stone stories

Home » Stone Stories
Before a stone even leaves the Earth, it has traveled!  Heat and pressure, tectonic movements, the slow movement of water through rock over long periods of time – many processes cause beautiful gemstones and interesting rocks to form. Here, we present the stories behind the jewelry – what is it, where did it come from, how did it form?  Over time, we will add new stories to this page to enhance your appreciation of each stone’s unique passage through space and time.
“We have the world to live in on the condition that we will take good care of it. And to take good care of it, we have to know it. And to know it and to be willing to take care of it, we have to love it” Wendell Berry

Agate, Jasper, and friends

Microcrystalline quartz comes in many colors and is known by many names.



a distinctive colored microcline, a k-rich feldspar



In 2018, all eyes are on the erupting volcanic magmas of Hawaii – rivers, fountains, and vertical plumes – all producing a dark, fine-grained rock known as basalt. 





Fossils – the evidence of life over time.



Garnets are one of earth’s great travelers!




Odd Rocks



Opal is silica, just like quartz, agate, jasper and other silica minerals. However, opal does not have a crystaline structure, but is made up of tiny amorphous balls – lined up and organized to various degrees.



Quartz by any other name….rose, smoky, amethyst, citrine…..



A rose-pink silicate mineral



This fine grain, banded serpentine rock is commercially known as riccolite, commonly used as an ornamental stone in building.