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PostPosted: Oct 30, 2016 05:48    Post subject: Your very first rock?  

While browsing through some mineral boxes, I found a specimen worth maybe 50 Cent but nevertheless very special and precious in a specific way: My very first rock, a small pyrite from Huanzala! It must have been around 1990 when my school class went to the Mineralogical Museum of Marburg and many of us returned with a small mineral from the museum shop. I'd like to share the tiny pyrite that got me into this hobby and I would like to see if you also kept your first rocks (and what they are)!


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 Mineral: Pyrite
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Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Huánuco Department, Peru
 Dimensions: Specimen size 4 cm
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The first mineral I ever possessed (~1990)
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PostPosted: Oct 30, 2016 09:00    Post subject: Re: Your very first rock?  

Tobi,

The first specimen that sparked my interest in mineral collecting was the geode pictured below. I saw it in an 1959 advertisement in Rocks & Minerals Magazine in 1959 and thought it was really cool. The dealer lived in Rochester, New York and I mailed him the $1.50. I remember I couldn't wait to get the package. Many years later, I was able to collect in this area, and we brought home many geodes lined with quartz, calcite, chalcedony, etc. Some were much larger and better quality, but the first one will always be my favorite because of the lifelong hobby it started.

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 Mineral: Calcite
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Keokuk, Lee County, Iowa, USA
 Dimensions: 5.0 x 5.3 cm
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Typical Keokuk geode lined with sugary quartz crystals and several rhombs of colorless calcite.
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PostPosted: Oct 30, 2016 09:30    Post subject: Re: Your very first rock?  

I do not remember the first sample I collected, and it disappeared likely 50+ years ago. For as long as I can remember I have been interested in rocks and minerals.

I remember before I was old enough to go to school, about 1960, my brother and others would collect various colored sandstones and clays from my Grandmother's farm and make "paint". We painted images on her concrete animal water trough. Grandma was not happy about that :-)

I guess what solidified my interest was taking 30 semesters of Geology at University and especially Physical Geology and Crystallography and Mineralogy. The first specimen I acquired in recent history was a fist sized sample of dog tooth spar (calcite).

The last sample I have collected is a piece of Jade (about a kilo) from British Columbia, Canada.

I have kind of been looking to add a piece of Sphalerite. While I have quite a few minerals I don't have all that many crystals.

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