Gems, Minerals, Fossils and Fun!

 

 

Today I had a fun adventure at the Marriott here in Baton Rouge with my friend Joanna. We went to the gem, mineral and fossil sale show that was hosted by Rock Trading out of Dallas.

I shared my videos and gems on twitter, trolled Elon Musk a bit, (got trolled back by one of my followers) and even landed a cool job offer for when we all end up on Mars.

 

 

Regarding the job offer as a gemologist on Mars, I totally accepted it.

 

 

Not only did I get lots of cool video footage of some of the many minerals but I also got some goodies for my collection as well as a piece for an order. I also got stuff to get creative with and 2 gifts for myself: a pyrite sun and a titanium coated kyanite.

 

Pyrite Suns Are Rare

Pyrite Suns are often called Pyrite Dollars or Sun dollars, but unlike what I’ve said in my video (below) they are not fossils. They look like fossilized sand dollars that you would find on the beach but these cool minerals were formed 350 million or so years ago deep underground. They are only native to Illinois.  They seem to hang out around the Sparta mine where they appear in between seams of coal.

My Loot 

In the video below you will see that I scored some really nice goodies. I have Moldavite, Pyrite Sun, 2 Amethyst points, Blue Fluorite, Orange Selenite heart, a chunk of raw Hematite, Titanium Coated Black Kyanite, a Turquoise cabochon, and a Larimar cabochon.

I want to give a special shout out to Rock Trading for the freebies–he gave me the Selenite heart, blue Fluorite, Hematite and one of the Amethyst points.  Be sure to check him out on Facebook as he has more shows planned in April and May.

 


And one of my followers instantly made a funny meme with the Pyrite Sun

 

 

Now, the embedded videos below are from the gem show so please enjoy!

 

 

Vanadinite: A Cool Mineral With Lead (So HWC)

Vanadinite is a luscious mineral that looks like warm toffee flakes. It’s discovery and naming has a fascinating story.  Vanadinite is a result of a chemical alteration to a pre-existing material and is considered a secondary mineral. It was discovered by a Spanish...

Minerals And UV Blacklight.

Having a UV blacklight can make one see things from a different perspective. I have one for the Hyalite and upon reading a post about other stones that fluoresce in the UV light, I decided to play around. None of the stones below fluoresced except for the Faceted...

Moldavite: Gemstone from the stars

Moldavite is a gemstone that comes from the stars. It smashed into the earth with cataclysmic power and is the source of quite a few legends. Moldavite is a rare tektite that comes from the stars. It's associated with legends such as the Holy Grail, Emerald Tablet of...

Our Bodies Have Gold In Them

Sounds Crazy but.... The human body has trace amounts of gold in it. In fact the average human gody weighing 154 and some change pounds contains a small amount of pure gold (a total mass of 0.2 milligrams)--according to The Elements Third Edition written by John...

I can make something for you

I wire wrap gems and minerals into jewelry with precious or base metals such as copper or 14K Gold filled wire. There are three steps that you take: choose a style, select a stone, and pick your metal. Download the brochure for more information or to place an order.

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