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Working with little known materials

Hi, I’m Alison and I work at a vintage bead and jewelry store, where I see lots of weird materials…like Gutta Percha, Red Abalone, Bog Oak, Dumorite, etc.

What great names! I wonder who names all these stones?
I have a fascination for crystals and gemstones but other than doing a gemmology course 20 years ago, I just sell mainly crystals and semi precious stones. I’m finding that people are fascinated with crystals but around the north Wales coast in the U.K. people haven’t got a lot of money so I’m all for introducing them to crystals on a budget!