About Joe Henley Rough & Gemstones
Welcome to my website! Finally, a place to showcase more of my inventory!
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.
Introducing Sara Trotman
Sara is our newest and most valuable gem. She is a gem cutter and rough enthusiast and we are lucky to have her on our team. She is mostly working behind the scenes, loading the website at a breakneck speed – her’s are the new fingers that you see. As many have already noted, she has a phenomenal ability to capture what a gemstone looks like in hand. This skill along with her love of process makes her an invaluable addition to the team as we continue to become the preeminent online source for all of your lapidary needs.