BlackDogGemstonesTX

Semiprecious Gems for DIY Jewelry & Art

Houston, Texas · 17 Sales

BlackDogGemstonesTX

Semiprecious Gems for DIY Jewelry & Art

Houston, Texas 17 Sales On Etsy since 2017

5 out of 5 stars
(7)

Announcement   We're excited to be sharing a new shop full of colorful, finely-crafted semiprecious gemstones. Our cabochons are natural, ethically sourced and handmade. Finds in our gem shop include authentic natural geo stones of Quartz, Agate and Jasper, among others.

“I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can’t possess radiance, you can only admire it.” - Elizabeth Taylor

Discover my shop to find a free COUPON. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Announcement

Last updated on Feb 17, 2017

We're excited to be sharing a new shop full of colorful, finely-crafted semiprecious gemstones. Our cabochons are natural, ethically sourced and handmade. Finds in our gem shop include authentic natural geo stones of Quartz, Agate and Jasper, among others.

“I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can’t possess radiance, you can only admire it.” - Elizabeth Taylor

Discover my shop to find a free COUPON. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Kate Nilsen

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Kate Nilsen

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Updates

We've added some new listings to our shop. Come have a look!
Shown from top left: plume agate from Montana, azurite-malachite from Arizona, agate dinosaur fossil from Utah and banded malachite from Congo, Africa.
All ethically sourced and hand crafted!
New assortment of gems have been added to the shop! Check out the new stones, from some rarer minerals with vivid hues to fossils of prehistoric ocean life and dinosaurs.
Enjoyed my Sunday at the Clear Lake Gem & Mineral Show. We saw some beautiful wire wrapped jewelry made from cabochons just like ours & talked to some great veterans in the business about where they find their rough rocks that they hand cut and polish.

About

Semiprecious Gemstones for DIY Jewelry & Art

Nothing approaches the quality of a handcrafted, hand polished gemstone. What is the difference? Factory produced stones are cut to maximize the use of the rock slice, hand crafted are cut to maximize the visual impact. Factory stones can have questionable labor practices often using child labor and unhealthful conditions. At Black Dog Gemstones, 99% of the gemstones are handcrafted, not factory produced. Many of our mineral samples are hand collected by close friends or family without use of power tools or heavy equipment.

We're starting this Etsy shop as a way to put into use Kate's experience in e-commerce marketing (an online marketing professional with 10 years experience) and nurture our creative side! We love the natural elegance of these cabochons and look forward to working with the artists that will incorporate them into their work.

Thanks again for visiting, we look forward to hearing from you.

If you don't find what you're looking for, or perhaps are searching for a mineral of a more exotic variety, please check out my aunt's store, Fender Minerals, experts with over 20 years of experience in mineral and crystals. fenderminerals.etsy.com

Handy measurements using US coins
Cent - 2.5 grams, .750 inches, 19.05 mm
Nickel - 5 grams , .834 inches, 21.21 mm
Dime - 2.27 grams, .705 inches, 17.91 mm
Quarter - 5.67 grams, .955 inches, 24.26 mm
1 Gram = 5 carats

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Shop members

  • Kate Nilsen

    Owner

    As a lover of creative personal expression as well as naturally occurring beauty, providing the cabochons we offer is a perfect intertwining of the two worlds. With 10 years in marketing, I'm starting this business to nurture my creative side.

  • Mike Nilsen

    Owner

    Husband and Reina's favorite guy often up in the later hours of the night, Mike is the perfect support team for keeping our shop running. With over 10 years experience in commercial real estate, retail is often a part of his daily life.

  • Reina, the Black Dog

    Assistant

    The spectacular Black Dog behind Black Dog Gemstones, our pup brings it all together. She's eager to share her tricks for a treat or show you a gem that will fit your next project.

Shop policies

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Last updated on Feb 18, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Sales Taxes

I do collect sales tax for Texas residents only.

Shipping, Insurance & Returns

Combined Shipping for the United States. Only pay shipping for the heaviest item ordered. First Class Mail with delivery confirmation. Priority Mail Upgrade is available.

If it was insured, you will need to fill out a simple online form to facilitate insurance claims with USPS or ShipSurance. Packages are not considered lost until 30 business days from shipping.

If you fail to collect, return to sender or give the wrong address, you will receive a refund less shipping once it is returned to me safely. Shipping fees are not refundable for change of mind returns.

Damage and Seller Mistakes

If I made a mistake I take it back, no hassles. Full Refund. Even with the most careful of packaging, occasionally items are damaged. Please send a photo so I can assess the damage.

Photo Information

Color may vary due to the calibration of computer monitors. My contrast and brightness are set to 95%. Color intensity can vary between monitors and sometimes I get it wrong. If you want me to do a color check just ask. Thank you.

*I strongly light, either natural or "true light" bulb.

*The photos in the listing are the actual item you will receive.

COUPONS

We're happy to offer our new customers FREE SHIPPING on purchases over $35. Please use the code FREESHIPPING.

Your order didn't make it to $35? Not to worry! All orders ship for $2.99 USPS First Class Shipping. You are only charged for the first item's shipping, additional accompanying gems ship free.