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
jakesrocks: Burgers & tater salad. Big ol' watermellon in the fridge cooling down, and a big ol' box of fireworks for tonight.
Jul 4, 2015 12:27:37 GMT -5
jakesrocks: Not as bad today Mike. Wind's out of the south east, blowing it away from us.
Jul 4, 2015 12:28:49 GMT -5
mr.mohs: messed up ! didn't get the crock pot of pinto's started in time. always tomorrow
Jul 4, 2015 12:47:22 GMT -5
woodman: Only 94.1 now, Had watermelon on patio under the trees laying in a hammock. Life is good! Happy 4th!
Jul 4, 2015 16:05:35 GMT -5
Rockoonz: Happy Independence Day. Went up the 5 to my home town and had breakfast with a high school classmate I haven't seen in over 40 years. Just had grilled pork chops and fixins, watermelon in a bit.
Jul 4, 2015 20:01:30 GMT -5
drocknut: Well, we got cooler weather today along with some rain. Glad I don't have to work today.
Jul 5, 2015 11:17:34 GMT -5
mr.mohs: I'm OFF everyday whether I have to work or not...mostly
Jul 5, 2015 12:55:28 GMT -5
jakesrocks: Had a danged unexpected thunder storm last night, just as it was getting dark enough to haul out the heavy artillery. Had to wait until after 11:00 PM to rattle some windows. Got all of the fireworks fired off just before round 2 of the storms rolled in.
Jul 5, 2015 13:02:15 GMT -5
jakesrocks: Saved one large mortar round for midnight New Years Eve.
Jul 5, 2015 13:04:00 GMT -5
jakesrocks: A pop, a boom, about 6 more pops, a sizzling sound & lots of pretty colors.
Jul 6, 2015 14:20:16 GMT -5
mr.mohs: right on Don. Those boomers are illegal in AZ but that never stopped me...m stly
Jul 6, 2015 16:32:43 GMT -5
mr.mohs: too bad they weren't illegal in Maine
Jul 6, 2015 17:10:20 GMT -5
jakesrocks: They were illegal in California too, but I knew a Korean store owner with a back room.
Jul 6, 2015 18:46:04 GMT -5
mr.mohs: gotta love those back room booms...
Jul 6, 2015 19:32:55 GMT -5
jakesrocks: I don't know where he was getting them. Didn't care. But he was the last place that I could find that had M80's & Cherry Bombs.
Jul 6, 2015 20:53:24 GMT -5
mr.mohs: I was blowing off cherries & M80 at way to young an age. Lucky! Those are powerful. The water proof green wax fuses are deceptive. Easily gotten-- when going to Nogales--- was like going to huge swap meet.
Jul 6, 2015 21:12:46 GMT -5