GEM TALK DIRECTORY

Gem Talk is a sponsored IGTV series I created to connect members of our community with lapidary artists and gemstone dealers! One of the ideals of Gem Talk is that these artists and dealers are working towards ethically sourcing their materials and gemstones. To date there is no ethical certification or standard for colored gemstones, for more information I recommend checking out Sustainable Jewellery - Principles and Processes for Creating an Ethical Brand by Jose Luis Fettolini

 

 

FEATURED LAPIDARY ARTISTS

INSTAGRAM: @BAYSTATEOPALS

SHOP: etsy.com/shop/BayStateOpals

SPECIALIZES IN: OPALS

Lou Marcotte sells opal gemstones that are made from natural opal rough and are solid (no doublets or triplets). 

 

INSTAGRAM: @HEART_ONS

SHOP: heartonsleevejewelry.com

SPECIALIZES IN: QUARTZ, AGATE, LABRADORITE, OPAL + JADE

Mark Thone has been creating cabochons, gem carvings, and hand carved calibrated body jewelry for over ten years. He also teaches jewelry classes in Rochester, NY.

  

INSTAGRAM: @JADECOASTJEWELRY

SHOP: etsy.com/shop/JadeCoastJewelry

SPECIALIZES IN: JADE (NEPHRITE) OPAL + CHYSOPRASE

Dillon Carr is a lapidary artist located in Central California, he has been cutting stones for over ten years. He does custom stone carvings as well!

 

INSTAGRAM: @R2ROCKZ

SHOP: INSTAGRAM SALES

SPECIALIZES IN: CHRYSOCOLLA, AMAZONITE, AGATE, GASPEITE, JASPER, AZURITE + MORE

Robert L Roberts is a lapidary artist located in Idaho who has been cutting stones since 1993.

 

INSTAGRAM: @KMBYTHELAKE

SHOP: etsy.com/shop/KMbythelake

SPECIALIZES IN: VINTAGE STOCK SUGILITE, RICHTERITE, JASPER + OCEAN WAVE JASPER

Natascha Rodriguez is a lapidary artist, taught by her father. Her father has over 50 years of lapidary/gemstone experience of which she has been exposed to for over 30 years.  

 

INSTAGRAM: @ARROKS_ROCKS

SHOP: https://www.etsy.com/shop/arroksrocks/

SPECIALIZES IN: A WIDE VARIETY OF CABOCHONS INCLUDING MOOKAITE, AGATE, JASPER AND SURFITE.

INSTAGRAM: @GEM_FOX_

SHOP: INSTAGRAM SALES

SPECIALIZES IN: A WIDE VARIETY OF CABOCHONS INCLUDING APATITE, VARISCITE, AND CULTURED OPALS.


INSTAGRAM: @SLABKING_

SHOP: INSTAGRAM SALES

SPECIALIZES IN: HIGH GRADE, ETHICALLY SOURCED TURQUOISE, VARISCITE AND PICTURE  JASPER. CREATES MINI & SMALL CUTS, CREATES CUSTOMS TO MATCH LOST STONES, AND LIGHTNING BOLTS!

 

INSTAGRAM: @CONSCIOUS_CREATORS

SHOP: INSTAGRAM

WEBSITE: http://www.consciouscreators.co/ (coming soon!)

SPECIALIZES IN: Oregon Sunstone from Lake County Oregon, Variscite from Colina Verde Mine in Esmeralda Co., Nevada, Amethyst and Smoky Quartz from Grand Daddy Purple Mine in Inyo Co., California And many other USA mined materials!

Ryan Novell is a lapidary artist and mine owner. He personally prospects for deposits in the US and works them by hand himself or with a small team. This cuts out any middle men and any chance of unethical practices occurring as all material is natural and mined directly by him.

 

INSTAGRAM: @ECKEL.LAPIDARY

SHOP: INSTAGRAM

VISIT HIS YOUTUBE CHANNEL

SPECIALIZES IN: high end old stock materials such as American picture jaspers, plume agates, rare petrified woods and dinosaur bone. With a background in jewelry and landscape painting, you can be sure his cabs are artistically composed with an eye for balance, design and functionality as a jeweler!

 

 

FEATURED GEMSTONE DEALERS

INSTAGRAM: @KNOTANDSPLICESTONES

SHOP: INSTAGRAM SALES

SPECIALIZES IN: AMERICAN MINED GEMS - TURQUOISE + VARISCITE

Nicole Melton is a jeweler who also sells gemstones! She is a collector and has a lot of hard to find materials. Almost everything she sells was mined and cut by an artist in the US. 

 

INSTAGRAM: @HAUSOFSTONES

SHOP: INSTAGRAM SALES

SPECIALIZES IN: ETHICALLY SOURCED ROSECUTS

Tiana is a gemstone dealer, jeweler, and lapidary artist located in Sonoma, CA. Her main goal is to provide quality gemstones produced and purchased in a manner that demonstrates respect for the people who make them as well as for the environment.

 

INSTAGRAM: @NEWSTONEAGECABOCHONS

SHOP: INSTAGRAM SALES

SPECIALIZES IN: CONSCIOUSLY CREATED CABOCHONS

 

INSTAGRAM: @TURQUOISE_OBSESSION

SHOP: INSTAGRAM SALES

SPECIALIZES IN: A VARIED ASSORTMENT OF EXPERTLY CUT TURQUOISE CABOCHONS THAT WERE MINED ETHICALLY.

 

INSTAGRAM: @HI5DIAMONDS

SHOP: IN-PERSON APPOINTMENTS (Downtown San Francisco)  AND INSTAGRAM SALES

SPECIALIZES IN: MELEE, SALT & PEPPER, GRAY AND WHITE DIAMOND ROSE CUTS, FANCY CUT SALT & PEPPER DIAMONDS, ALTERNATIVE DIAMONDS.

 

INSTAGRAM: @VILLIAGESILVERSMITHCABS

SHOP: IN-PERSON APPOINTMENTS (Glouchester Warehouse) TRADE SHOWS, ETSY AND INSTAGRAM SALES

SPECIALIZES IN: A HUGE VARIETY OF ETHICAL SOURCED GEMSTONES. THEY ARE AGTA CERTIFIED.

Village Silversmith is a family-owned business with a history that starts in the beautiful seaside village of Rockport, MA. The life-long interest of minerals, fossils, stone cutting, and silversmithing running through the Bajoras family led to the opening of their first retail location in Rockport in the early 1990s.
Since then, Village Silversmith has grown from a small family business to a company that employs over fifty people. Within ten years the company had opened seven additional locations, and multiple online selling platforms!