About Taos Rockers
At our storefront an international collection is displayed in three showrooms including many museum-grade specimens representing every continent except Antarctica.
Take a look inside...
Meet the storefront crew
A wealth of geologic information at Taos Rockers retail store since 2011, you will find Jesse working at the shop now and then.
"An avid amateur mineralogist and field collector for over 30 years, Jesse 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."
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’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.
Store front hours:
We will be welcoming customers inside, while observing all public health mandates in New Mexico regarding the Covid-19 outbreak.
The Taos Rockers online store is where we "open our warehouse doors" and provide access to Taos Rocker's insurmountable back-stock inventory that does not fit in the storefront location!
As our collection has grown into ample volume to stock two stores, we have "opened a new store" online.
Because the online store is a representation of our warehouse inventory, the physical storefront and the online store may or may not carry the same products.
The stores are, however, married and communicate with each other! So if you are looking for something that you cannot find in one store, we will happily search the inventory of both stores to help you find what you are interested in!
Behind the Scenes
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. "
Taos Rockers Newsletters
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."
Taos Rockers is owned & managed by Cortney Stewart and Anne Brenner ~ In business since '08
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.|
Our way of doing things...
When possible, we collect material throughout the western US - in recent years some of what we have collected ourselves are:
AZ Patagonia jasper, quartz, petrified wood, fire agate, turquoise, Cu-minerals, apache tears, hemimorphite, geodes, travertine, wulfenite
CA kyanite, dumortierite
CO peridot, smoky quartz, garnet, beryl (aquamarine), topaz, amazonite
ID jasper, schorl, agate
MT sapphire, amethyst/smoky quartz
NV opal, garnet, smoky quartz, turquoise
NM peridot, turquoise, marine fossils, staurolite, Harding pegmatite, Mn minerals, fluorite, petrified wood, Pecos diamonds, calcite, sunstone
OR sunstone, obsidian, opal, snake-skin agate
TX petrified wood
WY petrified wood, fossil fish
|Dust Devil Mine - Oregon Sunstones||Royal Peacock Mine, Virgin Valley Opals, Nevada|
Fossicking in Lightning Ridge, Australia ... Sapphire hunting - Inverell ... Anne & Cortney underground
Traveled within New South Wales - Lightning Ridge (black opal) and Inverell (sapphires) - self collected both areas
Tourmaline buying in Tubussis ... Road to Goboboseb ... Hoba Meteorite
Traveled within north 1/2 of country. No self collecting - purchases from native miners and rock shops.
Only mineral dealer in Tsumeb ... Miner's Camp Goboboseb ... Miner's Market
Repeat of 2011 trip with more time and flexibility.
On April 8-24, we (Anne & Cortney) traveled to Namibia in south west Africa for our second mineral safari tour to that country. This time the tour was lead by our great friends Pat Tucci and Zelda Bailey, the new owners of Geodite and long-term mineral dealers from the Colorado Front Range area. As this was the first tour offered by the new Geodite, it was doubbed the “Guinea Pig” tour and several appropriate mascots accompanied us on the trip.
Namibia is the first country in the world to incorporate the protection of the environment into its constitution. Some 14% of the land is protected, this in a country slightly more than half the size of Alaska. The terrain is mostly high plateau with the Namib desert along the coast and the Kalahari Desert in the east. It looks a lot like southwestern New Mexico, especially if you replace the mesquite with acacia trees. The tropic of Capricorn runs through the middle of the country. Namibia has a desert climate, it is hot, dry, and rainfall is very sparse and erratic. We arrived at the end of the rainy season and into their autumn. Still hot in the north (Etosha) yet foggy and cooler along the coast (Swakopmund).
Our primary objective for visiting Namibia was the purchase of minerals. We were able to purchase the following minerals while in the country:
Almandine (garnet), Amethyst (quartz), Anglesite, Aquamarine (beryl), Azurite, Calcite with Phlogopite, Carrusite, Dementoid (garnet), Dioptase, Epidote, Fluorapatite, Fluorite, Halite, Prhenite, Smoky Quartz, Topaz, and Tourmaline.
Mindat.org lists 715 valid minerals for Namibia in general, 100 of which are type localities (many of those from Tsumeb). Namibia is divided into 13 mining regions, of which we visited the Erongo and Otjikoto (Tsumeb) regions.
Namibia is heavily dependent on the extraction and processing of minerals for export. Mining accounts for about 12% of GDP and provides more than 50% of foreign exchange earnings. Namibia is a world-class producer of gem quality rough Diamonds (marine & beach deposits), Uranium (4th largest world producer), Zinc and acid-grade fluorspar (fluorite). Namibia also produces large quantities of Gold, Copper, Lead, Salt and Dimension Stone.
Highlights of our trip included visits to the village of Tubissis for minerals, the settlement of Uis and outlying Gobobseb for minerals, the Cheetah Conservation Fund, the town of Tsumeb and its museam, the Hoba meteorite, Etosha National (wildlife) Park with thousands of animals, the town of Swakopmund along the Skeleton Coast (Atlantic ocean) along with the Kristalle Gallerie and Namib Sand Dunes, the Cape Cross seal colony and salt deposits, the Uiba-Oas Crystals Market (Spitzkoppe open-air Market) for more mineral shopping, and the capital city of Windhoek. We spent eighteen days in-country.
The hardest part of the entire trip was the 32 hour time period between boarding the plane in Windhoek and arriving in Albuquerque, including the 16.5 hour flight between Johannesburg, South Africa and JFK, New York.
Buying Agates in Plovdiv Bulgaria ... Opal Ledge ... Underground Copper mine - Balkan Mountains
Our guide is a native Bulgarian geologist/mineral dealer who worked throughout the country both under Russian occupation and since independence in 1990 and established the first Bulgarian "rock shop"
Traveled to 2 underground mines in the Western Balkan Mountains (Copper minerals), 1 underground mine in the Rhodope Mountains (Sphalerite & Galena), numerous surface collecting areas (agates, jasper, opal, amethyst & petrified wood) Purchased various minerals from local miners in the Madan area, Plovdiv & Sophia
Container shipped to Tucson with approximately 600 pounds of material
Guide - Ivan Pojarevski/Bulgarian Minerals & Gems Co.; 2 couples