mining for gems

One of my favorite parts of running an Etsy shop is deciding how to photograph my items. I sometimes like to incorporate props for added visual interest; my collection of uncut gems serves this purpose well.


I love the colors, shapes, and textures that they add to the scene. And I love using them because they remind me of where I got them; I vacation every summer in the mountains of North Carolina with my boyfriend’s family, and it’s tradition for us to go to a cool little place called Foggy Mountain Gem Mine in Boone, NC to sift through buckets of dirt and rocks to find the gems. It’s very touristy, but I love it. I think the gems are so lovely, even uncut and unpolished.

What kind of props do you prefer to use in your product photography?


About Emily

Hello! My name is Emily and I'm a 27 year old living in Raleigh, NC. I am a graduate student studying sociology and working towards my PhD; I run a vintage etsy shop in my free time.
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