Don’t Worry — Be Happy!

We have just finished adding 309 new Worry Stones to the webstore! We now have 38 varieties of Worry Stones which is, well, just crazy.

These new stones cover 22 mineral varieties, and fully one/half of these are varieties that we have never had before.

It took loading almost 2,000 photographs to do these Worry Stones justice, and we are thrilled to have these new beauties up and running for your enjoyment and consideration.

Starting with the 11 types of Worry Stones that are new for us, we have:


These have to be the most exciting of the bunch.

One of the most thrilling finds in Tucson 2019! We had never before seen Worry Stones made of Amber.

These Worry Stones were produced from Amber that formed during the Eocene period in what is now Indonesia. The Eocene period occurred from approximately 60 million to 40 million years ago!

We hand selected each one of these amazing stones.

This Amber is quite different from that with which most people are familiar. The material has a relatively dark appearance when just sitting in one’s hand, but when a bright light is placed behind the stones they show just gorgeous colors and patterns.

I use a small very bright flashlight when showing them to clients here in the shop, and our visitors are just amazed by the show.

The stones are very light and have a great polish… so much so that they feel almost slippery. I was very grateful to not drop one of them while taking the pictures out in the sunlight.

It is hard to imagine how this Amber, which formed tens of millions of years ago, found its way to our shop in the form of these amazing Worry Stones.

We hope that you enjoy looking at these beauties, and if you happen to select one we are sure that it will be a piece that you will look at and admire for many years to come.

p.s. Just as a tease, we also acquired Palm Stones made from this same Amber and will be listing them as soon as we can. Please just ask if you would like to see a selection of those.

Egyptian Zebra Jasper

We found these stones for the first time this summer in Denver.

Never having heard of Egyptian Zebra Jasper, we were amazed to find these incredible Worry Stones. They have a great polish, wonderful feel and beautiful patterns.

These are an absolute MUST!

We are hoping to see more of this material in different forms in the coming years..

Green Moss Agate

Another first for us this summer are these Green Moss Agate Worry Stones.

They are just loaded with beautiful moss and have great color, patterns and translucence.

Chevron Amethyst

These are a great new addition to our Worry Stone collection.

We found these for the first time this summer here in Denver.

These stones have beautiful patterns, and if you hold them in front of a bright light or flashlight they display very pretty purple translucence.

Dalmatian Jasper

First time for us are these awesome Dalmatian Jasper Worry Stones.

These all have a great polish and feel.

Just a suggestion here… If you happen to know a firefighter, he or she might just love to have one of these gorgeous stones to carry around considering that it is really hard to get a big dog into one’s pocket.

Crazy Lace Agate

Crazy Lace Agate is one of the most popular Agates, yet we have never found nice Worry Stones of this material until this summer.

These stones are from Mexico and we do not have many.

K-2 (Ketonite)

We have not had K-2 (Ketonite) Worry Stones in the store ever before.

These come from Pakistan, from near the base of the 2nd highest mountain (K2) in the world.

The blue spots are Azurite, and if there is green in a stone that is Malachite and is much less common among K-2 stones.

Stone number 5 is particularly fascinating because the Malachite markings appear to be rings rather than spots. We have never seen this before in a K-2 stone.


Another first-timer.

One of the coolest things about these stones is that in front of a bright light or flashlight they have beautiful translucence.

Smoky Quartz

These are all good sized and have that classic Worry Stone shape.

Green Aventurine

Although a fairly common variety, we had never before found Green Aventurine Worry Stones.

The Aventurine has a very nice feel and the stones have pretty translucence in front of a bright light.

Blue Goldstone

We have had Goldstone in the past, but never the oxymoronic Blue Goldstone

Goldstone is a man-made item. In theory the technique for making this glass-based “stone” was developed by the Monks in the 1600s.


Now, the great new additions to existing categories:


It has become almost impossible to find Amethyst Worry Stones and Palm Stones, and the price of all Amethyst has gone way up.

We found these at a show here in Denver this summer.

Most of these Worry Stones have a very small natural imperfection or two, but these are the nicest of the bunch (we are keeping the rest of them here for sale at the shop).

We made sure that the thumb surface is nice and comfortable with all of the ones listed.


Seven very nice new listings. These are really good quality pieces.

Blue Tiger Eye

We added lots of wonderful new Blue Tigers. These are larger and with the classic Worry Stone shape, and have great chatoyance.


There are now 16 new listings of this extremely popular stone. Many of these have very unusual patterns and/or colors.. there are even a couple of gray ones which we have not seen before.


More than 10 new listings of beautiful darker blue Worry Stones. As I say on the website… these are just sodaliteful!

Clear Quartz

These pretty much speak for themselves.

Red Tiger Eye

10+ new additions with wonderful chatoyance.

Rose Quartz

Many new listings, and the last five on the page are really special. They are larger with beautiful color, and have that great classic Worry Stone Shape.


It is always hard to find Unakite Worries with a great polish. We have added eight new wonderful stones.

Multi-Tiger Eye

We now have a dozen new listings, and not only are they all that great 2 inch by 1.6 inch size, they are simply gorgeous!


There are 14 new additions on the page. All of these new ones have that same great 2 inch by 1.6 inch size.

If you are ever craving frustration, spend an afternoon photographing Goldstone and you will get your fill.


That’s it for now. We hope that you enjoy looking at many of the new Worry Stones, and find some that you just cannot live without.

New Tucson Tumbled Stones and More

Hi everyone. It has been quite some time since I have added to this blog because we have been very busy at the shop.

I made it to Tucson again with Derek and we had a week of crazy hectic shopping. We brought home some amazing stones, and have just added some of the new Tumbled Stones to the website.


Since the last blog post/newsletter we added some amazing Pietersite tumbled that we acquired in Tucson last year.

Specifically, these are larger tumbled Pietersite than we have had in the past and we have listed 10 sets of 21 stones each (sets numbers 9 – 18 on the page).

We purchased these stones directly from the owner of the only Pietersite mine which is in Namibia in Africa.

I spent an entire afternoon hand-selecting each stone in every one of these groups, and the resulting sets are just awesome.

If you have never seen Pietersite in person, this highly prized mineral will just amaze you!

From this year’s Tucson trip we have added the follow three pages of Tumbled Stones:

Natural Citrine

These are absolutely natural Citrine stones from Africa.

We were thrilled to find these for the first time at the 2018 Tucson Show, and gobbled up every bag of high quality material that we could find. These stones have been one of the most popular items here at the shop, and we were almost out of them before leaving for Tucson this year (2019).

We got to this particular dealer one week before his show officially started, and he had already been selling for a day. That represents how difficult shopping in Tucson has become. The dealers start selling earlier and earlier, which means that we have to get to Tucson earlier and earlier.

This year, we actually left Tucson the morning that the first of the numerous shows officially opened. We had already finished our eight days of hectic buying.

Anyway, again the dealer had several bags of natural Citrine and we grabbed all of the best ones – about 10 pounds of stones in total.

This Citrine is sourced from several countries in Africa, and all of the hand-selected sets on this page contain either A grade or AA grade stones, or a combination of the two.

If you have never seen natural Citrine, these beauties are a must. Those familiar with the material know how difficult and expensive it is to obtain.

We hope that you enjoy looking at these stones, and have the ability to acquire some for your collection.

Yellow Apatite

What an amazing find at the 2019 Tucson Show!

These are Yellow Apatite stones from Mexico, and they are simply stunning.

We acquired 100 grams of natural crystals of this material a few years back at a show here in Denver, but this was the first time that we have ever seen tumbled Yellow Apatite. We brought home two pounds of the material.

Some people refer to this as Green Apatite, but the stones are definitely much more yellow than green, and boy are they GEMMY!

Kathi took some pieces to use for her incredible pendants, but all of the stones listed are definitely jewelry worthy.

The clarity and sparkle in these beauties is just amazing, and we think that you will absolutely be thrilled if you are fortunate enough to have any of these Apatites show up in your mailbox.

There are usually a handful of OMG moments in Tucson, and finding these was one of those moments. We bought one pricey bag, and a few days later went back and bought another. The time to buy it is when you see it really rings true in the mineral world.

Thanks much for taking the time to look at these wonders of nature’s art.


We have added 13 new sets of tumbled Tanzanite stones, and one single large tumbled specimen.

All of the stones are gemmy with nice translucence, and exhibit wonderful shades of blue, purple, and a little bit of green.

Coming Attractions

Other amazing stones that we picked up in Tucson include:

Pink Amethyst

This amazing new material was number one on my gotta-find list for this year’s Tucson trip.

These amazing geodes are from the Choique mine in Patagonia Argentina, and are full of pink to red colored quartz crystals. The stones have been given the name Pink Amethyst.

The color is definitely not the same as Rose Quartz, and there is tremendous variety in color across the geodes. The color can range from light pink to blood red, and we even wound up with one lavender specimen.

Even more amazing is that lots of the geodes also contain clear to white Calcite crystals as well as Black crystals. We have been told that these are Calcite as well, but having never before seen black Calcite we are still a little bit on the fence about these.

Anyway, we picked up five flats of these geodes and plan to get several of the stones, many in matching pairs, up on the website. If you would like to see photos of these geodes in the meantime, please just ask.

Amber Palm Stones and Worry Stones

These incredible Amber stones come from Indonesia are from the Eocene period which lasted from about 60 to 40 million years ago.

Derek and I hand-picked 75 of each stone shape from the hundreds of pieces available.

We did this selecting using flashlights because the Amber at first appears to be a fairly dark color but has amazing colors and patterns hiding within. The colors range from yellow to orange to blood red, and many of the stones exhibit more than one color of translucence.

We cannot wait to get some of these beautiful Amber specimens listed on the site. Again, photos available upon request.


We had not been able to find any hgih quality Chrysocolla Palm stones for about 10 years. I finally learned the reason why this time in Tucson.

We visited one Peruvian dealer who had stones that I just could not believe I was seeing at first glance… amazing colosr and polish.

He explained that there is a woman in Peru who has one million pounds of this material, and is looking to sell it all in one lot. Of course, this seems like a difficult to accomplish task.

Anyway, this dealer had a limited supply of these stones and we bought 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of them.

That seems like a lot, but as soon as I got home I realized that we should have bought twice as much… this is still a hard lesson to learn after all of these years.

This find was one of the most exciting of the Tucson trip.


The Seraphinite mine in Russia has been thought to be basically exhausted for several years.

I was amazed to learn that our favorite Russian dealer (husband and wife) was going to have a very limited supply of new Palm Stones at one of the largest and busiest shows in Tucson.

If we had not just by luck run into their daughters at a separate location and learned about these stones, we would not even have gone to this other hectic, crowded, and generally overpriced jewelry show.

We got to the dealer just a couple of minutes after the doors opened, and already half of their small bin of offerings had been gobbled up by one buyer. He just dumped half of the bin into his buying bin.

Derek and I looked through all the rest of the stones and picked out 83 incredible specimens. I would say that these are AA or AAA grade stones.

More to come

That’s if for now. We hope that you enjoy looking at the new Tumbled Stones, and we will get more and more new listings up just as quickly as we can.


54 New Palm Stones with Videos!

We have just added four varieties of Palm Stones, all of which have tremendous shimmer, flash, or chatoyance.

Because of the amazing visual characteristics of the stones, we have included a video of every single one.

The stones are:


We had never seen Larvikite Palm Stones until Tucson 2018.

Larvikite is a stunning mineral that comes from near the town of Larvik in Norway… hence the name.

Sometimes confused with Labradorite, the stone has amazing blue/silver flash. As with Labradorite, this flash is the result of what is known as the Schiller Effect.

We made a wonderful new dealer friend from whom we acquired these gorgeous stones, and hope to see him over the coming years in Tucson.

Fuchsite with Green Mica

These sold like crazy when we first got them in 2016, and the website has been out-of-stock for well over a year.

I was fortunate to be at the right place at the right time in Tucson in 2017 and picked 20 more wonderful Palm Stones.

The sparkle in these pieces is just breathtaking, and even though not inexpensive they are well worth the investment. The last one in the list is really something to behold and really should be in our display case.


Always very difficult to get in good quality, we have added a small assortment (all we have) to the store, and hope to find more this coming weekend if we are lucky.


We had been out of Stilbite Palm Stones for several years until we finally were able to hand select an entire flat of them from the only dealer we have ever known to have them.

The listings are very clean with gorgeous shimmer, and these Zeolites have a lot of bang for the buck.


Beautiful New Palm Stones

Well, Derek took me to Tucson again this winter and we came home with some amazing mineral specimens. I am still sorting and processing these, but Kathi and I did finally find the time to put up some wonderful stones that we acquired in Denver last year.

The new additions cover five varieties of simply beautiful Palm Stones, including some minerals that are very hard to come by.

Bumble Bee Jasper

We had to sneak into a wholesale show three days early in order to acquire these amazing soap shaped stones from Indonesia. If we had waited until the show officially opened they would have been gone.

These are the nicest Bumble Bee Palm Stones that we have seen. The colors, patterns, polish and workmanship are simply outstanding. We got the best of the best that the dealer had to offer, and now we have them available to our online Kathi’s Krystals family.


We had been out of Eudialyte stones for years, and were thrilled to find these incredible Russian specimens last fall.

The color in these beauties is just awesome, and a few of the stones have wonderful shimmer.

We never know when or if we will run across this rare and amazing stone, so my advice is to get while the getting is good.

Blue Aragonite

We had been out of these hard to find Palm Stones for years as well.

I picked out over 100 of these last summer, and pulled the best pieces to add to the website. The Stones have beautiful translucence, and they are the cleanest Blue Aragonite pieces that we have ever had.


Also known as Pinolith, this mineral comes only from Austria, and displays a rare mixture of Dolomite, Graphite and Magnesite. The small white flecks in the grey/black matrix look like pine kernels or little seeds, and the literal translation of Pinolite means “pine stone”.

These are fascinating, affordable, and a must for any rock lover.

Snowflake Obsidian

Surprisingly, we have never before had Snowflake Obsidian Palm Stones in the store.

All of the new soap shaped stones have a wonderful polish and and all of that wonderful snow against the jet black background.


That’s it for now. We will wading our way through all of the new Tucson wonders and promise to have some great surprises for you in the weeks and months ahead.

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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


Several new selections of these gorgeous AAA stones.

Yellow Prehnite

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


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.


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.


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


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.


There are 5 listings of nicely polished larger Lepidolite stones.


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


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.

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.


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.


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.

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:


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.


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.


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


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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!


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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 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.


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.