INDIA 2015

India January 2015

Very successful trip, sifting through many, many stones for setting, plus Ganesha carvings and Beads. The stone sellers were queuing out the door!

Ethiopian opal beads Tanzanite beads

First off beads, one off strands of top quality Ethiopian Opal and Tanzanite, plus plenty of hand faceted beads including; iolite, labradorite, garnet, smokey quartz, apatite and neon apatite, black spinel, tanzanite, amethyst, carnelian, fire opal, citrine, pink tourmaline, peruvian opal, green amethyst, quartz, prehnite, strawberry quartz, sunstone, rutile quartz, aquamarine, moonstone, morganite, rose quartz, ruby, sapphire

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Smooth beads in pink amethyst, chrysoprase, lapis, opal – Peruvian and Ethiopian, carnelian, tanzanite, labradorite, larimar, lapis, citrine, pyrite
And this list is not complete!

amazonite cabs amethyst cabs azurite cabs bloodstone cabs beryl cut citrine cut hessionite garnet cabs

Next, cut stones… what you see pictured plus labradorite, iolite/sunstone, sunstone, larimar, kyanite cab and facet, opal, charoite sodalite, mookite, blue lace agate, chrysocolla, aquamarine, pyrite, hematite, tanzanite, jasper, lemon quartz, rainbow moonstone, emerald, tourmalinated prehnite and again this is not a complete list!

larimar cabs malachite and lapis cabs malachite cabs dendritic opal cabs pietersite cabs smokey quartz cut tourmalinated quartz cab

These will be set in our workshops throughout the year and are being set NOW, contact your local shop for more details throughout the year.

star ruby cabs rhodonite cabs ruby in zoesite cabs sunstone cabs tiger eye cabs blue topaz cut

Finally carvings, Ganesha, all hand picked, very good collection in tiger eye, lapis, labradorite and quartz to name but a few.

Ganesha carvings Amethyst Ganesha Aventurine Ganesha Labradorite Ganesha Labradorite Ganesha Quartz Ganesha Tiger Eye Ganesha

Please remember that all these stones have to be set for silver jewellery and strung for the beads, they are not in our shops quite yet but will be in throughout the year so please keep coming back for more news!

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MOROCCO TRIP APRIL 2014

We had a busy time in Morocco travelling from Fez over the Atlas mountains to Midelt where our Moroccan friend has his minerals/selenite works.

We are trying a few new candle-holder designs this time as well as keeping up with the old favourites. We also got some eggs and spheres this time in different sizes and some slightly different sized towers. Also in selenite, masssage wands, hearts in different sizes plus a few orange selenites and spirals.

Also, the best little desert roses we have had, all perfect rounded roses and a few selected BIG specimen pieces too.

desert rose

Aragonite sputniks, and some different sizes in sharks teeth this time, from very small to quite large ones. A box of metacantini trilobites, mosasaur teeth, and some very ancient stramatolites (oldest fossil algae).

On the mineral front we have an amazing collection of blue Barytes which are fantastic, a large fresh haul of Vanadanite and some lovely velvet malachite/azurites as well as azurite roses. We also managed to get hold of the last of the best cobalti-calcite from mines that are now closed. The selenite mines are also closed at the moment , as they have been off and on over the years, due to various ownership disputes/mining rights issues.

blue baryte specimens

From Midelt we travelled south to Erfoud where the Orthocerus is worked. We saw a couple of small factory/workshops with lots of big saws and polishers busy cutting and polishing big slabs for table-tops, and made into our sculptures, plates and bowls etc., so we are WELL stocked up with all things Orthocerus-wise!

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Orthocerasgoniatite bowls

A couple of people also had other things for sale here and we got some special fossil pieces here including the wickedest biggest spiniest trilobite I’ve ever seen! We got a few large trilobites here which will all cause a bit of excitement when they arrive along with a crocodile skull. We also got our first ever fossil starfish plates and the first for 20 years specimens of Crinoids.

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fossil starfish

Another first we picked up en route were some pretty little Jurassic/Cretaceous sea urchin fossils from a complete urchin-geek who knew everything there was to know about fossil urchins! Yet another new product…………beatifully polished fossil coral pieces, some quite large but most palm -sized and very pretty. We also got 6 or 7 large goniatite/ orthocerus polished sculptures as well as a big collection of more gift-sized ones, all very fresh and well prepared.

fossil sculptures

Onwards into the desert, past our first sand-dunes to a small town where the Berbers bring all their trilobites found in the desert to be expertly prepared in small workshops using dentists air-drills. We bought the best prepared trilobites we have ever had here………really perfect with no repairing or remodelling. Some of these are quite rare species so we will have an amazing selection of unusual and perfect trtilobites.

trilobites

mineOur final adventure was out into the arid lands to visit a Vanadanite mine in a landscape out of Star Wars ( there’s a village nearby called Tatouine) where low stony huts and heaps of red stone dot the area along with simple holes in the ground with a winch- rope and wooden ladder going down 90 meters into the tunnels. The miners came up and showed us the various collections they had come up with over the last couple of weeks………so direct from the miners we got some stunning Vanadanite and also some lovely fresh Wulfenite.

We expect to see all of these amazing fossils and mineral specimens sometime around mid June and in the shops throughout the summer.

PB & AM

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Ganesha and Buddha carvings

Just unpacked  – in all shops over the next couple of weeks – handcarved in India… Ganesha and Buddha carvings (plus 3 elephants!) in rose quartz, lapis lazuli, tiger eye, emerald, sapphire, labradorite and blue goldstone … a small selection of some of these carvings below…

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Munich 2013

MUNICH SHOW

We are not long back from the Munich mineral show and our pallet of goodies has already landed in our warehouse…

Heres a brief look at some of what we bought…

Natural Diamond Crystals from Kenya, first time we have had raw diamonds in about 15 years!

Diamond crystals



Malachite
animals, tumble, lozenges, thumb stones, eggs, spheres pyramids. The malachite animals represent  a lot of work to select from 100’s of strangely carved creatures and a long and difficult journey from the carvers to Europe.

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Fossil bowls, Baryte from Morroco

Pyrite eggs and spheres, plus chrysocolla and chalcopyrite hearts from Peru and a very large collection of soapstone and serpentine animals carved in Peru.

Moldavite
All from a collection made 10 – 15 years ago, every piece a winner but also a few good fabulously large specimens we seldom see these days plus a small selection of cut stones for claw setting in India.

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Opals

big collection of Opal doublets and a few solids for setting in India…pendants earrings and rings.

New pendulums
Great new designs to double up as bracelets. New point pendulums in Tourmalinated quartz, Ruby in Fuchsite and garnet (amongst others), also Kyanite beads – a few strands (not in all our shops!)

Zeolites
The long welcome return of Apophyllityes, Stilbites, etc including some green. Also some amazing chalcedony… a few samples below

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India Buying Trip 2013

Our buyer has arrived back from a buying trip to India last week purchasing cut stones for setting. This has been a very successful trip with well over 70 different semi precious charoitetiger-eye-cab1stones bought and now being set, plus  a collection of Ganesha and Buddha carvings. All of these stones are handpicked for quality – this involves our buyer sitting there for over 10 hours per day picking through thousands of stones to choose the best quality for setting. We expect to see the bulk of these stones set and in the UK in time for Christmas, expect to see pendants, rings, and collections of bracelets, earrings and necklaces.

As and when we begin to receive these we will be photographing and showcasing on this blog. Although we cannot offer you many images we can offer you a large list…this should keep our silversmiths busy…

Actinolite in Quartz, Amethyst (lovely and dark)photo, Ametrine, Aventurine, Azurite, Aquamarine, Blue Goldstone, Blue Lace agate, Bronzite, Bloodstone, Blue tiger Eye, Black Onyx, Black Starstone (Diopside), Blue Topaz, Charoite, Chrysocolla, Chrysoprase, Coffee Jasper, Citrine, Carnelian, Chalcopyrite, Dendritic Opal, Emerald, Eudialite, Fire Opal, Fluorite, Gold Scapolite, Garnet, Hematite, Honey dendrite, Imperiel Jasper, Iolite, Iolite/Sunstone, Larimar, Lapis, Labradorite, Lepidolite, Moonstone, Mahogany Obsidian, Malachite, Moss Agate, Malachite/Lapis mix, Morganite, Norino Jasper, Picture larimarJasper, Polychrome Jasper, Pink Opal, Prehnite, Rose Quartz, Rhodocrosite, Rainbow Moonstone, Rainbow Jasper, Rhodonite, Star Ruby, Sardonyx, Sunstone, Sodalite, Snowflake Obsidian, Serpentine, Sugilite, Solar Agate, Smokey Quartz Turquoise, Tiger Eye, Tiger Iron, Tourmalinated Quartz, Tanzanite, Tourmaline, Watermelon Tourmaline. Plus some Buddha and Ganesha carvings bought in the following stones: Labradorite, Blue Goldstone, Lapis, Rose Quartz, Quartz, Emerald, Sapphire

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Brazil 2013

First to the area of  Rio Grande do Sol and then a further drive to a small town, another two hours away. The province of  Rio Grande do Sol is near Uruguay so we see both Brazilian and Uruguayan Amethyst there.

We had been warned that Chinese buyers were buying every amethyst geode they see, so we were lucky that there was a collection of geodes still being prepared, not out on show yet, that we could buy. Amethyst production is really strong because of the Chinese demand, and prices have been pushed up, especially for anything of the high quality Crystals wants.

Agates are the other main product we get from this part of Brazil, and again the Chinese are busy buying as much as they can for jewellery and carvings back in China. We have been dealing with a small family agate business for some time and he was his usual friendly self and had good stocks. We ended up buying a lot of agate bookends and geoded ends here as they were being unpacked from the drums in the back workshop. In a giant warehouse the size of Tescos we went through about ten thousand agate slices picking out the really nice ones while a huge thunderstorm hammered away outside. All agate has now been priced and is in our shops.

We managed to top up all our regular popular items like Rose Quartz t – lights , Amethyst tealights  t – lights, and druzy Uruguayan Amethyst hearts. Ferreting in the back back rooms of one supplier we found some more great bookends, and some Amethyst “rings” as well as Amethyst cones. Lets say we have A LOT OF AMETHYST now in our warehouse and shops! Big bolivian amethyst points are back too.

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Cut-base minerals were not so evident this time as most dealers were concentrating on the Amethyst boom. We got some Fucshite and Amazonite, Black Tourmaline with mica, and only one or two Emerald. Elsewhere we got a welcome lot of Citrine beds, Rose Quartz boulders, Sodalite rough, chevron amethyst pendulums as well as a good variety of Egyptian style pendulums. After four days of buying in the south we headed north to Minas Gerais on Sunday so we didn’t miss any buying time.

First port of call on this leg was one of the famous “stones” town in Mina Gerais. We had been given a contact stone broker and we were in his office at 8.30 am with a queue of stone dealers waiting for us. After 5 hrs of going through hundreds of packets of cut stones we had accumulated an amazing selection of Aquamarines, Morganites, Kunzites ( some with rutile), Emeralds and Fire Opals. Some beautiful Tourmalines , bicolors, greens and reds. Watermelon was all sold as once again the Chinese are really piling into high quality Tourmalines, we did get a very few slices at very high prices just because of demand from our customers. Later we heard that high grade blue/green tormalines have been being sold for $10,000 a gram as investments by Chinese people who are not allowed by law to have cash savings in their houses and who don’t trust the banks with their money!

These stones have now been set and are in our shops.

Next day we were outside in the heat (35oC) in various yards searching through piles of black tourmalinted Rose Quartz, Elestials, Quartz clusters and Smokeys while lizards and butterflies zipped around. amazing clear Q cluster collection, and some BIG elestials and cathedral quatrtzes.

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We tracked down Blue Topaz, Aquamarine rough, and more wonderful tourmalines in different colours, alligator Quartz, Kyanite, natural Smokey ……lots of amazing crystals in very unlikely looking sheds, garages and even the back of a supermarket! We were often looking through collections in houses with chickens, cats and puppies running around, even the odd parrot.

2013-02-05 13.20.42The final leg was another days car drive away, here we got Lazers and Lemurians and we were offered huge quantities of Quartz in every shape and form. Like the Amethyst in the south, Quartz in the north was booming too. The only thing we missed out on were Quartz spheres………….we had been pipped to the post by an Austrian buyer who had done the rounds a couple of days before us and cleaned out anything worth having. Eventually we did track down one small collection, but we would have liked more.

Another good find was two collections of natural Citrine C&P.  Our best buy however must be the most amazing huge clear quartz C&P we have ever had…………….12kgs and absolutely stunning!!!

quartz c and p brazil 2011A first for us here was an unexpected collection of C&P Key crystals and Manifestation crystals!!! Going from shed to shed and person to person we got to the village where the actual stone cutters and polishers are working away on the rough boulders and giant crystals brought in by the dealers. Here we bought C&P chevron amethyst points straight off the polishing machine……….another first.

So loads to look forward to throughout 2013!

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Morocco 2013

First we went to the main source of selenite and piles of it were everywhere in all qualities. We have only bought “A” quality so in all the selenite towers, candle-holders, spheres, hearts, massage wands and palmies you should notice they will all be perfectly clean. As well as towers in 3 sizes we have a new “twin-peak” tower which is impressive and a twisty version of wand.

Selenite-pebblesSelenite-heartsDSC_0047We have desert roses back! Plenty of small and medium sizes all clean and good shapes……….these are found in the Alferya region. Also back by popular demand are the Aragonite “sputniks”, plenty of top notch small-medium sizes plus a few very large show pieces.

On the mineral front we have very nice Haematite specimens from Tauis, lovely bobbly nodules and some radiating crystal forms. In Azurite we have the regular popluar small roses druze plus one box of really cracking show specimens for your serious collectors. Beautiful pink Cobalticalcites from Warzazate with some really good specimens. Manganese native ore which is new also from Wazazate.

Now come the majorly exciting limited collections which will only be going to a few of our shops. World class Vanadanite crystals from Mibladew, bright orange large clean crystals on matrix ….most at around £350- £400 but a few smaller and a couple of really big pieces too ( up to £950). New to Crystals is Brochantite from Wajda, really lovely pale green with a similar vibe to the green Apophylite which we used to get from Poona India…..mostly in the £50 range. Azurite on matrix specimens from Msisi. Perhaps best of all, 5 world class specimens of Native Silver….fabulous crystals which will need to be kept in dry airtight containers to prevent oxidation, these will be around £350-£400 each from Bouwazar.

Back to more basics we have the Pretus trilobites again and the Metacantini trilobites. All fossils are going up in prices as other opportunities for employment which are more lucrative are now emerging as Morocco becomes more prosperous, particularly in fruit production with improved irrigation, so we will keep prices as low as we can for now but the time to buy is now!

Trilobites

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Orthocerus is back with single, double , triple and multi plates; sculptures in different sizes, and yes we have also very small singles the best of which we will be setting as silver pendants in due course. We will also have a small range ( initially), of bowls in orthocerus/goniatite.

Sharks teeth we have thousands of small kiddy sized teeth as well as medium sizes. We may set some of these as silver pendants too if they are good enough.

Lastly we have a good collection of the white Moroccan geodes,from small kiddy sizes to large show pieces, and 100 Septarian nodule cut and polished halves which are a bit different and nice and cheap!

 

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