• Created By : 24-Nov-2014
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I recently received this inquiry from one of our customers:

I am a Pennsylvania collector or more a specimen miner, as you referred to on your website. My passion is the hunt and it is completely insatiable! I cannot get enough hours in the field but unfortunately, my garage is filled with everything I found. My dream is to be a full-time specimen miner, but I am having trouble filling in the gaps on how to do it. I dread the idea of cataloging and photographing all of my material to sell on line. Then there is the task of setting up a virtual storefront, something I am not familiar with. I think I could figure it out but I'd rather be digging. It is just the magnitude of the initial undertaking that has me running for cover but like I said, I just want to dig! Would you have any suggestions on how I might best proceed?

  • Created By : 24-Nov-2014
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Take this short quiz to determine whether or not you are a rockaholic. Answer each question using this 4 point scale.

0 = Never
1 = Rarely
2 = Sometimes
3 = Often

  • Created By : 14-Nov-2014
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If you are interested in rocks, minerals, lapidary work, fossils, or any other aspect of earth sciences, you may find that joining a local mineral club is a great way to expand your knowledge, meet like-minded collectors, make new friends, and discover new collecting spots. Here are some tips.

  • Created By : 31-Oct-2014
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I started collecting minerals when I was 8 years old, then quit when I discovered girls at age 13. Later in life, my interest was re-kindled when my son Dan was playing in the field behind our house and found a chunk of glacial quartz with a vug containing crystals. My original goal was to share this wonderful hobby with my three children, especially the part about going out in the woods and finding buried treasure. Gradually, this goal evolved, and I ended up being bitten hard by the mineral collecting “bug” (some would call it an addiction). As my passion grew, I plunged in head first, and began building a mineral collection. As I proceeded, I made a series of blunders, the results of which still plague me today when I open one of the drawers containing my old collection. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a mentor – someone who could have steered me in the right direction, so that I could avoid the pitfalls which, in retrospect, seem so obvious today. So, here’s the advice I have learned through hard experience, and that I wish someone had given me along the way. I hope it helps you to build a collection of fine minerals and gem crystals that you will be proud of today, and that will still be a source of happiness and wonder in years to come.