Was started in December 2003 by Jessica Chekal and her mother, Sherri Chekal. Jessy now maintains the site herself, since she’s learning how to use web designing software in her studies.
Jessy is a homeschooled kid who began a normal unit study in rocks and minerals in her Earth Science class and just really got bit badly with the rockhounding bug.
She went to a Rock and Mineral show with her family and was given $10 to buy a few specimens. By the time she had left the show, she was hooked.