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About Taos Rockers

Located off the plaza in downtown Taos, New Mexico.


With our Geologic background, all efforts are made to bring our customers an exotic collection of hand specimens from around the world. Each piece is accompanied by a detailed description card after thorough examination by our specialist and owner Cortney Stewart. 


At our storefront an international collection is displayed in three showrooms including many museum-grade specimens representing every continent except Antarctica.
Our specialty, however, is in the minerals found in our home state, New Mexico! 

Read about our international collection trips HERE.


Our hours:

Monday - Sunday   10am - 5pm

We will be welcoming customers inside, while observing all public health mandates in New Mexico regarding the Covid-19 outbreak. 
Closed during Fiestas De Taos & Christmas Day


Use the map below to locate our storefront! 



Taos Rockers is owned & managed by Cortney Stewart and Anne Brenner ~ In business since '08 

Cortney & Anne

Who we are

Cortney Stewart earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology (and Biology) from NM Tech. He has 35 years of experience as a mineral landman and has traveled extensively across the western US. He is a lifetime member of the New Mexico Geological Society, a Friend of the Mineral Museum (NM Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources), and a member of the Albuquerque Gem & Mineral Club and the Los Alamos Geological Society. At an early age in his career, he contracted gold fever – fortunately it remains in remission.


Anne Brenner earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance & Banking from Southern Methodist University (SMU Dallas). She has 38years of experience in private practice as a property manager (Real Estate Broker) and in custodial accounting.  Prior to establishing Taos Rockers with Cortney, Anne thought gemstones came from Tiffany’s. She has since dug her own gemstones, had them cut and set in jewelry and can be seen wearing those stones in the shop.

Taos Rockers Newsletters


Martha Sykes


Written by Martha Sykes; resident geologist and reiki master at Taos Rockers. Martha has a BS in Geology; in Hawaii she served as a one-woman geology department at Hawaii Pacific University, teaching physical geology, natural disasters, mineralogy, geochemistry, environmental science, global change, marine geology, hydrogeology, and sedimentology.  Along the way she moved into administration, finishing her tenure at HPU as the head of research and grants administration. Martha is also a level IV Reiki Master and she has apprenticed with Heather Ash Amara and is a certified Warrior Goddess facilitator.  She has studied extensively with Colette Baron-Reid and is a certified oracle guide.  In Peru she was initiated and attuned with Earthkeeper energy by an Andean q’ero.  And that brings her full circle back into earth “science."


Newsletter article introducing Martha to the team HERE

Behind the Scenes 


Kyla Cannon (Kai)


Kyla has been a part of the Taos Rockers' family since 2018.


"After only a week in Taos, Kai was hired by Anne and Cortney to work in the downtown store. Interested in crystals since she can remember, it has become a lifelong study. Working with Jesse Kline, she explored the crystallography and geochemistry of the mineral specimens in the store. 

When Anne and Cortney decided to implement an online store for Taos Rockers, Kai had the experience to help them.  What started as a part-time endeavor at the shop became a full-time job in developing and later managing the Taos Rockers website from her office.  She is assisted by her very special helper, Theodor (now 2 yo) , who brightens our days when he joins his mom at work. "


Excerpt from the newsletter article featuring Kyla for Mother's Day HERE

A wealth on information, a resource 


Jesse Kline


A gentleman and a scholar, working at Taos Rockers retail store since 2011.

"He knows more about New Mexico minerals and their geologic occurrence than most university geology professors in that field, and is a total WOW at identifying minerals from hand samples.  And that's just a small piece of it." 

— Excerpt from the newsletter article featuring Jesse's retirement in 2021. Now he assists as an informational resource for the website and newsletters, and swoops in to save the day when needed in the storefront. 

Article HERE

  • Since 2000 he’s specialized in creating exhibits for professional regional- and national-level mineralogical symposiums.
  • He took intro-level geology courses at Taos Community College.
  • He never went to graduate school for geology, and he knows more about New Mexico geology and minerals than most university professors in the field.
  • He was the first person to discover (and scientifically confirm) emeralds in New Mexico (in Taos County, no less!) – none had ever been reported before from the state.
  • He’s an artist, particularly enjoying print-making, drawing and sculpture.
  • Many mineralogical specimens at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology Mineral Museum (Socorro, NM Tech) were collected by Jesse.
  • He’s still an active collector of mineral specimens, and now particularly enjoys mentoring younger collectors who are willing to learn.

Meet the storefront crew


                 Lauren                   Dane
                  Suni                       Val                    Nicole

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