Vancouver's Newest Rock Shop
Yes, we are open throughout the Covid-19 Apocalypse.
Allllll the pretty shiny things.
We stock a myriad of crystals. You will find small ones and large ones, low-grade and high-grade, common ones, and ones you've never even heard of… come visit the store and see for yourself.
Cut by local artisans, and overseas lapidaries
Here's where you jeweller types are going to want to plan to spend your day visiting my store.
I began as a stone cutter, so I have an extensive knowledge of cabochon styles, quality and, well: let’s just say I live and breathe stone cutting. I try to offer you options. I have many types of cabochons, as well as cut shapes. I have what you could call a divided stock, between those cut in North America, most often by myself or other local stonecutters I support. Alongside these cabs, you will also find stones cut overseas. I visit other countries multiple times a year to source these stones. Sometimes I buy ready-made; other times, I contract cutters to work for me. If any of the thousands of cabochons in the showroom do not appeal to you, we provide custom cutting.
You know, there aren't a lot of us that set these. It took me years to appreciate them. But now, I can't make a piece without one. Gemstones, whether small or big, are a bold statement in artisan jewelry. I carry semi precious and Precious. That means- everything from $1 amethysts to high end emeralds and sapphires. I catour to many crowds, but the finest gems should be purchased from reputable gemologists. I tend more towards the art of it all, so I have had some very unorthodox stone faceted. you'll find our local jade, carnelions, botswana agate, petrified woods, and more among the conventional smokey quartz, amethyst, aquamarines and opals. I am a patron of our provincial stones, and thus, you will find Whistler quartz, black and yellow agates, and other local stones dug by myself or mining friends.
I have many larger stones, fancy cut, standard cut, as well as small stones, as low as .5mm rounds.
A blast from the past
I collected rocks as a kid, but drifted away from it when I entered my pre-teens. Fossils rekindled my fondness for stone, when I was trying to decorate my apartment. Fossils are special to me—I love them all and have a sweet spot for them. You can purchase fossilized sharks’ teeth, jawbones, amber, and hells. You can buy the bigger things in my shop as well: such as partial skeletons, fossilized alligator heads, turtle heads, opalized clams, lobsters, and everything in between—such as petrified wood and fossilized sand dollars.
Lapidary and tumbling grade- slabs from $1 to $300
Rough rock has a special place in my heart and on my shelves.
I began as a lapidary cutting cabochons with the BC Lapidary Society (BCLS). Because Rubble Rock and Gem proudly offers a drop-in lapidary workshop in the back of the store, I stock many rough boulders and slabs, but I have also amassed many pieces of cutting material for its sentimental value.
You can find almost anything you can think of in my shop or in the back: from fire agates, to sugilite, gaspeite, smokey quartz, kunzite, gem silica, laguna agates, dino bone, meteorites... all the finer high-end stock for your special cabs (and for me to dip into!) I also have bins of more affordable slabs, from $1 or $2 each, and up. You can pick from the bins in the showroom, or ask to see more in the back if you're interested in more material than presented there.
Last Updated June 13, 2019
Local artisan jewellery and a mix of popular styles from elsewhere.
We stock gemstone jewellery, which we source locally as well as overseas.
Purchase drill bits, burrs, and assorted supplies (in stock). I will order machines and wheels on request.
We carry almost any flex shaft bit you can imagine, diamond pastes, saw blades and tumblers.
We do not currently stock lapidary machines, however hope to in the near future. We can order in most, and have dealership licences with Diamond Pacific and Thumler
Plenty of minerals ins tock, from affordable $5 ones to rare, unique blue barrites, sericites, and vanadinites. We have metal ores as well as crystaline minerals to pick from.
Arrowheads, Slabs, Tumbled Stones, Carvings, Display Stands, etc.
Like many rock shops, I carry tumbled stones, and polished slabs- but what makes my selection unique is the fact that I run 12 tumblers in the back room, meaning i'm tumbling material that is not commonly on the market. For the same prices as anywhere else, you can come here and hand pick through hundreds of pounds of tumbled stone- all of it unique. I polish slabs in back too, which means, you're going to get a whole lot more than generic agate slabs off my shelves. You'll find plenty more in the shop with every visit, I'm growing faster than seems manageable.