OriginStones

Origin Stones

Temecula, California 741 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars
(291)

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Note from shop owner Origin Stones is moving!

We apologize for our closure, but we are packing up all of our thousands of stones and minerals, and moving to a new location! We will have even more room for even more stones!

If you need us for any reason, please write us here, or email us at originstones [!at] gmail.com.

Looking forward to serving you on the flip side!

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Sep 18, 2018

Origin Stones is moving!

We apologize for our closure, but we are packing up all of our thousands of stones and minerals, and moving to a new location! We will have even more room for even more stones!

If you need us for any reason, please write us here, or email us at originstones [!at] gmail.com.

Looking forward to serving you on the flip side!

Origin Stones

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About

When Stones Sing....

Someone once asked me what my favorite stones was. I replied that it'd take me a few minutes to list them all. They said, "no no... your most favorite stone, above all others."

This was when I realized my friend didn't understand stones, because if she had, she'd know it's impossible to pick "just one stone" as your favorite. They're all wonderful! They are all beautiful! And most importantly, every stone has a unique story to tell.

Forget about what stone you think you're supposed to have. Forget about what crystal some chart says you need. Forget about how much a stone costs or how rare or precious it is.... if you find it intriguing, if it calls to something deep inside you, if you find joy in looking upon a particular stone ... that is the stone for you! This is the method I use for hand-selecting minerals for Origin Stones. If it sings, if it calls out to me, if it is saying "touch me, gaze into me, listen to me" then I scoop that stone right up.

The next step is photographing the special mineral so that everyone can "see" the specialness of the stone. Some stones are harder to coax out on camera (spheres for example), but other stones, those stones of deep color and natural edges... they are so fun to shoot. They ooze personality and they can't take a bad photo even in the dark. You will find my most favorite subjects to shoot in the Natural Formations section of my shop. It's pretty easy for me to see which stones have been the most fun to photograph over time, because though Etsy only allows me to post five photos per item, my favorite stones will have twenty or more shots on my computer. On my phone. On my Origin Stones facebook page. Printed and posted around my workroom.

Speaking of my workroom.... and my bedroom.... and my kitchen... yes, there are stones everywhere. Everywhere! Massive lingams line my floorboards, and my nightstand is cluttered with minerals I feel I must have next to me when I sleep. The centerpiece of our table is a stone. My desk is littered with every kind of rock and crystal you can imagine, from simple calcites to exotic tremolites. I can't get enough of stones and minerals, and every part of my life has been touched by them. They bring me so much joy, I cannot imagine doing anything else.

It is my sincere pleasure and honor to be able to share this joy with you. Welcome to Origin Stones!

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Shop members

  • Origin Stones

    Owner, Photographer

    Welcome to Origin Stones on Etsy (formerly Spirit and Stone). My name is Laura and stones and minerals are my life! It is my pleasure and mission to get gorgeous stones and minerals into the hands of long-time collectors and novices alike. Enjoy!

Production partners

  • Terrapondus Machineworks

    Asheville, NC

    Terrapondus Machineworks has been making these elegant sphere stands in partnership with Origin Stones for almost three years now. Each stand is lovingly made in the USA, one stand at a time, and each is numbered by the craftsman himself.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 21, 2016
Greetings from Origin Stones!

You may know us as Spirit and Stone... we are the same folks here at Origin Stones! We are just getting all of our shops under the same name for accounting purposes. It is so much easier for us now that we are growing. Thank you for being a part of that growth!

Welcome to Origin Stones! Our passion for stones and minerals started over 20 years ago with our first trip to the Tucson Gem Show. We've been collecting stones and information on stones ever since. We carry stones for the beginner and stones for the collector.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
We will accept returns if notified within 14 days of when the item is shipped, and the items are returned in original condition. We will refund the cost of the stones themselves, but not the shipping, and you will need to safely ship the items back to us. Once we receive the items in original condition, we will issue a refund for the items.

Please convo us if there are any problems with your shipment, so we can best help you with a satisfactory result.
Payment
We accept PayPal and credit cards through Etsy Direct Checkout.

CA residents are required to pay sales tax.
Shipping
All items are shipped to the address you have on your Etsy account. You are responsible for making sure your Etsy account address is correct and current. We are not responsible for packages shipped to Etsy accounts which are outdated or incorrect. If a package is sent back to us as undeliverable, it is your responsibility to pay for shipping again to your correct address. If your Paypal account and Etsy account have different addresses, we will use the Etsy account address. If you need the item shipped to an alternate address, please advise in "Note to Seller" section at the time of purchase.

Within the US: We ship USPS Priority Mail, First Class and/or however we can get the items to you safely, in the most timely manner, for the least cost. All orders are shipped in padded envelopes or boxes, depending on the quantity of stones. We carefully pack every item for maximum protection, and we are not responsible for lost or damaged goods caused during shipping. Please insure your order if you have concern. We can insure your package for you for an additional fee. For your protection, orders over $100 will require signature confirmation. Please convo us if you have any concerns about this.

International: We are happy to offer international shipping thru USPS. Tracking on international orders is not available with first class. Be aware! We are not responsible for packages lost in route or packages stolen off your doorstep! This has been an issue in the past. If you are at all concerned about receiving your shipment safely, please Convo us to upgrade your shipping option to priority (there will be an additional fee). If you Convo us saying your first class international package did not arrive, there is little we can do, except provide Etsy and/or Paypal with proof that we did send the package. Please please consider carefully before opting for first class. That being said, we have shipped first class international with very few problems over the last couple of years, so the odds are in your favor... if you like playing the odds :).

International First Class Orders generally take 21-28 business days depending on the country, but sometimes a little longer. If you opt to go Priority International, we can get a shipment to you in 7-10 business days, give or take.

About international customs fees and dues: As Etsy sellers, we are not privy to when, how or under what circumstances a customer's package may be subject to customs fees or import dues from their home country. These fees are set by the buyer's country, and the responsibility of these fees is with the buyer. The fees appear to be rather random. All packages shipped out via Etsy will have all proper documentation on the package, and 99% of the shipments reach their destination with no additional costs or fees.
Additional policies and FAQs
To help make your shopping experience it's most rewarding and satisfying, we will take extra photos of specimens and provide whatever further information we can to help you feel secure in your purchase.

We do not offer holds or lay-aways at this time.