About Our Business

The Shadyside Mining Company
was not your run-of-the-mill
jewelry store. Robert Patak,
founder, was passionate about
collecting rocks, minerals and
fossils since he was a child.  His
skills as a gem cutter and jewelry
designer and his vast knowledge
about fossils and minerals gained
him great respect in the industry.  
He grew the store into
Pittsburgh's largest retail venue
for gems and minerals.  
Shadyside Mining Company
featured colored stones and
custom-made jewelry.  The
merchandise in the store included
an eclectic mix of unique jewelry
created in-house and using
colored stones, minerals, fossils,
etc.  The store also sold rare
mineral specimens, fossils, beads
and other objets d'arte from
around the world.  Robert's prize
acquisition was the skull of a
prehistoric woolly rhinoceros. In
addition to all of this, the store
also served a large client base
who were interested in the
metaphysical aspects of gems and
minerals.  Since closing its retail
establishment, Shadyside Mining
still offers all of these items
on-line or by appointment.