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Southwestern Gem & Mineral Society Business of the Month!

During the next several months we will be loading more and more of our stock to the website and I hope to share my passion with you. And maybe, just maybe, convince you to take your general interest in Geology to the next level. I have veered into the gemologist side to go with my passion of identifying the stones that I cut and polish. More on that later.

I hope that you will find our jewelry unique, high quality, and well-priced.

This story was captured by the Southwest Gem and Mineral Society when I was chosen to be in their spotlighted business of the month:

BUSINESS OF THE MONTH

Lone Star Gemstones by Sturdevant.

As a boy in Sierra Vista, Arizona – not too far from Tombstone, the Bisbee Open Lavendar Pit mine and tons of jaspers, agates, geodes and turquoise – Wayne took a shop class in lapidary.

From then on he and a buddy spent the rest of their weekends combing the Huachuca Mountains for anything they could cut and work. Between their Jr and Sr year they spent a season working at the old Lionel Herget Turquoise Mine just east of Tombstone.

He recalls the “stupid” days of playing catch with blasting caps and dynamite as well as blowing up unsuspecting tarantulas.

Miraculously, he still had all his fingers and toes and went on to win a Blue ribbon at the Arizona State Fair for polished cabachons (he was the only entrant in his age class).

After high school he studied geology at the University of Arizona. He joined the Air Force after his first year of college and always carried his stones and buckets of rocks with him wherever he lived.

Through his next set of careers he still kept his passion toward geology and gemology and in 2009 he started Lone Star Gemstones by Sturdevant.

He and his wife have enjoyed his new venture ever since. Wayne’s traveling sales show specializes in natural (real) stones shaped into jewelry.

“A virtual museum of eye-candy”, rings, pendants, brooches, earrings, bracelets and on and on and on. There are even works of art such as Lladro and Royal Doulton.