Tucson 2017 Additions

My 2017 Tucson trip yielded some of the best finds in several years!

We have just added about 250 stones from the show, which is really only a small portion of the material that came home to Boulder.

I had two items at the top of my wish list, and was thrilled to come home with both.

Number 1 was Pietersite Palm Stones

Many years ago we were able to acquire Pietersite Palm Stones, but have not seen any available for at least 5 years. We have since come to learn that the rough material for these stones most likely came from a mine in the Hunan province of China…. a mine which apparently stopped producing years ago.

I looked all over Tucson for Pietersite with no luck. I had just about given up hope, and then we ran into the owners of the only producing mine in the world. The mine is in Namibia, Africa, and the material is just incredible.

The dealer did not have Pam Stones, per se, but did have bags of the most gorgeous tumbled Pietersite that I have ever seen. He had it in sizes from small to extra-large.

I spent a couple of hours looking through the kilo bags of extra-large tumbled, and realized that many of the stones could easily serve as Palm Stones for the store.

I bought three kilograms of the beauties, and already wish that I had purchased much more seeing how these have sold like crazy here at the shop.

We have listed 35 of the very best out of the over 300+ stones in the pile, and suggest that those interested take a look sooner rather than later. We expect that these rare and exquisite specimens will move rather quickly.

Many of the ones listed would make gorgeous pendants, and we have sold many already to buyers with just that purpose in mind.

Number 2 on the list was Blue Lace Agate Palm Stones

Almost 10 years ago we picked up a few kilos of the most gorgeous Blue Lace Agate Palm Stones imaginable, expecting that they would last us for a very long time.

Well, I guess that they did, but not long enough. We ran out of these in the last year or two, and had not seen any similar pieces available since our original purchase.

Amazingly, when I walked into the tent of the same dealer from whom we got the stones almost a decade ago, there she had a few bags of AA grade stones that had just been put out for sale.

I gobbled up 5 kilograms of the stones, and I think that they might be even nicer than the original ones, and those were drop dead gorgeous.

I came home with about 320 of them, and picked out 32 of the very best to put on the website. I cannot adequately communicate how wonderful these stones are. These Palm Stones certainly are no less than jewelry grade, and would make beautiful pendants for those of you who are into wrapping stones.

Other great Palm Stone finds include:

Green Turquoise Slices

We have added 42 gorgeous Green Turquoise flat Palm Stones from Mexico.

These have very nice patterns and polish, and would also make great jewelry pieces.

Zebra Jasper

For the first time ever we have Zebra Jasper Palm Stones.

These hard to find black and white soap-shaped stones have a great polish and feel great in the hand. They were fairly pricey, but well with it.

Howlite

After being out of these for years, we finally found some very nice soap-shaped Palm Stones.

Dendritic Agate

From Madagascar, these pebble-type Palm Stones are just filled with dendrites; one of my most favorite mineral formations. Two of these listed have gorgeous crystals pockets.

Indonesian Coral

These soap-shaped fossilized coral Palms are just gorgeous with all of the little circles where the Coral polyps lived. They have a geat polish.

Rhodonite

For the first time we got some large soap-shaped Palm Stones of this very popular mineral.

These stones show really fascinating crystalization under a magnifying glass or jeweler’s loupe.

Ruby in Fuchsite

These smaller Palms are really pretty and contain real Ruby which glows bright red under long-wave UV light. Lots of them show traces of blue Kyanite as well.

Ruby in Kyanite

A few of the above stones were really Ruby in mostly or only Kyanite, so we have listed them separately. It is not unusual to find Kyanite (blue) in Ruby in Fuchsite stones

Silver Sheen Obsidian

One of our most popular items, we had been out of these for quite some time. Silver Sheen looks like black glass until held under a light. Then it looks like the most beautiful starry night that one has ever seen.

We get all of our large soap-shaped Obsidian Palm Stones from one dealer. He has the highest and most reliable quality specimens, and Derek and I went to his booth six times to make sure that we got there when he was first ready to sell. I bought 50 of his 60 stones in different varieties.

Spider Obsidian

From the same dealer, and for the first time, we now have awesome soap-shaped Spider obsidian Palm Stones.

Spider Obsidian is a mixture of very dark blue and light blue glass, with the lighter blue color often running around in the stone in a spiderweb type pattern.

A main difference in this form of fancy obsidian is that the pattern, as with Mahogany Obsidian, is plainly visible in just ambient light.

Velvet Obsidian

Again from the same dealer, these amazing stones display gorgeous colors and movement when the stone is shifted around under a bright light source. I photographed them under 2 100 watt equivalent daylight spectrum bulbs.

The dealer had only 4 of these worth buying, and we have added all of them to the Velvet page.

Ruby in Fuchsite Worry Stones

We have never had these before. As with the Palm Stones, the real Ruby glows like crazy under long-wave UV light.

What’s next?

Now, onto a massive reload and addition of Tumbled Stones. I expect that this project will take us to close into the fall.

Back from Tucson

Derek and I survived the Tucson battle!

We had six days of shopping from early morning to early evening, and came home with lots and lots of new treasures.

Among the new arrivals are:

AA grade Blue Lace Agate Palm Stones. For the first time in about 8 years, we found beautiful BLA stones. These are a little smaller than the ones that we acquired years ago, but just as gorgeous. I grabbed five kilos of these the minute that I saw them.

Pietersite! We were very lucky to find the owner of the only producing Pietersite mine. He had bags of outstanding tumbled stones, and a few of these bags were filled with extra-large stones. While not flat and symmetrical like most Palm Stones, we will be listing many of these in this category simply because they are so wonderful and so large.

Fifty more Olivine slabs

Awesome Agate and Amethyst spheres.

Beautiful tumbled Wavy Turquoise.

Lots and lots of wonderful Hearts.

29 of the most beautiful shimmering Amazonite Palms that I have ever seen.

We got first crack at the dealer who has the most beautiful large soap-shaped Obsidian stones. I bought 50 of his 60 offerings, including Gold Sheen, Silver Sheen, Spider, and Velvet varieties.

Rough Sulfer (as yellow as yellow can get), rough Green Tourmaline in White Quartz, a couple of awesome Smokey Quartz pieces, lots more Moldavite, and on and on.

We will slowly be adding these newbies to the store. In the meantime, if you would like photos of any of the above, or would like to know if we picked up something that you are hoping to find, please just ask.

ADDENDUM

The current plan is to add a limited number of new Palm Stone varieties, and then move on to restocking and adding lots of Tumbled Stones.

Tucson Show is Coming

Well, it is almost that time again.

I will be headed to Tucson in three weeks to buy at the biggest rock, mineral, gem and jewelry show in the world. If you are not familiar with the event, you might enjoy the Tucson Photo Essay that we have on our website. I think that we are the only people who have ever presented such a piece

This year will be a little different and sad for me.

Kathi’s chronic pain condition has gotten so bad that she will not be able to go to the show. I am not able to drive due to visual impairment, and Kathi has always taken us in the past, even though over the last few years it became almost an impossible effort for her

We would have to take an extra rest day in Santa Fe so that Kathi could spend the day sleeping in order to be able to make the rest of the drive. Then, most often at the shows I would have to do almost all of the buying myself while Kathi either rested at the hotel or tried to sleep in the car.

It has finally become beyond Kathi’s ability to do Tucson, and I will miss having her there with me, as going to the Tucson Show is as much a tradition for us as any other event in our lives.

Fortunately, our elder daughter’s boyfriend has very generously offered to take time off of work and spend ten days with me on the road.

We love Derek to death, and this will be his first time experiencing anything like Tucson. He has been studying up, and I expect that the two of us will have a very interesting and fun time.

Kathi and I could not be more grateful for him stepping in to help us keep our passion going, and someday he just might wind up keeping the family business living on.

If there is anything special that you would like me to look for for you in Arizona, please let me know. I usually do lots of special shopping for clients, and looking for requested items always adds to the adventure of the experience.

178 New Worry Stones

We have just finished adding 178 new Worry Stones to the store.

Worry Stones, in general, are the red-headed stepchildren of the mineral world. Manufacturers most often take the worst of the worst material and turn it into Worry Stones. One can often walk into a tourist rock shop and find a basket of them selling for only a few dollars apiece.

We know of only about three dealers who offer Worry Stones which meet our quality standards, and every stone on the site has been hand-picked by Kathi or me.

The newly added ones are, except in one case, all restocks of existing categories, several of which had been empty for quite some time due to the difficult nature of finding quality pieces.

The additions cover 21 of the 28 varieties that we offer, as follows:

Lapis

We had not been able to get any new Lapis Worries for a few years. This was due primarily to China importing and holding onto as much rough Lapis as possible. This situation seems to be loosening up some as a result of the downturn in the Chinese economy. We have listed 17, and hope to find more in Tucson in a couple of months.

Howlite

Also out-of-stock for quite some time, we now have 10 nice ones available. Just a precaution for those who may not be aware…any Howlite offered in the market that is any color other than white with the gray inclusions has been dyed.

Snowflake Obsidian

Always a favorite. We now have a bunch.

Bloodstone

We have never had these before, and have only 6 available.

Unakite

Difficult to find, which is why we have only 7 in the store.

Blue Tiger Eye

These are among the hardest to find in any quality above terrible.

We are lucky to have 9 very nice ones listed now.

Hematite

We had been OOS on these as well. They generally are very popular and our inventory is limited to only 8 pieces.

The other 14 restocks include:

Arfvedsonite, Bowenite, Carnelian, Goldstone, Brecciated Jasper, Lepidolite, Mookaite, Black Obsidian, Clear Quartz, Rose Quartz, Rhodonite, Golden Tiger Eye, Multi-Tiger Eye, and Red Tiger Eye.

We hope that you enjoy the new listings, and we will be on the lookout for more beauties in Tucson.

 

Olivine/Peridot/Magnetite

We have to give a real big thank you to our friend Mark who provided us with these specimens, which are some of the most amazing stones that we have ever had the privilege to offer.

He showed up at the fall Denver show with slices/slabs of the mineral Olivine from Oregon.

Olivine is found in some meteorites, and also occurs naturally in the earth.

The most incredible thing about this mineral is TWO things.

The first is that the gemmy, green, translucent material that fills the pieces and you can easily see in the photographs is PERIDOT!

The second is that the rest of the stone contains MAGNETITE! That results in the slabs being magnetic.

Otherwise, just normal, everyday, slices of rock…. NOT!

We have listed 24 of these treasures, and hope that you enjoy looking at these extremely unusual wonders.

1,131 New Palm Stones

For those of you who may have thought that Kathi and I had fallen off the face of the Earth, that, fortunately, is not the case.

Because of surgeries earlier in the year, as well as other medical issues, we have been slow in addressing the needs of the website, and apologize to all of our clients who have been waiting so patiently for us to restock the store.

However, we could not be happier to announce that we have just finished adding 1,131 new Palm Stones to the site covering 79 different mineral varieties.

I started this project on May 1, and handed 5,500 photographs over to Kathi at the beginning of August. She has since been mistressing the website to the best of her ability given the terribly debilitating nature of the severe Fibromyalgia from which she suffers. Kudos to her for struggling through the process of this update.

The project is finally finished, and we could not be more excited.

This is going to be one long post, so I will try to break things up into groups for easier digestion.

I have one favor to ask before we get started.

If you notice anything on the website that does not seem to be correct (e.g, missing photo, wrong photo, missing or wrong text, incorrect link, or anything else), please send me an email to let me know of your discovery. There are now so many thousands of pictures on the site, and so many links, it is almost impossible to avoid a few errors no matter how hard we try. Thank you.

Here we go!

New and Exciting Finds… These are stones that we have never had before and that we are absolutely thrilled to now have in the store.

AAA Charoite

Simply the nicest soap-shaped Charoite Palm Stones that we have ever seen. They have incredible chatoyance, color, and pattern.

We have included videos of the stones as there really is no other way to fully communicate the beauty of these specimens.

These were becoming so popular in our direct sales that we had to hold many back in order to be able to offer them to our online clients.

Fuchsite with Green Mica

¬†From India, and among the most sparkling stones that we have ever had the pleasure to offer, when I first saw these I thought that this material just had to be man-made… not true. I saw a huge piece of the rough material.

These Fuchsite pieces are just loaded with green Mica that shines like crazy!

Fuchsite is, by nature, a very soft mineral, and these stones have been stabilized like many other soft minerals in the marketplace… Turquoise possibly being the most well-known for this type of treatment.

We have very little room left in our personal display case, but we had to find a place for one of these stones.

Again, we have included videos of each stone so that you can see them at their very best.

Sugilite in Manganese

These slices of Sugilite as it normally forms in Manganese are just incredible.

We have never seen these before and bought all that the dealer had. The stones have a mirror polish and many show layers of other minerals as well… in particular, Hematite, Richterite (blue), and Bustimite (red).

In our direct selling, clients’ jaws have dropped when seeing these Sugilite wonders, and I would consider one of them to be a must for any lover of this pricey and highly-prized mineral. I don’t know if we will ever have the privilege of acquiring these again.

Sugilite

We had never found any Sugilite Palm Stones until this year in Tucson, and we were really glad to come home with these smaller yet awesome pieces.

Amber

We have had tumbled Amber for several years, but never pieces large enough to be called Palm Stones until now.

These irregularly shaped pieces have fantastic color and clarity. I love to hold them in front of a light source and look at the stunning yellow to amber glow that comes through the pieces.

Ruby in Zoisite

This past winter in Tucson was the first time that we had ever found Ruby in Zoisite Palm Stones. These soft rectangles are just gorgeous with the dark green Zoisite and inclusions of real Ruby.

One thing to note is that, because Ruby is much harder than Zoisite, as is often the case with this mineral variety the Zoisite portions of the stones have a deeper polish than the Ruby portions. If the Ruby was polished hard enough to bring out a bright shine, portions of the Zoisite would likely be ground into oblivion.

Of special interest is that, just as with any stone containing true Ruby, the Ruby portions of these stones glow a brilliant red under long-wave ultraviolet light, and we have included UV photos with the listings of the individual pieces.

Gemmy Green Opal

One season, several years ago, many of the dealers from Madagascar were offering opaque Green Opal stones. These stones are gorgeous and we have several listed on the website.

Recently we found one dealer who had a quite gemmy variety of this Green Opal material. I photographed our pickings outside holding them up near the sun (yes, my arms are 93 million miles long) so that you can better see the beautiful translucent nature of these wonderful examples of true Green Opal from the third largest island in the world.

Red Tourmaline in Quartz

We were really excited when we found our favorite Madagascar dealer offering these amazing stones.

Some sellers may be offering this material as Rubellite in Quartz, Rubellite, however, means different things to different peiople, often referring to a very special subset of Red Tourmaline, so we will not be using the term with these stones.

Either way, these represent a great new form of Tourmaline for us and our clients, and we are very happy to be able to add them to our family of Palm Stones

Velvet Obsidian

We just got these at the Denver show this September, and if I had ever seen this material before I didn’t know it.

These incredible stones are a variation of Obsidian that is similar to Rainbow Obsidian, but very different.

Velvet Obsidian (also called Seafoam and Peacock Obsidian) shows gorgeous color under bright light, but the color is somewhat mottled such that one can actually see into the glass, and when the stone is moved under the light one gets the sense of movement in the stone as the light plays into and off of these lighter and darker areas of color.

Another difference is that many of the stones exhibit color even when not under the bright light, although nothing like when they are.

For best viewing I recommend either a Halogen light or, even better and cheaper, a simple 100 watt equivalent daylight spectrum curly fluorescent bulb… we use these for showing both Kathi’s jewelry and the rocks in our “warehouse”, and they do a great job.

NOTE: Any white spots that you see in the photos are bubbles in the Obsidian. The stones are perfectly smooth with perfect reflection. One cannot feel the white spots.

Yellow and Green Fluorite

We had never seen anything like these before Tucson this year.

Fluorite stones are hard to buy if one cares about quality, because the material is often chipped or cracked. We got these from a dealer who takes care to present “at risk” stones in a nicely protected manner, and these hand-picked beauties are very clean and really pretty.

I photographed them in front of a daylight spectrum bulb to show the color and translucence, but even so they are prettier in person than in the pictures.

When I took my selection of these beauties to the dealer table for purchase (we have bought from this dealer for almost a decade), the manager of the operation told me that he thought that I was going to buy them given our appreciation of the unusual

Peruvian Dendritic Opal

Dendrites are one of my favorite stone characteristics. These inclusions resemble tree- or fern-like structures, and are almost always comprised of Manganese.

We have only a small number of these very translucent Opal stones from the western side of South America, and have listed the entire inventory.

More New Stones For Us

Botswana Agate Slices

We have sold Botswana Agate for years, but this is the first time that we have had these wonderful smaller slices of Botswana nodules.

These are fully polished, including the edges, and some of our local clients have used them for making jewelry.

Rhodolite Garnet

This higher form of Garnet is very popular for faceted jewelry, and while these stones are not jewelry grade, they have wonderful translucence and color.

We have had the tumbled version of these Garnets for a couple of years, and now have found some slightly larger ones that we are listing as Palm Stones

Porcelain Jasper

This pink, white, gray, and purple/red Jasper has been a favorite of Kathi’s for years.

The stones that we have listed are very flat and would make for great wire-wrapping.

Gold Sheen Obsidian

From Mexico, this volcanic glass has a beautiful golden shimmer when moved in certain angles in the light.

Aquamarine Pillows

These smaller soft rectangles of high quality Aquamarine are just gorgeous. The stones are very translucent and would make great pendants for those who do wire-wrapping.

Mahogany Obsidian

We have two very different forms of this fabulous variation of Obsidian from Jalisco Mexico.

First is a large selection of big soap-shaped stones. I hand-picked each one of these and they are just awesome. Of course they have a polish like glass… because they are glass.

Second is a smaller selection of tumble-polished flat stones. Amazingly, some of these show alternating thin bands of clear material such that looking through the stones is like looking through window blinds. We had never before seen this characteristic in Mahogany Obsidian.

Owyhee Picture Jasper

This beautiful Jasper comes from near the Idaho-Oregon border.

It is basically petrified mud, but is known for portraying amazing landscape scenes resembling desert terrain with or without blue sky. There are often tree-like patterns, mountains, and even sun- or moonrise patterns.

Pink Mexican Jasper

This pink and yellow Jasper from Mexico is drop-dead gorgeous, and very hard to find. I think that any of the pieces that we have listed would be a great gift for anyone who is into wire-wrapping.

Muscovite

This mineral which is full of Mica has tremendous sparkle and lots of bang for the buck.

Hematite Jasper.

We have only a few of these stones and they are awesome.

These are a combination of red to yellow to orange Jasper, with areas of very reflective Hematite. The stones are even nicer in person than in the photos.

Silver Leaf Jasper

These large soap-shaped stones in some ways resemble Poppy or Brecciated Jasper, but they have their differences… in particular, the specimens that have silver colored inclusions.

Also, the ones that have the most “stuff” going on in them are just fascinating and beautiful

Tanzanite

We have had small tumbled Tanzanite for a couple of years, and have now added some larger pieces in the Palm Stone category.

The stones are gemmy and some have rainbow sparkles.

Larimar

This gorgeous variety of Pectolite from the Dominican Republic is named after the daughter (Larisa) of stone’s discoverer, and the Spanish word (mar) for sea.

Fake Larimar is now appearing on the market, but we guarantee that these stones are the real deal.

Serape Jasper

This Jasper from Mexico is named after the beautiful blankets/shawls from south of the border which usually contain very vivid colors and beautiful patterns.

We have a few pieces listed that would make great pendants.

Stones Worthy of Special Note… Although these varieties are not new to us, the new additions are very different in form or nature from what we have been able to offer in the past.

Carnelian.

We have added a ton of new Palms, including some incredible large soap-shaped ones. Be sure to check out the sun pictures of these new beauties.

Blue Tiger Eye

High quality BTE Palm Stones are getting harder and harder to find.

Our new ones are on the smaller side but have really great chatoyance.

Laguna Agate

We have added some Laguna Agate pieces that were obviously cut from the same stone and are absolutely gorgeous and unusual.

Malachite

For the first time ever we found true soap-shaped Malachite Palms Stones this year in Tucson. These are really really nice pieces.

Chrysanthemum Stone

Not seen by us in years, these smaller soft rectangles are great examples of this particularly unusual mineral variety.

Rhodochrosite

The wholesale price of high quality Rhodochrosite has gone through the roof in recent years so we have been somewhat limited in what we could acquire.

We have added 6 very gemmy specimens with great color.

Green Aventurine

We have a hard time finding nice Palm Stones in this variety, but this year in Tucson we were lucky to find some really nice large soap-shaped ones.

There are 10 of them listed and the only reason that we were able to get these was because we sneaked into the dealer’s tent before it was officially open and put them away for safe-keeping

Serpentine

Many new ones are up now, and several of them have lots of Pyrite inclusions.

Arfvedsonite

This is one of our favorite stones, and we stumbled upon some gorgeous large soap-shaped specimens in Tucson. There are a dozen of these big ones in the store.

Blue Quartz

We don’t often see any Blue Quartz stones but, as with some of the varieties noted above, we acquired some really nice large soap-shaped Palms in Tucson. There are 14 of them listed on the site.

Rainbow Fluorite

We have added more beautiful large soap-shaped stones, and a new form for us…¬† very pretty smaller soft rectangles.

Blue Lace Agate

These are the last of a few hundred incredible stones that we purchased about 8 years ago. If we had only known at the time that we would not see them again we would have taken every bag that the dealer had.

The Rest… These are all of the other new additions that are basically adding to existing stock or restocking stones that have been showing as “out of stock” for some period of time. I may, with some, add a short comment.

In alphabetical order we have…

Botswana Agate, Crazy Lace Agate, Turritella Agate, Amazonite (great shimmer), Amethyst, Chevron Amethyst, Apatite Flat Stones, Aquamarine

Bowenite, Bloodstone, Green Calcite, Orange Calcite, Chiastolite, Chrysoprase, Dumortierite, Fuchsite, Garnet, Hematite, Iolite

Kabamba Jasper, Landscape Jasper, Picture Jasper, Red Stripe Jasper, Tiger Jasper, Jet, Nuummite, Black Obsidian, Rainbow Obsidian

Prehnite, Prehnite with Epidote, Clear Quartz (2 with amazing rainbow sparkles), Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz, Tourmalinated Quartz

Rhodonite, Sapphire, Selenite, Seraphinite, Tiger Eye, Petrified Wood (Some gorgeous Arizona pieces)

That does it for the largest single addition to the website in our history.

Kathi and I are well aware that many other categories in the store need restocking, and we will get to them just as quickly as we can. In the meantime, we have most everything in stock that is showing not so on the site. Please just ask if there is anything that you would like me to photograph for you.

Thanks for visiting this blog, and we hope that you enjoy looking at many of the new stones.

As always, if you have any questions or there is any way in which we can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to email or call. Without all of you, there is no way that we could have the privilege of doing what we do.

424 New Tumbled Stone Additions

We have just added 424 pouches of new tumbled stones, covering 35 mineral varieties, to the website. The majority of these new additions are stones that we have never had before, so this is a really special addition for us. I will put an * on all of the new varieties and noteworthy additions to existing listings. Also, I will mention those stones that fluoresce under UV light.

In no particular order, here are the new offerings which include 2,994 new stones!

Tanzanite*

All handpicked by myself and Kathi, these beautiful stones have wonderful translucence, and a simply gorgeous blue color. Tanzanite is a relatively expensive mineral, and finding high quality tumbled stones is a difficult endeavor. We were able to pick enough for 12 sets for the store.

Blue Calcite*

THIS IS NOT YOUR FATHER’S BLUE CALCITE!

This incredible material is from Argentina, and is very different from the more usual material normally sourced in Madagascar.

Argentinian Blue Calcite is very gemmy in appearance, and, if you have never seen it, it really is a must have. Some of the stones tend to the green side, but those are just as beautiful as well. We have loaded almost one kilogram of these stones into the store, so there are lots of beautiful sets from which to choose.

Mugglestone*

From South Africa, these really pretty stones are a combination of hematite and red and yellow Jasper. We have listed 10 sets, so you might want to get in early on these.

Sapphires*

We are really happy to be able to offer these prized stones for the first time. We have only 6 sets available, but hope to acquire more in Tucson.

Petrified Wood*

The stones in the 10 sets listed are all Arizona wood, one of the most highly sought after varieties of Petrified Wood. Fossil wood from this location is known for its bright colors.

Pink (Manganoan) Calcite*

We have had these stones in our inventory for years, but for some inexplicable reason we have never before listed them on the website.

What makes our Pink Calcite special is that the stones are extremely unusually clean. This material is often characterized by pits, dark spots, and other natural imperfections. If we are not able to pick them by hand, we put all of the lesser quality stones in the tumbled stones bin for the kids.

Of special note is that Manganoan Calcite glows beautifully under both short- and long-wave ultraviolet light. This pale pink stone comes to brilliant life with orange, yellow, red, and purple hues. It is a sight to behold.

Tree Agate*

This white and green Agate is just beautiful and inexpensive. One look and you will know how and why it got its name.

Kunzite*

We have listed 10 sets of this highly prized stone. A variety of Spodumene, Kunzite technically refers to only the purple variety of this mineral family, but in the trade all of the various colors are normally sold as Kunzite, so that is how we list them.

Lapis

The price of Lapis has been going through the roof due to the Chinese importing of this famous and gorgeous stone. Kathi handpicked one pound of new blue beauties, and as one of our favorite dealers said to me, “get em while you can”.

Rhodolite Garnet*

We had never seen these stones until this fall in Denver, and were absolutely amazed!

These are the highest form of Garnet with great color and a gemmy quality. It is hard to photographically show the true beauty of these handpicked wonders, but take my word for it when I say that they are simply awesome.

Dendritic Agate*

Dendritic stones are among my very favorites, and we were really happy to find these in Tucson last winter (yes, it can sometimes take us a year to process and list stones).

Dendrites take the form of tree- or fern-like growths in various minerals, and these Agates show great example of this phenomenon. Usually formed of Manganese, dendrites are one of nature’s amazing wonders.

As an added bonus, these stones glow a gorgeous green color under short-wave UV light.

Charoite*

We have had tumbled Charoite listed on the site, but nothing like what we found in Denver this fall.

The new additions are AAA grade Charoite, and are just incredible, They have gorgeous color and pattern, and most of them have beautiful chatoyance, the most sought after characteristic in Charoite.

I just took another look at these listings, and all that I can add is that these stones are simply exquisite!

Vonsen Blue Jade (Dianite)*

Talk about something special, this variety of Nephrite Jade was mined in Marin County, California.

Even more special is that this stone was a favorite of Princess Diana, hence its common name of Dianite. We see this material being sold at very high prices, likely because of this royal connection, but we are offering it for a very reasonable price considering its relative rarity.

Ametrine

Always a favorite and hard to get, We have added 8 new groups of this beautiful stone to the store. A combination of Amethyst and Citrine, I guarantee that you will just love these stones.

Rhodonite*

Famous for its beautiful pink color, as is often the case with these stones they have areas of black coloration which is Manganese Oxide.

Cinnabrite*

A very new stone on the market, Cinnabrite is a combination or White Scapolite with spots of red Epidote. The mineral comes from Peru, and is really unusual and pretty.

Cinnabrite also fluoresces a nice pink color under short-wave ultraviolet light.

Sugilite

We have added 6 new set of Sugilite to the store. This much sought after mineral has a gorgeous purple color and many of the stones have an intense orange glow under short-wave UV light.

Larimar*

Very popular in the jewelry trade, Larimar is a relatively expensive mineral that is found in the Dominican Republic.

Although the first known mention of this mineral is from 1916, it was basically rediscovered in 1974 by two gentlemen. The stone is named after the daughter of one of these two individuals (Miguel Mendez) and the Spanish word for sea. Miguel’s daughter was named Larissa, and the Spanish word for sea is Mar.. thus, Larimar.

K-2 Stone

We have been selling palm stones of this incredible material for a few years now, and we have finally been able to add lots of tumbled K-2 to the store.

This stone comes from northern Pakistan near the base of the second highest mountain (K2) in the world.

This mineral consists of a Granite matrix with stains (usually round spots) of Azurite (blue), and less often Malachite (green). We have lots to choose from on the site.

K-2, also known as Ketonite, is very often mistakenly referred to as K-2 Jasper by sellers. The mineral has nothing to do with Jasper, but what often happens in the mineral world is that, early on, a seller will attach an incorrect name to a stone, and that name becomes adopted by the crowd.

If you have never had the privilege of seeing K-2 in person, try to make it a point to do so. It is one of the most unusual stones around: so unusual that when this stone first hit the market it was though to be man-made. Thankfully it is real, and a sight to behold.

Iolite*

We were very fortunate to pick up some very high quality tumbled Iolite this fall in Denver.

These stones are very gemmy and really very special. We have only 6 groups from which to choose, so you might want to put these near the top of your shopping list.

Rubies

We were almost out of these very popular stones, but now have 9 new sets of very nice tumbled Ruby stones from India.

Turritella Agate

From Wyoming, Turritella Agate contains loads of fossilized sea creatures, mostly snails.

The interesting thing about the name is that the stone was wrongly named for a type of snail that is not known to have occurred in Wyoming.

Garnet

We have added lots of nice new Garnets to the store. Many of them have very nice fire and the quality is unusually nice for tumbled stones in this variety.

Blue Topaz*

Although we have had Blue Topaz for many years and the stones are very nice, we were blown away by the new ones that we grabbed in Tucson last winter.

There are 14 sets of these newer, very gemmy stones which are just awesome. They have been selling like crazy in person, and now we have them available on the website. These could definitely be used to make jewelry, or would make a great addition to any rock lover’s collection.

Hematite*

For the first time, we found tumbled Hematite at the last year’s Tucson show.

We have 10 sets of them listed for a very reasonable price. For some reason, I find these particularly fun to play with.

Blue Chalcedony*

We were really surprised when we found these stones in Tucson, simply because of how unusual and pretty they are.

The blue color in these stones is very pleasing, and we have 16 sets of them from which to choose.

Crazy Lace Agate

Always a super favorite, we have added 12 new sets of smaller, but very crazy, Crazy Lace Agate.

These come from Mexico, and are one of my very favorite Agates.. I think that I could look at them for hours if I had the time.

Besides being a visual delight in normal viewing, the stones glow with a beautiful green color under short-wave ultraviolet light.

Dumortierite*

Dumortierite has always been one of our better selling palm stones, and we finally found tumbled last year in Tucson.

We have 16 sets at very reasonable prices for this beautiful blue stone.

Golden Feldspar*

We had never seen this stone until last year in Tucson.

The stones are full of shimmer, and remind us somewhat of Sunstone. The shimmer is more uniform in nature, though, and somewhat different in appearance.

Blue Aragonite

We had been out of stock of this very popular stone for quite some time. It is hard to find, and when we do, many of the stones in the bag do not meet our quality standards and wind up going into the tumbled stones bin.

The best of the bunch are now up in the store, and I will be surprised if they last for very long.

Shungite*

Shungite has a high carbon content and comes from Russia.

This stone is very popular among the metaphysical community, and we are glad that we can now offer it in tumbled form.

Blue Kyanite*

We handpicked these stones from our favorite dealer from India.

We take only the best of the best, so we have only 8 sets available in the store. The stones are very gemmy and just gorgeous. If you are a Kyanite lover, these offerings are a must.

Scolecite*

A lot of people have never seen Scolecite and that is a shame.

High quality Scolecite has beautiful shimmer that is hard to describe. These tumbled beauties were handpicked by Kathi, and we are really glad to be able to offer them in the store.

Pink Tourmaline with Lepidolite*

Probably one of the most unusual stones that we have seen, these tumbled rarities are a combination of Pink Tourmaline and Lepidolite.

The stones have a little more character than most of our tumbled stones, but their unusual nature more than makes up for any minor natural imperfections.

Crackled Quartz

This is a man-made stone which, in itself, makes this material a very unusual purchase for us. It is so pretty, however, that we just could not resist.

This is natural Quartz that has been heat treated. When Quartz is heat treated like this, it does one of two things…. it explodes or produces these beautiful pieces.

The stones are just crammed with internal fractures which makes for fantastic sparkle, and sometimes even rainbow sparkle.

The surface of the stones is polished off and is completely smooth so the Quartz has a very nice and natural feel.

If for no other reason, kids love these stones, and that makes having them worthwhile.

That completes the new tumbled stone listings.

Moving forward, we recognize that the store is running low or showing out of stock on many of our palm stones. That does not mean that we do not have them in inventory. It is simply a matter of trying to find the time to get everything up on the website.

Maintaining this beast is like painting the Golden Gate Bridge… by the time we get to one end, it is time to go back to the other end and start again.

The Tucson show is coming up very soon, and once we return from that chaos we will get to work on getting the palm stones fully listed again.

Speaking of Tucson, if you place an order while we are at the show, we will send you an email thanking you and letting you know that we are aware of the order but will not be able to ship it until we return.

We will ship all orders in the order in which they were received, and are very sorry for any delay that you may experience. We hope that you view this as a small price to pay in order to have access to the wide selection of high quality and unique stones that Kathi’s Krystals is known for.

As always, we thank you for your support of our efforts, and look forward to bringing you wonderful mineral treasures for years to come.

Amazing New Stones

We are really excited to let you know about the following new additions to our Kathi’s Krystals website.

Iris Agate – WITH VIDEOS!

We had the amazing good fortune, almost two years ago, to acquire some absolutely amazing Iris Agate specimens. These are smaller pieces of tumbled Iris Agate which is very unusual in itself.

Iris Agate is a very unique and highly sought after Agate variety which exhibits a beautiful display of spectral colors somewhat similar in appearance to that seen when light passes through a prism.

Technically, the Agate consists of what is known as a diffraction grating. When the Agate is held in front of, but slightly off to the side of or below, a bright light source, all the colors of the rainbow appear in the stone.

In order to best show off these stones, we have, for the first time, added videos to the site! If you have never had the privilege of seeing Iris Agate, we think that you will find these videos to be well worth the watching.

We will be adding videos to all new listings where we think that doing so will represent a significant addition beyond our standard still photos.

Rainbow Moonstone

We had been out of Rainbow Moonstone Palm Stones for several years, and were absolutely thrilled to find some of the nicest, and largest, ones that we have ever had at the summer show here in Denver.

These stones are big, very nicely shaped, and have beautiful colors. We hand-picked the best that the dealer had to offer, and are really glad to have this wonderful variety of Moonstone available again for our clients.

Nephrite

Nephrite Jade is a gorgeous stone, and this summer we found a small number of large soap-shaped Nephrite Palm Stones.

We added all seven of these wonderful specimens to the site, so that we now have two very different kinds of Nephrite Palms from which to choose.

Sunstone

We also came home with the biggest Sunstone Palm Stones that we have ever had.

These soap-shaped beauties are unusual in both size and form, and have the classic fire for which the stone is named.

Green K-2 Stones

For those not familiar with K-2 Stone, this material made its debut out of Pakistan only a few years ago.

Erroneously referred to as K2 Jasper by many, this stone consists of a granite matrix spotted (normally) with circles of gorgeous blue Azurite.

A small percentage of the Stones have green spots instead of the Blue, with Malachite having stained the granite rather that Azurite.

Azurite and Malachite often form together, and some K-2 stones will have both blue and green spots, and a few of our new ones have that added attraction.

We acquired a large batch of the green spotted stones by special order from Pakistan. Because of a shipping mistake, these stones came to us after a stopover in France, so they truly are world travelers.

K-2, whether Blue or Green, is so highly unusual that it was first thought by many to be a man-made fabrication. It is, however, completely natural, and comes from the Karakoram mountain range separating Pakistan and China, and more specifically from near the base of the second highest mountain (K2) in the world.

K-2 is a must for any collector or lover of beautiful and unusual stones.

Blue Aragonite

Almost impossible to find, we had been out of this wonderful stone for several years.

We found a small supply this past summer, and have listed eight really nice Palm Stones to the store.

Blue Aragonite stones are almost never perfect in nature, and some of these Palms have small natural imperfections.

Perfect or not, these stones are hard to find and even harder to find in a quality that meets our standards. We have only these eight hand-picked pieces, so they probably will not be around for long.

Those are the new additions for now.

We are currently working on 360 new pouches of tumbled stones, including many new varieties, and hope to have them ready to go in the not to distant future.

New Tumbled Stones

We just completed adding tumbled stones in 9 different varieties to the store. All of these stones came from our trip to Tucson last winter.

The new additions include:

Carnelian

This is the first time that we have had Carnelian tumbled. They have great color and come in sets of 15 stones.

Leopardskin Rhyolite/Jasper

Also for the first time we found tumbled Leopardskin. The stones have gorgeous colors and patterns, and the sets of 11 stones each are really really nice.

Tourmalinated Quartz

We had not had these for several years, and were really happy to find them this year. They come in sets of 5, and are very reasonably priced for they quality.

Rutilated Quartz

We had also been out of these for several years (they are very hard to find).

Some of the stones are filled with golden rutiles, and the others with red rutiles.

If you have never seen Rutilated Quartz, these are a must. The sets of 3. 5, and 7 stones represent a nice variety of size and color options.

Pyrite in Quartz

These are maybe the most interesting stones among the new group.

We acquire almost all of our tumbled from a company which is located in South Africa. These stones come from there and one of the brothers who runs the show explained to us that this material looks just like that which comes out of the actual Gold Mines.

The various sets of 5 stones each are gorgeous, unusual, and a great bargain.

Amazonite

Another first for us is beautiful Amazonite stones.

Many of these have nice shimmer and the color is wonderful. We have listed them in 9-stone sets.

Blue Lace Agate

Blue Lace is one of our favorite stones, and it is always hard to find clean material in any size.

We were very fortunate on our trip to find some really nice tumbled in two different size groups.

The stones are classic in appearance, with the smaller stones listed in sets of 7 and the larger ones offered mostly in groups of 3 stones each.

Botswana Agate

We have had Botswana tumbled on the site for many years, but this year we found some incredible stones that are smaller than what we have carried in the past.

We added these beauties in sets of 9 to the existing page, so now you have two options for acquiring, what we think, is one of the most beautiful fortification Agates.

Silver Topaz

We had never seen Silver Topaz tumbled available until this year in Tucaon.

The 9-stone sets are just gorgeous. The stones range from completely clear to ones have small yellow inclusions, and we are really happy to be able to offer them in the store.

And coming next…

We still have about 20 Tumbled Stone varieties to get to, but we are going to change course for a little while.

We recently attended The International New Age Trade Show here in Denver and came home with some wonderful Palm Stones. These include Rainbow Moonstone, Sunstone, Blue Aragonite and Nephrite beauties, and we will be adding these soon.

Most exciting, however, is that we have been sitting on some incredible Iris Agate stones that we acquired two years ago. They are quite difficult to show is photos, but as of today Kathi has added video capability to the website. This feature will greatly enhance our ability to show you some of the most beautiful stones in the world in a new way, and these Iris Agates will be the first test. We cannot wait to get them up and running!

363 New Palm Stones

We have just finished adding 363 new Palm Stones encompassing 20 mineral varieties to the website. This represents the single largest addition of items in Kathi’s Krystals history.

That is the good news. The not so good news is that it took us almost four months to accomplish the task since we got back from Tucson in early February.

I have mentioned previously my “interesting” stay in the hospital last year. What I have not mentioned before is that Kathi suffers from a severe case of Fibromyalgia.

I am responsible for sorting and preparing stones to add to the store, and Kathi handles maintenance of the store including adding all new listings to the site. Because of her condition, on most days she is not able to work on the site, and on the few days when she is able to attend to its requirements, she is able to work for only a short amount of time.

The result of all of this is that we both get things done much more slowly than we did a couple of years ago and we apologize for not getting the goodies to you in a more timely fashion. We also have had no choice but to suspend our ebay sales since the beginning of 2014.

All that said, we remain committed to providing one of the very finest options for acquiring minerals on The Internet. We believe that our breadth and depth of items offered, our obsession with quality of product, our attention to detail, our presentation format, the extras that we provide with each purchase and our unsurpassed customer service result in a one-of-a-kind buying experience for the members of our client family.

Just today I received an email from a new client asking if the stones that she saw in the pictures were the same stones that she would be receiving in her order. We find it sad that a stone lover would even have to ask such a question, but such is the nature of Internet mineral shopping.

Our working principal from day one has been that our clients must have 100% confidence when ordering from us, and that has been the foundation of Kathi’s Krystals’ success for almost eight years now.

We appreciate your patronage and hope to have you with us for many years to come.

Now, on to the new offerings in no particular order:

Ocean Jasper

For those not familiar with the story of Ocean Jasper, it was the rage of the mineral world in the mid- to late 90s. The mine was on the coast of Madagascar, and could be reached only at low tide… hence Ocean Jasper.

Shortly thereafter the deposit was mined out, and only those dealers who had old stock material were able to provide this amazing orbicular Jasper to the market. For years now, there has been only one dealer processing the best of the original rough stone, and it is this dealer from whom we have acquired our amazing OJ tumbled and Palm Stones.

Again this year in Tucson the dealer had incredible Ocean Jasper available, and we purchased every single nice Palm Stone on which we could get our hands. The sad part of the visit was that we were told that they had finally run through all of their rough old stock supply, and this would be our last opportunity to acquire the amazing stones produced by their 70 employees in Madagascar.

We came home with normal sized palm stones as well as extra-large ones, and we have listed the two sizes separately. Many of the larger one have crystal pockets, and one even has a crystal vug that goes all of the way through the stone.

Thank you to Elka and Ida for providing these wonders for us and our friends.

Kunzite

We had been out of stock of this amazing and expensive crystal for a few years, and were happy to find some really nice specimens in Tucson.

We have listed 21 of them, including a couple of yellow and a couple of blue ones, along with the more common lavender color stones. Even better, a few of the crystals have gorgeous rainbow colors hiding inside.

Rainforest Rhyolite

This year was the first time that we have seen these stones available. We put up 32 of them and they are each amazing in their own way.

Rhyolite forms in the flow from volcanoes, and often shows gorgeous colors and patterns. These stones are no exception and represent one of our best bang-for-the-buck offerings.

Chalcedony

From Madagascar, these stones comprised of microcrystalline Quartz are beautiful and relatively inexpensive.

Many people are familiar with Blue Chalcedony, but not aware that Chalcedony forms in many colors. The material is very hard and, at least to me, almost looks like some kind of fossil material.

Malachite

Aside from the amazing Malachite Worry Stones that we have, we haven’t really ever seen any Malachite that was cut into a classic Palm Stone Shape.

That said, we came home with a large bag of gorgeous Malachite specimens that certainly can be considered to be in the Palm Stone category. They have beautiful color and patterns, and are comfortable to hold in the hand.

We added 16 of these new ones to the site, and they are definitely worth a peek. A few of the specimens even show some chatoyance (like Tiger Eye) which is a highly sought after quality in this wonderful material from The Congo.

Peach Moonstone

This is a first for us. These stones are from Madagascar and are just full of shimmer.

A member of the Feldspar family, the stones range from a brownish to pinkish color, and even though the pieces look gorgeous in the photos, the stones are even prettier in person. One has to move the stone around under a light source in order to appreciate its true beauty.

Emerald

We were running low on these hard to find stones and usually buy them whenever we can find them.

We came home with two different kinds this year.

The smaller ones are higher quality stones with very nice color and very few inclusions.

The larger ones are not as vibrant in color and show more of the Graphite often seen in Emerald marketed in this category, but have very nice shape and feel.

In the end, they are all Emerald stones, and we are thrilled to be able to have them.

Yellow Aventurine

First time ever!

We were really excited to find these in Tucson. They are large soap-shaped stones with beautiful color and a nice translucent quality. There are only 11 so you might want to pick one of these early.

Garnet

This is the first time that we have had these as well.

We bought a bag of smaller stones and many of the pieces did not have fire in them.

There were 16, however, that have red to red/orange fire and they are listed on the site. As you can see in the photos the stones are not perfectly clean, but they are really special and very unusual.

Green Tourmaline in Quartz

These are probably the coolest stones that came home with us.

One of our favorite dealers from India had a small bin of these amazing specimens. I picked out the 10 best ones that he had, and they are all listed in the store. They are so unusual and pretty that I think we will be taking one down to put in our display case.

The stones are white Quartz with inclusions of sparkling lighter green Tourmaline, as well as inclusions that at first sight look to be black, but are very dark green Tourmaline.

Some of the stones have small natural imperfections, but nothing that takes away from the beauty of these wonders.

The ones listed are all that we have, so you might want to put these at the top of your shopping list.

Black Moonstone

We loaded up with lots of outstanding specimens of this incredible material from Madagascar.

Many folks have never seen Black Moonstone and it is something to behold. All of the 19 new Palms listed have great shimmer or sparkle, and many of them have incredible rainbow colors.

Everything considered, these hand-picked beauties are hard to beat in terms of their light show, and, as with the Peach Moonstones, even nicer in person than in the photos.

Schorl (Black Tourmaline)

Always one of our most popular stones, we added eight new ones to the store. As can easily be seen in the photos, Polished Schorl is almost never completely free of natural striations or other small vugs, but we offer only the cleanest ones that we can find.

Aragonite

We were lucky to find some wonderful new Aragonite stones from Madagascar. They are substantial pieces with beautiful translucence, and many of them have wonderful patterns. We have 17 of these really nice stones in the store.

White Jade

When we found these beautiful large soap-shaped stones in Tucson we were both surprised and thrilled.

We have only 8 of them to put on the site, and I doubt that they will last very long. If you are a Jade lover these are a must have.

Shungite

This is the first time that we have been able to offer this mineral for sale. It comes from Russia and the stone consists almost entirely of Carbon.

Charoite

Again from Russia, this incredible mineral seems to get more expensive everyday. We feel fortunate whenever we can find any nice stones that we can afford to offer for reasonable prices. Some of the stones are not as Palmy as we would like, but we have to be a little flexible when acquiring Charoite.

There are 15 new ones that came home with us from Tucson, and we are happy to have them again on the website.

Mexican Turquoise

We were almost out of these wonderful stones, but now have 20 new specimens in the store.

We acquired these from one of the most reputable dealers in the wholesale mineral trade, and we guarantee them to be genuine Turquoise.

Arfvedsonite

Arfvedsonite is one of our most favorite stones, and the website was completely out of stock.

What often happens is that a client will buy one stone and then come back for more once he or she has the privilege to see the mineral up close and personal.

These palm stones are hard to obtain, and we have listed just 7 new ones in the store. They are worth a real hard look.

Yellow Calcite

Always beautiful, we have added 13 nice new offerings to the list, including one that has rainbow colors.

Red Coral

This material is often used for making jewelry, and this was the first time that we have ever found Palm Stones of Red Coral.

The material is very light weight, exhibits very pretty patterns, and glows a beautiful purple under UV light.

That’s covers all of the new Palm Stone listings.

We will now be working on approximately 30 varieties of Tumbled Stones that we gobbled up in Arizona. As always, if you have any questions, comments or requests, please feel free to contact us by email or phone.

Thanks again to our client family for your wonderful support of our efforts.