Well, if you visit Kasey and Kean Riley’s Twin Crystal Rock Shop, treasure takes on a whole new meaning. The store shelves are lined with beautiful jewelry, most of which is handmade locally. There is a room dedicated to florescent stones, a sandbox for treasure digging and shelf dedicated to old-fashioned candy.
This store isn’t all about shopping. Kasey welcomes us and starts in on a few educational facts regarding the nature of the stone around us. We learn that this particular moonstone jewelry was mined in nearby Bloomingdale and that Anorthosite is found in both the Adirondacks and the moon. He is so knowledgeable and passionate about rocks that we end up staying longer to take a free rock tour.
Both brothers are lapidary artists cutting and polishing the cabochons by hand right at their shop. They’ve held birthday parties at the site and even have a saw blade that is safe for children to use while having stone cutting lessons.
The Twin Crystal Rock Shop is located at 13 Broadway in Saranac Lake. For hours and questions please call 891-1714.
© Diane Chase, author of Adirondack Family Time: Tri-Lakes and High Peaks (Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities) for the towns of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Jay/Upper Jay, Wilmington, Keene/Keene Valley which is available online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the second guidebook in the four-book series of Adirondack Family Activities.