Kreigh's Web Resources Collection for Rockhounds

Current date and time is Tuesday, 23-Jul-2024 23:40:36 EDT and the Greenwich date and time is Wednesday, 24-Jul-2024 03:40:36 GMT. You are viewing this page from: and are visitor number 2638. This page was first published on 22 October 1998 and was last updated on Friday, 02-Sep-2022 18:42:17 EDT by Kreigh Tomaszewski.

These links are loosely sorted by category, but many of these sites offer much more than the somewhat limited categories I have sorted them into. You might try using your browser's Find option to look for something specific on this page, and hopefully you will find other related items near it. If not, look around and maybe one of the Rockhound related links I have found will have the gem of information you seek. I even link to some rockhound specific search engines. I hope you have as much fun learning from these pages as I have had in finding them. Spend some time surfing these links and discover Rockhounding -- a hobby that you can enjoy for a lifetime.

the Rockhound's 'Who Are We' survey

This survey began as a project to discover more about who Rockhounds are, and it has attracted the interest of club officials and members worldwide who are worried about declining membership and the future of our hobby. It is our hope that by learning more about current Rockhounds we will be better able to reach out to the next generation(s) to keep the hobby alive.

The Survey Results are in. You may download or view the results as a 459K PDF file at, depending on how your browser is configured.


P.S., If you belong to a Club please share this information with your Club's Newsletter Editor (or announce it at your next meeting) so that everyone in your Club will have an opportunity to learn of the results. Thanks!

Thank you for helping honor Axel Emmermann for his primary role in recovering the stolen moonrocks.

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Some details on Kreigh's Public Museum Show December 12, 1998: Kreigh's Show at the Grand Rapids Public Museum (sorry, I am still working on some of the pictures).

This museum is worth a trip to Michigan's UP (and collecting in the area is worth a trip too): A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum at Michigan Tech

And some more museums with minerals: Michigan Museums worth visiting

A sampling from the Smithsonian Gem & Mineral Collection: Collecting not allowed

A truely great on-line reference source: Museum of Mineralogy - Ecole des mines, Paris

When you go to Chicago, watch out for the T-Rex named Sue: The Field Museum of Natural History

Learn about the Ice Ages and more: Illinois State Museum

A wonderful collection of information and specimens: Los Angeles Natural History Museum

Geology and Paleontology, and more: Buena Vista Museum of Natural History

Lapidary, and more: Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art

A virtual museum (in German, with some English) of crystals: Swiss Minerals and more

Not many pictures online, but they obviously have a wonderful collection: Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals

So many adventures in one place: Denver Museum of Natural History

On the Mesabi iron range: the Iron World Discovery Center

An old copper mine: La mine du Cap Garonne

The Illinois-Kentucky fluorspar district: Clement

The Thomas S. Warren Museum of Fluorescence: TSWMF

Thin Slices and other wonders: New York State Museum

A small museum: West Virginia Geological & Economic Survey

With access to the New York State Museum, come visit with: The New York State Academy of Mineralogy is an internet museum: Allow me to introduce you to it via the collection of Mr. Bhairawnath T. Wakale who first brought it to my attention as a museum (instead of a just a great resource).

Explore gems, fossils, rocks and mineral specimens from unusual locations: Cape Cod Rocks

Explore Canada: Virtual Museums of Canada

And minerals from "down under": and from all over the world

You can find fossils and rocks at the: San Bernardino CA county museums

A rock shop with a growing Museum devoted to the: Past & Present (including an active outreach program).

The Virtual Museum of the History of Mineralogy

A portal into the Mining Industry

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General Information (some commercial, most Non-commercial or government), Personal Collections, and Rockhound Related Publications

An excellent introduction to common rocks and minerals with some great tidbits of historical background - enough to lift it out of the commercial group where it really belongs: Rockology

How can I identify this rock or mineral I found?: has found a wonderful set of resources

These folks want to do their rock collecting on Mars and beyond, and they are worth checking out: The Planetary Society

How to borrow a piece of the Moon from NASA: Do a killer science project
Apollo 11 collected samples of the Moon: Lunar Geology

Michigan's State Gemstone: "Greenstone"
Or find your own state's rock, mineral, or gem:
State Gem Search
State Dinosaurs
USGS information by state
Prospecting opportunities by state
Minerals by States or Provinces

Some useful information: on mineral and fossil collecting

A great resource for kids to learn about rocks and minerals: Diamond Dan Publications, and a great resource for educators. Good enough to lift it out of the dealer section where it belongs.

An interesting Science Vertical Portal: with categories in minerals and geology

There are some great resources at the: Mineral Information Institute

And lots more useful information: on mineral collecting

The minerals and geology of Washington State is an interesting project by: Jeff Schwartz

With over 6 GB of data, there is a lot to see at: Strahlen (.org)

The first family run Rockhound site I found on the Web: Irving Family Web Pages: Rock Collecting

A private collector in Japan with one of the most pleasant Web sites I have visited: Index.htm

Minerals, fossils, and prehistoric tools: My first exchange site, in France

Good intro info (and some advanced stuff too) from Willow Grove School, Willow Grove, IL: Rocks and Minerals

Classroom resources from the USGS: The Learning Web

Take a free class on Gemology: from Barbara Smigel

Make your own: Diamonds

A collection of rare books on volcanology and geology: The Johnston-Lavis Literature Collection

Geology, Paleontology, and Related Natural History Books and Journals: PaleoPubs

An interesting report on: Where new minerals have been discovered

Classroom resources: like mineral testing kits and equipment

Great crystal shape drawings by: Ronnie Van Dommelen

Mineralogy Literature: for every US State

Information on Mountain Ranges and Peaks around the world: for people who want to climb them and look for rocks.

A private collector in Italy: Alessandro Genazzani, M.D. PhD.

A private collector in Virginia: Clyde's Collective

Very fine minerals from Japan and elsewhere (and some of the best pictures I've ever seen of minerals): Kato's Collections

Excellent articles and resources on rocks and minerals: The Canadian Rockhound

LEAVERITE NEWS with articles and resources on rocks and minerals by: William S. Cordua

Most of these rocks are probably common near you too: Common rocks of Malaysia

Ronnie Van Dommelen knows about: The Mineralogy of Nova Scotia

Don't let the title fool you: The Stupid Page of Rocks

Computers, rocks, ufo's, baseball cards, a search engine, and more : Treasure

Another search engine, and much more from Adam Barwood: TerraSearch

Collect Postage Stamps (there are already over 3,000) showing minerals:
Herwig Pelckmans
American Philatelist - Show Time Column
Big Bear's Minerals & Gems on Stamps
Bob's Rock Shop Collecting Rock Stamps
County Stamp Center is an online guide to the world of stamps
Gem, Rock, and Mineral Postage Stamps
Keimar Stamps Minerals & Fossils
Minerals, French Polynesia, St Pierre, FSAT, Worldwide Topical Stamps
New Jersey Stamp Shows Calendar
Personal Want List Zillions of Stamps
SilverDalen Stamps Club
SOUTHERN AFRICAN STAMPS Eastgate Universal Stamps & Coins. Minerals & Metals
Stamp Collecting from The Mining Co.
Stamp Collecting by Peter G. Aitken
Stamp Trader List
Topical Stamps
USA stampshows
Zillions of Stamps Stamp Search

Mineral and Fossil Collecting: in the Mid-Atlantic Region (USA)

Now what was that unfamiliar term?:
Geologylinkš geologic glossary
UCMP Glossary: Geology
USGS Geologic Glossary
The Amateur Geologist glossaries
Illustrated Glossary of Geologic Terms
Glossaries : Department of Earth Sciences, IIT Bombay

How to clean up your collection:
Clean rocks
and clean stones
and clean quartz crystals
and clean quartz crystals
and some other very interesting articles for rockhounds from John Betts

Good introductory information on rocks and minerals: Common Minerals and their uses

Private collector: Zeolites

Another private collector: Paul has some great pictures

If any of you want recipes for crystal growing:
Grow your own crystals then click on MENU; then select: Creating Crystals (Crystal making tips and recipes)
Crystal Recipes
How to Grow Crystal Gardens
How to Grow Crystals
Kids Camp
Growing your own geodes

Great info on minerals: The Mineralogical Record

NASA is asking kids to send a clean rock to them: They will analyze it and send a certificate back

If you know what elements are in your mineral specimen, you can get a general idea of possible health side effects from this periodic table: How Toxic is my Mineral?
If you want to know the low level effects of various chemicals on health: How Safe is my Drinking Water?
How dangerous is my radioactive specimen?: Decay series
If you want to learn what elements are used for in everyday life: Check out the Wooden Periodic Table and see an amazing project.
The Periodic Table: in Poetry
The Periodic Table: in Haiku

A Frenchman in Korea: Beautiful Crystals

Most Interesting pages from a private collector: Ron Winter

For those really tough science questions, you can ask an expert (but do your homework first!): The Mad Scientist Network

An excellent site to get started on Rockhounding: Your Guide to Mineral Collecting

Collecting Geodes: is a fun family experience

Safety while rockhounding: and much more

A trio of collections of links where you can generally find the answer to anything related to geology and mineralogy if you surf enough of their links (warning, you can get lost visiting these sites):
Aaron Wisher's Webpage
Geologia na Web
More Geoscience Links

Roger Weller has some great geology resources for: earth science teachers (K-12)

The History of Geology and the Geosciences: GeoClio

Learn about: Big Earthquakes and Earthquake Myths from the USGS.

A few suggestions from me: on Labeling and Cataloging your collection

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Lapidary and Jewelry Making

If you are intersted in cutting and polishing rocks, by any method, this is the best place to start online: The Lapidary Digest

A great source on how to cut and polish rocks and minerals: The Lapidary Journal

Something to do with your rocks: Jewelry making supplies

All about : Tumbling

Andy has a great resource for anything related to: Tumbling

Working with natural stone: about Stone

If you ever need a finding, or jewelry supplies, you can probably get it at: Pasternak Findings

If you need custom opal (or other) cutting you might check out: Custom Creative

Make your own large scale rock saw: Diamond Wire

Bill Gallagher likes to make his own equipment, and some of his plans are free:

Get help with: Lapidary calculations

Gemworld has an interesting site beyond this reference to one form of polishing rocks: Tumbling Rocks and Minerals

Many beautiful items, and another way to polish rocks: Spheres

Andrew has lots of good info on: Tumbling Rocks as a Hobby

Carol Bova's ezine: Eclectic Lapidary

Merry Jewelry has an interesting: Jewelry Resource Directory

Turn your rocks into jewelry:
Colorado Academy of Silversmithing and Art Metal
Chad Parker in Northern Colorado

Help in designing faceted stones:
GemCad (the old home page)
GemCad (the new home page)

Some good hard data on gem material: and other fun lapidary stuff

You can find some interesting information at: The New Mexico Faceters Guild

Get serious about learing to cut rocks: William Holland School of Lapidary Arts

Metalsmithing: Metalworking

Fred Ward: Gem Book Publishers

Lapidary Help and Tips from

Lapidary Help and Tips from
Jewelry Courses

Faceting Help and Tips
More Faceting Help and Tips
Twenty-four Carat Network - Paul Ahlstedt

Cubic Zirconia and Gem Processing Machines: Anand Engineering Works

Cutting Spheres: Thunder Eggs, and More!

Big Sur Jade: Scuba Diving and Sculpting

They claim the World's largest collection of Lapidary and Jewelry making Videos: AlMar Videos

A portal into the commercial stone world: where the pro's use big lapidary equipment and collect interesting information.

Make your own: rock saw

And my own tips on cutting opal, spheres, and more: My personal Home Page and some details on construction of homemade lapidary equipment

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Geology, Mineral Classification, Databases, Satellite info, and Software

Use a 'tricorder' to identify rocks, just like the Mars Pathfinder did: Alpha, Proton, X-ray Spectrometer

Everything you ever wanted to know about volcano's plus lots of neat pictures: Volcano World
or visit the Lava Junkie: You can almost feel the heat coming out of your monitor from these amazing pictures

Did you ever want to study earthquakes?: Build your own Seismograph
Where you can learn more or report a quake you recorded: USGS National Earthquake Information Center

A great collection of links on Geology at Netscape: Geology directory

Go spelunking: The Virtual Cave

Serious satellite data for those who want to do serious prospecting: Land Biosphere Links

Let Aerial Images, Inc. show you the next spot you plan on collecting: TerraServer

Buy satellite pictures from Uncle Sam: EROS Data Center

Map search: USGS

A truely great mineral database: Minerals A - Z

How to label mineral specimens:
read about Labeling and Cataloging Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils

Dr. George Rossman (and Julia Goreva) have identified dumortierite as the cause of pink in rose quartz (and why it seldom forms crystals).

Pyrite Disease can be cured: as reported by Sally Shelton from the San Diego Natural History Museum

A global database of minerals and where to collect them: MinMax

The mineralogy of: Ontario, Canada

the Wilson Cycle: No rock is accidental 

To report a meteor fall or to verify a suspected meteorite contact: the American Meteor Society

If you want to learn about agates, start with: Roger Pabian

MAS/MILS CDROM: Database of Prospect Claims or Download Demo

Label your collection: MMD LABELING PRODUCTS

Minerals on CD-ROM: The Photo-Atlas of Minerals

Another software source: Mineralogy Software

J. Adam's Mineral Page: with lots of useful information and links

A lot of information about: minerals and fossils

Jewelry design software: ProtoCAD
Basic CAD

Where am I right now?
GPS Systems
GPS Links
GPSwsgroup sci.geo.satellite-nav
Resources for GPS owners and mapmakers: Freeware

A French Rockhound magazine: Le Regne Mineral

Goldschmidt's Atlas der Krystallformen: A classic work about crystals on CD ROM

Topographic maps on CD and links to downloadable maps: USGS Mapping Publications and lots of other great mapping info.

Free topographic maps: TopoZone - The Web's Topographic Map

Satellite Images:
TerraServer USA

Mapping resources:

The Probert Encyclopedia: has an online volume just for Rocks & Minerals

Digital RockHound's Companion: and other database software

Information on a computer program: listing NC mineral collecting sites

Harald G. Dill thinks of Geoscience as ART: Application-Research-Training

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Mineral Photography and Micromount viewing (related by Optics)

Tips on how to get good pictures of Rocks and Minerals:
Taking photos of reflective objects
Taking photos of fluorescent minerals
Taking digital photos for websites
Digital Mineral Photography (Educational Article section )

Micromounts and more from France: Association Fran*aise de Micromin*ralogie

Mineral Photomicrograph Site: Scott Whittemore

More micromounts: The Norwegian Rock & Mineral Guide
Athena Mineralogy
The Eudialyte page

Small rocks from outer space: Collecting Micrometeorites

More small rocks: Micromounting

A nice Webzine on minerals: French and English Versions Available

A place to trade specimens: International Micromount and Thumbnail Exchange

Fine Minerals, Crystal-Growing and Educational Outreach Services: Myrddin Emrys Limited

Advice from Photo Net on: What Camera to Buy

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Rock Clubs, Collecting Locations, and Individual Mineral Type displays (some may be commercial)

A collectors assocation for one mineral: Calcite

Visit a great rock shop and meet the author of: Rockhounding in Eastern New York and Nearby New England

Collecting locations for rockhounds:
Oregon and Washington locations
Dirty Rockhounds lists locations in many states
Dr. Bill lists locations in Wisconson

I finally found a club near me:
The Indian Mounds Rock and Mineral Club of Wyoming, MI

Find a rock club near you (and more):
American Federation of Mineralogical Socities
All North American Clubs that are online from CCFMS
Lapidary Journal's Directory of Clubs
Friends of Mineralogy
Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineralogical Societies
South Central Federation of Mineralogical Societies
Midwest Federation of Mineralogical Societies
The Mt. Hood Rock Club
The Vernon Lapidary & Mineral Club
Click on the Clubs in USA button
Rock & Mineral Associations of Canada
Canadian Clubs
The Lapidary Rock & Mineral Society of B.C.
Antwerp Mineral Society
Florida Society of Goldsmiths
Gem Newsletter Editors
GEODE (Netherlands)
Geological Society of America
International Colored Gemstone Association
Society of American Silversmiths (SAS)

Fuka is in Okayama Prefecture, Japan. Fuka is known for its abundant skarn minerals: Fuka

Would you believe 'a diamond in the rough'? The Graphite Page

The Rutland Rock and Mineral Club in Vermont

A festival for Petoskey Stones

The name says it all:

Everything you ever wanted to know about Clays: The Clay Minerals Society

From the collection of William Tompkins (and some trip reports too): Zeolites, Calcite, and Quartz

If you are in the Bakersfield, CA area: The Kern County Mineral Society

Blarney Stone may not be collected: Irish Geological Association

Clubs, links, mines, and more at: Rockhounders

Kalahari Minerals concentrates on: Southern African mineral specimens

If you are in the Roswell, NM area: The Chaparral Rockhounds

Some great resources for mineralogists can be found at: The University of Würzburgh

Glowing Rocks:
Fluorescent Mineral Society, Inc.
Black lights and more from UV SYSTEMS

Pacific Fishery Biologists Ore-ROCK-On Rockhounding Web Site: Oregon Rockhounds OnLine

Someday I'll get to go collecting here: Collect your own diamond specimen

Diamonds from these sites (and others) are sometimes found in Michigan's glacier deposited gravels:
Diamonds from
Diamonds from
Diamonds from
Diamonds from
Diamonds from

Every state should have a site like this: Rockhounding in Arkansas

The rock units at the 1-170 Pennsylvanian localtiy in St. Louis, MO: Dr. King's Geological study

Rocks from down under: The Australian Mineral Collector

A great collection of rocks from Belgium and around the world: The Rik Dillen Mineral Collection
The Axel Emmerman Mineral Collection and his glowing minerals

The traveling rocks at Racetrack Playa, Death Valley, CA: Moving Rocks

Boo's Rockhound Geology Homepage: Field Trips

My own reports from the Grand Rapids, Michigan area: Field Trip Reports

Rockhounding in British Columbia: Let John Ratcliff give you a tour

A Virtual Field trip of the Geology of: Kansas City

The North Jeffco Gem & Mineral Club: Denver, CO USA

An Rockhounds search engine, and more: GeoSearch

Collecting in a river or lake: fresh water pearls

Some folks collect: Sand

You need to take precautions if you collect: Radioactive minerals

Some great resources from the mid-west: Friends of Mineralogy

A great collection of links from Brad Smith: Culver City R&M Club

Dixie Reale has fun stuff for kids too: Jasper, Agate, and more

Collecting at Mount Saint Hilare and more: Montreal Gem and Mineral Club

Collect Canadian agates around Kamloops with: Dave McBeth

A collector in Arizona and New Mexico: with some interesting pictures and information

Steve Reutlinger: Virtual Field Trip Page

Sandra Downs: Cyberwall Collecting Sites

Check out Topaz Mountain at: the Collectors Guide

Learn about earth sciences and rockhounding: Delaware Mineralogical Society, Inc.

Gold Panning in York County, PA: Earl Hartman's Outdoor Pages Gold sites & news groups:
Gold Prospectors
Gold Prospectors Association of America
Gold Prospecting and Panning, Maps, and more
Prospector's kit, and more

Claimed to be the largest Mining Event in USA: Bohemia Mining Days

Pretty quartz pebbles: Cape May 'Diamonds'

Chaparral Rockhounds: in New Mexico

A list of Mine locations in every state (and more): from

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Discussion Lists and Link Lists
Some of these lists are moderated and you must send an Email and ask to join. Others I do not have good contact info, only an Email address that will product a bounce with instructions to join. And some send you to a website where you can join. Join a virtual club!

This is where I found the Rockhounds mailing list I joined and it has had lots of great references. Unfortunately, It died on June 15, 1999, but still had archives up the last time I looked: Rockhounds Home Page
One of my replacements for the Rockhounds List that died: Rockhound List
One of my replacements for the Rockhounds List that died: New Rockhounds List
One of my replacements for the Rockhounds List that died also has died (and is greatly missed), Sharon Shea's Rocks-and-Fossils List -- it was replaced by three lists: (used to be at egroups)

Another alternative that has also died (but the website still had archives up the last time I checked) was: The Lapidary Digest but its reported to be coming back with the new Millenium.
And then the list was transferred to a new host and administrator by the old, and it did not die after all: , and its still my favorite list
An alternative, following the tradition of Hale Sweeney, and also a favorite: Lapidary Arts and Faceters Digest
Another alternative: Fossil Nuts
Another alternative: RockMineralFossil List
Another alternative: Gems and Facets
Another alternative: Micromounts and minerals requiring magnification
A message board: Rocks-Gems-Minerals-Fossils
Another alternative: Opal and related topics
Another alternative: Collecting and displaying of Fossils
Another alternative: Collecting minerals and fossils, and anything related to the hobby of rockhounding
Another alternative: Anything related to paleontology
Another alternative: Collecting, cutting, polishing and displaying of fossils, rocks and minerals, especially for kids
Another alternative: Rockhounding, rock collecting and displaying
Another alternative: For Teachers and Rockhounds who love to share knowledge
Another alternative: Anything to do with minerals and crystals
Another alternative: people who love ROCKS, MINERALS, GEMS, PROSPECTING, CLUBS, and EVENTS
Another alternative: Digital Rockhound's companion software users support group
Another alternative: Dedicated to the trading of equipment, fossils, micromounts, rocks and minerals
Another alternative for adults interested in Gems: The Gems International Club
Jewelry Manufacturing Methods and Procedures: The Orchid Digest Body=subscribe subject=blank
Faceting: Faceters Digest
Faceting: Faceters List
Another alternative: Rocks Minerals and Gems
Another alternative: Gemking
eGroups disscution list to talk about: UK mineral locations moved to yahoo
Or just the minerals and mineral localities of Tasmania, mainland Australia, and New Zealand: eMinerals now on yahoo

A great collection of information and links from Europe: Mineralogy Club of Antwerp, Belgium

Looking for someone who is crazy about the same mineral you are?: MINERAL FANATICS INDEX

Gary runs the first Rockhound Blog I've run across.

Link to lots of good links: Yahoo Geology Links

United States Faceters Guild Faceter's List: Yahoo Geology Links

A discussion list for: ULF/ELF phenomenon, including earthquake prediction

The URL says it all:, so their chat forum got listed here.

Andrew has a pretty good bulletin board on: Tumbling Rocks as a Hobby

A discussion list for: Rough for Sale

A discussion list for: photography of micromounts

Rockhounds :

Fossil Nuts:

List Owner: Michael L. Orock





Rockhound Station 1:






















Southern San Joaquin Valley Lapidary Society:





the Lapidary Rock And Gem Shop:

Indiana Collecting:

the Mendocino, Lake, Sonoma, and Humboldt counties region of California:

California's Central Coast:

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Fossils (some dealers included)

Fossils by State and much more: Your first stop for fossil homework

Michigan has outcrops of some of the oldest rocks on earth: The Oldest Antiques on Earth

Once you collect a fossil, you need to preserve it: Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections

Organize and catalog your fossil collection: Lusofossils Fossils Organizer software.

Minerals, fossils, and prehistoric tools: My first exchange site, in France

Some useful information: mineral and fossil collecting

Its safer to hunt fossil sharks: Long Dead Sharks

Not for bathtub use: Fossil Sponges

Collecting Fossils in California: Specific sites and much more

Located in Cleveland, Ohio: North Coast Fossil Club

A wide selection of better than average fossils: Two Guys Fossils

Fine Mineral Specimens and Fossils: Trafford | Flynn

Dinsoaur Eggs and other fine fossils: PaleoPlace

Petersburg Paleontological Laboratory: Russian fossils

Paleontology links: Fossils

Wyoming Green River fossils from: Antares Fossils & Minerals

A Triceratops and other great fossils: Fossilnet, Inc.

Specimens, Trip Reports, and more: Scullys Crystals, Minerals, and Fossils

Take a chartered field trip: Fossil Expeditions

October is: International Dinosaur Month

Department Of Paleobiology National Museum of Natural History: Digital Shark Tooth Key

Jim Bourdon on Lee Creek: Guitarfishes, Skates, and Rays

Where did all the dinosaurs go? The K-T Boundary

Fossils and related information focusing on: west-central Illinois

Jeff's Journal: Dinosaur Paleontology

Nicola Cosanni recommended: The Italian website of paleontology and I agree it is worth visiting.

Fossils, Minerals, and a fun web page: Ewok's Home Page
and fossils just from the Geelong region

A rockhound ring: Gems, Minerals, & Fossils Clubs WebRing

Paleoart & Minerals: Mineral Fossil Lapidary Network

Take a trip to the: Green River Formation

More links about fossils:
Plant fossils
Fossils II
The Fossil Company

Trapped bugs and petrified tree sap:
Amber Page
Real Amber
Baltic Amber

Paleontology links: Fossils

A good variety of fossils: The Gateway Country Fossil Page

Claimed to be 1/4 mile east of the exact middle of nowhere: The John Day fossil beds

Carboniferous Ferns:
Mazon Creek ferns
More ferns
Penn. ferns

A baby T-Rex: Tinker

Mostly from the Atlantic Coastal Plain: Vertebrate fossils

From Nebraska: Invertebrate fossils

Mass Extinctions: Can you name the five big ones before you click?

Paleomicrophotographs: from Rik Hill

Some fossils: from Steven Holley

Inclusions in Baltic Amber: from Andrzej Gorski

Petoskey Stones and Petoskey Stone jewelry from: Steve Webster

Trilobites from:
Kevin Maddy
Sam Gon III has a site, recommended by Scientific American, you don't want to miss.

Barry Sutton has fossils from Missouri:
Pennsylvanian Fossils
Mississippian Fossils

Fossil Collecting in Pennsylvania:
A 'dig'

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Commercial sites (and most have great pictures)

Tivadar PŽcsi has minerals from: Hungary and Romania

A big directory of places to buy rocks and minerals: Rock Shops

Educational and club resources, coloring books, cartoons, and more for Rockhounds: Diamond Dan Publicatiions

Rocks, minerals, and fossils from the: Open Adit

Chris Tucker has: Minerals from Montana

Visit a great rock shop and meet the author of: Rockhounding in Eastern New York and Nearby New England

A great Rockhounds site with lots of links (run by a miner in Maine): Tourmaline, Great Collecting sites, and more

One of the best all-around Rock and Mineral sites on the Web: Bob's Rock Shop

A favorite dealer with really nice specimens I have dealt with successfully many times: John Betts - Fine Minerals

Someone else I have dealt with successfully over time: The Arkenstone

Someone else I have dealt with successfully, and he sure makes fine display cabinets: Monadnock Mineral & Display

Analytical services, meteorites, mine models, minerals, books, and more: Excalibur Minerals These are good folks, and their analytical services are great!

Richard Hetzel has: Jewelry, Findings, Gemstones and Crafting Supplies

You will find more than just specimens at: Mineral Town

Unique Gifts from Mother Earth to You: Mama's Minerals Not only are they a full service rock shop, they have many interesting articles and links of general interest.

Peruvian Minerals and Andean Gems: from Giancarlo Consiglieri

Great Opal Rough: Opal Rough from Keith Rigby and some hints on cutting small stones by me that Keith has been kind enough to post.
And another good source: Opal Rough from Art Kingsbury
And one more good source: Cut Opal from Murray Colebourn
And yet another good source: Allan Aoyama has opals and more
And still another source for: Australian opals & opal jewelry from Opals Down Under
And also: Opals Guaranteed for Opal, Opal Jewelry, Australian Opal, Black Opal and Opal Rough
And if you want your opal from the north instead of the south, check out: the glowing stuff from Kamloops

You can find out how crystals are mined and cleaned too: Sweet Surrender Crystal Mine

Extensive lapidary site: Art From God

Peruvian mineral specimens from: Giancarlo Consiglieri

I'm pleased to have some fine specimens from folks who are as: Wild About Rocks as I am.

An old fashioned rock shop that has been a family business since 1952: Hoff's Rock Shop

A wonderful website with lots of equipment, supplies, and information: the CyberRockhound probably has it

A wide selection of fossils from around the world: Jack McCullough Fossils

Fine quality mineral specimens from worldwide localities: from Marin Mineral

Rough and Gems: Russo &.

You knew there had to be one: The Mineral of the Month

John Gilbert has: oil related rocks

Located in Bingham, NM: The Blanchard Rock Shop

Some really beautiful quartz: Cascade Scepters

Some fine specimens from: Stephen Blyskal

Interesting Dealer: Mineral specimen dealers.Gwynant Valley Minerals.U.K. .

Lapidary equipment, tools and supplies: Dads is one of the oldest and largest rock shops in the USA

Interesting stuff from: Fazalur Qazi

More Interesting stuff from: Sanju Gems

Great minerals for sale: at Element 51 (Tim is another dealer I can personally recommend).

Hand Made: Agate Lamps

High quality meteorites and information about various meteorite falls at: Arizona Skies Meteorites

Diamond Lapidary Equipment: from Inland Craft

A dealer that is out of this world: Meteorites, Impactites and Tektites for Science, Education and Collectors - english
and Dean Bessey is another source: at the Meteorite Shop

Cut stones and faceting rough: Heirloom Creations

Symbols, Meanings, and Meta-Physics of specimens: Gemstone Lore

Healthstones' Hobbies: Brings Nature to your Front Door

Some very fine specimens (and a great home page graphic): Elephant Mine Minerals

Eliza Mazur has some interesting jewelry at: Autumn Gallery

An extensive collection of spectacular specimens: Great South Gems and Minerals

An interesting mix of minerals and travel, with a promise of more to come: Terra Firma Outfitters

Tools: Miners, Inc.

Matt Duncan claims to have the best: Gold Nuggets, Specimens and Gold Crystals

Yukon Bob runs a: Gold Panning school, museum and gift shop

Seth Griffin has: opal, Andamooka matrix, and more

Gems from East Africa: Lapigems Gem Company

Supplies and more for educators and rockhounds: WARD's Natural Science Establishment

Jewelry making supplies from: Contenti

Deewble has Agates (and other stuff): from Australia

Agates of all types, shapes, and sizes from: Ronald Rodgers

John McQueen has: Tanzanite

Lots of information and related products can be found at: Pearls Of Joy

Online Rockshop: with Petrified Wood, Thundereggs, Bookends, Agates, Slices of Rock

Rare and out-of-print Geoscience books: Ed Rogers

A greek dealer in minerals and educational earth science resources: Dimitris Minatidis

Cabbing rough, slabs, fossils, minerals, and more: Doug Up Rocks

Photos, Minerals, and digital postcards: Earth Moods

A great source for MicroMount Equipment, Supplies, and Specimens: Mineralien and some great pictures

A newsletter about gemstones and the market: The Gemstone Forecaster

Manufacturer of a Silicon Carbide that mimics Diamonds: Moissanite

Another interesting dealer: The Meteorite Exchange

Affordable Quartz Crystals and Minerals from around the world: Spirit of the Crystals

Arizona and the Southwest USA: Gallagher Minerals

A source for micro specimens: Sauktown Sales

Solid australian opals: from coober pedy

You can find some interesting specimens: at Element 51

Nice stuff with a great 'Hall of Fame': The Mineral Gallery and Auction

Minerals from Tasmania and Australia and more: the Main Adit

Dealer: Apache Gems

Hand crafted and custom made fashion jewelry from: Wellness Crystsls

Minerals in Italy.: and more

A dealer with specimens from all over the world: Penn Minerals

Jewelry, Gifts, Gemstones and Minerals: from around the world

Jewelry and Diamonds: from Go 4 Jewel

This site had some interesting opal and many great crystals: Adams Minerals

Besides books or flowers, you can collect minerals by mail too: A Monthly Mineral Fix

An interesting dealer with a lot more than just rocks: Aaron Andersen

Peruvian minerals, including blue opal: Mining Center

From Argentina: Patagonian & Condor Agates

Thumbnails and more: Mineral Zone

Facet (and cab) rough from around the world: Gemstones And Rough

A dealer with great information content too: The Gem and Mineral Exploration Company

Real marbles made from rocks and more: Round Rocks Etc.

Ann and Andy Parker: Agate House Lapidary

A whole lot more than just purple rocks: The Amethyst Galleries

Gold mining supplies:
Lifestyle Store
Cliff Freeman's Pro Pan gold pan

Genuine Core Samples from the Homestake Gold Mine

Diamonds and jewelry from: Kakadia

Trinity Mineral Co. Auction Room
The GemNet Auction

Beautiful specimens from the USA and elsewhere: Kevin Conroy Minerals

Some very beautiful crystals from: Gio Russo

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Unlabeled/Uncategorized Sites I've collected (now admit it, you've still got a bunch of unlabeled stones from that real productive trip last...gee, it couldn't have been that long ago...anyway, I'll get them done real soon now, but you can still enjoy the finds).

If you need to find a classic reference source try: Out of Print Books

Sculptures, carvings, fossils, candles, crystals, rough material, shona art, mining equipment: and More

An interesting mix of minerals and literature: Tidbits

You can find free classified for your web site, your mineral business, exchanges on my page : You'll find also many info about minerals from Brittany

Larry Rush: wants to exchange minerals

For the Lapis website, surf to: Lapis Extra

Here is a link to Emerald Creek in Idaho: Star Garnets

Diamond mining in Canada: and go back to the table of contents for Sue, the T-rex

Some interesting links: rocks in hemsida

More interesting links: The Cape-Atlantic Rockhounds Links Page

Still more interesting links: Adirondack Rockhounders Hot Links

Hollow rocks with crystals: Geodes

A tongue-in-cheek look at mineral collecting at: The VUGSTER

Want to trade something?: Rock Swap

Minerals from Arizona: Blue and Green (and other) Rocks

Minerals from the Elemwood, Gordonsville, and Cumberland mines: Tennessee Minerals

A good rock magazine: Rocks and Minerals

Another dealer: UC Minerals

And several times a year you can go to: The Crystal Fair

GemData, Mine Design & The Spectrum Network: Home of the original interactive "Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show Calendar"

Tourmaline and more: Trinity Minerals

More mineral pictures and other neat stuff from a collector in Norway: Bjorn's Mineral Web

A rockhound ring: Gems, Minerals, & Fossils Clubs WebRing

A dealer in flats (and individual specimens): OsoSoft Mineral Connection

A Canadian dealer: Gemstones from all around the world

One of the best known collecting sites in the world: Mont Saint-Hilaire, Quebec, Canada

Rough gemstones from around the world: LICCINI

The Crystal Fair: rock & mineral, gem & jewelry shows

Take the trip of your dreams and collect minerals in Mexico: Mineral Safari

Made in Montana: Mac's Gems


PA minerals and lots of information: Penn Minerals .

Go collecting with Bob Jackson (and he sure has some nice rocks): Geology Adventures

Another dealer: P.A.Z. Gem and Crystal Creations

This site is run by a jasper miner: The American Cutters Gallery

Montana Agate Slabs and rough: Harmon's

Lapis, Jade, Emeralds, and other rough: Beauty and the Beads

Wholesale Jewelers' and Lapidary Supplies: Thunderbird Supply Company

Geodes, minerals, and fossils: Geode Home Page

A dealer with a good selection of books too: The Mineralogical Research Co.

Italian and worldwide minerals: Alessandro Genazzani

Geologist, Journalist, wannabe Web Designer: Aaron Fox

From the Schorl King: SJR ~ ASSORTED SPECIMENS 1

Interesting dealer with unique specimens: Royal Scepter Gems and Minerals

Publisher of gem & mineral references and guides: LR Ream Publishing

Crystals, shells, coral, and more: Shamrock Crystals

Tidbits on Opal from a jeweler: Joseph Rosi

Custom cut gemstones: Faceters Co-Op

A lobbying organization for rockhounds: American Land Access Association

An online jewelry store: Jewelry Days

Rockhounds Mailing List Info FAQ File
Jon Gladwell Collection
Rays Rock Page
Rio Grande Tool Company
Worldwide Imports - Division of Imex International
Minerals - Mark Case
The Stone Company
Aqualit Top Stone
CJ Lanese rough and faceted
Coast-to-Coast Rare Stones
Cranestone Gems - Australia

The BLM wants to rewrite the mining act of 1872 that lets US citizens be Rockhounds (and governs mining activities in general): Surface management regulation #3809

Web Site design services for Rockhounds, great links, and much more: Bradford Smith

More 'uncategorized' links, but I've started labeling and sorting them.


Univ of Wisconsin Geology Course

Lapidary Help and Tips from

An Introduction to: Geology and Hard Rock Mining


The Gem and Jewelry Master Board BBS Making Your Own Polariscope for Gemology
GemNet Forum
Visual Commodity Index
Facet Shoppe
GBA-Worldwide rough and faceted
Gemstone Brokerage Associates Ltd
Gemstone Gallery High Grade District


U.S. Geological Survey
Geological Survey of Canada


Ganoksin Online
Small Bench Tools Descriptions
Tips From The Jewelry Bench Search Engine
Jewelry Courses
Jewelery Design Resource Site
The Jewelery Arcade


Common Minerals and Their Uses
Overview of Gemstone Production - US Bureau of Mines
Geographic Nameserver
Minerals, Crystals and Their Systems
Mineral Names
Periodic Table of Elements
Geo-Search - Jeremy Fuller
Piezoelectric properties of quartz - Louis Bradshaw
Los Angeles Natural History Museum CDROM of Minerals
Mineral Chemistry
        and type localities
Mineral Clip Art
Mineral Information & Pictures
Radioactive Minerals - Andy Christy
Mineral Specifications Online

ROCK & GEM CLUBS - General

Canadian Clubs
California Clubs

ROCK & GEM SHOWS - General

Rockhounds Show Calendar


Quartzsite, AZ Show
Trona, CA Show - Jon Gladwell
Canadian Gemmological Assoc. Show

A good place to be in September: The Denver Gem & Mineral Show


Michael McCann's Arts Safety and Hazards
UNMC Chemical Safety MSDS Home Page
EPA's index to MSDS Safety Data Sheets
Valley Fever
What is Valley Fever
More Valley Fever

SPECIMENS - by Area or Locale

Arizona Rainbow Petrified Wood - Charles Stewart
Louisiana Fossils
Minerals from Belgium in English and in French
New York Area Fossils
North Carolina Fee-for-entry sites
North Carolina Archaelogy and fossil links
Oregon Rockhounding
Tennessee Locality Page - Brett Shaffer
Virgin Valley Opal
Wisconsin Geology/Mineralogy - William Cordua

SPECIMENS - by Country

The Australian Mineral Collector
Belgian Virtual Quarry
The Norwegian Rock & Mineral Guide
Portugese Sauropod Trackways
Russian Minerals
Binn Valley Switzerland - Bart de Weerd

SPECIMENS - by Named Material

Historic Gold Collection
Chrysocolla and Gem Silica
Fluorescent Minerals
Gold prospecting
The Agate Page - Roger Pabian
Rock Eggs
Kentucky Geodes
Japanese law scepter quartz twin
Optical grade calcite
Sui-Seki Pictures
Wulfenite (Smithsonian)

SPECIMENS - by Named Site or Mine

Wise Mine Page
Jacobs Ruby Mine
Himalaya Mine - California Tourmaline
Topaz Mountain
Herkimer Diamonds
Kelly Mine Smithsonite or Kelly Mine
Crystal Hill Mine

Thunder Eggs and the Baker Mine

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You can return to The Tomaszewski Family Public Home Page, or visit my personal homepage for more Rockhounding information, or read about Labeling and Cataloging Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils, or learn how to make your own lapidary equipment, or review some field trip reports, or view some specimens from my collection, or send me Email at .

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You need a hard hat or a thick skull to go beyond here because nothing's guaranteed to be working yet.

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Space reserved for appropriate comment: Link Title The Mineral Gallery Baker Egg Mine - Thundereggs Bob's Rock Shop Rockhounds Legend of Apache Tears Dead Bugs in Amber Club Gold Rush in CA info Earth Sciences Site A Geologist's Lifetime Field List Links to Geology Sites E-Zine w/section on rocks and minerals The Mining Co. mineral collecting page This site is by Prof. Jill Banfield w/the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It is an online college geology class that is very well done with movies too.
MiningHistory email list at:
Some lists to verify...

Here's a list I have - haven't checked tham all lately though. Gem Editor's Page - To join: E-mail Fred Sias,, and ask him to include you. Gem-and-Facets mailing list and/or digest version can be Subscribed or Unsubscribed to at This mailing list covers colored gemstones, diamonds, rough, faceting, gem, jewelry and mineral shows and just about anything to do with the colored gemstone industry. Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Club Web Rings Faceting - to join, e-mail Sharan and Don Clark at and ask them to include you. There is a daily digest of comments submitted by members at The archives page is FACETERS - AFMS Faceters group.. AFMS MEMBERSHIP IS NOT REQUIRED To join, send an e-mail to: For information, go to: Lapidary Digest - to join; send an e-mail to with the words SUBSCRIBE on the subject line of your letter. Anything in the body of the message is ignored. This digest is a collection of queries and answers on lapidary topics submitted by members, and published about every other day. If you have trouble subscribing, write Hale Sweeny at, and ask for help. Lapidary Digest and Archives + other rockhound information Rocks and Fossils- You may visit the eGroups web site to subscribe or modify your subscriptions: Rockhounds - Continuation of old group. - To subscribe: Send e-mail to with the words - subscribe rockhounds - in the BODY of the message. Changed effective 6/15/99 - the old addresss will not work. Rockhounds II - splinter of old group. Adds chat rooms, swap areas, ad areas.To join, go to the site and follow the directions there. AFMS EDITORS - check for details

The petrified wood group is still active at and an nteresting, informative BB at

Gem Editor's Page - To join: E-mail Fred Sias,, and ask him to include you. Gem-and-Facets mailing list and/or digest version can be Subscribed or Unsubscribed to at This mailing list covers colored gemstones, diamonds, rough, faceting, gem, jewelry and mineral shows and just about anything to do with the colored gemstone industry. Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Club Web Rings Faceting - to join, e-mail Sharan and Don Clark at and ask them to include you. There is a daily digest of comments submitted by members at The archives page is FACETERS - AFMS Faceters group.. AFMS MEMBERSHIP IS NOT REQUIRED To join, send an e-mail to: For information, go to: Lapidary Digest - to join; send an e-mail to with the words SUBSCRIBE on the subject line of your letter. Anything in the body of the message is ignored. This digest is a collection of queries and answers on lapidary topics submitted by members, and published about every other day. If you have trouble subscribing, write Hale Sweeny at, and ask for help. Lapidary Digest and Archives + other rockhound information