NEWSLETTER - JUNE 2011
So, I’ve been scanning the news, optimistically trying to find something positive to kick-off this piece. No mean feat, I can assure you. I guess it’s OK if you happen to support Swansea. Or your name is Marc Bolland. And not too shabby if your Olympic ticket application was successful. Or you managed to get your hands on a Shola dress from Reiss. But apart from these snippets of goodness, our newspapers and screens have been dominated by yet more doom and gloom. On a brighter note, what about all those Bank Holidays? On a couple of occasions over the past two months, I actually found myself at work! Which is just as well, for things have been pretty busy here at Craftstones. So, without further ado, I can reveal the runners and riders for this June’s Delivery Derby:
Tucson – a seasoned thoroughbred from a world-renown stable. Shows strongly during January and February. A genuine all-rounder that takes some beating for the quality it has to offer. And this year has been no exception! We have received a large quantity of unusual tumble stones and rough calcites, together with an interesting selection of mineral specimens and treated Arkansas Quartz. So, if you’re after Fulgurite, Pyrite cubes and clusters, Moqui marbles, Desert Roses, polished Labradorite pieces, Tangerine Quartz, Black Tourmaline, Chalcopyrite and much more, you know where to come. We’ll be taking a good selection of this new stock to the Rock, Gem ‘n’ Bead Show at Kempton Park over the weekend of June 4 and 5and we hope to see you there. As usual, if you have any special requests, please give us a call so we can make sure your requirements are stowed aboard the Star Ship Enterprise.
South America – a favourite from Latin America, trained jointly by Uruguay and Brazil. Colours dominated by amethyst. A popular stayer – some might say the housewives’ choice. The quality of the Amethyst in this shipment was impressive and punters will be pleased to learn that there’s been no increase on the exchanges in the price of the exquisite Uruguayan pieces. There are also some beautiful spheres and a good selection of wands, Platonic Solids and Merkaba Stars.
Hong Kong – another impressive performance from this reliable crowd-pleaser. Enjoys the trip in all weathers. Change in ownership since July 1997. Still worth a bet, despite rising stabling costs. This shipment contained the usual mixture of marvellous merchandise, all hand-selected by the Guv’nor. There really is something for everyone: new additions to the 2TS and 2B ranges, large Fluorite angels (7”, 8” and 10”), large Rose Quartz Kuan Yin carvings (7”, 8” and 10”), assorted animal carvings, eggs, spheres, soap stones, thumb stones and worry stones, skull carvings in Polychronic Jasper and Haematoid Quartz, pendants, bracelets, necklaces and earrings to name but a few. As customers will be aware, the rise in wages and the cost of silver have had an undesirable effect on prices, but we have endeavoured – as we always do – to keep any increase in our prices as low as possible.
South Africa – a real “zuma” this one! Speed matched only by quality and value for money. Trained in Simon’s Town by the Cape Town connections. Often referred to by his nickname Scratch Patch. Once again, our drawers and drums are bursting with tumble stones for your delectation and delight. And we are also proud to offer a new range of Gemstone Oak Trees. Want to start your own Scratch Patch operation? No problem – we have all the stones you need here in Redhill. Our range of stones and sizes therein is hard to beat, so if it’s tumble stones you’re after, come and check out what’s new at the yard. And of course, the SP won’t leave you feeling unseated either.
So, there you have it – a winning race card if ever I saw one! Your best bet now is to gallop apace to Craftstones and have a flutter on some of our exciting, new products. You won’t lose your shirt and your selections might just put you in the winners’ enclosure. After all, you’d be mad to look this gift horse in the mouth!