About Direct From the Mines

Direct From the Mines specializes in home decor crystals and minerals, along with gifts, jewelry and more. All of our minerals are brought to our store direct from the mines of Brazil, Honduras, Africa, Madagascar and many other places around the world. We are professional gemologists with decades of experience in the gem and mineral mining industries. We welcome you to visit us to see an excellent collection of crystals, minerals, gifts and more from right here in Texas and around the world, at prices that everyone can afford.

We are currently expanding our gift section as you can see in the image at left.


Robert James, FGA, GG is a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, Graduate Gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America, and is also the current President of the Insurance Institute of Jewelry Appraisal, a 501(c)3 non-profit education organization dedicated to providing quality gemology and appraisal education to jewelers around the world. Robert has written over 50 articles on jewelry and gemstones that have been published around the world. For many years Robert worked with the largest Brazilian mining company, Amsterdam Sauer, running their stores in the Caribbean and providing technical assistance through their office in New York. Robert has operated an Allied Teaching Center for the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, and has studied extensively with the Gem-A in London. Additionally, Robert is a Property and Casualty Insurance Adjuster, licensed by the Texas Department of Insurance, after working for many years in the USAA Insurance gemological lab. Robert now provides high value jewelry insurance investigation services for insurance companies in the United States and Europe.

Today, Robert works with his mining industry connections around the world to bring the finest quality crystals, minerals and gemstones to the Direct From the Mines store here in Helotes, Texas and to the world through this website. Contact us at the information below. We would love to hear from you.

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Robert James FGA, GG
Direct From the Mines
14436 Old Bandera Rd, #2
Helotes TX 78023