Minerals, Gemstones, and Jewelry 

Gemstone Gallery on Grand Avenue blends nature’s beauty with art and design.

BY WHITNEY BUTLER

If diamonds are a girl’s best friends, Patti DeLise has a network of colorful companions (rubies, emeralds, sapphires) most women would envy. From museum-quality mineral specimens to one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, Gemstone Gallery on Grand Avenue shines a rainbow of naturally occurring beauty from its windows in the heart of Escondido’s thriving downtown.

Patti and her husband Tim have been fascinated with gems and minerals for as long she can remember. Tim’s brother, a geologist, helped spur the couple’s collection of loose stones and minerals; ultimately transforming intrigue into a wholesale businesses by 2005.

In May of this year, Patti and Tim transformed the space at 106 W Grand Ave into a New York-style studio that showcases both Tim’s exceptionally rare mineral specimens, and Patti’s collection of fine jewelry. This blend of natural wonders with art and design has produced a unique experience that appeals to nearly every age and every curious shopper.

“We’ve been busy,” said Patti. “I think children are just as fascinated with our rare specimens as serious collectors.”

Originally appeared in print January 2016
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