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Hi! Welcome to my Etsy store. I am Jay Sonnenburg. I grew up in Carlton County in Minnesota, known as "The Agate Capital of the World" and located half an hour south of Duluth.

Hunting and picking agates was a natural thing for kids in rural Carlton County to do along with swimming in the nearby Midway River, or playing baseball on a Summer afternoon.

From the mid-50's to the late 60's my family had a cabin on Sand Lake. I remember looking for agates along the roadside and nearby gravel pits with my father kindling a love for the Lapidary arts years later.

After spending my adult life in working as an Optician in the Academic, medical and commercial world, I decided to combine my knowledge of optics with my childhood passion of rock hounding.

Each piece you will…

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  • Male
  • Born on February 8
  • Joined February 11, 2010

Favorite materials

Agate, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Jaspers, Quartz, Obsidian, Chrysocola, Rodanite, Amazonite

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About

Hi! Welcome to my Etsy store. I am Jay Sonnenburg. I grew up in Carlton County in Minnesota, known as "The Agate Capital of the World" and located half an hour south of Duluth.

Hunting and picking agates was a natural thing for kids in rural Carlton County to do along with swimming in the nearby Midway River, or playing baseball on a Summer afternoon.

From the mid-50's to the late 60's my family had a cabin on Sand Lake. I remember looking for agates along the roadside and nearby gravel pits with my father kindling a love for the Lapidary arts years later.

After spending my adult life in working as an Optician in the Academic, medical and commercial world, I decided to combine my knowledge of optics with my childhood passion of rock hounding.

Each piece you will find in my store is handmade by myself, and unique in its style. Many people have asked me where I get the stone for my work, I can tell you I have traveled the world for my material from Sao Paulo, Brazil, to Cedarburg, Wisconsin where I have bought the best material for my work. I can only create what the stone gives me. All I do is bring out the stone beauty with the tools I have.

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