1751 Kennerly Rd.    IRMO,    SC    29063       (803) 781-3589


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November 2014 Newsletter    

     "What A Gem"            Newsletter Archive             


We are open by appointment only.  Please call 803-781-3589 to make an appointment or email

After 40 years, it’s time to slow down.  Effective December 31, 2012, the Barn will no longer be open every Saturday.  We will take appointments,  have special sale days to be open, do some shows, mail orders, etc.  
We will be selling down our inventory, making limited orders and taking only special orders.
So be sure to stock up on those bead stringing items, tools or minerals you have been looking at. Also be sure to stay on our email list and check our web page:

We would like to thank all our many loyal customers for their support over the years.  We have met a lot of fine folks.

Tom will continue with the “Faceting” department of the business to include fine gemstones, custom gemstone cutting and repair, faceting machines, cutting and polishing laps,  tools, supplies and rough.  He will also be carrying mountings.  His business is called Carolina Custom Gems.  His web page is: and you can contact him at



For over 40 years we have been in the business of providing our customers with the best values for the rockhound and lapidary hobby, the mineral collector, silversmith and jewelry maker. If you have never visited a rock and  gem shop before, a delightful experience awaits you. The moment you enter the front door, you are welcomed by clusters of lush, purple AMETHYST from Brazil, heavenly blue CELESTITE from Madagascar.  You will be amazed at the wondrous beauty of crystals, rocks, minerals, and gemstones. 

Located nearby will be a section with more QUARTZ - clear, smoky, citrine and rose -some with interesting inclusions. You will also find FLUORITE, SELENITE swords, and CALCITE in colors of white, blue, green and orange. PETRIFIED WOOD from Arizona, South Carolina, Washington and Oregon are here too.

Along with the natural CRYSTALS and MINERALS, you will also find specimens shaped by the hand of man into SPHERES, EGGS AND OBELISKS.

We carry an excellent selection of QUARTZ CRYSTAL SPHERES, ranging in price from $10.00 for l" diameter. to $389.00 for 3 3/8 " diameter.

A favorite way to begin the lapidary hobby (the cutting and polishing of rocks and gemstones) is by TUMBLING a batch of rough rocks into smooth, polished stones. We carry LORTONE tumblers and equipment , a large assortment of crushed rocks to tumble, as well as the abrasive grits and polish necessary to complete your project. 


We carry a full line of lapidary and faceting tools, cutting and faceting rough and supplies including the new Graves Mark 5 XL and the new Ultra-Tec V5 and Fantasy faceting machines with digital read out.  We are a stocking dealer for all "Gearloose" products:  BATT, BattWing, Darkside, and Greenway polishing laps.

We are a supplier of semi-precious GEMSTONE BEADS and FRESHWATER PEARLS,  temporarily strung, ready for you to design and string - or we'll do it for you. We also have sterling silver and gold filled beads in all sizes. We carry a complete line of bead stringing supplies: sterling silver, gold filled and 14K clasps, white and colored cord in silk and rayon, bead tips, designing boards and many excellent books on the subject.

You may place an order by phone, mail or email. If you order by email you may wish to call in your charge account number. We accept VISA, MASTER CARD and DISCOVER. Orders under $25.00 will have a service charge of $5.00 added.  All orders subject to price verification and availability.

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