About the Author: Sam Larson

Sam Larson
Gemstones Director
I started with Stuller in 2019 • I've been in the jewelry industry for 20 years •  Love baking, passionfruit, gemstones, mascara, and everyday adventures • Mama Bear • Bug-obsessed pretend photographer • Hoarder of stationary and colored pens • Tetrachromat • Believer that tea is best served with whipped cream

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Sell With a Story: Tanzanite

Broader color variations offered from this classic gem

Everyone has a favorite gemstone, whether it’s classic blue, cheeky pink, sunny yellow, or icy white. Sell With a Story is here to help expand those horizons and turn even the most timid gemstone purveyor into a strong-selling, gemstone enthusiast. This time, I’m going to discuss the mineral zoisite and read more…

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Sell With a Story: Speckled Quartz

Get to know one of the most unusual varieties of quartz: Speckled Quartz

I am so excited to introduce you to one of my favorite new stones: speckled quartz. I first saw this curious and unique material when I was at the Intergem show in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. Idar’s rich gem mining and cutting history continue with the addition of this otherwise overlooked variety read more…

Sell With a Story: Tourmaline Gemstones

Learn some basics about captivating, colorful tourmaline gemstones in this installment of Sell With a Story

Every design can benefit from a well-placed pop of color — and there’s perhaps no gemstone better suited for this than tourmaline. With its clean lines, elongated crystals, and range of colors, tourmaline gemstones are just what you need for eye-catching, vivid center stones. A more contemporary design might use read more…

Sell With a Story: Spinel Gemstones

Learn more about Spinel, a colorful, versatile gemstone, in this installment of Sell With a Story

GIA has said “Spinel is a good candidate for the title of ‘History’s Most Underappreciated Gem.’” And it could not be truer. Throughout history, Spinel has had a privileged yet unknown heyday. It appears in everything from the British Crown Jewels and the Austrian Imperial Crown, to the Russian coronation read more…

Sell With a Story: Tsavorite, Demantoid, and Mint Green Garnet

Learn more about the three green varieties of January’s birthstone, garnet.

What do pomegranates have to do with garnets? Garnet’s name comes from the Latin word granatum, meaning “pomegranate.” More specifically, garnet refers to the vibrant red seeds of the pomegranate fruit — but while Rhodolite and Mozambique garnet may be the most widely known shades, garnet actually comes in a read more…

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Have You Explored the New Gemstone Experience on Stuller.com?

Here's an insider's guide to navigating gemstones on our website

  “Hey there, I’m Sam. It’s nice to meet you! I am the new Director of Gemstones here at Stuller and I’m super excited to share our new Gemstone Experience on Stuller.com. There are so many great new features that allow you to navigate with ease. You’ll find exactly what read more…