East Coast Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show 2012

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Adam likes rocks.  And geodes. And stuff like that. And I like Adam.  So I agreed to go to the East Coast Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show this past Sunday.

Honestly, I was expecting to be super bored.  I find rocks interesting to look at for approximately 30 seconds.  But Adam has been a good sport through enough of my planned outings that I figured I could power through this one. And you know what? It was actually kinda neat.

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Our first stop was at the mining station where you could sift through a bag of prepackaged dirt for treasures.  We were kind of more excited about it than the kids that were standing next to us.

7784338080 59ff692d44 o East Coast Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show 2012Top left is native gold and the rest are like…rocks and stuff. I don’t know the names of anything.  Adam ended up getting a small version of one of those trees in the bottom right, it’s really pretty.

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SPARKLY! Again, I have no idea what this actually is.  This blog is really educational and informative.

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I remember what this is (aquamarine) because of its price ($96,000).

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This contraption is how they cut geodes.

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This was a fairly obvious choice for my souvenir – a panda carved from obsidian.

I guess I expected a bunch of rocks and geodes that you’d see at a gift shop at the beach, but it was much more than that.  There was a lot of artistry involved and a lot of really interesting jewelry.  I’d even venture to say that I’d go again next year!

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Comments

  1. says

    I’m not much of a rock nerd anymore…but back in the day…well, we don’t have to go into detail about it. But I’m surprised I had friends.

    Kidding. I had lots of other dorky friends. Also, I think this looks awesome. I need to go!

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