From the article: Rock Collectors: A Collection
Tell us what you collect, why you collect it, and what hints you have for the rest of us. Are you a rockhound, a lapidary or a jackdaw? Where Do You Fit?
- I collect rocks from all over the world. When friends travel to other countries, Iask them to bring me a rock. This request seems odd, but most oblige. I live in the US, and have rocks from South Africa, Ghana, China, and Germany. My coolest rock by far is from the walls of Pompeii.
- —Guest osing07
Buckets of rocks!
- From rocks to fossils I can't stop picking them up. From jobsite excavations, quarried sand, beaches and more, I usually find a nice specimen wherever I go. Rocks are everywhere in my house and even once in awhile in the washing machine (got to remember to empty my pockets out). Now I wish I could share these with the world. Every rock or fossil tells a story and I love to read them. My wife says I have a good imagination, she doesn't see what I see! Who knows maybe someone held that very rock in their hands hundreds or thoudands of years before! I'm addicted! Now i'm beginning to learn what i have! Thanks Andrew and About.com!
- —Guest I need help...
Whatever catches my eye
- I constantly am told that I have a gift for finding rocks. My first rock was Serpentine (williamsite) which I was amazed upon finding, thinking it was Emerald. Since then, I have studied, explored, collected, and haven't looked back since. Whenever I go out hunting in an area, I simply grab what looks cool at a first glance, sort through my findings later with a bucket of water and a toothbrush and find even more than I thought I had.
- —Guest Marchosias
- I picked up a rock many decades ago and I'm still doing it. Since retirement I have been taking geology very seriously and following a course to better understand my passion. Picking up a rock gives me a "Wow!". Now I will have a notion of what I'm actually holding in my hand. The chemistry side is daunting but it connects all the dots and begins to form 'families' of rocks which might go unconnected from just visual observation. I also put them in plastic boxes with index card labelling/information. However, the kid inside still says "Wow!" whenever I pick a rock up.
I love rocks!
- like a snowflake, no two rocks are alike. I've always held a fascination for rocks all the different shapes, sizes, colors and especially the marks, nicks, and scrapes found on them that tell a story and give a clue as to the history of that rock! rocks are cool!
- —Guest Diane Plymel
i love rocks
- If rocks could talk, I would have no need for human companionship.
- —Guest tiffany
Rocks attracted to a magnet
- My interest as an amateur is in rocks that are attracted to an N52 neodymium super magnet. West central Wisconsin is an excellent location since there is an abundance of rocks of this type and the variety is amazing. The only cost so far has been the magnet.
- I love that most rocks don't look the same and there's so many colors. I just love collecting rocks.
- —Guest Lisa
It tells a story
- I've been collecting rocks since I was very young in Virginia before moving to Colorado. They were all small pieces glued to a piece of paper or some fossils that we found. When I moved to Colorado I saw crystals in rock shops for the first time and bought my first real "collector" specimen, a nice fluorite from the tri-states areas (Dunton Mine I think). I became friends with local mineral collectors that had claims and really started collecting. I love crystals the most since to me they are almost alive with energy. There are so many questions you can ask... where did it come from, how did it form, what is the crystal structure, what is the mineral used for by man. When my son was in the cub scouts I'd bring over several flats of minerals (quartz crystals, mica, feldspar crystals and let the boys (girls also for my daughter's girl scout troop...) pick what they wanted but then they had to label them and finally bring them over to me and tell me what they were. I am also a jackdaw.
- —Guest Russ in Colorado
It's all about the Rock!!
- Every since I was a little girl I've been facinated with rocks. Everywhere I go my head is down scanning for anything that catches my attention. I usually bring a rock or two home everyday. I live between the Rocky Mountains and Saphire Montains. I also have the river as my backyard. So I have to try real hard not to let myself get too obsessed, because it would be sooo easy to do. I take my puppy for walks every day on the river. I recently have been collecting heart shaped rocks for the front of my house. So, some days I come home with a pocket full, or one really big one. Every day I add a few more, its really cool looking. My friends and family are even getting in on the action. Now anytime I have a visitor they have to add a heart rock to the collection.
- I've been picking up rocks since I was a year old. I have larger ones between the plants in my front yard. There are large and small in the back yard. There are more on the window sills, but some of them belong to my kids. I sometimes look up what kind they are, but mostly I just like to have them nearby.
- —Guest wehrborn
Different Textures and Hues
- I like to collect all sorts of rocks--and minerals. I like to find rocks with unique textures, whether very smooth or very rough, and I like to find rocks and minerals of vibrant or dull hues. I have a lot of rocks and minerals that are grey in colour and some very brightly coloured rocks.
- My daughter loves to collect rocks that are white or marble looking or unusual looking, small, big, really large or very tiny.
- —Guest michelle jamison
- Love them pegmatites--those crystals are overwhelming--geology wonderfully created.
- —Guest Bill
- I am a rock serendipity collector - i.e. when happy chance presents me with a good looking rock I take it with me
- —Guest hilaryisabel
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