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Ethics and Integrity


Hi, I just happened across your site while getting ideas for my wire wrap gemstones and sea glass.

The fact that you give away information, don’t insist personal information, has bought my business already.

To add to the joy (yes, I’m prone to hyperbole but I’m absolutely enchanted with your business model), you add stone treatment information rather than burying it somewhere.

It’s very important to me to be able to tell my customers the what’s been done to their stones, the quality, source and composition of the gems they buy.

I believe I’m the only vendor to have the FCC and AGIA disclosure booklets available at any festival I’ve attended.

You have a customer now and, if OK, I will use your page on stone treatments, with proper attribution of course, as a handout at my next festival the end of this month.

Brightest blessings,


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Stone Treatment Codes

(B) block
(C) coated
(D) dyed
(E) enhanced
(H) heated
(I) irradiation
(F) infused
(M) man made - synthetic
(N) natural
(O) oiled
(P) pressed
(S) stabilized

Masterclass in Business

Want to know my secrets to success? Read this interview!

Staring a small business.

She Inspires, a website for women entrepreneurs, did an interview with Szarka, owner and crazed bead slinger at Magpie Gemstones. 

A Masters Class in Business for Smart Entrepreneurs


Szarka Carter is the creative and business talent behind the colourful and captivating Magpie Gemstones. This talented lady is growing her business in some of the toughest economic times American small business has faced and it comes down to being generous with sharing information and ethical selling.

Magpie Gemstones was born out of a passion for authentic gemstones, the stories behind the stones and for creating an ethical business and is now a thriving online and offline gemstone supplier based in Texas, USA.

We caught up with Szarka to find out what makes this beautiful lady do what she does so well and found ourselves having a master class in business.

Tell us a little about yourself, what’s the day to day life like for a small business owner of Magpie Gemstones and who makes up the team?

I am the sole owner and crazed bead slinger at Magpie Gemstones. In a nutshell, the business started when I was making and selling handcrafted jewellery decades ago in Canada. Gradually, I began selling beads at shows in the US and then eventually led to the online store.


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