About Us


(aka Barlow's Gems)

Located in Phoenix, AZ  USA


We have been in the gem and mineral business for 40 years. 

We have sold on eBay since 2004 under Oneofakindrocks.  We are a Top Rated Seller and have excellent feedback-if you would like to see it click here- ebay feedback

We are also on Etsy under BarlowsGems.


Be sure and visit our sister website specializing in Designer Cabochons -


If you come to the world's largest gem show in Tucson, Arizona the end of January thru the 1st two weeks of February, be sure to come see us at The Rock Yard, 615 W Lester St.



Bruce has a Graduate Gemologist Degree from the Gemological Institute of America. He started rock-hounding with an uncle as a kid, joined a lapidary club and competed in club rock and mineral shows, then learned in a Jr. High jewelry class that he could make money selling jewelry to teachers and neighbors! 

We had the contract for collecting rights at the Bagdad Copper Mine in Arizona for several years. We have mined a lot of our own rough rock materials in the past. Anyone in the rock and mineral business knows how difficult it is becoming to obtain new gemstone materials.  Government regulations, mining expenditures (especially fuel cost!) and the cost of transporting or shipping material has made many locations nonviable.  We do search worldwide for unusual, and distinctively patterned, rough rock. 

Bruce does a lot of our cutting and polishing.  He is well known for his great Chrysocolla polished pieces-some as large as 300 pounds! 

We sell everything from cabochons (both designer and bargain), to decorator polished rocks, rough rock, stone slabs, gemstone spheres and eggs, bead pendants, mineral specimens, fossils and more!  


For more information on gemstones and minerals see the Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom.