Category Archives: rocks and lapidary

Gold and Going Away

Little is more coveted than gold. It has been that way for thousands of years and it will continue for millennia yet to be. Man’s attraction seems genetic. Civilizations have risen on acquiring it and maintaining it, people have risen … Continue reading

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Southwestern Art Deco

Art Deco had many regional variants. Hoover Dam is the Southwest’s greatest Deco structure but other styles exist like Pueblo Deco. It’s fun to see Deco survive around the region. The first two photos are bridge abutments near Burro Creek … Continue reading

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Quartzsite Coverage Coming Soon!

Along with finding things on my wish list and getting new information for my new book, I’ll be doing some reporting for Rock&Gem. The PowWow (internal link) starts Wednesday. — Follow me on Instagram: tgfarley https://www.instagram.com/tgfarley/

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A Hint of Sparkle in Still Photography

I’ve written on how still photography can’t capture sparkle. (internal link) Rolf Luetke comes close (external link) , though, in this slightly blurry photo of crystals showing striations. — — There are also swirls in the photo as light plays off varied crystal … Continue reading

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Drool Over Jewels Take II

Sotheby’s produces some wonderful videos which are easily accessed on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCelkSnSbxvIfjjD01uPHHbg A nice video capturing sparkling as only a moving camera can. Sparkles don’t show in still photography, they need movement. Still photos of diamonds use a special lens … Continue reading

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The Harding Pegmatite Mine in Taos County, New Mexico

The Harding Pegmatite Mine in Taos County, New Mexico is owned by the State and managed by the University of New Mexico. You can visit and collect up to five pounds of material but there is a procedure you must … Continue reading

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From My Book: Places to Visit and Collect in The Southwest

November 7, 2019 The latest version of this file will always be at my rockhounding site: https://southwestrockhounding.com/sw-travel-list/ Here’s the latest version of my Places to Visit or Collect in the Southwest: SW_Places_To_Visit_Or_Collect_10A_         I do have a … Continue reading

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