Temecula California 3rd annual tail gate October 27th -29th-Stewart Mine,Oceanview Mine gems

Filed under: Coming Events — Gary October 21, 2006 @ 3:30 am

Alot of rockhounds have had some experence with my Diehard
Rockhounds Group,Positive and Negative.
When I came on to this seen about 3&1/2 years ago I was trying to
decide wether to join a rock club or not.


Whittier California Gem & Mineral Society – October 21 & 22

Filed under: Coming Events — Gary @ 3:25 am

Hello Everyone,

This weekend, October 21 & 22 the Whittier Gem & Mineral Society will hold
its annual show at the Whittier Community Center, 7630 Washington Ave,
Whittier, Ca. Hours are 10 – 5 both days. We would love to see you there!

Thank You,
James La Borde

The Ottawa Lapsmith & Mineral Club stopped by and said hello

Filed under: Club Rollcall (hello's),regular postings — Gary October 20, 2006 @ 7:00 pm

Greetings and welcome to our blog.  Remember we are always looking for rockhounders to post their story so email me anything you think is rockhounding and interesting!  Do you have a fav spot to rockhound?  Favorite find?  Make jewelry?  Tell us about it….remember we are only as interesting as the people that submit :)   Here is there link and info about their club-


Rockhounding Nakusp, Kaslo, Nelson, Castlegar, Trail, Rossland BC

Filed under: regular postings — Gary @ 4:13 am

The snow is starting to fly in the mountains and this leaves me with one last rockhounding trek of the season (all good things must come to an end). So I am heading off to the “Kootenays” for a week of rockhounding and R&R.


Its an all out BC holiday, doing the natural hotsprings just outside Nakusp. Also doing my first glacier heli-tour in Nelson BC. Some late season blue knuckle fly fishing in any stream that looks good and some down home boulder smashing everywhere in between :) I will journal everyday and take lots of pics.

I am leaving Monday for 1 week, so if you are from these areas or know of some great spots to rockhound on my journey give me a shout . I am building a backlog of posts to submit daily when I am gone so keep coming back…

thanks for checking out my blog, Gary.

UTAH Rock Corral Canyon -Rockhounding Smokey Quartz and Feldspar Crystals

Filed under: regular postings,rockhounding maps — Gary @ 3:11 am

Geologic information:


The Mineral Mountains, located in Beaver County, make up the largest exposed plutonic body in Utah. Rock compositions range from quartz monzonite in the northern half of the pluton to granite around Rock Corral Canyon in the south.


Amber (fossilized resin) – Lapidary, Rockhounding

Filed under: Mineral of the day,Video — Gary October 19, 2006 @ 6:01 pm

Amber is a fossil resin much used for the manufacture of ornamental objects. Although not mineralized it is sometimes considered and used as a gemstone. Most of the world’s amber is in the range of 30–90 million years old. Semi-fossilized resin or sub-fossil amber is called copal.

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Do you know about Rainbow Calcilica? Proof? Hoax? Please comment…

Filed under: regular postings — Gary October 18, 2006 @ 2:03 am

A few years ago I Googled “Rainbow Calsilica” and found a number of
reports, most of which whispered or SHOUTED “FAKE”. If I remember right,
there were reports from, amongst others, GIA and a major European
(Ider-Oberstein ?) Lab that described the stone as a mix of commercial
chemicals, plus pigments and paints.

There was at least one site that talked positively about this stone and
it included photos of the mine and the stone “in situ” in the mine. I
think they said the mine was somewhere in N.W. Mexico.

Just now I checked “Calcilica” in the updated “Love is in the Earth”, by
Melody. This book is considered to be the “bible” of healing stones.
Virtually every crystal & stone that exists in this plane, or others, are
in this book, but Calcilica isn’t there.

The fact that there is only one source makes it easier for people to
perpetrate a hoax, but doesn’t prove anything. Laramar and Benitolite
are real and they only have one source. So that’s not a criteria to prove
it’s real. So, make up your mind.


Please add your club to our RockHound club list if you don’t see yours listed.

Filed under: regular postings — Gary October 17, 2006 @ 11:45 pm

Club Rollcall is always growing, if you don’t see your club, please comment to add your club or email me at and I will get it up as soon as possible.  Send me a link if your club has a site!

Ouachita Mountains- Mount Ida – “Quartz Crystal Capital of the World”

Filed under: regular postings — Gary @ 2:45 am

The World’s Championship Quartz Crystal Dig is held here every year in October.


The Ouachita Mountains are a mountain range located in west central Arkansas and southeastern Oklahoma. The range’s subterranean roots may extend as far as central Texas, or beyond it to the current location of the Marathon Uplift.


lapidary- Blue Quartz -Indicolite (blue Tourmaline) in Quartz. Healing?

Filed under: regular postings — Gary @ 2:31 am


Healing Crystals and Gemstones are one of the most beautiful, mystical and profound “energy medicine” tools, which have been used for centuries throughout all cultures, religions and empires. Crystals bring amazing benefits to the healing arena!