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
God of Multiple Parallel Universes Full of Rocks and Apprentice to THE ONE.
rockpickerforever: I have been on exactly one case in all the times I've been, lasted about a week. A lot of cases are for DUI, and since my sister was killed by a drunk driver a long time ago, the defense attorney will always excuse me, and thank me for my time...
Nov 22, 2013 21:46:31 GMT -5
wampidy: That is sad Jean. Drunk drivers should just be shot.
Nov 23, 2013 12:08:33 GMT -5
1dave: wampidy: That is sad Jean. Drunk drivers should just be shot.[br][br]Read more: http://andy321.proboards.com/conversation/408512?page=1&scrollTo=415692#ixzz2lUWZ4WvF[br]Dittos for them and child molesters!
Nov 23, 2013 12:36:25 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Thanks, Jim and Dave. I agree. It happened almost exactly 35 years ago, just before Thanksgiving. She was only 22 years old. A great loss.
Nov 23, 2013 14:15:29 GMT -5
Shotgunner: It's almost spherical! gimme a G - an A - a B- another B- an R - give me an O - What;s that spell?? Gabbro!!
Nov 24, 2013 21:28:52 GMT -5
Shotgunner: cutting AND spheremaking - life is grand.
Nov 24, 2013 22:16:28 GMT -5
wampidy: Is that a rock or a brother that talks a lot? I prefer good old American names like "wampidy"
Nov 25, 2013 7:18:43 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: I am taking care of business - at Ford dealership, getting oil changed in FX4 before heading out to desert tomorrow. I love wi-fi! Will be going thru RTH forum DTs while away, no wi-fi out there. Maybe McDs in Yuma?
Nov 26, 2013 13:19:36 GMT -5
Fossilman: Good luck Jean.....
Nov 26, 2013 15:19:31 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Thanks, Mike. You can bet I'll have fun, one way or the other!
Nov 26, 2013 15:26:48 GMT -5
herchenx: Has anyone heard from Jo lately? (NatureNut)
Nov 26, 2013 16:54:48 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Jo was last online Nov 22 (four days ago), last post Oct 25.
Nov 26, 2013 17:15:24 GMT -5
drocknut: Have fun in the desert Jean.
Nov 30, 2013 20:49:04 GMT -5
Shotgunner: rock'n the homegrown pizzas tonight! woot!
Dec 1, 2013 19:06:41 GMT -5
Fossilman: Nothing better than making homemade pizza,plus the dough and sauce....
Dec 1, 2013 22:07:06 GMT -5
rockpickerforever: Thanks, Diane. Got home last night.Found just a few specks of gold, but had a great time. The weather was fantastic, enjoyed company of great friends, and way too much food! Typical TG, lol.
Dec 2, 2013 8:18:53 GMT -5
iamnoone: Just started my first tumble, my rocks are not going in circles like the thumler uv 18 videos I've seen online. They are just vibrating next to each other quickly. I followed instructions to the letter. Enough grit, water and rock. Am I just worrying?
Dec 2, 2013 18:55:28 GMT -5
herchenx: iamnoone - are the rocks already rounded or are they all jagged? is the barrel full up to within 3/4" of the top of the cone? Are you running a UV10 or a UV18 or something else?
Dec 3, 2013 15:31:58 GMT -5
catmandewe: Usually if they are just sitting there you have too much water. I usually add one drop of liquid hand soap also to make the grit stick to the rocks, but be careful not to add too much soap or water.
Dec 3, 2013 22:28:54 GMT -5