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!