The VGMS show this year had a wonderful variety of dealers. We had jade and fossil, spheres, and wood. We also had Spencer Idaho Opal as well.
I didn't buy anything from them. I had a budget and I blew it on a couple books and some agate.
Here's what I picked up: The Helenite I mentioned in my other post:
A Sweet Potato Thunderegg:
Some loose gemstones for sandsifting at my daughter's birthday party. (I couldn't stop buying the tourmaline....I think I bought 14 small baggies and half were filled with those gems.)
I also got a bunch of Bahia agate - cut but not polished:
And finally I bought something I'd never seen before -
I don't know if I overpaid, but it was something different and beautiful. I love the shape of the replaced crystals.
Finally, I was speaking with dealer who works with Moroccan Geodes. He found out I was a teacher, and after the show closed, he handed me these two pieces to take to my classroom. Class guy and great to talk to. I felt bad for him as he and several other dealers stayed at the fairgrounds in RVs but they were running Cart races or sprint races or some such small vehicle competitions and the engines were roaring until ten o'clock. Here's the pieces he gave me.
Thanks for looking,
Now out (Aug 2013)!!!!! 2012 Agate Index: Vol 4 - Northern States: See thread in cabochon section!!!!!
Wow Lowell, that pseudomorph is pretty cool all right. That's a great looking sweet tater too! Seeing those Bahias has me all fired up. I've been setting aside my larger Bahias I got from the Rockshed. Now I have to saw me some to see if they are as nice as what you've pictured.....Mel
mr.mohs: people on the street
Sept 22, 2014 21:47:31 GMT -5
Fossilman: Nice to finally see rain...I welcome it with pleasure...Getting tired of the "HOT" weather...
Sept 24, 2014 9:02:15 GMT -5
mr.mohs: be sure to check out my AZ monsoon link Mike! lots of rain on the desert !
Sept 24, 2014 9:21:40 GMT -5
bsky4463: Monsoon in September leads to good pickings in Roctober - mohstly. Cheers
Sept 24, 2014 22:09:29 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Andy, that's just what I was thinking! Will have to check out all the (normally dry) washes in Ocotillo Wells next time out, see what has been exposed by the flash floods. Probably not until November... Wonder how Quartzsite fared?
Sept 25, 2014 12:01:30 GMT -5
mr.mohs: rockpickerforever yes I do -a refurbished Franton called- Welcome to the Machine- from BeefRock
Sept 26, 2014 21:42:52 GMT -5
broseph82: Going to be up early tomorrow for some more hounding!!
Sept 28, 2014 21:02:09 GMT -5
dale: Hi I'm new, hope this is the right place to ask a question. I want smooth (no rough or sharp edges) pea gravel about 3/8" max., natural untreated stone, don't care about polish or look, just need the smooth stones. Could I buy stones or tumble them?
Sept 29, 2014 8:03:56 GMT -5
Fossilman: The Dollar Stores amd Michaels carry such a thing...Thumbs up
Sept 29, 2014 8:19:05 GMT -5
Fossilman: YAAAAAAA!!!! Headed out to a new "Rock Store" called "Al's"...Heck I might come home with some goodies..
Sept 29, 2014 8:19:54 GMT -5