It's hard to believe that another year has come and flown by, and that it is now 2017! Over the last 11 years I have been steadily building and refining my web site. Many improvements were made reworking the pages for a more cohesive and attractive look. This newer design allows for easy navigation throughout my site. I will always be acquiring and listing many beautiful and unique Gem & Mineral specimens from around the World, for sale here. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy browsing around!

I have been collecting Gems & Minerals passionately since I was a very young boy growing up in Toronto, Canada in the early 60's. In those days, the museum curator of the Royal Ontario Museum was kind enough to discard a mix of surplus minerals into a big heap in the Museum's back courtyard. That gave us little "city pack rats" a chance to sift through and see if we could come up with any beauties before the trash man came to haul the rubble away. Ha! We did indeed find some neat things. Oh well, it kept us out of trouble and it piqued our curiosity to collect more and more minerals.

Eventually, by way of Toronto, New York, and various other locations, I finally settled out here in the "Land of Enchantment," New Mexico. I continued acquiring many beautiful specimens, gradually building my collection throughout the years. With the encouragement of my lovely wife Lilia, I decided to become more involved in this wonderful world of Gem & Mineral collecting by starting my own Internet business.

This adds a nice balance to my life as a professional musician. I play drums in various bands in the Albuquerque/Santa Fe area. My other careers have been those of Graphic Designer, as well as Flight Instructor. I still travel to Maui each spring (where I had the privilege of living for 8 years), to play music in the resorts for about six weeks annually. My hobbies outside of Gems & Minerals, is just enjoying time with my wife Lilia, and the beauty that surrounds us here in the Land of Enchantment. We enjoy hiking in New Mexico, and traveling whenever we have the opportunity.

I will regularly be listing many beautiful and high quality specimens for sale that I have acquired over the years. Something will be available for every collector...from the beginner to the experienced.

Please bookmark my site, and do check in once in a while to see what new beauties are available. It would be great to hear from you, so please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions. Until then, keep collecting, and be well. Thank you kindly for your time in stopping by, and have a great day!

My very best to you all - Guy Russo

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