Turning ancient rocks into art at Meyer's Minerals in Pasadena

A gem shop in western Newfoundland is turning ancient rocks into artwork.

A gem shop in western Newfoundland creates works of art from ancient rocks

Some of the oldest rocks in the world can be found in Newfoundland and Labrador.

But at Meyer's Minerals in Pasadena, a passionate team of rock hounds are turning those ancient stones into works of art.

"Certainly, having cut a lot of rocks over the last 20 or 30 years, you do have an idea of what it's going to look like on the inside," says geologist and shop owner Jamie Meyer.

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Meyer and his team gather interesting rocks from around the province, particularly from the western Newfoundland region.

They then use special tools and techniques to transform the rocks into sculptures, ornaments and jewelry, but also wine racks, trophies and book ends.

"There are certain rocks that have stories behind them, where it fits into the unique geological history of Newfoundland," said Meyer.

"That's also a big part of what we do when we're dealing with people from away who want to understand a bit more about the story of Newfoundland."

Meyer said anyone in the Pasadena area is welcome to stop by the store and take a tour of the work shop.


Zach Goudie is a journalist and video producer with CBC in St. John's.