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Jake & Dana's Mindat page

Registered member joined prior to 15th Oct 2005 (unrecorded)

Jake Harper has uploaded:
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My wife Dana and I have been collecting for 24 years. Our first introduction to the wonderful world of minerals came when my brother-in-law first showed us a box full of fine California quartz crystals with beautiful epidote inclusions that he had collected, not even knowing what they were! In fact, none of us knew what they were in the beginning. We actually even commented that there was "grass" growing inside of those pretty clear rocks.


The thrill of discovery! Since those early days we have learned all we can about the mineral kingdom and have developed a passion and knowledge of California Sierra Nevada foothills geology and the beautiful mineral specimens that are found here. Dana loves cabinet specimens and quartz, and I am working on a thumbnail collection and of coarse quartz as well with emphasis on California foothills material. We have accepted that quartz is our favorite mineral despite the mainstream bias against this most common, lowly peasant of species in the mineral kingdom. I am sure that there are many out there that feel the same way about quartz that we do, but just don't want to admit it…. Yes, you know who you are…
15 years ago we began a small hobby business selling mineral specimens and have been happily doing so ever since.
Lapidary work has also become a very important part of our lives and our business as time has passed and for the last several years we have produced hundreds of fine polished agates, petrified wood and other specimens for many satisfied customers woldwide.

 

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