Gemstones & Pearls: News
Turning a New Leaf
For those of you who enjoy the fall, here is a way to make
the vibrant colorful leaves linger longer. Rare Earth Mining
Co.'s drusy agate leaf collection was inspired by the fabulous
autumn colors in Trumbull, CT, where owner Bill Heher lives.
"I've been stockpiling the right kind of agate for years,"
says Heher. The glittering nature of the drusy quartz also reminds
Heher of an early morning frost.
At the Tucson gem and mineral shows in February 1998, he quickly
sold out his stock of 500 pieces, all carved by Greg Genovese,
in fewer than two days. His stockpile for Professional Jeweler's
PrimeTime Marketplace & Conference in October and the Tucson
gem and mineral shows in February numbered more than 2,000 pieces,
Heher, who has a background in biology, carefully studies
the curved pieces of agate that originate as the interior treasures
of geodes. He searches for the right combination of colors and
patterns before Genovese carves the leaf outlines. "Some
people prefer birch, beech or maple others go for the
oak, willow or ginkgo leaf," he says.
These gems are well-suited for use in one-of-a-kind designer
- Rare Earth Mining Co., Trumbull CT; phone and fax (203) 378-8672.
by Robert Weldon, G.G.
|| Make Autumn stay around all year.
Copyright © 1999 by Bond Communications.