fish fossil

Andrew and I are preparing a large fossil Diplomystus fish from Wyoming USA. Andrew is micro abrading with a sand blaster , I’m removing the bulk rock with an micro jack hammer , to just above the body of the fish for Andrew to do the detail cleaning at Crystal World .   You can dig […]

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April 5th, 2016

mining march 2016

Ever wonder how the giant crystals you see come to be in our shop at Crystal World? Here is a mine in Victoria, Australia where very large crystals are abundant, though difficult and dangerous to extract. It is a long trip to the floor of the mine, and an even longer trip  coming back up at […]

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April 5th, 2016


    Beijing is fortunate in having some top class private mineral and fossil galleries. I was able to visit one. As one would expect there were many high quality natural mineral specimens for sale, like the massive gemmy fluorite pictured above. But there were also some highly unusual articles carved in jade, like this […]

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March 24th, 2016


Tucson Show 2016 Tucson Show 2016 is larger than ever! Tom Kapitany takes a wander through the shows. And Buys! Magnificent Rutilated Quartz Ikea for the Flintstones! Petrified wood, USA Mookaite supplied by Crystal World as architectural accent in China Star Rose Quartz Japan Law Citrine Gem Ammolite Canada Massive Opal specimen purchased by Tom […]

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January 25th, 2016


Tourmaline of San Diego County, California Tourmaline is common, but not in gem quality. Tom Kapitany and Hank Ebes visit this historic group of mines. Erik Cordova was kind enough to take Hank and I to visit his tourmaline mines in San Diego region of Southern California , first the Carmelita  mine and then the […]

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