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ROCKS & MINERALS
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page 1 - You are on Page 1: Aurora crystals, Ulexite (T.V. Rock), Bismuth, Gemstone ID Charts, Tumbled gems, Rhodochrosite, Galena
Page 2 QUARTZ display specimens, Mexican quartz points, clear quartz points, citrine, amethyst points & display pieces; Aragonite from Spain
Page 3 FULGURITES from Algeria, Australia, Texas, and California; CAVE STALACTITES from Mexico
Page 4 FULGURITES from Georgia
Page 5 Magnetite Sand; Pyrite specimens Peru, Pyrite suns from Illinois; Desert Roses, Picture Jasper, Septarian Nodule slices; Mimetolith links
Page 6 Michigan freeform & nugget copper, Peacock Rock, Fluorite, Ricolite, Travertine, Malachite polished, Ocean Jasper, Lepidolite, Carborundum, Apache Tears
Page 7 LIZZADRO Lapidary MUSEUM, Elmhurst, Illinois - Virtual Tour
Page 8 PETRIFIED WOOD from Australia, China, Arizona & Nevada - tumbled, limb casts & crystallized; color chart of petrified wood
Page 9 Garnets from China; Slices of Polar Jade from Canada; FLUORESCENT ROCKS & GLASS: vaseline glass marbles, rhombohedral calcite, Sodalite, and Willemite; Morgan Hill Poppy Jasper (rough), Gem cabs for polishing, Fluorescent Rock display Smithsonian
Page 10 VERMONT MARBLE MUSEUM, Proctor, Vermont - Virtual Tour
Page 11 Herkimer diamonds, Astrophylite, Labradorite specimens, Fire Agate nodules
Our specimens are from North Carolina where we found "Mad Scientist Bill" who's been growing them for 12 years. Bill recently passed away (8/16/04), he will be sorely missed as a gentle and kind friend.
We made a lovely display of the specimens we purchased.
|Photo of a superb rhodochrosite specimen at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D C:|
This is not only a rock & gem identification display, we've included some more unusual specimens for people to enjoy.
Photo 1 - a Pyrite Sun from an Illinois coal mine, picture jasper, Ocean jasper, garnets in the rock from Alaska the way it grows naturally, several specimens of opal from different Australian mines, Labradorite from Newfoundland, a pyrite egg, also cube pyrite from Spain (amazing!) and a real fulgurite (the result of a lightning striking sand)
Photo 2 - Rainbow hematite, red coral as used in Indian jewelry, several great turquoise specimens from Arizona, a calcite & mud concretion material that formed fantastic blue layers, selenite from Nevada, a huge specimen of Colombian amber loaded with winged ants and many other creatures that fossilized into it for 5 million years, and the beginning of our meteorite display.
Photo 3 - Lots more meteorites and meteorite jewelry,
Photo 4 - More meteorites. Plus an elephant ivory cue ball, and a lovely elephant ivory and Canadian jade beaded necklace. Meteorites are all for sale, the ivory is not.
HOW TO TELL IF YOU HAVE
"ROCKS IN YOUR HEAD"
CONTRIBUTED BY CHRIS, A YOUNG CUSTOMER IN CALIFORNIA
1. The sign on the side of the road says "Falling Rocks" and you pull over.
2. First thing on your Christmas list is to go to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show or at LEAST Quartzite.
3. Your pet's names are Rocky, Opal,and Beryl.
4. You care more about the diamonds in the Titanic than the people.
5. You hit your hand with a hammer and your mom asks if you're okay, and you say it's a fracture, good cleavage, and has produced some interesting streaks in your underwear.
6. Your family puts birthday candles in a slab of amethyst instead of cake.
7. The rock pile in your garage is taller than Shaq.
8. The people at the airport know you by name and refuse to carry your luggage.
9. You know every rock shop within a 100 mile radius.
10. You associate the word "saw" with diamonds instead of wood.
11. You know where Tsumeb is.
12. You buy buckets of drywall just to use the buckets for storage of more rocks.
13. You have a two car garage and your car is outside.
14. You give rock tumblers, tools, and rock specimens as Christmas gifts.
15. You make a backpack for your dog named Crystal.
ROCKIN' AT THE SWAMP, Baton Rouge, LA
3/23/10 To my rockin' stone animal friends (link below for info)
We had a very successful event with almost 700 participants and LOVELY weather. We rocked the day away with lots of fun and smiles at every turn. My stone animal collection will stay up throughout the summer so I can share it with our day campers. I hope it will inspire others to start their own collections. I've attached some photos highlighting the event activities - enjoy!
|Cabbing demonstration||Rock wall||Gem mining||
Rock painting - paint a rock python!
Pet rock creation
|As to the folks picking up rocks, we had 2 activities going on in our parking lot. The light colored rock (with rock pile) is a load of limestone donated by Vulcan Materials Co. - it is loaded with marine fossils and was available at any time throughout the day. (no photos, sorry!)|
Going for the gold! (pyrite)
The kids picking up rocks on the gray limestone is our Kids Gold Rush activity. We bought 660 pounds of grade A pyrite (1" to 3" pieces) and had 4 rounds of the activity. Children were lined up according to size and got to run for the gold. The rush part came in because we had to keep the little ones moving or they'd vacuum up all the gold before the big kids had a chance at it. Our main "Sherriff" was actually my dad. He was told to "shoot on site" (with a water gun, of course) anyone taking too long or being greedy - boy did everyone have fun with that! (But no one more than my dad - ha!)
|These young people are creating gemstone cards. Fulfilling? Just look at those smiling faces!|
|Mineral collection||Claire's own gem animal collection on display|
|FAIRY STONES, natural crosses called "Staurolite" crystals found in Virginia that are chiseled from the rock and made into jewelry. Visit the Pendants page 5 to purchase rough, finished or jewelry forms of this religiously significant rock.|
Chiseled away the matrix
Finished into jewelry
Link to Fairy Stone Crosses Page for a great selection we have available!
PETOSKEY STONES - the rock that's also a FOSSIL
Link to Fossils page 5 to see the Rest of the Story, and specimens for sale, natural and polished:
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