July 11-12:BILLINGS, MONTANA: Annual show; Billings Gem and Mineral Club; Sat. 10-5, Sun. 10-4; Free admission!
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 Post subject: Incredibly enthusiastic, VERY aware of how much I don't know
PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:24 pm 
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Hello there!

I'm a gemstone enthusiast that is utterly enchanted at the combination of art, science, and history that goes into gems and minerals.

Earlier last year I wanted to do more with my appearance so I started collecting and wearing jewelry. I loved colored stones, but I found that the options for men was fairly limited. This lead me to start collecting loose gemstones with the intent of getting them set.

I then joined a couple of communities, started doing research, met some lovely people, and gradually found myself with a wonderful new passion. Now my budget for getting stones set is sometimes threatened by acquiring new gemstones, microscope parts (big thanks to Stephen Challener for his advice here), or other fun gemology tools.

I have a couple of friends that are either lapidaries, or wanting to become lapidaries, and I like the idea of me helping fill the role of amateur gemologist/researcher for them. I've got a lot to learn, however.

Current favorite oddball gemstones:
Pezzottaite, Kornerupine (some pictures here), and Benitoite.

Also, I'm going to the Tucson gem and mineral show this year. My first time visiting! I am excited and nervous!


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Welcome Jack ;)
Its a perfect place here to get many informations on your journey!
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Welcome Jack. Tucson huh? Take lots of money. :)


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Hi Jack Trick!
You should go to the GemologyOnline dinner.
It attracts a solid crowd.

My advice would be to take a wee notebook and stapler. Take lot of notes and business cards at the show and staple them to your notes. This may sound silly, but it is really useful, especially when you get back home.

My personal favorite venue is GJX.


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Warning about Tuscon: I have heard the following multiple times:
"The first time I went for (n) days and had X amount of money. I planned on spending X/n each day.

The second day I went to the bank."


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Hmmm sounds like I said that. :oops:


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Ha! You all's financial advice is well taken. A friend of mine is considering just taking cash and stopping once that's empty.

Barbra Voltaire, FGG wrote:
My advice would be to take a wee notebook and stapler. Take lot of notes and business cards at the show and staple them to your notes. This may sound silly, but it is really useful, especially when you get back home.


Good idea! I hope to take copious notes.


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JackTrick wrote:
Ha! You all's financial advice is well taken. A friend of mine is considering just taking cash and stopping once that's empty.

Fun but dangerous, since there are so many, many temptations. I'm glad my brother is there when I go since he is a lot better at saying no than me.

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