Nature's Jewels - 5861 Arctic Blvd - Anchorage, AK
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5861 Arctic BlvdAnchorage, AK 99518
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A small part of the Chugach Mountains that surround Anchorage on three sides.
I have always been fascinated with the makeup of rocks. What's it made of? What's it look like on the inside? Geodes and thunder eggs were treasure chests just waiting to be opened. The specimens I collected had little or no value to most people but provided me with hours of entertainment identifying the constituent minerals. Once I identified a rock it found its way to a shelf (or a box when the shelves were full).
Then one day as I placed a new pet on the kitchen counter, it happened Bobbie (that's the boss!) yelled, "ENOUGH!!! Sell something or stop collecting!!" The latter was obviously out of the question so I bought a tiny rock shop. That was the start of my interest in lapidary and in "pretty rocks." The original deal was for me to cut and polish and Bobbie to make the jewelry. But, like all agreements, Bobbie rewrote it to say I cut, polish, and make the jewelry and she would wear the result!!!
That was Feb 1st, 2001 and the shop had about 600 sq feet. Today we've spread into 2600 sq feet with 39 tons of rough material. Oh and Bobbies rocks, of course!