January 2017 Newsletter/Website
North American Gemstones
Please leave a message if you call or email us with your orders and questions
Apache learning how to look for barite at the Book Cliffs, Colorado
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.
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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.
2008 Gem Fest participants searching for peridot rough.
Largest pieces of peridot
rough found at 2008 Gem Fest.
Original, custom cut labradorite cut at 2008 Gem Fest and won as a door prize by one of the participants.
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.
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.