Wednesday, December 25, 2013

An Animated Christmas Card - nothing to do with rocks!

Click the link above to see my Christmas card to everyone!  (It has nothing to do with rocks!)
I made it using CSS3/HTML5 animation. If you are interested in the geeky side of its creation, ask. I would be happy to share. What you are seeing is generated by computer code. The only actual images are the snowflakes in the background and the little hearts.

It needs to be viewed in a "modern" browser, preferably Chrome, but does okay in current IE or passably in firefox and opera. No idea how it will look on your phone or ipad. If you see snowman body parts flying around, you probably need to try a different browser  Chrome works best...really.

Edit: my niece just said it works fine on her IPad

Friday, December 13, 2013

Iolite Prospecting with Professor Hausel

Check out this great blog about prospecting for iolite and other gems in Wyoming with Professor Hausel.  Fascinating!

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Rock Star: Petroleum Included Quartz

Look! Bubbles!

I LOVE these rocks! I'm kind of an inclusion nerd anyway, and these rocks just blow me away. 
They are so cool to look at with a loupe or microscope.  You can get lost in there!
From the description:
This is an extraordinarily rare herkimer-like doubly-terminated enhydro quartz crystal with three phase inclusions including petroleum, water, air, and anthraxolite. The petroleum is the yellow liquid that glows blue in black light. The anthraxolite is the black solid material floating in the petroleum or water. 

Monday, December 02, 2013

Give-a-away #1 Winner!

The winner of the give-a-away for

 Julie the Rockhound and Amethyst Geode

is Nyla!  Congratulations!
Nyla please contact us with your address so we can send you your prize.  Contact us at hello{@}  (without the {})