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Where do I get my stones?

This is one of the most prevalent question I’m asked, and the answer is as simple as it is complicated. Ethical sourcing starts with relationship building with trust and transparency at the forefront. Beautiful gemstones of many varieties come from all over the world. My favorite places to source opals are Mexico and Australia. Australia is the authentically the land of opals. Each mine and province has its own character and personality. I have been fortunate to work with several small mines run by family units.

Another favorite for me is the Montana sapphire. The variety of color and refraction is legendary in my opinion. The Northwest of the USA has a special place in my heart, and the beauty of Montana sapphires speaks volumes about the magic of the geological climate. Montana sapphires are traditionally thought of as blue, but they can in fact come in many shades, and are an excellent choice for an engagement quality ring based on their hardness.

Back to the Outback, parti sapphires are another favorite.

Maine Tourmaline

Sleeping Beauty Turquoise

Mexican Fire Cantera Opal

I work with post consumer gemstones as well, meaning that they have been in consumer circulation previously, most likely in a piece of jewelry.

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