Are Your Gemstones Natural
YES! I strive to only cary the best iteration of a given mineral in bead form. Usually this is subjective, (especially with beads and not specimens), but I am very good at analyzing stone quality.
Natural, undyed and untreated gemstones are my preference. The exceptions to this are Aura Quartz varieties, and some composite stones (turquoise, and some jasper). Not only are composites environmentally ethical, with some softer gemstones or scarce gemstones it is the only way to obtain it. Currently my only composite stones are Hubei Turquoise and Sea Sediment Jasper. An example of a treated gemstone is citrine, which is a gemstone that is often sold as natural when in fact it is heat treated amethyst made to turn yellow. It is not actually citrine which is a rare and more valuable stone. I strive for natural citrine when making a citrine bracelet and I want the particular properties of citrine. If I have heat treated amethyst and all I am looking for is a clear yellow stone, I will list it as such and price it accordingly.
Aura Quartz is a treated quartz. Most crystal purists avoid treated or dyed gemstones with the exception of the Aura Quartz varieties. Aura Quartz is made by coating natural quartz with various metals to create iridescent metallic sheen. Some metals used are gold, titanium, indium and more,
Aqua aura is created in a vacuum chamber from quartz crystals and gold vapour by vapour deposition. The quartz is heated = in a vacuum, and then gold vapor is added to the chamber. This coating is permanent and will not wear off over time.
The gold atoms fuse to the crystal's surface, which gives the crystal an iridescent metallic sheen.
The reason these treated crystals are still valued is because the treatments utilize alchemy and precious metals from the earth. By electrostatically bonding precious metals onto the surface of Clear Quartz points or clusters, a new, unified color layer is created. A permanent blend that intensifies the properties of the original elements, as well as emanating a unique spectrum of subtle energies on its own.
Who is Your Supplier?
Because I am constantly curating my collection of unusual and high grade gemstones, it would be impossible to only have one supplier. I work with a multitude of suppliers all over the world and am cultivating relationships within the industry.
As often as I can, I work directly with with stone cutters, manufacturers and mines.
I like to attend trade shows whenever there are local gem and mineral shows. It is my goal to attend the largest gem and mineral show in the world next year in Tucson, AZ so that I can learn as much as I can about this industry.
Because I seek to offer the best gemstones for my higher end pieces, I need to know the provenance of the gemstones I am buying. Sometimes the best gemstone specimens are only found in a certain part of the world, and sometimes even from a very specific mine. I really enjoy learning as much as I can about the stones I am selecting.
I am also particular about the lapidary quality of the gemstones I am buying. Some gemstones are very beautiful and high quality but are cut very poorly.