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Jan. 23rd, 2009 @ 11:54 pm Howdy!
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Hello, my name's Alison and I've been lurking here for a couple of weeks. I finally got some shots of my stones and crystals to put with my intro post to break up the text. I was first interested in stones during high school, when I thought I might like to be a paleontologist. My mom was a bit of a rockhound in her youth, under the influence of her father, so I come by hobby honestly and genetically.

Now nearly 30, I work in a metaphysical book and gift shop that sells, among the jewelry and incense and books on Buddhism, a number of very nice and affordable (especially with my employee discount) stones and crystals. I get the see the new stuff when it comes in and so get among the first picks. The downside is that just when I think I've collected all the pieces I want, the stone manager and the co-owner come back from a stone buying trip with a load of new, cool shit. What sweet torture! So here then is most of my stone collection. Rather, these are the pieces that I personally have amassed. If I included the ones my mom gave me, there would be many more photos. Perhaps another time. Apologies ahoy for the subpar camera work.

Survey from above in dodgy lighting.

Among them: garnet, calcite (white, blue, green), malachite, fluorite, a dounle-terminated agate wand, coprolite (dino poop!), citrine, quartz (clear, smokey, tourmalinated, rutilated, spirit), amethyst, diamantina laser wands, petrified wood, lapis lazuli, ruby zoisite, carnelian, selenite, lepidolite, bloodstone, picture jasper, pyrite, agate, rainbow obsidian, jade, pietersite, lingham, amber, and chevron amethyst, oh my.

Here's some more stones, y'all.Collapse )

And the pride of my collection, one of my first and still favorites, a perfectly palm-sized polished piece or that fine feldspar, labradorite. This a shot of the more yellow-gold side, the blue side is less striated and more cloudy but just as lovely.

Jan. 11th, 2009 @ 07:43 pm Rocks
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I feel: curiouscurious
hello all, i have a few pics under the cut and would appreciate any help in figuring this one out :)
my tip's on hematite, but that seems off somehow because of the colours the stone reflectsCollapse )
Oct. 27th, 2008 @ 12:50 am Special Issue - Guide to Common Fakes!
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hard at work
The year end GIANT 64 PAGE SPECIAL of The-Vug.com Quarterly Magazine is ready for pre-sale on eBay right now!

The much talked about and highly anticipated Issue #4,
"A Guide to Common Fakes!"

Articles include:

Crater of Diamonds State Park Diamond Scandel

History of Fakes

How Fakes get around

Glue and your minerals!

Dyed Okenite, Malachite replace Gluaberite, Howlite, Fake Fossils, Galena Geodes, Chinese Charoite, Fake Gold, Irradiated Quartz and so much more!

A great special issue, a fantastic mix of authors about fakes and forgeries!

Sep. 12th, 2008 @ 07:10 pm Desert Rock Question
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Hi there,

Last year, I took a camping trip to a Northwestern NV desert with a friend. While there, we took some photos of outcrops and have been arguing about one of them ever since.

I'm 99% certain I know how this was formed, but I wanted to get some input from others to verify and end the (friendly) feud:

In the photo are "thinly sliced rocks". What are the likely causes of that phenomena in a desert environment? To keep things "fair" to my friend, I'll hold my theory for the moment.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

FWIW, I apologize in advance for bad spelling, poor formatting, and not following the rules (if there are any).
Sep. 2nd, 2008 @ 07:06 am New Mineral Specimen Painting
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Flourite with Smoky Quartz, Albite and Feldspar
Eagle Ridge Claim, Lake George, CO

Watercolor & Gouache on 140 lb. Watercolor Paper, 7 inches high

I painted this especially for the front cover of our COLORADO! issue of The-Vug.com Quarterly Magazine. On pre-sale now!
Jul. 11th, 2008 @ 01:10 am Rocks
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Will - Glory
Hey there, first post!

I'm in no way any sort of expert in mineralogy, geology, or anything related to rocks.

I work in Wisconsin's State Mineralogical Museum, the Weis Earth Science Museum. We have a FABULOUS mineral gallery. Working there has gotten me quite interesting in minerals and various geological things.

We're holding a massive, one-time agate and gem show in Menasha, Wisconsin this weekend (sorry about the late notice; I've just found this community tonight) and I found what I think are some fantastic rocks.

I want to share my finds!Collapse )

And I'll be going back for more tomorrow, haha. :D

(If anyone is in the Fox Valley area of Wisconsin and wants more info, send me a message. The show runs until the 13th of July.)
Jul. 6th, 2008 @ 01:04 am Rocks
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I feel: optimisticoptimistic
Since I see some other websites being advertised, I would like to direct anyone who's interested to www.coloradominerals.net

This is my website, still under development (aren't they all?), and fairly new. Any suggestions, or purchases, would be welcome.

Jul. 2nd, 2008 @ 03:12 pm A Little Help?
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Sunset John
I've just been watching this comm from the sidelines for a while, but decided to join with the hope that you all in your infinite wisdom could help me out. I recently added a couple rocks to my collection - some quartz at my mother's insistence despite having a ton already, some pineapple calcite, and...The Mystery Rock.

Perhaps you could help me identify it?Collapse )
Jun. 13th, 2008 @ 02:15 pm TONIGHT AT PASADENA CITY COLLEGE!
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May. 15th, 2008 @ 10:19 pm 20% Discount from The Collector's Edge!
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