Treasure hunting is not just for detectors!

@tiggyann (614)
United States
January 24, 2007 2:30pm CST
So many other treasure that are out there, just have to find them. Have you ever looked for gemstones and minerals on ebay? Some rocks are more rare than others. Take advantage of the minerals from where you live. You could make a crap load of money off of them! :) Happy hunting krissy!
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@MySpot (2602)
• United States
29 Jan 07
click on photo to enlarge for closer look! - Cool moon rock or something with crystals in the center. Can you identify it? Please leave your comments ; )
You know they say, "One man's trash is another man's treasure."? I have seen people who go dumpster-diving and find art and artifacts worth tons! People actually make a living selling their findings. This isn't really a lucrative quest unless you live in a bigger city like New York though. I have the strangest stone that my Dad gave me. It's gorgeous with many colors and crystal-like pieces in the center. The back of it looks like some kind of fossil. He wasn't sure where he got it and I'm not sure what it even is but I love it and would love to know more about it. Maybe you could identify it? I will attempt to post a good picture of it below. Either way, I'll share for the sake of the discussion and extra points for posting an image; )
@tiggyann (614)
• United States
29 Jan 07
Yes, this is what they call a geode, formed millions of years ago. It has been cut open to reveal it's little tiny crystals. Some geodes have big crystals and some have little tiny fine crystals. This is quartz crystal that looks as if it has an agate band on it, this is normal for them. These rocks can be found in the woods through the USA, my husband says he used to find these all the time in the woods of north carolina, they used to break open the mud like rocks to see what the inside looked like and found some awesome crystals. and I was at the emerald mines at the foothills of virgina mountians and someone found a broken Geode in the woods laying on top of the ground, so guess they are in the woods their too. Usually a Geode will be under ground and when you dig, you have to be careful bcause you can damage them by digging them up. Florida even has Geodes, a different kind of Geode. Our reefs from millions of years ago broke off and quartz crystal has taken over the shells coral, etc. Inside of these things, calcite crystals grow. Sometime small, sometimes large crystals. When you slice open they will reveal treasures. :) They say the Tampa bay area has some nice Geodes. Geodes are not just in the USA, they come from around the world. Africa produces some awesome Geodes. krissy
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@MySpot (2602)
• United States
24 Feb 07
Cool. I guess you learn something new everday! It took me forever to find this discussion, amongst all of my replies, to see what you thought of it. Thanks a bunch for your detailed explanation and identification of it!
@tiggyann (614)
• United States
1 Mar 07
you are more than welcomed! :) krissy
@GardenGerty (96763)
• Marion, Kansas
25 Jan 07
Can you suggest any books about hunting minerals, or any websites that would help us in looking? This kind of thing is just up my alley, I love being outside and examining everything, but I would not know a geode from any other rock. Do you have any rose rocks in your collection? Do you think those would sell on eBay? We used to all have them when I was growing up, and since I lived in an area of red soils they were kind of pretty.
@tiggyann (614)
• United States
29 Jan 07
I have rose quartz yes, I have many type of rocks, I collect them from all around the world. The best place you can search for rocks is on the internet, so many websites out there but also if you have a library card, the library is a great source of free info, you can check the books out and study them free of charge. :) here is a good site for you! :) www.minerals.net krissy
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
25 Jan 07
We bough property that had been farm and are slowly heading back toward farm. I had often thought about metal detecting. Was wondering if there is anywhere when you take your detector that might turn you away or say no detecting here!? Also how do you locate minerals, we dig different areas for gardens and such would we be looking then?
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@tiggyann (614)
• United States
29 Jan 07
Well I have been turned away from federal and governmet lad, they are off limit, and historical sites are off limits too. I usually go to mines whn I go rockhunting. last year, I found Emeralds, Rubbies, sapphires, amonst other minerals. I'm always looking on the ground, if a rock looks unusual I pick it up! :) krissy
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@Island_Geko (3760)
• Canada
25 Jan 07
Everytime I venture out of my house is a treasure hunt for me I not only have to find my memory but since I drive around in a wheel chair I am closer to the ground and see more things than an average person.
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@tiggyann (614)
• United States
25 Jan 07
awe..I bet you find alot of treaures that way! :) Keep up the happy hunting! :) krissy
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@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
25 Jan 07
Oh yes you are right there are a lot of treasures out there, and we just have to find them, no I have never looked for them on ebay?? Did you find some there, in Australia we have many gemstones and minerals here. Happy hunting to you as well Krissy.
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@tiggyann (614)
• United States
25 Jan 07
well then go and take a look! :) Take advantage of what god has giving you on this earth! :) krissy
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• United States
25 Jan 07
Thanks for the advice but my treasure is what other people throw away some peoples trash is other peoples treasure
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@tiggyann (614)
• United States
25 Jan 07
mine too, I love the yard sales....that is also my treasures! krissy
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@linda345 (2661)
• Canada
24 Jan 07
I don't know much about gemstones and minerals but I do have an opal that belonged to my Grandmother. It is worth more because of the colors in it. I wouldn't sell it for all the money in the world though because of the sentmental value.
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@tiggyann (614)
• United States
25 Jan 07
Sounds awesome! Congrats! I wouldn't sell it either! :) krissy
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
24 Jan 07
I never have but I have bought a few silver charms to put on to wear from ebay.
@tiggyann (614)
• United States
1 Mar 07
you should try it's really fun! krissy
@perugu (5281)
• India
24 Jan 07
hi,its true,but as we didn't know the value of stones available in some places,we neglect it.Some known people will cash the stones purchased from people with low price and they will sold to huge price.I know the instances in remote foresty areas.
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@tiggyann (614)
• United States
25 Jan 07
Yes, what might be plentiful in one region of the world, may not be present in another part of the world! krissy
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@shywolf (4522)
• United States
24 Jan 07
No, I had never thought to do that. My family used to have some really interesting rocks around our yard that I think my grandparents had collected from their travels to different places around the USA, but I doubt that any of them were rare or would have been worth anything. Who knows, though, considering that people will sell and buy just about anything on Ebay! I mean, I'm sure that you heard about the people who bid on snow on Ebay awhile back! *laugh*
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@tiggyann (614)
• United States
25 Jan 07
well Missouri has alot of rocks, I have been there once before. In fact I was in Canton Missouri, along the mississippi river and there are Geodes there everywhere. A geode looks like a rock, but bust it open and there are crystals inside. and these things are sold by the pound in flea markets here in orlando, going for about $1.00 a pound for the small geodes and $2.00 a pound for the big ones krissy
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@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
30 Jan 07
Yeah, that sounds like a great idea and does sound like it could work somehow.
@tiggyann (614)
• United States
1 Mar 07
yea, you maybe surprize on what you could find! :) krissy
@chiyosan (29383)
• Philippines
6 Mar 07
i wish i know these stuffs. im not really familiar with minerals and stones.
@lucy02 (5017)
• United States
1 Mar 07
I haven't look at the gems on ebay yet but I do love those yard sales. I watch Antiques Roadshow with my husband sometimes and it is amazing what people buy for a couple of bucks at a yard sale and its worth thousands of dollars.
@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
30 Jan 07
Yeah, that sounds like a great idea and does sound like it could work somehow.
@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
30 Jan 07
Yeah, that sounds like a great idea and does sound like it could work somehow.