About Joe Henley Rough & Gemstones

Welcome to my website!  Finally, a place to showcase more of my inventory!

Angkor Wat, June 2019 Hunting Cambodian Blue Zircon

A bit of background.  My business model was developed with two key ingredients: great rough and great customer service. Long before I sold my first stone, I was a collector of rough. From as long ago as I can remember, I was attracted to color. It’s a visceral reaction that I feel deeply and can keep me up for hours when I’m looking at stones. Those of you who have this condition know exactly what I’m referring to. I am one of you.

It took me many years to go from a collector of rough to a dealer in rough. I spent the majority of my adult life building a business before selling it at the age of 39 and “retiring” for the first time. At one point, I began to learn to facet and have cut the occasional stone but have never sold a finished gem. To be completely honest, I’m not a very good cutter and my preference is rough anyway. Two things I have learned in this process: good rough is truly rare and good rough increases in value.

I don’t sell commercial rough. My specialty is exceptional singles, with the occasional small parcel. More importantly, selling rough isn’t transactional for me.  It’s a passion – one that is shared by my customers.

I’m grateful to have the opportunity to pursue my passion and share it with so many of you. I remind myself daily that I don’t have to do this; I am privileged to do this.

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A Special Coronavirus Update

We want to let everyone know that we are open for business and working through this crisis. Sara, Bracken and I are each working from home and are in constant communication with one another. Sara is busy loading the website and Bracken is handling billing and customer communication worldwide.  I am holding down the social media fort and maintaining our mining and supplier relationships around the globe.  We are determined to make it through this with our company intact and our customer’s needs being met. 


We know a lot of our clients will be impacted in one way or another by this pandemic – and we want you to know that we are here for you.  If you need a stone to finish a project or have a question about special financing terms, please don’t hesitate to reach out.