Austin Hartman is a miner and jeweler living and working in the mountains of Colorado.
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.