• 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 : 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 : 09-Dec-2014
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Mineral dealers are constantly looking for new, fresh, high quality mineral specimens to offer to their customers. A dealer's new specimens can be either new to the market, or are recycled from old collections. Here are the ways dealers find new specimens to sell: from old collections; collected by the dealer; purchased direct from the mine owner; purchased from a wholesale dealer; and purchased at shows.

  • Created By : 27-Jul-2017
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Buyers scour the wholesale showroom at Top Gem Minerals in Tucson, looking for deals.  Eric Greene photo

Mineral collecting is one of the greatest hobbies in the world. I often find that the word ‘hobby’ seems inadequate for what is a lifelong, all-consuming passion for many serious mineral collectors. For as many reasons as there are for collecting minerals, there are ways of acquiring them. Some people are die-hard field collectors and their collections reflect many hundreds of hours swinging hammers and chiseling outcrops, traveling mine-to-mine in search of fine mineral specimens to add to their cabinet. Others attend club meetings, field trips, local rock swaps, and silent auctions where they might spend $10 or perhaps $20 on a modest specimen for their collection. For such collectors, the enjoyment of the hobby may be largely related to the social aspects- the meetings, the club shows; the myriad ways in which we engage and participate with our tight-knit community of fellow rock nuts. For others still, the thrill is in the hunt for a true ‘trophy specimen’ whose value can easily climb into the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars, and whose acquisition may feel more like an initiation into the secretive and zealous world of high-end mineral trading.

  • Created By : 30-Nov-2014
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Our showroom, where every specimen has a complete, accurate label

I have a confession to make: when I first started buying mineral specimens, I threw out the labels. You may have done the same. As it turns out, it's not that uncommon. Now I've learned my lesson, and I never throw away a label!

  • Created By : 02-Dec-2014
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Our customers occasionally ask us questions about their mineral collections. Here's one we hear frequently: