Here are some links to other sites related to
gems, lapidary, and jewelry that we find to be interesting. Also included
are some sites that are not topically related, but are good for warming the
Gemstone, Lapidary and
Juniper Ridge Opal Mine:
The State of Oregon produces some very fine Fire Opal. One of the best
sources is this mine. A place to
visit for a fee dig, or on their website for information about Oregon Opals.
If you can't visit the mine you can feel safe in ordering facet grade rough
sight unseen, and getting a fair price for material that has been properly
dry cured for stability.
Dust Devil Mine:
Oregon Sunstone is a beautiful and growingly popular feldspar gem material
containing copper. Feldspars of this type and color are unique to
Oregon, and found nowhere else in the world. We are indeed fortunate that
some sources are still open to the public and artist cutters. The
Dust Devil Mine is such a site. This
mine produces some of the highest quality material, and for years has stood
by a pledge to continue popular access to Sunstone rough. Their rough
is of very good quality, and they have honest and fair fee digging pricing.
The atmosphere is very friendly, and their operations are interesting to
observe. The environment is rustic, and is clearly a mining site rather than
a tourist facility. They do offer on-site self contained camping/RV parking,
but self contained is a key word here. They are 25 miles, more or less, to
any services or water. I myself, when there for any extended period,
take a periodic trip to Lakeview, Oregon for supplies, water, somebody
else's cooking, and a days break from the desert environment. A
pleasant and scenic drive if taken leisurely.
Oregon Sunstone Blog: Interested in keeping current on happenings in
the Sunstone world? Visit the
operated by Karla. She tries to facilitate information exchange on
Sunstone gems, jewelry and artists. Her site also provides links to her web
store and other sites of interest. Worth the visit.
The ColorWright: A good source for
selected faceting supplies and rough gem material. Rob answers his e-mail,
and doesn't hesitate to call if an order needs clarification.
New Era Gems: This site has a wide range of gem rough from around the world. They
maintain a good supply of popular materials, but frequently they do offer
fresh new materials not easily found elsewhere. They can be visited at their
Grass Valley, California, shop by appointment. They also attend many
of the major gem and jewelry trade shows. In addition to their on-line
offerings they also periodically publish a nice "glossy" catalogue with good
Thomas M. Schneider Company: This is another good place to find gem rough. They also attend
many gem and jewelry trade shows, and publish a nice full color catalogue.
When looking for "stuff" they are a good resource to keep on tap.
Alpha Supply, Inc.: A good source for
jewelry and lapidary equipment, tools, and supplies. They provide good
customer support should you need additional information. They recently
merged with another major supplier, and are in the process of integrating
their operations, but should soon be back on-line. Keep trying.
Gemological Institute of America: Good factual information, gemology
equipment and tools, and topical books. Good follow-up on questions and
Other Stuff, but Fun
Men of Worth:
The Official Men of Worth website. Troubadours for
those with a bit of bur in their hearts, if not on their tongues. Check out
their schedule for a show date near you. Donnie and James offer a Gaelic
musical performance well worth attending. They also have a series of tours
scheduled for of both Scotland and Ireland that you can sign-up for.
Chile-Head: This website operated by
Graeme Castleton is a good place to enter the "Ring of Fire", and the cult
of hot pepper enthusiasts'. Graeme also answers his e-mail, and doesn't
seem to mind questions from novices.
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