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About Taos Rockers

Storefront

At our storefront an international collection is displayed in three showrooms including many museum-grade specimens representing every continent except Antarctica.

 

 

The Taos Rockers storefront is located off the plaza in downtown Taos, New Mexico.

 

Take a look inside...

 

Our specialty, however, is in the minerals found in our home state, 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. 
 

 

Meet the storefront crew

                Annya                  Lauren Nicole    Suni Dane

 

A wealth of geologic information at Taos Rockers retail store since 2011, you will find Jesse working at the shop now and then. 

 

Jesse Kline

 

"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." 

— 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. 

 

  • 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.

 
"The finest lab for the study of the Earth Sciences is…your own backyard. Take a walk. Be curious." - J

 


Store front 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! 

 


Online store

 

 

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 

 

 

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. "

 


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."

 


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.

 

Our way of doing things...

 
"We attend various gem & mineral shows throughout the region as buyers. We have been attending the Denver spring (April) and Denver fall (September) and Albuquerque (March) shows since 2003, and the Tucson show since 2004.
Over the years we have established working relationships with many dealers throughout the world. When possible, we prefer to work with families who are active in the industry - those whose family actively mine or collect, prep, polish, design, manufacture and market minerals, fossils, jewelry, stoneware and related items.

 

We are proud to be friends of a family of three brothers who operate mines in Brazil and whose sons are being groomed for the business. Our friends from Peru employ dozens of artisans polishing, shaping and carving material while operating a warehouse run by mother, daughter and son. There's the father/daughter team that supplies us with jewelry from India and the husband and wife designing jewelry in Canada.

 

The list goes on and on including families from China, Australia, Germany, Madagascar and Morocco.  We also actively purchase from small mining operators and collectors - eliminating middlemen and keeping prices affordable."

 

- Anne & Cortney
 

Western U.S. Collecting

  
Mt. Anterio, Colorado 2008 ... Busse Claim ... and a Topaz!

 

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

SD      pegmatites

TX       petrified wood

UT       jasper

WY      petrified wood, fossil fish   

 
 
Dust Devil Mine - Oregon Sunstones Royal Peacock Mine, Virgin Valley Opals, Nevada

  


Gem Safari

 

2007

Australia 

      

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 
Guide - D&J Rare Gems; dozen travelers + driver/guide                 

 

2011

Namibia, Africa

   

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.
Tubussis (schorl, demantoid garnets, aquamarine)
Goboboseb mining camp near Brandberg Mountains (amethyst/smoky)
Rock shops in Omaruru,Okorusu, Swakopmund &Windhoek (Tsumeb minerals) Brought back 2 hardcase suitcases with approx. 100# of minerals
Guide - Doug Colter/Geodite; 5 couples + guide & daughter

 

2015

Namibia, Africa

  

Only mineral dealer in Tsumeb ... Miner's Camp Goboboseb ... Miner's Market

 

Repeat of 2011 trip with more time and flexibility.
Brought back 2 hardcase suitcases with approx. 100# of minerals.
Guide - GEOdyssey; 2 couples.

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.

 

2016

Bulgaria

   

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

 


Both Anne and Cortney consider themselves Taoseños. Anne’s family started residency in Taos in the late 1890’s, while Cortney’s parents didn’t start dancing on tables at the Taos Inn until the late 1940’s. Both graduated from Taos High School and re-met at their 30th class reunion. Taos Rockers celebrated its tenth anniversary October 15, 2018.