PrettyRock.com started because we love rocks! It started so innocently when
Devin was a child, going to the Franklin, NC gem mines and sluicing for minerals. He never forgot what a thrill it was to find a beautiful rock in his tray. Many years later,
while dating, we went to the mines again and had a great time. We started down the road of collecting and Devin eventually learned to facet stones and Beth began to study gemology so we would know what we were buying!
We have taken several classes at William Holland including opal cutting, and silversmithing. We have also had the good fortune travel to
the Tucson show, Brazil, and
several mining localities in our region.
We had such a good time with rocks that we got the crazy idea that we would enjoy working with rocks... a lot, all the time even! The name PrettyRock.com came to us in a moment
of inspiration and we never looked back. We built the website and created a basic paper catalog. Our goal has been to offer affordable stones, and equipment so that more people have the opportunity to enjoy gemstones either as a hobby or a career.
To this end, we have also included many educational pages for gemology and faceting,
and created a forum where you have resource of experienced gemologists and cutters when you have a question or just want to talk to someone who shares your passion!
To help support our faceters, we have a free faceter's gallery to give hand faceters a place to show their stones on the web.
We have been thrilled with the positive response we have received from the rock and gem community. We enjoy being able to work with other rock lovers from all over the world and share with you faceting rough, minerals and the equipment
we use to identify and appreciate them. We are always open to requests and suggestions. Whether it is changes to the website, or changes to what we offer, let
You can reach us via email at here.
You can write to us at:
PO Box 38930
Charlotte, NC 28278