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.
There are so many types of ocean jasper out there, but this summer I found a new type I'd never seen before. Only time will tell if it is going to become common, or if it is like some that I've seen, that come in a rush, and then you never see them again. But I seem to have a weakness for these stones, with their olive greens and their black halos. I bought a handful of them and I'll be putting them up in the next few weeks. They remind me of old maps with their dusty colors and deep black outlines.
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:
33.32mm long 21.86mm wide 4.72mm 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.