The Russian Stone is a family business that has its roots go back to the 1970's back in Soviet Union. My name is Mike Petrov, and I am the son of gemologist Elena Petrova, and mineralogist Valeri Petrov. The Russian Stone as a company opened in 1996, a year after we came to Canada, and is now one of the largest mineral and jewellery businesses in Canada. We strive to provide the most genuine material to our customers, who value our honesty and knowledge in the wonderful field of minerals and gems. We hand pick our products from suppliers from all around the world to bring the highest quality and most aesthetic minerals as well as exclusive jewellery and unique gifts. Our goal is to build long lasting relationships with our customers, and help them fulfill their collections, find that perfect gifts or simply treat themselves to something special.
I have been around rocks for longer than I can possibly remember. I was so passionate about minerals from an early age that I would sneak into my parent's collection, break off a small crystal from one of the specimens and put it into my 'collection'. Now how many 5 year olds do you know that do that? Of course my collecting tactics have changed, and I now travel the world in search for the best material I can find. I currently work as an accountant, however spend any time I get to do what I truly enjoy - being around minerals.
Elena was born to a family that has achieved a lot in Soviet Union's progress in the field of geology as well as mineralogy. With such rich background, Elena graduated from Sverdlovsk Mining Institute in Ural, Russia, and worked for UralQuartzSamozveti Corporation doing geological surveys of deposits of both precious and semi-precious stones. Today, Elena is a certified Gemologist with the Canadian Gemological Association.
Valeri fell in love with rocks when he was a teenager walking the railway tracks in his home country of Moldova, and picking any cool looking rocks that would grab his attention. At 18, Valeri moved to Urals in Russia, and graduated Sverdlovsk Mining Institute. For 25 years, he travelled all over Soviet Union compiling both educational collections for Institutes and Museums as well as finding rare and unique minerals for private collectors, museums, and of course himself.
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