Why not jump on a train, from Frankfurt, on a week day, and take a
several hour ride to Idar Oberstein. The ride is very nice. The city
looks like something out of a doll house - everything is perfect and
in its place. Lots of gem stones and jewelry in the downtown
shops(Mainzer Strasse). If you want to work harder, go to the stone
houses along Tiefensteiner Strasse and out to the village of
You can probably find findings also as the trade has started to change
in Idar as the old lapidaries retire and their sons aren’t interested
in the business - as well as the competition from China, Bangkok etc.
So many of the houses are starting to make jewelry also.
Take a look at jewelry and lapidary tools at W. Kruel, Hauptstrasse
101. They are expensive and very well made and last forever (at least
the lapidary saw blades and diamond wheels are what we all use in
On the weekdays the wholesale shops and houses are open, on the
weekends only the tourist geared shops. Take an extra day and see the
sights also - I didn’t get there, but there is a church carved out of
the rock high up on the side of a mountain. You can see it from
As you speak some German, you will have no trouble getting around. I
don’t speak any German and still managed to get there, stay a week,
sell stones (rough) and buy stones (tourmaline rainbow sets and
tourmaline and ametrine carvings - flowers etc).
Be careful with your money - you can blow your budget very fast as
there are many great gems, carvings, and specimens to buy.
Robert Lowe - Lowe Asociates - Brasil
Gemstones, Rough, Specimens