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Grand Opening!

Welcome to Earth’s Treasury–your source for fine gemstones, jewelry and gem mineral specimens.

Earth’s Treasury was founded in 2012 as the realization of many of my passions: gems, minerals, jewelry, photography and more.  I want provide the public with a focused collection of gems and jewelry created primarily from natural stones and materials mined from the earth. While I don’t believe there’s anything inherently wrong with manufactured stones, I have a strong affinity for gems in their natural state, as they formed within the earth–hence the name Earth’s Treasury. I prefer to present these gems as faceted beautiful gemstones; however, sometimes I will prefer a natural gem crystal–particularly if its perfect in form. I particularly enjoy pairing cut gemstones with the rough crystals they are cut from, just as they are mined from the ground. While some people collect these “rough and cut” pairs, my primary goal is to educate people about where their gems come from, and how the look before they are transformed into cut gems and finished jewelry. My focus is on colored gemstones from around the world–sapphire, ruby, emerald, tourmaline, tanzanite, aquamarine, morganite, kunzite, and many more.  There is a remarkable diversity of colored gemstones–many of which are far more rare and valuable than diamonds.

I maintain a close connection with the hard-working people who mine these stones for all of us to enjoy. Too often these stones change hands so many times that the men and women who have labored so hard to find them don’t see the true rewards of their efforts. In that sense, I strive to ethically source my material–I won’t have stones or materials from nations or corporations that exploit their people and natural resources. I always make an effort to buy directly from small miners. While I do source material globally, one of my primary goals is to have a collection of gemstones, mineral specimens and jewelry that are sourced entirely here in the United States. To that end I have developed a partnership with the several gemstone mines here in the United States to help bring some of their wonderful gemstones to the market. I regularly visit some of these mines, hunting the amazing gemstones we all admire so much.

Browse my store and check back often–I’m going to be constantly adding new products.  In fact, I only managed to get about one quarter of my inventory ready for this launch, so there will regular daily additions to these pages.  I’ll also be expanding the sections on gemstone education, and posting longer blog posts here about my adventures mining gems around the US and around the world.


Jeff Hapeman
CEO and Founder, Earth’s Treasury

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