Starting from early childhood I had a tendency to bring home pockets full of rocks (causing more than a little bit of exasperation on the part of my parents!)
My love of stones has followed me throughout my life. Other than admiring rocks from a distance, I hadn't given much thought to the hobby... until a number of years ago when I received a tumbler and started easing my way into it.
The easing was short lived... maybe half a year after I received the tumbler I came across pictures of a little gem known as "Pietersite". My interest in this rock quickly turned into an obsession, as I was unable to find any of it anywhere... I scoured the internet looking for hints. I found some on eBay, and purchased it... and was disappointed at the inferior quality. I continued to search, making a number of friends and contacts through the world (none of whom had it), and discovering a number of other beautiful stones that I couldn't get in the U.S.
I eventually found a source, who is now a good friend, and bought a small amount. The material was amazing, and I had enough to slab some up and sell it. The slabs sold immediately, and I quickly established a name for myself as a source of this wonderful stone. Top quality stuff is still very hard to get, but no longer impossible.
Now, I constantly seek out new rocks to share with the lapidary community, trying to find and sell rocks that people might not get a chance to experience otherwise.
Please contact me with any questions or special requests.
Please note we are an online store, but are happy to schedule a visit for you if you call or email in advance.
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RETURNS AND REFUNDS POLICY
Thank you for shopping at Barnhouse Lapidary.
If you are not entirely satisfied with your online purchase, we’re here to help.
Our products that are purchased online can be returned within 14 days of the original purchase. A product may be exchanged for another product or returned for a refund.
If you purchase your items directly in our warehouse, we do not accept returns.
Custom orders are not eligible for return.
To be eligible for a return, the item:
Must have been purchased in the last 14 days
Must be in its original, shipped condition. For lapidary rough, this means that no cuts may be made.
For lapidary rough that has been cut, a prorated refund may be given based on the amount of material that is returned and not yet cut.
Please contact us before you send the product:
Shipping instructions will be provided along with an RMA number.
Shipping charges incurred in connection with the return of a product are non-refundable.
You are responsible for paying the costs of shipping and for the risk of loss of or damage to the product during return shipping to Barnhouse Lapidary.
If you received a damaged product, please notify us immediately for assistance.