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  1. Hi everyone this is matthew again the fossil and gem show at the hamburg fairgrounds is coming up this weekend on the 16 and 17 of march 2024
  2. Hey, I need some help in identifying this specimen. I found it by a tree I was digging out in my yard a few months back, and I don't know what it is. I took it to a gem and rock store once, and the guy there put some liquid on it to test it, but he said it wasn't coming back as anything, and he couldn't tell me what it was. Aany ideas would be much appreciated. Thank you .
  3. It’s that time of year again, Denver Fossil Show time, still open ‘til the 17th. This being my 3rd time visiting, I felt I had a better idea of where all the dealers are, and what I wanted to see most. I go mostly to look at all the interesting fossils from all over the world, I saw dealers from every continent other than Antarctica. The show contains a lot of polished minerals and gems although it seemed like there was an ammonite at every table. The majority of the fossils available came from the United States and Morocco. There were plenty of stunning dinosaur bones and trilobites, fish and ammonites but as always there were many, many, fakes, composites, and poor resto jobs and whatever the weird scorpion things in the first image are considered.
  4. Danielb

    Crystal help please

    Hi I found this in my collection I don’t have any labels for it or anything. It is blue at the bottom in light and green at the top and it is also terminated on six sides. help appreciated.
  5. Hi everyone this is matt again does anyone know what kind of rock this is that I found in the creek today ? here is a few photos
  6. Hi everyone this is matt again today in the creek I found this green looking rock does anyone know what it is ? here is a photo of the rock
  7. when i clicked it with real jade there was a high pitched ringing sound i believe that is an indication of real jade
  8. Today I took a trip to the annual Denver fossil show, I really enjoyed it and it wasn’t 90+ F (32+ C) this time. There were fossils and minerals from all over the world, all though mostly minerals. I tried taking pictures of mostly different fossils, and they are not representative of what was at the show. If you do decide to go (it’s open for another week) look out for fakes and resorted and composited material there were many of those. It was fun to wander around looking at everything even if most of it is far outside my budget.
  9. Hi everyone this is Matt again. Can anyone tell me what this blue stuff is in this rock I found today ? Here is a photo:
  10. Hi everyone this is Matt again. Today in the creek, I found this strange rock with a lot of dots all over it. Does anyone know what it is ? Here is a photo of the rock :
  11. Even though I fancy myself as a self-collector of fossils, I have always been interested and attended shows as they are excellent learning/networking venues. For the past few years, I have been attending the Quartzsite shows. The first times I attended, I was pretty lost since they are actually a series of shows, some overlapping, some not, at different venues. Very confusing. That's part of the charm though since there is much to like about these shows: they occur at a time of the year (winter) when nothing else is happening in much of the country, you can find excellent bargains, they are pretty relaxed due to the extended schedule of shows and they are mostly outdoors which has turned out to be a huge bonus in the age of COVID. My experience is that there are 3 shows for fossil enthusiasts worth mentioning: 1. Desert Gardens This is an RV Park turned into a rock, gem and mineral show typically from January 1 to February 28. Vendors occupy RV parking sized spots, which are larger than your typical venue's vending areas. The show hours are typical business hours seven days a week for 2 months. It is all outdoors and due to its long schedule, can be visited in addition to the other shows. The parking and atmosphere of this show tends to be a bit more relaxed than the others as well. The feel is more wholesale type business, but every vendor I've encountered will also gladly do business with the general public. The common refrain is, "I'll sell the whole table or individual specimens, just tell me what you're interested in and we'll make a deal." I estimate the number of vendors around 50-100. The reason for the wide number is that thanks to the long hours and period, some vendors may not be there or open when you come. Some may not even be fully set up if you go early in the year. 2. Tyson Wells Another RV Park just east of Desert Gardens on Kuehn Street. This is a 10 day show during the first couple of weeks of January, this year from January 7-16. The format of Tyson Wells is the first show is for Gems and Minerals. After that show is a "Sell-a-rama" flea market type show, followed by an Arts and Crafts show. What I saw was quite a few vendors setting up shop for all 3 shows, selling a variety of goods not related to rocks/gems/minerals/fossils. I attended the Gem and Mineral show in 2022, and rock/gem/mineral/fossil dealers were actually a minority, scattered here and there but mostly concentrated towards the eastern end of the show (the northwest corner of Kuehn and Central). If parking and traffic is a concern, you can try going early or late to beat the crowds. In talking to some vendors, it seems that many rock/gem/mineral/fossil vendors will set up show here, then decamp for Tucson afterwards. I estimated the number of dealers in the low double digits, but still worth checking out since you can have first look at their selection before Tucson. 3. Quartzsite Improvement Association (QIA) Pow Wow This is typically a weekend show, extending from Wednesday to Sunday during one of the last weeks of January, in 2022 from January 19-23. Vendors typically occupy no more than a handful of tables, with some inside the building but most outdoors. The vendors are what you would typically expect at your local rock/gem/mineral/fossil show, just much bigger and more than you find in your normal local gem/mineral club shows (~100 vendors). While you're in Arizona, the FLAGG show (one of the first weekends in January) is the biggest show in the Phoenix area. Again, a weekend show, the format is a tailgate show, vendors occupy parking spaces outdoors with typically a handful of tables, although some vendors (i.e. the FLAGG Foundation) occupy dozens of tables. The size of the show is comparable to the QIA show, but there is a far larger contingent of local gem/mineral/fossil clubs at FLAGG than QIA due to their focus on education and outreach. By the way, if you have children, this is a good show to attend as many exhibitors/vendors have gifts or activities for children. Following the January shows, you would then move onto the Tucson shows in February. In conclusion, if you had 2 months to spare and the means, you can attend a world-class show every day for 2 months in Arizona(!!). For the rest of us, that kind of lifestyle will always be the dream while we save our pennies.
  12. Yesterday (9-11-2021) I went to the Denver fossil show. It was my first time going and I really enjoyed it. Most of the show was minerals and gems and jewelry however there were quite a few fossils. Unfortunately, most were Moroccan. There were some Pleistocene fossils, Meg teeth, USA Dino material and a few other things. Well might as well start with the photos. Let’s start with the few mineral pictures i took. Next up the Moroccan material which dominated the fossils present.
  13. PrehistoricWonders

    NJ gem, mineral, and fossil show

    Hi all, I was wondering if anyone was going to the NJ gem, mineral, and fossil show... I’m considering going, but I wouldn’t be super interested if there aren’t many fossil dealers, I was also wondering if anyone knows how many dealers are going to be there. TIA!
  14. Hi this is matthew again today in the creek I broke this rock in half and i think it could possibly have quartz crystals in it but I don't know for sure ? does anyone know what it is ? ? here is a photo
  15. Dear Forum members, I am looking for gemboxes to display my Squalicorax collection in (1 tooth per box). The problem is that sites like this one: https://www.bodemschat.nl/nl/edelsteendoos-58-x-38-x-17-mm-zwart.html only have the foam with velor on top in the colours white and black. however, I want grey/gray ones. Does anyone here know where these are sold? Thank you very much in advance, Kind regards, Sander
  16. Hi everyone this is matthew again on saturday 23 2019 I went to the hamburg fossil and gem show. when I went down there I got a very nice ammonite and a nice brittle star fossil the ammonite cost me $30.00 and the brittle star was $125.00 here are some photos of them
  17. I saw this carcharadontosaurus saharicus tooth for sale but in my opinion it looks like it’s been fossilized as a gembone. What are everyone’s opinions? It is from Cretaceous deposits south of tuoaz, Morocco. It is 17mm. I have never seen any gem bones from Morocco before.
  18. CampFossil

    Something Blue

    I was looking closely to determine what this rock was and I found this blue sparkle that caught my eye. Found in North Arkansas. Can anyone ID this for me? It’s tiny, but pretty.
  19. jedijackie

    Glass or a rough gem?

    Found these two today on my property, not sure if it’s glass
  20. Hi everyone this is matthew again saturday I went to the fossil and gem show in hamburg N.Y. and got 3 fossils one of them is a crinoid flower fossil and one of them is a strait shelled ammonite and one of them is a fossil that looks like a point.
  21. Here was a nice surprise. I picked up this fossil cluster of barnacles and noticed a nice layer of agate underneath! When I processed the photo I took of it, I saw that the light from my flash dispersed giving this rainbow effect. It's very small but now when I hold to the light I can see the little rainbows! I heard this process is called diffraction grating. I would like to polish the agate but I think the rainbows will go away once the material is flattened.
  22. sloth

    Agatized Barnacle

    From the album: ocean stuff

    Here was a nice surprise. I picked up this fossil cluster of barnacles and noticed a nice layer of agate underneath! When I processed the photo I took of it I saw that the light from my flash dispersed giving this rainbow effect. It's very small but now when I hold to the light I can see the little rainbows!
  23. I wanted to share the few fossils I have that aren’t stored away at the moment. I had to pack up everything I had about a year or two ago because I redid my floors. We are moving soon so I didn’t want to unpack everything again to display it again just to have to pack it back up again to move so about 75-80% of my fossils and gems are in storage. These are the few that I have displayed now. This is mostly just the stuff I picked up after I did the floors. I hope to share the rest of my collection when I get it all out again because that’s where most of my good stuff is.
  24. I found this in online,the headline said it a dinosaur bone,its really look gem like and smoth surface...may it be a real dinosaur bone???
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