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Questions for Rock Shop Clerks

A lapidary is someone who collects and deals in stones. These professionals may have their own rock shops or they may have a private collection. Others have websites where they display and sell their gem stones, such as tourmaline, crystal, garnet, and topaz. If you like to collect rocks of all types, you’ll have fun browsing in a rock shop. Here, you’ll find cases upon cases of common and rare gem collections, perhaps even some fossils and volcanic rock. You may like the coloring of some rocks, such as rose or turquoise, or maybe you prefer the interesting qualities of geodes. Whatever the case, finding a reputable rock shop that sells the minerals you want at a fair price is half the battle.

  • Do you buy your rocks and minerals from a local quarry?
    Rock shops usually deal with one supplier, which may be a local quarry or they may have them shipped in from around the country. Where they get their rocks may determine price and quality, so be sure to ask this question.

  • Do you guarantee the quality of your rocks?
    Any rock dealer worth his salt will provide a certificate of authenticity to serious collectors. Lapidaries should stand behind their products with quality guarantees.

  • What sorts of rocks do you have in your collection?
    Rock shops should sell a wide variety of rocks, from crystals to citrine to agate. Some dealers specialize in a specific type, such as hard-to-find items like fluorite pyramids.

  • Do you sell the products necessary to care for my stones?
    Rock shops should sell maintenance and cleaning items such as polish so that you can keep your stones bright and appealing.

  • STANDARD LISTINGS:   ROCK-SHOPS IN/NEAR PORTLAND
    Earthly Treasures
    2 reviews: *****
    19500 SW Alexander St, Beaverton, OR 97006
    (503) 848-3383 Write review for this local business

    "It's always a welcome adventure to walk into Earthly Treasures. New things we are finding all the time and the owners are wonderful help and very knowledgeable about their treasures. They also do jewelry settings and stone cutting. ..."
    Rock Your World:Gem & Art Gal Write review for this local business
    1423 Nw Hwy 101, Lincoln City, OR 97367
    (541) 351-8423  
    Not just another souvenir shop. We sell rocks and minerals including sunstone, fire opal, precious opal and gem materials like jade. We also offer petrified wood and old world artisan gold and silver jewelry.
    Al and Merles Rock & Gem Shop
    1 review: *****
    28816 Highway 34, Corvallis, OR 97333
    (541) 752-5085 Write review for this local business

    "We will go back and visit with the nice staff who do not mind stopping what they are doing to help explain any questions you may have. Prices are great, friendly staff, Fun place to just go browse around without any pressure. Aome fantastic thunder eggs and wonderful petrified wood book ends made on site by owner Al Neer. We will be back soon. ..."
    Fossil Cartel The Write review for this local business
    340 SW Morrison St Ste 1440, Portland, OR 97204
    (503) 228-6998  
    Ed's House of Gems Write review for this local business
    7712 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97213
    (503) 284-8990  
    Pisces Trading Company LLC Write review for this local business
    6635 N Baltimore Ave, Portland, OR 97203
    (503) 285-4078  
    Handley Rock & Jewelry Supply Write review for this local business
    6160 NE Highway 99, Vancouver, WA 98665
    (360) 693-1034  
    Exquisite Crystals.Com LLC Write review for this local business
    3710 NE 93rd St, Vancouver, WA 98665
    (360) 573-6787  
    Specialty Mineral Inc Write review for this local business
    401 NE Adams St, Camas, WA 98607
    (360) 834-4651  
    Raccoon Rock Products Write review for this local business
    16676 Coon Hollow Rd SE, Stayton, OR 97383
    (503) 769-0511  
    Sparkling Creations Write review for this local business
    416 Oak St Ste B, Hood River, OR 97031
    (541) 387-4367  
    Shamouse's Rocks Write review for this local business
    9 N Holladay Rd # 1, Seaside, OR 97138
    (503) 539-1290  
    Knife River Corporation Northwest Write review for this local business
    28845 Coffin Butte Rd W, Monmouth, OR 97361
    (541) 745-7572  
    Crystal Habit The Rock Shop Write review for this local business
    92292 Clover Rd, Astoria, OR 97103
    (503) 338-4444  
    Wallace Rock Products Write review for this local business
    580 Mandy Rd, Toledo, WA 98591
    (360) 864-4708  
    Rock Castle Write review for this local business
    39100 River Dr, Lebanon, OR 97355
    (541) 451-2740  
    White's Lapidary Write review for this local business
    530 Minnesota St, Lebanon, OR 97355
    (541) 259-1529  
    Morse Bros Inc Write review for this local business
    38228 Mount Hope Dr, Lebanon, OR 97355
    (541) 258-7125  
    Liberty Rock Products Inc Write review for this local business
    28827 Berlin Rd, Sweet Home, OR 97386
    (541) 367-3273  
    Facets Gem & Mineral Gallery
    1 review: *****
    1240 Nw Grove St, Newport, OR 97365
    (541) 265-2514 Write review for this local business

    "The owner is a rude man. He seems to not like people or rocks. ..."
    Facets Gem & Mineral Gallery Write review for this local business
    1240 NW Grove St, Newport, OR 97365
    (541) 265-6330  
    Alsea Quarries Write review for this local business
    19331 S Fork Rd, Alsea, OR 97324
    (541) 487-4783  

    Most rock shops are retail outlets. Others are dealers that sell gems, minerals, and lapidary supplies.

    Sales staff must be familiar with different types of gems and crystals. They may also need to know their symbolic significance. Although some customers may come in with an idea as to exactly what they want, staff may be asked for advice. Loose stones are generally placed out in boxes. Most of the rocks sold are of low intrinsic value. They include quartz and rose quartz crystals and common rocks such as calcite and citrine. Amethyst is also fairly common, and popular in collections.

    More valuable stones such as tourmaline and topaz may be kept in a secure area. Shops may also sell simple jewelry, although are they are seldom made with precious gems such as diamond. Beads made of certain stones are also popular, especially garnet beads. Many rocks come in different colors. Agate is often striated in many shades.

    Some stones are sold in their polished form. Shops also sell geodes, which can be broken to reveal crystals within. Fossils are also popular additions to rock collections. Workers need to be able to identify them. Workers need to know which minerals are sedimentary and which are volcanic.

    Workers may also be asked the provenance of rocks. In some cases, which quarry stones come from is known. In other cases, the stones may come from collectors, or from locations such as beaches. An older, disused quarry may be a popular destination for rock hounds after it has been worked out.

    Managers sort stones by size and shape and price them. They work with quarries and collectors to obtain stock. Rock shops are generally physical, online vendors also exist. Their continuing popularity is fueled by the attraction to the stones for use as decoration.




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