My name is Robert Michael Berry. Given that I’m often called Robert Michael, I decided to market my material under that name, i.e., Robert Michael Gems and Jewelry, LLC.
Fifty years ago I collected my first crystal and it soon became a favored hobby. Given changes in the location of my regular day job, I have collected in many States and hundreds of locations. My hobby has now evolved into my primary business. My collecting preferences have also evolved over the years. At first I was interested in a variety of minerals. I eventually turned my attention to gem-quality crystals.
Today, I personally mine for gem crystals mainly in Colorado but also in other western States. It’s typically old fashion hard rock mining using a large hammer and chisels, and digging rather large holes to follow a seam in the rock. Lots of research is required in order to find locations that will have a fairly high probability of producing the specific type of gem crystals being sought. Even with the research, I find quality material less than half the time. I find high gem-quality material only about 15% of the time. As a rule, we must fill every hole we dig.
I facet (cut) crystals that have a clean interior. This is typically called “gemmy” material, but I will only cut the portion of a crystal that has absolutely no inclusions. This means that even though the outside of a crystal may be scratched or broken, the inside of the crystal must be perfectly clear without any foreign material or imperfections.
Gems that I select for cutting are for sale as shown in the Cutting Rough section of this site Other crystals that are either broken or are not clear or clean are called “Leaverites”, as in “leave ‘er right here”. On some occasions I’ll also purchase gems or uncut crystals from U.S. and other international sources. The product descriptions typically contain the source of my material and whether I faceted the gems.
Gems that I have cut are also for sale and come in a variety of shapes, sizes and cutting patterns as shown in the Gemstones section of this site. In the majority of cases I will use gems that I cut to make one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. Currently I produce pendants, earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets in 14kt gold, 14kt white gold and sterling silver mountings and components. Several of the pieces on the site are my own designs, and I make them using either the “lost wax” casting method or I’ll simply build the piece using various shapes and sizes of precious metal.
I also allow customers to customize their jewelry purchase by first picking out a cut gemstone and then describing the mounting that they would like. Once the mounting is ready, it only takes a few moments to insert and fasten the gems in a mounting and often times I’ll do this while customers watch. This is particular attractive to individuals when I exhibit my material at Gem & Mineral Shows and Fine Art Shows.
Lastly, this is my daughter Lauren. My photographer, occasional digging partner and co-designer of custom jewelry.
I hope you enjoy perusing the site. It would be a pleasure to provide you with a quality piece of my fine jewelry.