He had so many gorgeous rock and gem 'finds'! We recognized a few but there were lots we did not know, and even some rare 'Mojave Blue' chalcedony (that's a story on it's own, they might actually be nodules, once found around Fort Irwin). He gave us the names and history on where he collected this type and that type, and more. (Unfortunately, that was before I realized how desirable it is to know where something was actually collected.) We bought a small assortment of Blue Forest petrified wood, chrysocolla, turritella agate, gold sheen obsidian, thundereggs, and even some stunning pieces of Botswana agates.
After we left, we kept talking about those we 'left behind.' Our rock host had given us a persuasive pitch along with a great offer if we were to take the whole batch. We kept toying with the idea, could we really buy them all and resell the surplus that we would never be able to get to ourselves?
After much thought and consideration, we decided to jump in. We have since acquired a number of old collections, from both the collectors themselves and from their loved ones who simply didn't have the same passion that their relative did. We have happily found 'new homes' for many pieces of rough rock, slabs, polished stones, cabochons, minerals and fossils. And even for rock, gem and mineral magazines and equipment too!
Rock hunting, cutting, polishing and sharing them with others has definitely become a passion for both of us. We admit it, we're hooked!