700 New Tumbled Stone Selections

We have just added 700 new Tumbled Stone items to the store! The new selections cover 65 varieties of minerals, including 19 varieties of Tumbled that we are able to offer for the very first time.

Adding Tumbled Stones to the website is, by far, the most difficult and time-consuming task we have in terms of stocking the store.

I started this project on May 1 of this year, and finally handed off over 3,000 photos to Kathi on October 1.

My part of the job entails:

Pulling what I consider to be harmonious sets of stones,

Numbering and listing on paper all of the sets for Kathi’s future use,

Measuring and weighing the stones in each set,

Pricing the selections,

Photographing each set of stones, and

Cropping all of the photos (this is mind-numbing work).

This is the single largest addition of Tumbled Stones that we have ever undertaken, and the process was overwhelming for me to be sure.

Kathi then takes all of the information and photos that I provide to her and methodically, over months in this case due to her being able to do only a little work on a day here and a day there because of her medical situation, adds the information and pictures to the website.

The various programs that she uses for making the website as amazing as it is turned those 3,000 pictures into 7,000 pictures in total… thumbnail photos, gallery photos, and lightbox photos (the big ones) for all of the 700 sets.

We firmly believe that the result of these efforts offers our clients an opportunity for perusing and selecting stones that is unmatched anywhere on The Internet (Where else could one find 32 sets of Tumbled Emerald Stones from which to choose?).

Without further ado and starting with the first time ever varieties, we have:

Seraphinite

One of the most beautiful minerals from Russia, this likely will be the last as well at the first time that we have these amazing stones. The Seraphinite mine is apparently either dead or close to dead, which explains the scarcity of this material on the market.

Named after the highest order of angels (The Seraphim), to many the white chatoyant material in Seraphinite reminds them of the lacy look of angels’ wings.

We recommend that these stones be very near the top of your shopping list.

Eudialyte

Also from Russia, we were amazed to find these beauties. We have seen these for sale only this one time, and we bought all that the dealer had available.

Fancy Shattuckute

The blue color in these stones from The Congo is just incredible.

Mexican Blue Opal

Speaking of blue, the color in these unusual stones is really stunning.

Spider Obsidian.

Staying with the blue theme, the combination of dark blue and light blue glass in these highly polished natural stones from Jalisco, Mexico makes for quite a show.

There are lots and lots of varieties of Obsidian, and Spider is one of those with which many people are not familiar. These are worth a serious look.

Nigerian Kunzite

This unusual variety of Kunzite is opaque, with a beautiful Lavender color and really nice shimmer.

Pinolith

From Austria, this natural combination of Dolomite and Magnesite shows a beautiful color contrast of black/gray and white. The white Magnesite kernels in the mineral are thought by some to resemble pine nuts, thus leading to the stone’s name.

The stones are very clean with a nice polish, and these would make a nice gift for any rock enthusiast.

Bumble Bee Jasper

This Indonesian mineral has to be one of the most unusually colored materials out there. The combination of bright orange with black, green, gray, or even sometimes white, results in a stone which is hard to ignore. As production from the mine has progressed in recent years, different patterns and color combinations are beginning to appear on the market.

Dioptase

We do not have much of this very hard to find mineral from The Congo. The tumbled stones are somewhat rougher in texture than we would normally look for, but having seen these available only one time from one dealer, we are grateful to have what we have. On the other side of the scale, the coloring in these stones is really gorgeous.

Danburite

Another one of our hard to find mineral varieties, these mostly clear crystal-like pieces are named after Danbury Connecticut, where the stone was first discovered.

Petalite

We had never seen tumbled Petalite prior to finding these stones in Tucson. The mineral is known for its pink color and occasional shimmer.

Wavy Turquoise

As the name implies, these relatively flat pieces of Turquoise have an undulating surface. They have very nice color, and clients here at the shop have been purchasing them for wrapping.

Smithsonite

Another hard to find one, these Nigerian stones have beautiful shades of green and glow like crazy under long-wave UV light.

Eye Carnelian

These Carnelian stones have what look like little white eyes in/on them. Inexpensive and fun, these guys are just too cool for school (Millennials please ignore).

Prehnite with Epidote

We used to sell these stones for years on ebay, and they were very popular.

Very pretty green with dark Epidote inclusions, we are now offering them for the first time on the website. These specimens are very attractive and unusually clean for this mineral variety.

Mixed Fluorite

Although we have had Mixed Fluorite stones on the site for years, we have not had ones like these.

These pieces are primarily yellow with a variety of other gorgeous colors mixed in.  If for no other reason, visit the link just so you can see the beautiful pictures… I love photographing these beauties.

Yellow Fluorite

Although not unusual, we have never before had solid Yellow Fluorite in the store. Now we do.

Yellow Opal

Staying with the yellow theme, we have added 16 sets of wonderful translucent Yellow Opal stones. These are beautiful, unusual, and well worth a good look for any Opal fan.

Yellow Sapphire

Completing our yellow parade are really unusual Yellow Sapphire stones from Sri Lanka. These are very difficult to find, and would make a nice pairing with our Blue Sapphires from India.

Now on to restocks or additions to existing listings:

Apache Tears

Sixteen beautiful new specimens.

Covellite

Getting harder and harder to obtain, we have listed 16 new listings of this wonderful mineral from Peru.

Amber

I could kick myself for not buying more of this material when it was available several years ago. The 16 new listings of these Baltic Amber stones have come close to emptying our inventory.

Amethyst

Always a favorite, these 16 new listings will hopefully last a little while on the site.

Dogtooth Amethyst

These incredible stones have to be one of our biggest sleepers.

Locked away in German for 20 years, this material made its way to our favorite South African dealer, and then to us. The quality of the Amethyst is extremely high, and the form of the stones, with the clear tooth point, is just amazing.

If you have never looked at these rare beauties, please do. The bang for the buck with these specimens is as good as it gets.

Chevron Anethyst

We have a very hard time getting high quality Chevron Amethyst Tumbled. We found 4 very nice sets and they are now up on the website.

Emerald

We were out of stock in the store, but now have 32 new listings of these amazing stones.

Mugglestone

These combos of Hematite and colorful Jasper have good bang for the buck.

Hypersthene

If you like shimmer, Hypersthene should be on your list.

Jade

We have added 8 more sets of our very popular Siberian Jade.

Labradorite

It is getting increasingly difficult to get very high quality small Labradorite stones. We have added 9 new sets, and hopefully Elka will have more for us in Tucson.

Malachite

Is there anyone who doesn’t like Malachite? We are back to having a full page of listings.

Ametrine

Boy this stuff is hard to get! These smaller stones, which are a combination of Amethyst and Citrine, are really special.

Apatite

We added two more sets of our beautiful and unusual hand polished flat stones.

Bronzite

A stranger to many rock lovers, this Bronze colored mineral has yellow/gold colored shimmer or sparkle.

Chrysocolla

We have added the last of our large Chrysocolla tumbled, and have not seen any in Tucson for several years. I plan to search high and low for more this winter.

Chrysoprase

Several new sets, including a handful of more natural specimens.

Aquamarine

These are among our very most popular offerings. This AA grade material will be among the first to go of all of the new additions.

Citrine

Nice new darker colored stones.

Blue Fluorite

Very hard to get in good quality, even with the new additions we have very few of these listings.

Green Fluorite

Exact same comments as with the Blue variety.

Ocean Jasper

We have not been able to obtain any old-stock material for two years now, and the small amount that we have left will probably be it.

This is Dodo Bird stuff, and if you don’t spring for it soon, chances are you will not ever have the opportunity. Almost everything being offered online as Ocean Jasper is, well, basically garbage, and lots of it is not even Ocean Jasper at all.

Cinnabrite

We have a few new listings to round out the page.

Larimar

There is now fake Larimar on the market, so be careful!

We have lots of nice sets to choose among, and these are all the real deal from the Dominican Republic.

Tourmaline Mix

We have added 9 awesome selections of very high quality mixed color Tourmaline stones.

Mexican Compito Turquoise

These smaller stones have outstanding color.

Sapphire

Hand-picked one by one in the blazing sun in Tucson, we just love being able to bring stones of this nature to our clients. There are now 14 new selections on the site.

Preseli Bluestone (Stonehenge Stone)

From the hills in Wales, this is the exact same material from which Stonehenge was built. We have added 25 more listings of this historic stone.

Pyrite

We added the last of our inventory. Whereas Pyrite is a very ubiquitous material, it is very hard to find in tumbled form.

Pietersite

Six new sets of this high-demand mineral are up on the site. Getting lots more very high quality Pietersite will be at the top of my shopping list in Tucson… I will just have to find the gentleman who owns the one and only mine.

Pink Morganite

This is a hard stone to find, and we have added the best of our remaining inventory.

Pink Opal

We have added more sets of the AA grade smaller stones, and also sets of larger stones of a somewhat lesser grade.

Prehnite

Several new selections of these gorgeous AAA stones.

Yellow Prehnite

These AA grade gemmy cousins of the green beauties came to us from Australia.

Rhodochrosite

It just gets increasingly difficult to get high quality specimens of this incredible mineral from Argentina. Our favorite Rhodo dealer passed away recently, and our thoughts and prayers are with Odi and his family.

Rhodochrosite Otez

We are running low on this unusual variant of Rhodochrosite that we have seen for sale only one time.

Ruby in Granite

We have been told that this material is very close to being mined out. The two sets of tumbled that we have added is the last of our inventory of Tumbled. If you are a Ruby fan, I highly recommend taking a look at these wonderful stones while there still are any to be had.

Ruby in Fuchsite

Over the years we have purchased our tumbled RF from only one dealer, Dr. Arvind Bhale. We were told recently that he experienced very serious medical complications resulting from a fall. He was not at the shows in Tucson and Denver, and we sure hope that we have the pleasure of visiting with him again.

He has always had the highest quality Ruby in Fuchsite, and we fortunately still have a decent supply in inventory. We added 13 new sets to the store.

Ruby in Zoisite

This mineral and the above are often confused by both sellers and buyers. RZ is more valuable and harder to find in really high quality.

We had only one new set of stones to add this time, and I will definitely be looking for more of this material in Tucson.

Sugilite

We have added 16 sets of a combination of AA and AAA grade stones. This material has become almost prohibitively expensive… up to $500 per pound wholesale.

Shattuckite

There are 16 new sets of this very popular mineral now in the store.

Sunstone

The store has been completely restocked with these extremely high quality small Sunstones… a real must see in person.

Schorl (Black Tourmaline)

I think that more clients here at the shop ask for Schorl than for any other stone, and now the website is fully restocked.

American Turquoise

We have added 14 new selections of these unusual stones from a Copper mine in New Mexico.

Lepidolite

There are 5 listings of nicely polished larger Lepidolite stones.

Moonstone

For some reason, we have never had Tumbled Moonstones on the site before. We now have 10 sets of nice multi-colored stones.

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That’s it! We hope that you enjoy looking at all of the beautiful new stones. As always, if you have any questions or comments, just holler.

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.

July’s New Additions

Hi again.

We have just added over 100 new Palm Stones in 14 varieties:

Labradorite

It is getting harder and harder to acquire clean Labradorite stones with nice flash, and our selection had become pretty thin. The 14 new additions have very bright color and we have listed them with very reasonable prices considering the current state of the market.

 Angelite

As with all of our Palm Stones, these 6 new additions were hand selected by Kathi and myself.

 Fossil Stone (Shell Jasper)

The supplier from whom we used to get these very unusual stones stopped selling them because the material requires too much hand polishing. We still had some in inventory but our supply is running low. The 10 new beauties are worth a serious look.

Selenite

Always one of our most popular items. These are among the most difficult stones for us to select because Selenite is so soft the we have to look through 100 stones just to find a few that do not have scratches or rough spots. The 4 new ones, as always, are as clean as we can find.

  Seraphinite

From Russia with love, the 5 new specimens of this highly prized stone all have great chatoyance.

  Blue Tigereye

We had been sold out of these hard to get stones. The 9 new additions are beautiful examples of this gorgeous stone that is also referred to as Hawk Eye.

Multi-Tigereye

This variety of Tigereye has a combination of both the Gold and Blue versions, and is one of our favorite stones. The 11 new selections are all beautiful.

Red Tigereye

Although heat treated, this variant of Tigereye is just stunning.

Dumortierite

We love the different shades of blue and the gorgeous patterns in these stones.

Rose Quartz

Always a favorite.

Green Aventurine

These soap shaped stones are hard to get. The 4 new ones represent our entire stock.

 Emerald

We were really fortunate to find these a few years back, and the 5 new additions leave us with only a few left in the bin. These are an absolute must for any collector or practitioner.

Pink Calcite

Also known as Manganoan Calcite, this beautiful stone glows incredibly brightly under ultraviolet light. The orange/red/purple colors are just amazing.

Aquamarine

We always seem to run low on these, so the 7 new ones bring us back to having a nice selection.

The Jack & Queen of Hearts

Over the last two weeks, Kathi and I have been sorting, measuring, weighing, photographing, cropping, and finally, today, adding 206 polished stone hearts to the website!

We wanted to get these up before the holidays because, even though thought of more commonly regarding Valentine’s Day, hearts make great Christmas gifts… either as special givings or stocking stuffers.

We were really thrilled to find almost all of these hearts at the Fall Denver Show, where we hand picked about 300 of them.

We picked up many varieties that we have never had, and in some cases never even seen, before. The quality of these hearts is outstanding, and the breadth and depth of the offerings is just incredible.

Almost all of the new listings are “puffy” hearts, but a few are thinner, so be sure to check out the measurements and pictures carefully.

The new hearts cover 25 different varieties, and the highlights are:

  • Tiger Iron

One of the biggest surprises, these are just amazing. Tiger Iron is the combination of Hematite, Red Jasper, and Golden Tiger Eye. The quality of Tiger Iron varies tremendously, but these are just super.  The pictures say it all. They are a must see.

  • Picasso Marble

Also a huge surprise was this selection of beautiful stones. Never before had em, never before seen em, and really excited to have them on the site.

  •  Rainbow Fluorite

For those of you familiar with our Worry Stones, these hearts come from the same dealer from whom we get the amazing Fluorite Worry Stones. The quality of these somewhat thinner hearts is just great, and the colors and patterns are beautiful.

  • Mookaite

From Australia, this stone is often full of holes and cracks… not these hearts. Mookaite (or Mook Jasper) is one of our favorite stones, and these hearts are no exception. I personally love the one that is red on one side and yellow on the other.

  • Brecciated Jasper

There are some fantastic stones in this group, with all sorts of crazy patterns.

  •  Picture Jasper

We have never before seen anything close to the nature of these beauties. Of particular note is that many of these hearts are full of dendrites. These are really special and unusual.

  •  Black Onyx

When we first saw these we thought that they were Obsidian, but the cool white splash in the last one in the group gives away the truth. Again, very unusual.

  •  Unakite

One of the best finds, these hearts are really clean and have a great polish. The colors and patterns are fantastic and my recommendation would be to get one or more of these early.

  • Carnelian

Because these hearts are so puffy, they look fairly dark in ambient light, but as can be seen in the outdoor pictures, the colors are gorgeous with the sunlight shining through.

  • Landscape Jasper

These are a little smaller and thinner, but have great colors and patterns. The group, as a whole, shows a nice representation of this very popular stone from Madagascar.

  • Clear Quartz

Hard to find clean, these hearts are unusual for their quality. Further, some of them have beautiful rainbow sparkle. I never pass up the opportunity to photograph that great show.

  • Amethyst Cluster

We made a special purchase of three of these beauties. One sold almost immediately here in person, and we have these two remaining. Made for Amethyst lovers.

  • Snowflake Obsidian

Hard to get with good snow, these are really nice. There are some blizzards in there.

  • Others…

Other additions include Sodalite, Orange Calcite, Hematite, Regular and Blue Goldstone (manmade but a favorite – especially of the younger crowd), Blue Calcite, Howlite, Rhodonite, lots of Rose Quartz and two special Lavender Quartz offerings, Green Aventurine, and the awesome shimmering Amazonite.

We hope that you enjoy looking at the hearts and, as always, if you have any questions please don’t be shy.

Just Added

We are cranking away as fast as we can to get new stones up on the site.

We have just added or updated the following four groups:

Ocean Jasper Drusy

These are one of our favorites. From Madagascar, these display pieces are a combination of Ocean Jasper and gorgeous Quartz crystals.

We had been out of these for a couple of years, and were thrilled to find some top quality ones at the Denver show. Each piece was hand picked, and we would be happy to have any one of them in our personal collection.

Moldavite

From the Czech Republic, these tektites are just amazing. They sold very quickly the last time that we were able to get some, and we finally have a new supply. Resulting from a meteorite impact, these are about as unusual as minerals can get.

Nuummite

The website was down to only a few very large specimens, but now it is restocked with several smaller pieces, both regular palm stones and the soap-shaped variety.

Peacock Ore

We have added several new pieces, including some smaller but extremely beautiful specimens.

New Stones Listed

We have had an incredibly busy week.

We had 157 eBay auctions end on Wednesday night, and we had our second best cycle ever. Even though we have been crazy mailing out the sold items, and finished having advertising for Kathi’s Krystals placed on the back of our car, we managed to get 79 new stones added to the website.

The new stones are in 6 varieties (5 of which we have never had before). We are really excited to have them and still have many new ones from the Denver show to get up on the site.

The new stones include:

Arfvedsonite

These come from the same place in Russia as does Astrophyllite, and they put on an amazing show. The stones display loads of silver/gold and blue needles under even average lighting. We had been out of these for years, and are thrilled to have them again.

Silver Sheen Obsidian

From Jalisco, Mexico, these very large Palm Stones have fantastic silver shimmer. They are very high quality, and a great value considering the size.

Yellow Feather Jasper

The most rare of the new listings, this dendritic Jasper from Utah is just amazing. Besides the inherent incredible beauty, the amazing characteristic of this material is that the dendrites look more like feathers than the normal tree-like pattern seen with most dendrites.

Royal Sahara Jasper

Also a dendritic Jasper, these stones come from the Sahara Desert in Egypt. They have beautiful patterns in various shades of brown, with some of the stones exhibiting black dendrites.

Petrified Wood

We were lucky to acquire a large box of palm-sized tumble polished slices or slabs of Petrified Wood.  There is a great assortment of colors and patterns, and even some specimens from Arizona, one of the most prized varieties of fossil wood.  Even better, some of the stones have crystals, either in vugs or flush with the surface, and almost all of the pieces have some translucent areas.

Stromatolite

These specimens of fossilized algae are fascinating. Our new acquisition is stones from Bolivia, to go along with what is called Kabamba Jasper (another variety of Stromatolite), that we have had for years.

We hope that you enjoy browsing the new stones, and there is much more to come in the weeks ahead.

October Auctions

Today we started the time-consuming task of getting our next set of eBay auctions listed. We are aiming to have them up by the evening of the ninth.

It takes Kathi and myself about 40 man-hours of work from start to finish of one eBay cycle.

This time I have 62 items to pull to complete the sheet that Kathi gives me showing what items will be relisted and what needs to be pulled fresh. The pull will take a couple of days of on and off activity. We usually have around 150 items in total in a listing cycle.

Then, I will probably shoot about 500 pictures, crop and sort them, and load them into the listing service that we use for our eBay auctions.

Next we measure the stones using electronic digital callipers, and Kathi records these measurements

Kathi will then engage in the tedious process of making and affixing labels for each of the small plastic bags in which we keep the individual stones inside of their own velour pouches for protection.

She then creates the auctions by inserting all of the measurements into existing auction templates for each type of stone, and schedules them for posting on eBay.

Once they are posted, she has to make an entire new set of labels for the bags.  These labels show the eBay auction number for each item.  It is the only way to keep things straight and avoid future mistakes.

Once the auctions are up and running, we watch for and answer questions from potential clients, and Kathi keeps track of which items receive bids and moves them into a separate bin.

On auction night Kathi does most of the work by pulling sold items and placing them and their related mineral information cards into client specific bags.  Some clients will buy only one item, while others will buy many.  The most that any one client has ever purchased in one eBay cycle is 40!

Sometimes auctions night is boring (there is nowhere near as much last second bidding as there used to be), and sometimes it is really exciting (when there are bidding wars).

After all of the auctions close, we both work on sending out invoices.

The next day is called “Pack and Ship Day”.  Kathi does bubble mailers and I do boxes. Kathi prints all of the mailing labels and I put them on the packages. The goal is to get everything that has been paid for to the post office by 6:30.

In our most recent listing cycle we sold 71 items.  P & S day is tiring but rewarding at the same time. It means that soon clients all over the world will be receiving stones that they will love.

After a couple of days almost all items that sold will be paid for and shipped.  There are always one or two clients who wait several days to pay, and we have to watch for those payments to come in.

After seven days we will send out reminders to anyone who has not as yet paid.  We almost never wind up with unpaid items which is a much more frequent problem for many eBay sellers than it is for us.

eBay is a lot of work, but it is a great way to generate new clients and also to increase awareness of our Kathi’s Krystals website.