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2019 Winter Update

Posted by Terry Diede on

Greetings from the southwest.  Arizona has provided warm weather, opportunity to hunt for rocks both in the desert and at the shows.  Even at 90 years old mom still enjoys hunting for rocks in the desert!! Once spring arrives in the North we will be headed home to get the saws running and unpack the winter’s treasures.  There are some great lapidary specimens that we will be sharing with you throughout the year.  The most impressive part of the shows for me is the international materials. There are a few new and exciting materials that I can hardly wait to...

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Wonders in Tucson: amethyst stalactites

Posted by Kenneth Diede on

Tucson can be overwhelming to say the least.  Among the pounds of diamonds, sapphires, emeralds and rubies, or sea-tainers of rough lapidary material, and truckloads of slabs and cabochons, it takes something pretty spectacular to stand out in a world of sensory overload.  Such was the case with the amethyst stalactites from Uruguay. Amethyst is found in abundance in many parts of the world and is spectacular because of the deep rich purple crystals and outstanding geode formations often seen as massive display pieces or individual crystals cut for jewelry.  It belongs to the quartz family and has long been...

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Home again with new inventory!

Posted by Terry Diede on

Greetings! After a successful (and warm) winter in Arizona, we are back home in Montana. The return home from Arizona presented several challenges, not the least being how to load 200 or 300 pound boulders and thousands of pounds of rough rock. After it was all said and done, we have some pretty amazing material to include in our collection and store. It has been like Christmas all over again unwrapping the many and sometimes forgotten treasures! We've slowly been posting new pieces but now that we're home and back in the workshop, we’ll be adding even more in the...

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Greetings from Arizona!

Posted by Terry Diede on

Welcome to our blog! We hope to use this space to give you a little peek of life behind the scenes at DD Rocks. Finding, processing and selling the inventory you see here is a full-time, year round job and as fellow rockhounds, we thought you may be interested in the sometimes long and exciting journey the rocks you see have taken to get here. This month, we're highlighting the new materials and special finds from our exploration of the myriad of rocks, gems, and minerals we have been chasing this month at the Arizona rock and gem shows. There...

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