Photo by Jacob Proctor of rocksandmineralshop.com
Astrid (in the leftmost photo) and Jacob (in the rightmost photo holding the Imperial Topaz) are both degreed Geologists and started their journey together while living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Their love of rocks, adventure and exploration lead them to prospect throughout the states of Minas Gerais and Rio Grande do Sul. Their passion for discovery took them through far-flung villages in the remote countryside. From being lost in the jungle looking for aquamarines, to narrowly escaping gun toting pistoleros in the dried out landscape of the Rio Doce river basin, they were often greeted with the good-natured hospitality from kind-hearted and well-natured miners and their families. Over time, they developed friendships with miners and the mine owners representing; Alligator Quartz, Amethyst, Apatite, Aquamarine, Calcite, Emerald, Imperial Topaz, Muscovite and Tourmaline. As time goes on, Astrid and Jacob's family has grown by two and while new expeditions bring new adventures and expanding their reach to new mines, they have developed the connections and network to export and import from the mines to you. Find us now, in Houston Texas!
If you have a special request, or are a dealer and would like to buy in bulk, we return to Brazil regularly and export to the U.S.A on an as needed basis.