Kittery Point, MEUSA
Hometown: Kittery Point, Maine
May 27, 2012
I took a couple of geology classes when I was in college in upstate New York and focused on all the marvels of glaciers cutting gorges and making Finger Lakes. The last 10 years gave me the opportunity to travel West and discover low and high desert mineral collecting. First I sawed, sanded and polished the gorgeous finds into lovely cabochons or tumbled stone for the neighborhood kids, but then....I started to really look at the crystalline forms and realized this was something I would do for the next several decades....I am so curious about the small flashes of adulescence, Shiller effect or pleocroism, that I won't saw anything until I have satisfied myself that I know what I am sawing. I still haven't turned my saw back on yet.
Finding people of like mind who love getting out into Nature and searching in granite crevices for crystals...oohing over someone's gold nugget placer in a Maine riverbed, sharing the wonder of realizing we uncovered a beautiful crystal that took millennia and then some to form...For me it's about sharing the awe and discovery.
I am happy to share what I know (I consider myself a very enthusiastic novice).
Greetings! My name is Jill and I have had a fascination with rock formations, crystals, for decades....but have only had the opportunity to get down to visiting sites outside of the North East in the last decade..I'm hooked and always learning now.
Best group ever ! Where else can you enjoy getting filthy with really pleasant (and also dirty) others?