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Archives for the Rockhounds list are in several places:
If you have a web site that is related to rockhounding and gem and mineral
collecting, you may request that it be added to this page by sending an email to
webmaster. Reciprocal links are appreciated!
The following information is currently available:
Or you may use the search form below to search Google with the results
tailored to rockhounding-related topics.
Rock Shops and Galleries
- OBG Gems & Minerals
features hundreds of mineral specimens and related items for sale.
The Avalon Crystalworks
page features crystals for sale as well as a picture of one of the
mineral dealers that I have ever seen! :-)
The Gems Direct page is an
jewelry and gem store.
The Internet Diamond Exchange
features gem and jewelry discussion groups and other links.
The Arizona Rockshop
features pictures of Virgin Valley fire opals as well as other
The Noema Gems page has gems,
minerals and fossils for sale.
Charles Ward's Fluorescent
Minerals page has fluorescents from all over the world (including
NJ) for sale.
Rock Shop page has gems, jewelry, minerals and fossils for sale.
The UC Minerals page has
specimens for sale.
The Rockman McLean Trading Co
page specializes in earth science educational products.
specializes in cabinet sized mineral specimens.
The Kelrocks page
specializes in mineral specimens, gemstones, and silver jewelry.
Minerals specializes in self-collected, rare and beautiful mineral
species from Nevada and the Great Basin.
Adam's Minerals has mineral
specimens and gemstones for sale.
The Coolrox Limited page has rocks,
and fossils for sale.
The Adamas Gemological
web site features information on DeBeer's synthetic diamonds.
Fabre Minerals is a
Internet mineral dealer.
Gemstoneworld is a mine
supplier of facet rough and cut gemstones from around the world.
Rough and Tumble's
has gemstones as well as lapidary supplies for sale.
has finished gemstones for sale.
The Mineral Market in an
gem, mineral, and fossil shopping mall. It features an online mineral,
fossil, and gemstone auction.
The Gem Kingdom
gemstones, jewelry, and mineral specimens for sale.
Royal Scepter Gems
has mineral specimens, silver, turquoise, and jewelry for sale.
Bob's Rock Shop, an
non-commercial site containing mineral
specimen displays, collecting
site information, software,
and a rock
trader classified page.
The Amber Lady, a
site for those interested in amber.
Amethyst Galleries' Mineral
"The First Internet Rock Shop". This is one of the
best sites I
have found on the web. It contains a wealth of mineralogical
as well as many nice specimens for sale. Check it out!
The Stone Company, a
site offering fossil specimens for sale.
The Gem Hut, a commercial site
gemstones for sale.
The High Grade District
is a mineral shop. The web page also contains a report on the '96
If you are into
LARGE (as in an 18,000 pound double terminated
quartz crystal!), Zee's
in Tucson, Arizona is the place for you.
Olympic Mountain Gems
has a large selection of gems and jewelry for sale.
features custom faceting of colored gemstones as well as the sale of
and cut gems.
specializes in imported Russian minerals, such as jade, charoite, and
sells science-related equipment, including field magnifiers.
& Scratch Patch is a "geological tourist attraction" near
The Jewelry Mall has links
The Ganoksin Online gallery
links to jewelry-related stores as well as Tips
from the Jewelers Bench, a comprehensive collection of jewelry
Mineral Collection page offers specimens for sale, mineral photos,
and other links.
The GemWorld home page has
equipment, and supplies for sale.
Two Guys Minerals and
offers mineral and fossil specimens as well as fossil collecting field
Treasures of the Earth
fossils, minerals and artifacts.
J and S Fossils
megalodon shark jaw reproductions.
The Gem and Mineral
Company page has information on the Himalaya Mine, Topaz Mtn, Owens
Valley, Pelican Point and several other major collecting areas.
ConnRox Minerals site features
specimens for sale by collector Larry Rush.
Clear Creek Crystal Mine
site, in addition to crystals for sale direct from the mine, features articles
on owning your own crystal mine, as well as digging for and cleaning crystals.
is a commercial seller of fine gemstones specializing in Tanzanite and
offers loose emeralds from Colombia and peridot gemstones from Arizona.
Star Ruby Shop offers ruby jewelry, star
ruby cabochons, faceted rubies and other loose gemstones via their online store
RareRocksAndGems.com specializes in northwest USA rocks & gems, including
Gems features many unique materials, custom cut for the creative jeweler.
from Sudetes is a site in Poland devoted to agates.
Blue Rockers has rings, necklaces, earrings, clocks, rough rock, petrified
wood, Arizona Garden Agate, Montana agate and many other natural rock items.
Edelstein offers minerals and cut gemstones from worldwide localities,
specializing in rare minerals and gemstones.
The Crystal Cache
offers rocks, minerals and gems online.
Agates from Hungary
offers Hungarian agates and other minerals.
has jaspers, agates and related materials for sale online, as well as information on collecting localities, clubs and shows.
Paraiba International Tanzanite
is a worldwide commercial seller of Tanzanite and other gemstones.
sells tourmaline, quartz, jewelry and other rocks and minerals.
Images and Pictures
Books, Articles, and Other Publications
Museums with an Emphasis on Mineralogy
The Sterling Hill Mining Museum
is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to the preservation, interpretation, understanding, and appreciation of the history of mining, mining technology, mineralogy, and geology unique to the State of New Jersey through scientific research and educational programs.
It features a mining-related exhibit hall, underground mine, outdoor mining and art exhibit, rock discovery center, fossil discovery center, museum of fluorescence, astronomical observatory, collections and archives, historic mining structures, as well as a gift shop and snack bar.
The Franklin Mineral Museum
is a non-profit educational institution whose mission is to preserve the mineral wealth, geology, knowledge, and history of what is arguably "The Fluorescent Mineral Capital of the World"
- Franklin, New Jersey.
It features over 4,000 mineral specimens on systematic display, a fluorescent room, a mine replica, as well as collecting on the Buckwheat Dump - a 3.5 acre mine dump that has gained world fame over the years.
The Natural History Museum at
Switzerland. This site contains information on both mineralogy and
of Victoria web page contains information on the collections,
and research of the Mineralogy and Petrology section of the Museum of
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
General Earth Science Info
is the largest mineral database and mineralogical reference website on the
internet. This site contains worldwide data on minerals, mineral collecting,
mineral localities and other mineralogical information.
The Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom
page offers information on mineral classification, gemstones, and
web page at the University of Calgary in Canada.
of Earth Sciences web page, at the University of Sheffield, UK.
site feature many useful geology-related links.
The USGS home page.
The USGS Mineral Resource
Program contains mineral resource information as well as several
to other sites. There is also a Mineral
Information page at this site.
The Geological Survey of Canada.
The Australian Geological Survey.
Mineralogy Page features a wealth of mineralogical data including
Server contains information on crystallography, including software
and links to other sites.
The National Association of Geoscience Teachers site
contains information on geology, organizations, journals, maps, and
Earthquake Information from the USGS.
is a web site full of information on mineral collecting with photo galleries,
articles, videos, information on mineral shows, free classified ads, and much
Vug is a very comprehensive online resource for all things related to
mineralogy, from dealers, to shows, to collecting localities, and much more.
Volcano Observatory site. The site has two interesting webcams -- the
Pu'u O'o webcam and the
Collecting Sites and Trips
The Mayhill Press
contains gold and gem maps and other info.
The Rockhounding Arkansas
page contains a wealth of information on Arkansas minerals and
Ron Coleman's Quartz Crystal
page contains a wealth of information on the Ouachita Mountain Range in
Arkansas as well as the Old Coleman Mine.
And... for all of the things that you can't collect, do, fold,
or mutilate here in the good 'ole USA -- the
of Federal Regulations Server. If this doesn't ruin your
trip, nothing will!
Alan Silverstein has
article on how to make a Rock
Dr. Michael Wise of the Smithsonian is again offering his annual PegCamp field camps on Pegmatology, to be held in Colorado.
In addition to the brochure, further information on this one week field course may also be found on the Pegmatology web site.
The Maine Pegmatite Workshop
is an educational week of classroom, field study, collecting, and studying granitic pegmatites in Maine.
It is presented by Dr. William "Skip" Simmons - University of New Orleans and the faculty of the MP2 Research Group.
I attended this workshop in 2008 and it has my enthusiastic and wholehearted endorsement!
Other Earth Science Related Groups, Clubs, and
The Tucson Gem & Mineral Society page contains club, field trip, and show
information. This is arguably one the most prestigious gem and mineral societies
in the world.
& Mineral Club page contains club, field trip, and show
& Gem Club page contains club and meeting information.
Gem & Mineral Society page contains club, field trip, and
The Fort Worth
Mineral Club page contains information about the club and has links
to other clubs plus a calendar of events.
Opal Association page contains information about the club and Opals
The Gold Prospectors
of America page contains a wealth of information about, you guessed
it, gold prospecting.
The North Jeffco
Gem and Mineral Club page contains club, field trip, and show
The Mineral Collectors Page,
sponsored by the Mineralogy Club of Antwerp, Belgium includes
Virtual Quarry, a non-commercial classified advertising service.
The French Micromount
Page, sponsored by the French Association of Micromineralogy.
of Mineralogical Societies page offers several types of lapidary
of America page contains meeting and publication information.
The Carolina Geological
page contains meeting and publication information.
Mineral Council page contains club and field trip information.
of America page contains information on meetings, publications, and
The International Colored Gemstone
page contains information on gemstones and tips on how to buy them.
and Mineral Society of Anaheim, California contains meeting and
The Mineralogical Association of Canada page contains information on
Mountain Area Gem and Mineral
Association (M.A.G.M.A.) is known for its many high-quality field trips in
the southeastern US.
Boston Mineral Club meets in Cambridge, MA. The BMC site is constantly updated with field trips,
annual specimen competition and auction information. Members have access to
the last 20 years of newsletters. Public area has many articles pertinent to
Micromounters of New England,
currently meeting in Chelmsford, MA, tfocuses on (but is not limited to)
Palermo, Mont St Hilaire, Francon and any region where pegmatites and phosphates
produce interesting mineralogy.
The Mother Lode Mineral Society
is based in Modesto, California and sponsors field trips as well as the Turlock Gem Show.
Personal Home Pages of Other Collectors
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