Gem and Mineral Hall at Indiana State Museum

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The Gem and Mineral section of the Indiana State Museum is a must see for any rockhound, geologist, teacher, student, and anyone interested in the earth sciences or interested in the wonders of the state of Indiana.
What impressed me most was the variety of gem and minerals that had been discovered in Indiana. And I am even a Hoosier! I learned how calcite was found to the degree it was dubbed “Indiana calcite.” One of the most spectacular specimens is a giant calcite crystal beside which I am standing. Some of the other calcite crystals were found near Indianapolis as well.
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Antiques Roadshow Tips and Tricks

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Antiques Roadshow comes to New York City, and the rockhounds from American Geode had to be there.  We had volunteered weeks in advance from our PBS Channel 13’s homepage. We did not know what our jobs were going to be, or what the day would entail.

We did learn one Antiques Roadshow tip straight away. No stamps, no coins,,,,and no fossils! Alas no fossils, but as most rockhounds are also collecting aficianados, and we also deal in antiques, antiquities, and folk art, we were able to conjure up some items for appraisal. More on that later…

Now when you go to Antiques Roadshow, we strongly suggest you follow this advice:
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EFMLS Clubs in New York, New Jersey, CT, and PA

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EFMLS Clubs interest you? Live in New York, New Jersey, Atlantic Coast and want to join a rockhound club? Like to meet fellow rockhounds, go on field trips, host gem and mineral shows, and get out and rockhound? We are members of 4 different NY clubs, and remain a member of a gem and mineral club down in Houston simply to keep receiving their newsletter!  You will find your interest, knowledge, and fun with rockhounding, and gem and mineral collecting, is enriched when you join one of the EFMLS Clubs. By the way, EFMLS stands for Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies.
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Best Herkimer Diamond Find

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Joe and I met our friend Eric in Fonda on the morning of May 17th. Weather was not in our corner that morning as the claim, which now is 6 feet underground, was also under water.

While we had power tools, a 9000 volt generator, and a lot of Red Bull driven energy, we did not have a power suction unit or drain machine, or anything to remove this water.
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EFMLS Wildacres – The Ultimate Rockhound Experience

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EFMLS Wildacres was an experience that Joe had heard about, but I had never heard of the place. He did not know much about EFMLS Wildacres either but anecdotal background from our friends at the Nassau Mineral Club and the Island Rockhounds.  We did some research on Wildacres, got permission and week long passes from our respective girlfriends, and we were on a road trip!
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