Bo's Minerals, Pendants and Rings
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Last Updated: December 20th, 2017

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Gem Minerals in Matrix

This specimen is about 3 1/2 across. It is "pocket material" consisting of beryl crystals with other minerals from the North American Emerald Mine in Hiddenite North Carolina. $250
Gem Beryl Crystals from the
North American Emerald Mine
Hiddenite, North Carolina

You can see from the close up on the right, two nice crystals of aquamarine and golden beryl.

Crystals of various varieties of beryl from emerald, aquamarine, golden beryl, and goshenite are sometimes fround in the same pocket. I have even seen one crystal that had emerald at the base, then aquamarine and eventually goshenite at the terminus.

Bo's Custom Made Jewelry

My pendants are custom designed and fabricated using faceted colored gem stones set with 14 ct yellow or white gold or silver settings or cabachons wrapped with either gold filled or siver wire. I buy my gemstones and cabachons either at Gem and Mineral shows, my jewler or online. I had the pendant below made as an anniversary gift for my wife Diana. I have it here to show you the quality of the pendants I sell. This pendant is 24mm wide by 14mm high plus another 8mm for the bail.The center stone is blue topaz from Brazil and measures 14mm by 10mm.  The side stones are green tourmaline, also from Brazil, are 9mm by 5mm. This is a nice sized pendant and as you can see from the view of the back is solidly fabricated.
The price of a similarly sized pendant will vary according to the gemstones you want and material selected for the setting. The least expensive option is to use lab sapphires, which are available in a variety of colors, for the gemstones and silver for the setting. We can also use natural gemstones such as varieties of quartz, garnets, peridots, beryl such as golden beryl or aquamarine, blue topaz etc.

 and Herkimer
Blue Topaz and Green Tourmaline; 14 ct gold

            Custom designed back in 14ct gold

New for 2018

Lapis Lasuli cabochon from Afghanistan and Herkimer "Diamond" from Herkimer County, New York wrapped with either gold filled or silver wire.

Pendants shown are $150 cash or check (includes priority mail shipping anywhere in the continental US)

'Gator' Orange & Blue Pendants
I am currently working on various designs for "Florida Gator" pendants using orange spessartite garnet and
lab sapphire gem stones set in 14ct yellow or white gold.
The cost of my pendants is primarity driven by the size and quality of the orange garnets and the price of gold.

Note: I can also make pendants for you Seminoles or any other school using appropriate colored gem stones.

So far, I have produced and sold two Gator pendants.
This was the first one. It consisted of an orange oval cut spessartite garnet and a pear shaped lab sapphire set in 14ct yellow gold. After being provided a selection of setting design alternatives, the customer requested that the two gem stones be set vertically.

This pendant was $600 due to the cost of the hard to find oval cut 9.3mm x 6.8mm Spessartite orange garnet and the  14ct gold for the larger pendant

Two alternate design alternatives are pictured below.

Horizontal arrangement with oval vice pear sapphire

Alternatives to the vertical design

YingYang with pear sapphire
point down

  My Second Gator Pendant

The second pendant used  smaller gemstones than the first one because larger oval orange spessaritite garnets of high quality are hard to find and are more expensive. The lab pear shaped sapphire is in the second pendant is 10mm x 8mm and the orange garnet is 7.4 x 6.2 mm

I can provide pendants similar to this set with 14ct gold for $500 plus $25 shipping/insurance.

I can get a nice selection of this size oval cut garnets and oval or pear shaped lab sapphires.

  I try to keep my 14 ct gold pendants in the $450 to $600 range!  I use high quality natural garnets and lab sapphires.
 If I used natural sapphires similar to the size and quality of lab sapphires, the cost of the pendant would be prohibitively expensive for most of my customers.
The lab sapphires have the same hardness and a similar refractive index as natural sapphires.
The natural garnets are very clean (no visible inclusions to the naked eye; about VVS in the diamond scale). 

14mm oval cut lab sapphire with two 7mm orange spessartite garnets- ideal for a ring

7mm pear shaped lab sapphire with two 7mm orange spessartite garnets- great stones for pendants

12mm cushion emerald cut lab sapphire with two 7mm orange spessartite garnets- ideal for a ring (the cushion cut is too deep to match the garnets in a pendant)
I currently have the two large lab sapphires and one oval cut orange garnet (6.83mm x 5.66mm) on hand.
  I plan to order more oval cut orange garnets in the 7-8 mm range and a few the lab sapphires (pear and oval cuts) in the 8-9 mm range in order to provide better size matches for both the vertical, horizonal, and yingyang pendant designs.

How I determine the price of my pendants and rings
I started researching the Spruce Pine Mining District minerals, associated mines and mining history located in the mountains of the western North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains notheast of Asheville about 12 years ago (after my retirement from the navy and teaching). During this period, I established my
 Bo's Mine Tours business, attended many gem and mineral shows and worked with several jewelers, gem cutters and wrappers. I continue to attend gem and mineral shows and work with the best of these experts in producing my jewelry. I enjoy producing custom jewely as a retirement activity and as a result, I do not make much profit.

I use the following approach to determine the cost of my custom jewelry:
My cost plus shipping  involved in purchasing the gem stones (Gem and Mineral Shows and online from Brazil or Thailand),
My cost plus shipping to have the ring or pendant fabricated by a custom jeweler, plus a 25% profit.

I request an advance (usually $200) from the customer which I use to purchase the gem stones! I take pictures of the gem stones and forward them to the customer for review before shipping them to the jeweler. I stay in contact by email or text with the customer and the jeweler during the ring or pendant design and fabrication process to make sure that the jeweler produces what the customer wantsI When the pendant or ring is completed and I know the fabrication cost, I ask the customer to send me a check for the balance.

Cross Pendants

We have produced four of these 13mm light smoky quartz pendants so far (necklace not included). My cost for each of these was $350. I used my own materials for these and made very litttle profit so they were cheaper than if I had had to buy the faceted oval cut stone.

We have one very nice light smoky quartz unmounted 14mm cross faceted round stone available for sale. If set in 14 ct yellow gold, the price of this pendant would be in the $450 to $500 range (plus priority shipping and insurance) due to the current gold price and increased gold required for setting a 14mm stone. I would estimate the price of a similar stone in a 13mm round would cost between $400 and $425 plus shipping.
These pendants can be made of various varieties of light colored quartz so we can offer them in several colors.

pale purple Amethyst
(It's difficult to find a piece suitable due to inclusions)

green Amethyst (Prasiolite)

pale yellow 'Canary' Citrine

light Smoky Quartz

If you are interested in getting more information, email me at and I can get a quote based on the price of gold and the size of the pendant. I estimate we could deliver the cross pendant between three to four weeks after we receive your check.

Cabochon and polished mineral Pendants
Cabochons are a plain cut where the upper part is domed and the lower part is flat or slightly arched.
I either buy my cabochons and polished stones at gem and mineral shows or have them cut from 'rough' material
 I have collected, traded, or purchased. Once I have the cabochon, I normally have them 'wrapped' in wire; either yellow gold filled or silver alloyed with Germanium (to prevent tarnishing).
I can also have a cabochon set in a simple silver mount.

This pendant is made from a quartersized cabochon od Lapis Lazuli from Lapis Mountain in Afganistan. I prefer the gold wrap when the lapis contains Chalcopirite as in this specimen. I had this made for one of my daughters so it is not for sale
However, I do have some rough material left if you want one!

This pendant is made from a star ruby and is wrapped with silver I  had this made for another one of my daughters so is not for sale. But I have some unmounted cabochons that I will put on the site soon so you can see what is currently available.

This is a large (23ct) portuguese cut amber Citrine wrapped with gold filled wire. This is a masterpiece but costly as it was made from a large piece of gem amber citrine which I had for over 50 years before I decided to have it cut and faceted.

This pendant is made from a beautiful piece of polished Rutilated Quartz (clear colorless Quartz with Rutile inclusions) with a fancy wrap made of gold filled wire. The price of a pendant similar to this is woud be
$120 plus shipping.

This pendant is a beautiful faceted Tiger Eye cabochon wrapped with gold filled wire. The price of a faceted cabochon pendant like this is
$150 plus shipping.

This pendant is made from an Amethyst cabochon and a Herkimer diamond (quartz double terminated crystal from Herkimer County New York). This demonstrates the versatility we can have with your pendant.
You can see from the samples above that we can produce cabochon pendants from a wide variety of mineral and gem stones. I give the "wraper" very simple directions from the type of wire (gold or silver) and whether the customer wants a simple or fancey wrap. I give her some room as she is a very talented artist.

For Sale

This pendant is made from Bloodstone and is wrapped with silver. Bloodstone is the traditional birthstone for March.
Bloodstone (AKA Heliotrope) is green chalcedony (an amorphous form of quartz) with red spots which represent the blood of Christ. Hardness 7
(includes 2-3 Day shippping in USA)

This pendant is made from
Chrysoprase which is
green chalcedony (an amorphous form of quartz) with a high level of nickel impurities. Hardness 7. It is wrapped with silver (with Germaniuim to prevent tarnishing)
(includes 2-3 Day shippping in USA)

All pendants and rings are delivered in one of the silk brocade purses pictured below. Just pick your color!






 So far, I have only had rings made for my wife and daughters. Some examples of these are below.  I can design a ring for you with whatever styles and colors of gemstones you want. The prices of these rings vary from $250 to $1,000 depending on the cost of the gemstones and the amount of gold or silver required to make the setting.

Two basic Designs
So far, I am offering two basic designs; Cocktail Ring and "Bling Ring")

Cocktail Ring Design
The "cocktail ring" design features a center gemstone about 12-14mm by 8-10mm and side stones (either single or double) about 2mm by 4mm in size. The main gemstone can be a simple or cushion emerald cut or fancy oval cuts. In this case, the main gemstone is a fancy emerald cut 13mm x 9mm Canary Citrine (variety of Quartz). The side stones are four 2mm round green Tzavorite garnets from Africa.

The estimated price range of this ring set in 14ct gold is $500-$800 (
depends on the gemstones selected).

"Bling Ring" Design
The "Bling Ring" is a large ring which features a center gemstone about 16mm by 13mm and side stones about 8mm by 5mm in size.  In this case, the main stone is a 16mm x 13mm fancy round cut Amethyst from Brazil. The side stones are high quality Peridots 8mm x 5mm from Pakistan.
The price range of this ring is set in 14ct gold is $800-$1,000.
(depends on the gemstones selected)

I have just completed having a ring made for one of my daughters in the "Cocktail Ring" design except that the side gemstones are larger than in the "Cocktail Ring" design above.

  The center gemstone of light green Aquamarine is 10mm x 7mm and the two side stones are pink tourmaline, about 7mm x 3mm.

Her ring is set in rose gold which is 24ct gold alloyed with silver, copper, and zinc.

My retail price of this ring if it were set in 14ct gold would be $700 + $25 shipping/with insurance.
(The pink tourmalines are getting pricy these days- $120ct)
I have recently purchased a new gemstone which would make a beautiful center stone for a ring. It is a lab made emerald cushion cut Grossularite Garnet measuring 10 x 16 mm.. Trillions on both side made of white Topaz or white lab Saphire would make a beautiful, yet affordable ring. This gemstone is particularly interesting because it changes color depending on the amount of light from green indoors through a yellow in indirect sunlight to pink in bright sunlight.

Indoor light

Indirect sunlight

Direct sunlight

Website and photographs by Robert S "Bo" Smith