The Observer is a websites that we like feel are worth sharing. Some have great products, other have good information, and others are just entertaining. As we find new content we'll share it here.
New England Mineral Extractor
New England Mineral Extractor is run by a longtime friend of ours who specializes in self-collecting mineral specimens from the Northeastern United States. If you're looking for unique mineral specimens, this is a great place to shop.
Jewel School is a YouTube channel that has all sort of great information on everything from wire wrapping and bead stringing to information on jewelry supplies and tools. These fast paced videos have quality content and are fun to watch as well.
Interweave is an online magazine containing great DIY tutorials for a wide variety of jewelry making topics. They also have great articles pertaining to everything from gemstone beads to crochet and metalsmithing. A great place to search around if you're looking for some new ideas!
Geology.com is a great resource for credible information on rocks, minerals, and anything else related to the science of geology. When discussing gemstones they provide well rounded facts about a stones physical properties, history, commercial uses, common alterations and treatments, as well as any other relevant notables.
Minerals.net is a great resource for scientific information about minerals. Below are a couple of links to educate about mineral structure, some of which can be useful in understanding when choosing gemstone beads for jewelry making.