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California Rockhounding

So, that wraps up California. I'll start on Colorado next week.

BTW there are so many other things to look for in California. You can find tourmaline at the Himalaya Mine in Santa Ysabel and at the Pala Chief Mine, Ocean View Mine or Stewart Mine just outside San Diego. Nephrite jade can be found in many areas of the state. If you go to California, check out some of these museums that have great displays of interest to rockhounds of all ages. There are many more!

Rockhounding in Arkansas

There are lots of other rocks to find in Arkansas.  The Rockhounding Arkansas website divides the state into five regions for rockhounding and fossil collection.  The Ouachita Mountains area has been discussed in the previous posts, so I'll share a little information about the other regions.

Rockhounding in Alabama

 Over 190 mineral species can be found in Alabama.  Included are agates, amethyst, andalulsite, apatite, calcite, emeralds, fluorite, ilmenite, magnetite, monazite, onyx, opal, rutile, tourmaline, turquoise and gold.  

It's Nearly Mined Out!

Although no one would suggest I actually need more rocks at my house, that doesn't stop me from looking for more.  And, when I'm at home I sometimes have the gem and jewelry shopping channels on in the background.  The hosts are usually pretty knowledgeable about gemstones and jewelry.  Many are GIA certified. And, they have to keep up on what is going on in the field of gemstones and jewelry - it's their job!

Traveling rocks

I've mentioned that my father taught me lots about rocks and gave me the equipment to get started cutting rocks and making jewelry.  This weekend, I was back home visiting my mother and the gifts from my father just seem to keep coming.  I was looking for some of my son's workout gear in the basement when I found yet more crystals and rocks and templates for cuttting cabochons.  I really thought I had them all, but Dad apparently had them stashed everywhere.  My house is like that.  I think I have all my rocks very organized - and for the most part I do.&nbs

Old Rock Hounds Never Die, They Just Pass On Their Love of Rocks

Three days after my last post, my father died.  It's taken me a while to be able to do much with my rocks, or to write about them.  Dad was my rock buddy and it seems pretty strange not to share what I'm doing with him.  From the time I was little, my dad dug, cut and made jewelry with rocks.  It fascinated me.  Still does. 

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Dad's Favorite

My father had surgery a couple of weeks ago - serious surgery.  Which got started quite a bit later than scheduled.  So, while we waited for him to go up to the operating room, we talked.  About rocks.  Well, other things too, but we always end up talking about rocks.  And, as we talked, it occured to me that my Dad has a favorite.  Not me.  A favorite rock.

Road Trips and Rocks

I don't often get to talk to SanDee, but when she is in town we inevitably talk rocks.  I'm envious because she and significant other were on a trip and she was collecting rocks.  Something I haven't been able to do for quite a while.  Getting new knees has helped, but there is a limit to what the fake knees will let you do, and climbing rock cliffs is not recommended.

Music and the Creative Process

My iPod died.  I mention this because I sat down on Sunday to work on a bracelet - a lovely turquoise and silver piece - and there was no music coming out of my iPod.  I wasn't sure I could make jewelry without music in the background. 

What's in a Name?

I was talking with some fellow jewelry makers last night and we don't agree on the name of a rock. We didn't agree on the pronunciation of another.  That's not uncommon. The conventions for naming rocks are a little vague, and are usually based on 1) who found it first, 2) where it was found, or 3) what color or pattern the rock displays.  Official names are pretty standard, but that doesn't keep those in the rock and jewelry trade from coming up with new names all the time - they do it to market the rocks.

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