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Hello to all you Rockers!
« on: December 26, 2017, 11:10:29 AM »

I know it’s supposed to be Rockhounds, but I grew up with rock n roll, so I’m an old rocker.
Wifey n I just started this wonderful hobby last winter in Safford, AZ. Since then, much of our collecting seems to revolve around some type of quarts crystals. I have read more than I have learned about micro crystals and macro crystals and other such agate, quartz terms.

We are still very ignorant about what the good stuff looks like in the rough, so I’m sure we’ve passed up some world class gem stones! Haha!
I have done some research, but not enough. We basically grab what catches our eyes when hunting. Any favorite identification site would be welcomed. Don’t really want to buy books, as we are trying to keep this as inexpensive as possible (Right! With your basic cab machine starting at $1200.00!)

Thanks in advance for the help I’m sure is soon to come.

By the way we are (cheap) snowbirds and are in NM, now, headed for Yuma in a couple weeks.



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Re: Hello to all you Rockers!
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2017, 01:49:53 PM »

Welcome from sunny and snowless central AZ!   :icon_sunny:
I can't help with machine suggestions since I don't cab myself.  However if you are heading to Yuma soon I do suggest stopping by Quartzsite on the I-10 and experiencing the gem and mineral show there as you can meet all sorts of rock hounds there who can give you some excellent advice and find some good specimens there too!

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Re: Hello to all you Rockers!
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2017, 04:58:26 PM »

welcome from collingwood, ontario
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Re: Hello to all you Rockers!
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2017, 06:01:36 PM »

Welcome from Northern Arizona!

Enchantra is correct -- a swing through Quartzsite would give you both a great education on lapidary rough.  If you go during the Pow-Wow, head on over to Tony's booth for the pot-luck he hosts every year and meet gobs of like minded folks who may even know of someone with a used machine for sale or such.  There's also hounding field trips that go on during then (twice a day, maybe?) where you can go out with a group that knows what they're looking for.

Here's the Quartzsite thread:
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