Mozambique Purple Garnet

Mozambique Purple Garnet

Every summer jewelry professionals gather in Las Vegas for the annual JCK show. This premier 4-day industry event takes place at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The makeshift marketplace attracts thousands of retailers and exhibitors seeking the latest and greatest the industry has to offer. Models in wedding gowns are displaying the latest bridal treasures. Diamonds in all shapes, sizes and colors line the endless showcases. Vibrant gems take over an entire floor, surrounding you in a sea of color. Luxurious timepieces, famed international designs, …

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Montana Sapphires

If you’re anything like me, you’ve always wanted to own a Montana sapphire. There is something special about the American made gem. Perhaps it’s due to the rarity of large specimens or the fact that just a few states away, I have the ability to mine it myself.

Sunshine and the great outdoors are a necessary diversion from working in an office five days a week. The idea of taking a road trip to Montana, packing only my “play clothes” and digging through piles of dirt …

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Rocks & Minerals of Norway

Rocks & Minerals of Norway

You may have read about my travels to various Norwegian cities in search of delicious craft beer: Flåm, Ålesund, Trondheim, Tromsø and Bergen. What you may not realize is that I also enjoyed hiking, long walks on the river and searching for pretty rocks and minerals as souvenirs.

Children’s Book – A Mission For Georgie Gneiss

While touring the town of Geiranger, I visited the Norweigan Fjord Center (Norsk Fjordsenter). Catching my attention in their gift shop, was a children’s book, A Mission For Georgie Gneiss. This book brings the history …

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