THE TWO SKIES STORY
"No adventure is too crazy, no risk is too great, no journey too extreme, when Adam McIntosh sets about sourcing his rare and unusual gems. Born in Scotland and raised in Papua New Guinea, he is renowned for his environmentally sound and ethically sourced stones."
Celebrating the shop's 3rd birthday
in May 2018 with manager Natalie
Advising at the Scottish Gemmological
Association meeting in October 2018
Two Skies the business was born in 2003.
A hopeful, optimistic young Adam McIntosh left Edinburgh in 2001 with the vague plan to travel the world and earn his way as he went as a kilt-wearing folk singer and story-teller; however, he found his true vocation along the way!
Staying with the native tribespeople of Nova Scotia in Canada gave him a keen interest in bartering and trading. (It was here, whilst working and living with the Mi'kmaq tribe, that he was gifted the name 'Two Skies'.) A passion for gemstones then developed in Arizona, where he met Native Americans dealing in turquoise. Stopping off in Australia, delighted prospectors celebrating the discovery of an opal seam gifted him a bag of precious opal offcuts to add to his collection in exchange for a round of beers! Several hair-raising adventures followed, including being chased out of The Dominican Republic by gangsters and living with a witchdoctor in rural Africa.
By the time he returned from travelling, Adam had gathered many gems. He took them into town in a wheelbarrow to sell from a blanket. With no street traders license, he was often moved on - but the business had begun! It has continued to grow steadily through the years and includes official stalls, a small team of skilled silversmiths setting the stones into jewellery, and in 2015 the first bricks and mortar Two Skies shop opened on the Royal Mile. The story doesn't end there, as Two Skies has established a growing online presence with three Etsy shops, and it's very own 'dot scot' website!
You can sort through Adam's 'polaroids home' here: