Amethyst - held in high regard by ancient Romans who believed it to be a cure for drunkenness.
Aventutine - The mica and hematite content of aventurine means that once polished it emits a beautiful, slightly metallic gleam.
Black Onyx - Onyx forms in a variety of different colours and was known to the ancient Greeks and Romans. It has been used in many decorative ways since that time.
Fluorite - this beautiful mineral was mined by the Romansto make goblets and tables. Its name comes from the Latin 'to flow' because it melts easily.
Howlite - commonly used to make decorative objects such as small carvings and jewellery.
Opalite - a synthetic version of the beautiful opal. It is a clear, luminescent or milky iridescent stone.
Quartz - For centuries the Greeks believed rock crystal (quartz) to be deeply frozen ice that would never thaw.
Rose Quartz - known as the love stone and considered to be one of the most beautiful of all natural gemstones.
Sodalite - well known for its stunning blue colour and has been widely used as an ornamental stone.
Our rocks, minerals and fossils, although attractive and educational, are all ‘common’ and occur in essentially inexhaustible quantities (the Earth’s crust is, after all, entirely made up of rocks and minerals!).
Any specimens we come across that are rare or of scientific value are donated to museums.
Much of our material is a by-product of other mining activities (e.g. for roadstone or copper). Any mining specifically for the materials we use is done on a small scale at locations that are not environmentally sensitive.
Very little of our material derives from living plants and animals and we refuse to work with any materials, such as coral or whole shells, which could have an environmental impact.
Wherever possible, the Company Directors have visited and inspected the mines and factories that produce our goods worldwide to ensure that strict standards are adhered to with regards to working conditions, health and safety, child labour and similar issues.