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: got busted for jay walking in Vegas... ...so I knew wouldn't have any luck gambling...mostly™
Aug 26, 2015 17:57:33 GMT -5
Fossilman: I was with a buddy that didn't have a brain! He stole a "Hookers" purse!! Told him not too,wouldn't be anything in it...Hey guess what,there wasn't anything in it!!! Glad I was underage! He wasn't!! They kind of rough him up a bit ......
Aug 27, 2015 9:11:28 GMT -5
Fossilman: The cops told me I should lose the bum,I guess he had a pretty good wrap sheet going in Cali and Montana...Went our different ways in Salt Lake City,Utah...
Aug 27, 2015 9:12:53 GMT -5
mr.mohs: your buddy took the line from the j.geils song to literally--- first I look at the purse
Aug 27, 2015 9:45:14 GMT -5
gemsgalore: I need some advice for tumbling my first opal. It's 2"w x 1-1/2"h, circumference is 4-1/2". I only have ceramic filler but no grinding grit on hand. Can I tumble without the grit?
Aug 27, 2015 10:22:46 GMT -5
jakesrocks: gemsgalore, please post your question here. http://andy321.proboards.com/board/22/totally-rock-tumbling
Aug 27, 2015 10:50:32 GMT -5
Fossilman: Ed-exactly!!! He seen the purse,told he was going to take it..I called him a moron and he proved to me,that I was right..I was 15,he was 23...
Aug 27, 2015 11:50:07 GMT -5
mr.mohs: gemsgalore-- I got better idea of what to do with that chunk of opal. Rather than put it in a barrel------- hand polish it with 37,000gr emery paper and save it as a specimen...mostly
Aug 27, 2015 17:15:54 GMT -5
dhotrocknut: Mike at least ya have an interesting tale to tell out of that mess.lol
Aug 28, 2015 18:24:51 GMT -5
dhotrocknut: FYI I'm no longer in Nevada and am going to get dinner and desert. I'll have to let you all know if it was worth the trip.
Aug 28, 2015 18:28:07 GMT -5
mr.mohs: get some sherbet ice cream for desert, diane.... that will cool you down... mostly
Aug 28, 2015 18:46:33 GMT -5
mikeyrocks: Hey ms D you on your way to S Cal? Safe travels
Aug 28, 2015 19:31:31 GMT -5
parfive: September Rock & Gem, coupla familiars on p29.
Aug 28, 2015 19:34:38 GMT -5
quartz: 1 1/2 hrs. steady rain this A.M., first since mid May. Thanks to all for doing your rain dances.
Aug 29, 2015 7:25:47 GMT -5
Fossilman: Yes Diana,there is more to that story too..LOL We received some good rain lastnite too,more coming this week...Los of thunder,liking that!
Aug 29, 2015 9:28:58 GMT -5
mr.mohs: certain corridor of Phoenix had a violent thunderstorm last night-- I was in the eye of the storm--- the rocks are o.k. mostly
Sept 1, 2015 8:53:09 GMT -5