When I first started selling stones here on Etsy, it was to destash my collection. I'd collected baskets and drawers of beautiful stones, with the idea of learning to make jewelry one day. But they sat around in those drawers and baskets, and I felt guilty just hoarding them, so I listed a few. They sold out quickly, and I decided that I would go out and buy more, and see how that went. And that's how I became a stone-seller. I love the search, and the joy of discovering a beautiful stone - guilt-free - and then passing it on to someone who will love it *and* use it. I may have acquired a few more stones myself, in the process, so it didn't work out entirely as planned.
Recently I saw an interview with an autistic woman about how she uses touching stone pendants to help her calm down in difficult situations. With all those fidget spinners out there, I figured it's not just autistic folks who might do that, so I started looking around for stones that might be interesting to touch as well as to look at. The brown "eye" in the upper left quadrant of this stone is raised above the surface of the rest of the stone. It is a smooth bump - one that makes it a potential "fiddle bead" as well as a great pendant. The colors are everything I love about Picasso Jasper - a cream field that wanders between pink and gold - maybe a pale buckskin, nice caramel browns, and a grey that is impossible to pin down - almost a mauve or a lavender.
If these touchstones sell, then I'll probably buy more. So drop me a line if you'e looking for something in particular. I've also got a beautiful Dragon Veins agate with raised crackle *and* raised bands that I'll put up sometime next week, if all goes as planned.
My husband bought me digital calipers this summer. Best present ever! Now I can make very accurate measurements for my stones, and in record time:
56.99mm long 25.83mm wide 8.10mm thick
Buying and selling stones over the internet will always be a distant second to buying the stones in real life - being able to hold them and see the colors for yourself. No matter how hard I try, there is no way I can guarantee that the stone will look exactly like the image you see on your monitor. I *can* guarantee that if you are not happy with your stone, you can return it for a full refund.