Silver Jewelry Rocks is owned and operated by Gemtree Creative Designs, a small family run business located in Tucson, Arizona.
Our interest in gems and minerals started over 20 years ago when we began to collect Fire Agate and other minerals along border of Arizona and New Mexico. Soon we bought our first rock tumbler so we could polish some of the material we found. In time we wanted to cut some of the larger specimens into slabs to expose what couldn't be seen. Our budget was small so we bought a non-working slab saw from a dealer in Phoenix. It took several weeks to rebuild that old saw. It needed new shaft bearings, a swamp box cooler motor to replace the original, there was a lot of scraping, sanding, baby blue paint, and a new 12 inch lapidary blade. But it turned out being a great saw, one we still use today. So now we could cut slabs, but the slabs alone didn't bring out the true colors we knew were there. We really needed to polish the slabs to do that. Suddenly I was rebuilding a old Rose Industries 18 inch reciprocating lap machine. It was worth the effort because we soon had slabs with a mirror finish. Of course it didn't stop there. The unpolished slabs turned out to be the first step in making cabochons, a Highland Park combo unit with a trim saw on the side enabled us to do that. Hundreds of cabochons later it was time to start working in silver. After all, we had to make something to put all those cabochons in. Years went by, our collection of gem material grew, more equipment appeared, and somewhere along the line we may have gained a few skills. Today we design sterling silver jewelry with cabochons cut from over a hundred different varieties of beautiful gemstone material. The minerals and gem stock we work with includes:
Amazonite, Angelite, Apache Gold, Apatite, Azurite Chrysocolla, Black Goldstone, Bloodstone, Blue Goldstone, Breccia De Oro, Bumblebee Jasper, Chariote, Chrome Diopside, Chestnut Jasper, Chrysoprase, Copper Goldstone, Crazy Lace Agate, Dragon Stone, Dumortierite, Fancy Jasper, Fuchsite, Goldfield Jasper, Green Moss Agate, Hawks Eye, Ice Cream Opal, Indigo Gabbro, Jade, K2, Kaily Agate, Lapis, Larimar, Malachite, Maw Sit Sit, Mexican Poppy Jasper, Mohawk Jasper, Ocean Jasper, Parrot Wing Chrysocolla, Pietersite, Porcelain Jasper, Rhodochrosite, Royal Blue Sumatran Amber, Roysten Turquoise, Ruby in Zoisite, Seraphinete, Shattuckite Turquoise, Sodalite, Sonoran Sunset (Chrysocolla Cuprite), Sugilite, Tigers Eye, Tiger Iron, Unakite, and the man-made gemstone material called Victoria Stone.
Our designs often incorporate faceted gemstones that we purchase from the most well respected gem dealers in the industry. Amethyst, London Blue Topaz, Peridot, Pyrope Garnet, Rhodolite Garnet, and Swiss Blue Topaz are just some of the stone we use.
Our love of minerals doesn't stop with the materials used in our jewelry. As residents of Tucson Arizona, the town that hosts the largest gem show in the world, we regularly acquire a variety of fantastic items. We purchase Las Choyas Geodes directly from the owner of the mines in Mexico where the geodes are found. These geodes, called coconuts, have large hollow cavities filled with spectacular clear quartz, smokey quartz, black quartz, and amethyst quartz crystals. We also travel to acquire hard to find items like Thunder Eggs and Geodes from the Baker Egg Ranch in southern New Mexico. Quality specimens of this material are almost impossible to find now as the location has been depleted for several years, but we have some of the best specimens. Including some Geodes that contain crystal stalagmites at their core. You can see examples of our Las Choyas Geodes as well as a Thunder Egg from the Baker Egg Ranch in the slides at the top of the page. We'll eventually be offering these items on our site to the serious collectors that want quality specimens to complement their collections. And for those who produce their own jewelry, we'll soon offer a variety of cabochons made from the gem material listed above. We'll also have some slabs of select rough for sale for those that prefer to craft their own cabochons.
We also have a limited stock of rough Victoria Stone, a gemstone material so rare estate collections have been purchased in order to get a few pieces. We are very fortunate to have six colors of this gorgeous gemstone material in stock. Although the rough is not for sale, we will occasionally offer some finished cabochons to those wishing to use it in their jewelry designs. We are reserving the majority of our Victoria Stone for use as cabochons in our custom jewelry. If you'd like to learn more about Victoria Stone click here.
Our goal is to provide beautiful silver jewelry that's both unique and high quality at a reasonable price. Our priority is to sustain interest in our work by providing excellence in workmanship and the highest degree of customer satisfaction.
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