Do you share my fascination for gemstones?  It is remarkable how some rough stone can polish up to become gorgeous focals for jewelry making.  Beaders and wire workers alike can really add to nature's bounty with the right designs.

Wire Wrapped Purple Mohave Turquoise Jewelry Set

Mattie and Phil are the husband and wife team behind Gaddabout Rock on Etsy stumbled upon rock hounding years ago.  They were on a hike and came across what they thought was an interesting stone. Mattie said, "We took it home; my husband used the lapidary at our RV park to cut and polish it, then we were hooked!"

Cherry Creek Jasper
That began a hobby of collecting rocks themselves in different places in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon and Idaho.  The stockpile grew and they needed to do something about it!  Custom pieces for family as Christmas gifts were a hit. Mattie added, "It was time to take our " hobby" a step further and sell to the public."

Wire Wrapped Malachite Cabochon
Their store now stocks a large variety of high quality gemstones from around the world. Part of their business is also wire wrapped cabochon designs which are done by Mattie.  She runs the store while Phil does the lapidary work. Shown here are some of their droolworthy specimens. Check out their store for more!

Kansas Opal

Mookaite Jasper
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