Tulip City Gem & Mineral Club presents their 49th Annual Show: “Agates are Superior!” in Holland, Michigan

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Tulip City Gem & Mineral Club presents their 49th Annual Show: “Agates are Superior!” in Holland, Michigan. Details at http://www.tulipcity.org/ Collect special rocks, fossils, jewelry and beads by visiting 10+ Dealers, Artisan Market, Silent Auction and Club Sales. View special displays by A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum, GVSU and Hope College. Enjoy Kids Games, Sluice, Fluorescent Tent and club members’ personal displays. Interact with the Lapidary Arts demonstrators. You will find common, strange and precious treasures to take home!

mineral show
mineral show

American Geode Info

Does your gem, mineral or fossil club or society need new members in your ranks? How about new guests to your gem, mineral and fossil shows? Would you like rockhounds and gem, mineral and fossil enthusiasts to travel across state lines to visit your show? More importantly, would you like exponentially more traffic to your club’s homepage or the show’s homepage?

American Geode can help. Between 3000 and 10000 rockhounds and gem, mineral and fossil enthusiasts visit our website each month. They also contact us for suggestions on clubs to join, and mineral shows and events to attend.

First of all, other mineral websites charge between $600 to $1000 per year for a banner ad on their site.

In contrast, we charge a flat rate of $150 for 12 month basic partnership and offer much more than other mineral sites. Send us two banner ads, 728×90 and/or 150×150, that we will post on our website. As an add-on service, send your club announcements and show announcements for us to post over our famous American Geode Twitter with 10,000+ rockhound followers, fans and friends.

The benefits to you and your club are that you will rise higher in the Google ranks when someone searches for gem and mineral clubs, and gem and mineral shows. You will also view many more visitors to your site, soliciting information about how to join your club, download your member application form, and visit your mineral show. Learn more by clicking “Contact Us” at http://www.americangeode.com

Be sure to check out American Geode’s collection of gems, minerals, rough stones, stone artwork, and other mineral ones-of-a-kind for auction in our ebay marketplace: https://www.ebay.com/usr/americangeode

Rockhounding Sites in Maine

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Rockhounding in Maine, is some great rockhounding, in fact some of the best rockhounding the American Geode team has ever experienced because of the ease and accessibility of the Maine mines! American Geode went on a rockhounding (and foodie) tour of Maine in May 2018, and found the quarries very accessible, easy to find, and full of mica.

American Geode followed the attached map, and found access to two of the mines, the ones off of Richardson Hollow Road, the Waisanen and Tamminen Quarrie
Driving: From jct. of Rtes. 117 and 118 in Norway, go west on Rte. 118 for 0.95 mile.
Turn right onto Greenwood Road and drive north west 5.30 miles.
Turn right onto Richardson Hollow Road and continue 0.40 mile to parking area on the right. Waisanan Quarry and Tamminen Quarry are .1 miles further down the road.

The American Geode found plenty of fine mica, and had a great time, and the reason we did not find other minerals as that we simply ran out of time. We suggest setting aside the day for rockhounding and exploring the area.

It’s hot in Maine in May, and there are a lot of bugs, so do take precautions, take plenty of water, and follow these rules:

A cheap dop-kit or toiletry kit is a great idea. Why? Because often times they are waterproof, and have zippers. You can wash them off too. Places like Target, Marshall’s, K-Mart, or Sears will carry inexpensive options.

Mosquito coils and matches are necessary, and we suggest having a minimum of 7 with you at all times. The bugs can be fierce no matter where you are. Mosquito coils last for hours and will burn away into ash.

Sunscreen is essential even in the outdoors. Bring the SPF Protection most suitable to how fair or how dark you are.

Rockhounding can get very dirty, so bring Wet-naps as they are very handy to clean off your hands quickly. They come in small travel packs. For some rockhounds they are too astringent to apply to one’s face, but personally I find it very refreshing. If you wear glasses these are very good for keeping your lenses clean, too.

Energy bars, candy bars, bananas, oranges, apples, and nuts are great for keeping up your energy and last the entire day. The wrappers are minimal waste to carry back, and the nut-shells, orange peels, and apple cores can be disposed of by Mother Nature.

Small notepad and pen or pencil for keeping notes. Date, time, location, and details of your gemstone finds quickly fade the mind due to excitement. This information is essential for gemstone and mineral finds, since provenance is paramount to us and to our clients, and should be for you as well.

Cell-phone or mobile device charger – while you are driving to the locale, or the night before, making sure your devices are fully charged. You should place a call to family and loved ones before heading out and if you are running late. It is highly advised to put these items in protective zip lock bags to PROTECT from dirt and mud. Additionally, filming your finds can be a great way to record you adventure.

Please contact American Geode directly with any questions; pictures and videos are below, as well as a map for you to download. #GetoutandRockhound

More information and reference about rockhounding sites in Maine:
Rockhound Sites in Maine

Grand Junction Gem & Mineral Club presents the 71st Gem & Mineral Show!

Gem and Mineral Show


Gem and Mineral Show
Gem and Mineral Show

About the Grand Junction Gem & Mineral Club:

The Grand Junction Gem & Mineral Club, Inc. is affiliated with the Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineralogical Societies.
The club is located at 2328 Monument Road Grand Junction, CO, mailing address: P. O. Box 953, Grand Junction, CO
81502 The Club is a nonprofit, 501(c3) tax-exempt, educational organization.

Our purpose shall be exclusively educational
and social: To increase and disseminate knowledge of the earth sciences pertaining to minerals, gems, rocks, artifacts, fossils
and similar subjects; To promote and perpetuate knowledge of the lapidary arts; To encourage field trips; To encourage
greater public interest and education in gems, fossils and minerals, cooperating with established institutions in such
matters.

The Grand Junction Gem and Mineral Club meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm in
our club building. November and December meetings will be on the second Thursday only. Our Annual Show is Mother’s
Day Weekend and is held at Two Rivers Convention Center at 159 Main St, Grand Junction, CO 81501. Classes and
workshops are offered throughout the year. There are sign-up sheets at the clubhouse to get on a waiting list and scheduled
classes are posted in the newsletter.

Be sure to check out American Geode’s collection of gems, minerals, rough stones, stone artwork, and other mineral ones-of-a-kind for auction in our ebay marketplace: https://www.ebay.com/usr/americangeode

The Essential Guide to Gem, Mineral and Fossil Clubs

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From attending, volunteering for, and being members of gem and mineral clubs in New York, Texas, Pennsylvania, and attending camps, seminars and intra-club retreats with people from all over the United States, we consider ourselves gem, mineral, and fossil club aficionados. So whether you are considering joining a gem and mineral show for the first time that perhaps you found on an events page, or you are a veteran of gem and mineral clubs, this primer on clubs will prove to be a valuable resource on what to expect from a gem and mineral club and how to have more fun.

First, consider what you are seeking from a club. Is it the academics and education of gemology, geology, paleontology, or archaeology? Are you seeking rockhound partners and buddies? Are you seeking to use a work-shop for cabochon or lapidary arts? Are you seeking fellowship with a group that meets outside of their monthly meetings? These are questions to ask as you search for the club that is right for you.

The answer may be to join more than one club…

Each club does have a different style, and you can tell what that is from their homepage, or if they do not maintain a homepage, then ask someone from the club. Some clubs have access to facilities offering a complete workshop; saws to cut giant geodes in half, cabochon machines, polishing wheels, lapidary tools, faceting machines, and kilns to heat your wire-wrapping or jewelry projects are for member use! Some clubs maintain all that equipment in their own private clubhouse! Is a workshop something you seek to pursue and hone your hobby? If so, then find the club that offers that equipment.

Now the clubs like this may not always have a special monthly speaker, but the clubs who meet in a rental space, hotel banquet hall or college facility do very likely provide different speakers each month. The clubs in big cities, where a workshop or clubhouse would be impractical, or impossible to acquire and maintain rely on other facilities for monthly meetings and shows, so to keep membership growing, those kinds of clubs keep a lively roster of speakers on their calendars.

Is your goal to get out and rockhound? Do you seek to explore old abandoned mines? A question to ask a club is do they throw and organize field trips? You can often times find out the answer on their homepage. There is often a “field trip” section, much like this Rockhound page. If you can’t tell, then ask the club. Sometime being in a big city can make field trips a challenge. Most people in New York City or Chicago do not have cars for instance. A field trip would require permission and arrangement to visit a site, a bus or fleet of vans, and if it rains, the field trip is canceled. So big city clubs may not offer rockhounding field trips. The age range of the club can also set the tone for interest in rockhounding and field trips. For a club whose members’ days of getting out into the field are past, you may not find these opportunities.

So what is the best approach to becoming involved with gem, mineral, and fossil clubs? The answer is to join more than one. The dues are annual and range from $15 per year to about $50 per year on the very high side. You may live in New York but find the newsletter from a club in Texas is chock full of so many good tips about polishing gems and minerals, cleaning rocks from the field, and other anecdotes that you belong despite the geographical distance.

So join more than one club, to have access to a workshop when you need it, field trips in the spring and fall, the chance to hear academic and scholarly discussions in geology and paleontology, and make new friends during the whole gem and mineral club experience!


Santa Cruz Gem, Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show in April!

Jewelry Show
Mineral, Gem, Fossil and Jewelry Show
67th Annual Mineral, Gem, Fossil and Jewelry Show
Wizards, Crystals & Treasures
Sat & Sun • April 28 & 29 • 10 am – 5 pm
Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Lecture Daily

Activities for All Ages
Gold Panning, Kids crafts, Rocks that GLOW Treasure Hunt (score wizard crystals treasure!) and Geode Cutting

Demos
Cabochon making, Arrowhead Knapping and Hands on Soapstone Carving

$6 Admission, Children under 12 & Scouts in Uniform Free
$1 Off With A Printout Of The Flyer
Mineral, Gem, Fossil and Jewelry Show

American Geode Info
Does your gem, mineral or fossil club or society need new members in your ranks? How about new guests to your gem, mineral and fossil shows? Would you like rockhounds and gem, mineral and fossil enthusiasts to travel across state lines to visit your show? Would you like exponentially more traffic to your club’s homepage or the show’s homepage?

American Geode can help. Between 3000 and 10000 rockhounds and gem, mineral and fossil enthusiasts visit our website each month. They also contact us for suggestions on clubs to join, and shows and events to attend.

Other mineral websites charge between $600 to $1000 per year for a banner ad on their site.

We charge a flat rate of $150 for 12 month basic partnership and offer much more than other mineral sites. Send us two banner ads, 728×90 and/or 150×150, that we will post on our website. As an add-on service, send your club announcements and show announcements for us to post over our famous American Geode Twitter with 10,000+ rockhound followers, fans and friends.

The benefits to you and your club are that you will raise higher in the Google ranks when someone searches for gem and mineral clubs, and gem and mineral shows. You will also view many more visitors to your site, soliciting information about how to join your club, download your member application form, and visit your shows.