It started with a youngster’s fascination with stories of lost gold mines and buried treasure. The teenage years were spent collecting jasper, agate, petrified wood, and gold in the Southwest. Eventually, the collecting activities expanded to exploring some of the numerous pegmatites in San Diego County, and finding tourmaline, topaz, aquamarine and spessartine garnet. Applying the adage “You never have enough”, the collection expanded with purchases of gemstones, agates and other minerals from throughout the world. During the past 40 years, the collection expanded from the garage to the backyard, to finally to a warehouse.
We recently decided to convert the hobby into a business. Our goal is to display nature’s own artwork the best we can. We are still fascinated whenever we open a geode full of crystals, or slice an agate and see the unique patterns inside. Our hope is that our customers enjoy gems and minerals as much as we do.
We believe that any hobby or business starts with education. Children seem to have an inborn interest in collecting rocks, seashells and fossils. Nurture that interest when they are young, and some children will hold on to their interest for the rest of their lives. We have supported several local educational institutions and non-profit organizations over the past several years that provide education in geology, oceanography, and marine biology. We have donated fossils and minerals which are currently used in lab and classroom education. We also currently assist two organizations in Southern California with their education programs. We encourage anyone who has a child with an interest in rocks or minerals to contact their local lapidary club, or search “things to do” on the internet for a list of organizations within your local community. Please feel free to contact us if you have any difficulty identifying local groups or organizations. We will be happy to help you.