D&J Rare Gems, Ltd.
P.O. Box 824
Salida, CO 81201


D&J Rare Gems, Ltd.

Morganite Cut By John

Summer 2017 Newsletter/Website


July 30th through August 14th
Montana Field Trip

Clark County, Idaho
July 31st and August 13th
Search for facet grade labradorite along the country roads
Crystal Park, Montana

August 1st and 2nd
Join us for digging fun!

August 5th?
Emerald Creek, Idaho
Dig for star and facet grade garnets

August 7th and 8th
Polson, Montana
Recreate on Flathead Lake


North American Gemstones

Please leave a message if you call or email us with your orders and questions

"Memoirs of a Gemaholic" the 4th installment can be found in the "Cut By Us" section this month.


Apache learning how to look for barite at the Book Cliffs, Colorado
(Nice fashion statement, John!)

Please note, due to the very large number of junk telephone calls we receive we are no longer interupting gem cutting or photography to answer the telephone.

Please leave a message. If you are calling about a particular gem leave the number and name of the gem so that it can be reserved until we return your call.

Thank you!

Visit our site of exclusive gems at:

All images on this website have been taken in indirect daylight with a OLYMPUS digital camera except for color change, stars and cat's eyes where an incandescent pen light is used. Images are to be used only as an indication of colors as computers and monitors vary along with the color captured by a digital camera.

2008 Cutting Edge Award Winning Beryl, 2002 Cutting Edge Award Winning Morganite and an exceptional Aquamarine

Dust Devil Mine Sunstone Mine near Plush, Oregon

Two fine pieces of sunstone rough found during the 2008 fieldtrip to the Dust Devil Mine.
On left is a 170 carat piece of rough with fine schiller.
On right is a 87 carat piece of fine red sunstone rough that eventually cut into a 32 carat gem.


2008 Gem Fest participants searching for peridot rough.

Largest pieces of peridot rough found at 2008 Gem Fest.
5.25 carat piece on the left, 3.81 carat piece on the right.

Original, custom cut labradorite cut at 2008 Gem Fest and won as a door prize by one of the participants.



About Us

D&J Rare Gems was founded by Donna and John Rhoads in 1985 as a source for rare gems for the gemologist and collector. Initially a mail order company for rare gems, D&Rare Gems expanded into fine gems in 1988. Lapidary services were added in 1989, providing well cut fine and rare gems to the industry. In 1990 we opened our retail jewelry store in Salida, Colorado offering fine jewelry, wholesale gemstones, and mineral and crystals to the public as well as gemstone cutting and repair.

We moved to 112 F Street in Salida in June of 1992. Full casting capabilities were added in February 1996 making us one of the most complete service jewelry and gem store anywhere.

During July of 1999 the business was split into two parts with John and Donna Rhoads taking over sole control of the newsletter, mail order, internet and show sectors of the business.

During October of 2005, John Rhoads attended the extension courses required for his Graduate Gemologist diploma through the Gemological Institute of America. He is now a G.G. as the result of his success in completing these courses.

If you are planning to come to Salida and would like to purchase gemstones or visit, please, call in advance and make an appointment as we no longer maintain a public showroom. We still would be glad to show you what is new in the gem world and give you a chance to view and purchase gems in a relaxed and uninterupted environment.

Rare Gems for Sale

Over the years we have offered the following gems:

Achroite, actinolite, afghanite, andesine, adularia, agate, albite, alexandrite, allanite, almandite, amazonite, amber, amblygonite, amethyst, ammolite, analcime, anatase, andalusite, andesiten, andradite, anglesite, anorthite, apache tears, apatite, apophyllite, aquamarine, aragonite, augelite, aventurine, axinite, azurite, barite, benitoite, beryl, beryllonite, bixbite, blende, bloodstone, boleite, boracite, bornite, brazilianite, bronzite, brookite, brucite, bustamite, bytownite, cairngorm, calcite, cassiterite, catapleite, celestite, cerussite, ceylonite, chabazite, chalcedony, charoite, chert, chiastolite, childrenite, chklavite, chrysoberyl, chrysocolla, chrysoprase, cinnabar, citrine, cleavelandite, clinohumite, clinozoisite, colemanite, copal, coral, cordierite, corundum, covellite, creedite, crocoite, cryolite, cuprite, danburite, datolite, demantoid, diamond, diaspore, dinosaur bone, diopside, dioptase, dolomite, dravite, dumoriterite, ekanite, elbaite, emerald, enstatite, eosphorite, epidote, ettringite, euclase, eudialyte, fayalite, feldspar, fibrolite, fire agate, flint, fluorite, forsterite, friedelite, gahnite, garnet, goshenite, grandidierite, grossular, gypsum, hackmanite, hambergite, hauynite, heliodor, hematite, hemimorphite, herderite, hessonite, hiddenite, hodgkinsonite, hornblende, howlite, huebnerite, hi\umite, hyalite, hydrogrossular, hypersthene, idocrase, indicolite, iolite, jade, jadeite, jasper, jeremejevite, jet, kaliborite, kammererite, kornerupine, kunzite, kyanite, labradorite, lapis lazuli, larimar, lazulite, lazurite, legrandite, lepidolite, leucite, liddicoatite, linarite, londonite, ludlamite, magnesite, malachite, manganotantalite, marble, marcasite, melanite, microcline, microlite, milarite, mimetite, mohawkite, monazite, montebrasite, moonstone, morganite, moss agate, musgravite, natrolite, nephrite, neptunite, obsidian, oligoclase, olivine, onyx, opal, orthoclase, pargasite, parisite, pearl, pectolite, peridot, petalite, petrified wood, pezzottaite, phenacite, phosphophyllite, phosgenite, phosphophyllite, plagioclase, pollucite, powellite, prase, prehnite, prousite, pyrargyrite, pyrite, pyrope, pyroxmangite, quartz, rhodizite, rhodochrosite, rhodonite, rhodolite, rubellite, ruby, rutile, sanidine, sapphire, sapphirine, sard, scapolite, scheelite, schorl, scolecite, selenite, sellaite, serandite, serpentine, shattuckite, shortite, siderite, sillimanite, simpsonite, sinhalite, smithsonite, soapstone, sodalite, spessartite, sphalerite, sphene, spinel, spodumene, staurolite, stibiotantalite, strontianite, sugilite, sunstone, taafeite, tanzanite, tektite, thaumasite, thomsonite, titanite, topaz, topazolite, tourmaline, trapiche emerald, travertine, tremolite, triphane, triphylite, tsavorite, tugtupite, turquoise, ulexite, unakite, uvarovite, uvite, vanadinite, variscite, vesuvianite, villiaumite, viridine, vivianite, wardite, wavellite, willemite, williamsite, witherite, wulfenite, wurtzite, xenotime, zincite, zircon, and zoisite.