This time shopping I got to talking with Jeff the owner about stones and publications and was sharing with him about my excitement about being published in the upcoming issues of Bead Trends Magazine. He shared with me that they were going to have a new website launch and were interested in featuring some local designers and asked if I was interested. OF COURSE!
One of the things I find the most interesting about Dakota Stones is the unique shapes and drills they offer in their stones. You look for Canadian Jade and you find, rounds, ovals, nuggets, squares, simple cuts, tubes...you name it. See those uniquely cut Kyanite...guess where I bought that.....I had to make a second trip back to get those. Their show room is fabulous and they are open to the public if you have a tax ID and if they are in you can shop. So if you are in Minneapolis area make sure to visit them. They have 2 actual sales in their shop a year with 50 - 60% off or more, one is in the fall and one in the spring so get on their mailing list!!!!
One of the new features to their website is their Knowledge Center. I know that I will be visiting this to help me identify stones. I often by stone in a show and forget to ask what it is or forget or as stones go especially Jasper goes there are so many sub- catagories that they look alike or have more than one name for a stone. I think this section will be very helpful to the jewelry artist.
If you want to read my interview by Dakota Stones and visit their new website check out the following links.