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PostPosted: Jan 17, 2014 05:42    Post subject: Re: How all you got started in collecting?  

that's the beauty of the thing, there are two things that would never have been possible without minerals: engagement rings and lapidation
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PostPosted: Jun 08, 2014 10:32    Post subject: Re: How all you got started in collecting?  

I've always wanted to be a pirate and have a chest of gems. My dad took me to see the gems at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Phila. when I was in 6th grade. Wow was I enthralled. He purchased a piece of Garnet for me, which I still have today; with many other garnet specimens. Still, it wasn't until I was with dad on a job visit, that my desire to collect began. The customer had several cabinet specimens on display in his home and eagerly took me around to show each one. I was thrilled when he handed me a 4in piece of rose quartz and said "for your collection". Well I have that sample still as well, and only recently began a true collection of better than average pieces. I grew up to teach physical sciences and now substitute teach in my third year of retirement. I will be setting up a mineral display at my old school each year starting in the fall.
My wife says I have plenty minerals and should stop buying them now!



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