My husband, Austin and I are miners and jewelers living and working in the mountains of Colorado. Our journey started simply enough with the desire to go for a hike and hunt for crystals. Early success soon lead to obsession, and we found ourselves hopelessly addicted to digging for buried treasures. We came to realize that Colorado has a far greater variety of gems and minerals than we had any concept of when we started hunting. As our passion increased so did our collection. It wasn’t long before we found ourselves with more material than we knew what to do with.
My background in art and design lead to an interest in creating jewelry. There was no shortage of beautiful stones to inspire me, and, once again, another obsession developed, this time with torches and silver. With the guidance of one of our friends, an accomplished silversmith and stone cutter, my vision started to take shape. We acquired our own cabbing equipment and other necessary tools, and within a short time our two current loves united into unique, wearable creations.
Austin’s love of the outdoors and passion for gemstones motivated him to hike farther and dig harder to obtain the elusive and desirable stones he coveted. He recently filed a mining claim on Mount White, adjacent to Mount Antero. At 13,500 feet of elevation, it is the highest gem producing occurrence in the United States and is home to world renown, top quality Aquamarine. Austin’s first love however, is topaz, specifically blue, which he has had great success obtaining in the Tarryall Mountains.
After years of collecting and selling specimens at gem shows and other venues we found ourselves left with a great deal of material too small to facet, cab or sell as a specimen. It didn’t seem like an option to toss this material, after all it’s still a gemstone. A little research lead us to the solution of electroforming these pieces to create eye catching rough gemstone pendants, earrings and rings. Two years ago we started our business Faceted Industries. Along with jewelry, mineral specimens and custom display mounts we have become international gem and mineral dealers, and it all started with a hike in the mountains.