oval cab

Second Place - Scott Holmes -  $100 worth of faceting rough (winner’s choice)
Stone description  20.15 ct  (20 x 27 mm ) freehand pear cab

-Faceting -

First Place - Charles McCoy -  $150 worth of faceting rough (winner’s choice)
2.19 ct  (10 x 8 mm) oval

Second Place - Richard Moriyama- $100 worth of faceting rough (winner’s choice)
12 ct (14 x 10 mm )  eight-sided round


I will add photos soon.  We wanted to let the winners know as soon as it was final.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

The Synthetics are here! The Synthetics are Here!

The synthetic corundums (ruby, padparascha, pink, sapphire blue, white) are all back in stock!  Also the cz in many colors including a few new ones.   Check them out here.

Check out this looks like a candy corn.  I would love to see how someone can cut to get the most out of those gorgeous lines of color! More pics here

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A follow up on that big emerald!

Looks like the owner was up to no good!

Don't forget to mail your entries for the faceting contest.  They are due March 1st.  It has been exciting seeing all the beautiful entries this year!  Details for the contest here:

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

And the winner is...

The winner of the January Book Give Away is Darrin Fry!


Wednesday, January 04, 2012

January 2012 - Free Shipping and a Give Away!

Click here to check out our recently added rough!

To celebrate the New Year we are offering free shipping!  Just plug FreeShipJanUSA  into the coupon box at check out to receive free shipping any where in the USA.  (Sorry, offer not available for international customers.)

Also, we will be giving away a copy of Modern Jeweler's Gem Profile/2  The Second 60  by David Federman and Tino Hammid.   For a chance to win, just leave a comment with anote about why you love rocks! One comment per person please.

We will draw randomly from all the entries at the end of the month.  (I even marked it on my calendar so I wouldn't forget!)

Time to get started on your entry for the PrettyRock Rock Beauty Contest! Rocks are due March 1st 2012 See this page for details:

Happy New Year everyone!

Beth and Dev