Being a native from Tijuana and living in San Diego nearly ten years I never been to Old Town. I just think is a typical tourist attraction full of Latin Americas kitsch and no real culture of essence of my country. While visiting a friend in one of the restaurants we decided to check out some of the shops and as  I suspected they wore full of kitschy/touristy tchotchkes but somewhere in there we found a gem (literally), Miner's Gems & Minerals. A wonderful store full of antiques, insect taxidermy and their specialty gems and minerals. There you can also find a lovely selection of petrified wood, mortars and pestle, and books. They gentlemen who runs the store is full of knowledge!! So if you want the Kelly Wearstler look without spending the designer prices check this little gem out.

images via: miner's gems and minerals.

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