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About Taos Rockers Stores

Taos Rockers Storefront

Taos Rockers, located in the historic district in an adobe-and-viga storefront,has been in business in Taos, New Mexico, since 2011. Owned and operated by Cortney Stewart and Anne Brenner (both Taos born, raised and current residents), the store has three rooms filled with all things mineral and rock - mineral and fossil specimens, jewelry, decor items, loose crystals and polished pebbles, stoneware, books, maps and more.




Take a look inside...


We specialize in the minerals of New Mexico.
The Taos Rockers resident geologist and mineral specialist is owner Cortney Stewart. His geologic studies focus on his home state of New Mexico; this is reflected in the museum-quality collection of minerals from New Mexico available in the shop. Cortney examines each specimen (not just the ones from New Mexico) to verify identification. Each unique specimen comes with a tag providing this identification as well as source locale, when available. 


Meet the storefront crew

Annya Lauren Helen
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’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

Closed during Fiestas De Taos, Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day
Use the map below to locate our storefront! 


Taos Rockers Online store



If you can't make it to Taos to visit our adobe-and-viga shop in person, the next best option is our online store. It contains the best and/or most representative of what is sold in the Taos storefront (about 1000 items compared to the 10,000 or so in the physical store).

The online and adobe-and-viga stores do "talk" to each other, so if you can't find what you're looking for in one, please check the other, or "let your fingers do the walking" and call one of our helpful sales staff at the Taos shop.


Behind the Scenes 



Kyla Cannon (Kai)


Kyla was a part of the Taos Rockers' family 2018-2022; she was instrumental in getting the online store up and running, managing the technical side of the website through 2022, ably assisted by her (now) 2 year old son, Theodore. She has now chosen to focus entirely on her family and personal pursuits, and we wish her the best!



Taos Rockers Newsletters



Martha Sykes


Martha has the fun job of writing newsletters for Taos Rockers, as well as working in the adobe-and-viga store one day a week, and doing a lot of the informational and product work for the website. She has a BS in Geology with Honors from UNC-Chapel Hill. She took their required 6-week field mapping course in 1975, and that's what got her to New Mexico the first time - it was (and still is) located in Ranchos de Taos, NM. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Geology from Arizona State University. Later she served as a one-woman geology department at Hawaii Pacific University, finishing her time there as the head of research and grants administration. Martha is also a level IV Reiki Master and 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

  Read about Taos Rockers' international mineral collection trips HERE