One of my favorite things to do while traveling is visit different rock shops across the world. Rock shops have been a staple around major urban centers and desolate outposts near rock hounding and mining areas that are specimen rich. Each rock shop has something interesting to offer and you never know what treasures you can find inside. I’m not simply talking about rocks, but the people who own and operate the rock shops. The owners are typically colorful people who can be a wealth of information. In fact, when I am in an area and want to go rockhounding, store owners can be way more useful than any field guide!
One would think, with many mining areas that produced plentiful specimens being closed down, the odds are, many of those shops would also start to go to the wayside, however, in this new economy, the rock shops are enjoying a second life, with more people looking towards the lapidary arts and the study and appreciation of natural history. Arts and Crafts are having a new life and while the natural ebb and flow of the world’s premier economy might lead to fluctuations in the “fine mineral world” of specimens that cost more than most cars, there is always a market for inexpensive minerals, tools, books and educational material, found in most every rock shop.
Just recently I heard about a gold mining shop that was sold to a couple rockhounds who had big plans for a remodeling of the shop. Located just above the Los Angeles area, in Hesperia California, just an exit off highway 15, Mining Supplies and Rock Shop
I had the chance to visit them before the grand opening and it is so exciting what the owners, Cyndy and Lisa, are doing with the place! It is like a wonderland for rockhounds of all ages!
In the front of the store, you can find a store filled with lovely crystal specimens, tumbled stones, sea shells, books and magazines, gold mining equipment, lapidary equipment, gift items, jewelry, and so much more. Fossils and petrified wood, beautiful amethyst sprays, freeform polished ocean jasper, just a wonderful array of colorful crystals! You can even find educational gift items for kids, like Cut That Agate’s popular “Gem Hunt”.
In the back warehouse, there is a sight that will ignite a spark in anyone interested in lapidary! Rock saws, grinders, sphere making machines, flat laps and a world of lapidary rough! We are talking TONNAGE of agates, jaspers, and assorted lapidary material, all at great prices. The warehouse is being set up in a way that will allow them to give classes on all sorts of lapidary arts.
If you have the chance, stop by and visit Cyndy and Lisa, or one of there wonderful helpers and check out the store, as it is a perfect model of rockhounding paradise!
Saturday Feburary 6th 2016, from 1-4pm, will be the grand opening celebration. Door Prizes, Food, and new friends to make, it will certainly be worth attending! Hope to see you there, if not then, someday down the road! – Visit them at 9565 C Avenue, Suite K
Hesperia, CA 92345 Wednesday – Saturday
To find a local rock shop in your area, or on your travels, I highly suggest checking Yelp, as they have listings for more rock shops across the united states.