I joke that I started my first business in second grade, when I made a habit of selling stones I had found around our apartment complex to the other neighborhood children. My love for stones continues to this day, and I've spent the past 14 years studying humanity's relationship with stone, teaching others about this fascinating history, and creating jewelry from natural materials.
I've realized during this time that many of the stones that I and my customers love are not often collected. Unlike the crystals popular with collectors, most agates, jaspers, jades, and others stones form in erratic sizes and tend to show their beauty only when opened to reveal the natural colors and patterns hidden within.
For these reasons I have created Lithicoin. Lithicoins enable rock collectors to easily collect, store, and trade visually striking samples of stone. The coins are hand carved into a uniform shape, making them easy to store stacked in a tube or in flat binder pages. An ideal format for materials with light play and translucency, these natural specimens also make fantastic reference material for stone identification, as well as pattern and color reference for artists and jewelers.
I am hard at work on this unique new concept and these pieces will be an exciting addition to our line for 2017. Because I wish to present a wide array of them in a clean format and retain every sold coin on the website to serve as a material encyclopedia, I am building a separate store to house Specimen Coins and related materials for sale.
I just finished a signup form so you can be notified when the new store launches, and I'll also give away coins to three folks on that list when the project is live.
Sign up here: http://specimencoins.com