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In this podcast we gather some of the most influential people in the mineral-collecting world and we chat about minerals over breakfast.
Hosted by Dallas-based mineral collectors Gail and Jim Spann, we get together at the Fine Mineral Show: Tucson (aka The Westward Look Show) and at the Fine Mineral Show: Denver and discuss relevant topics affecting all collectors.

To participate in our on-going discussion, please visit us at:
Friends of Minerals Forum

Breakfast With Minerals BlueCap Productions LLC, Hawaii

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In this podcast we gather some of the most influential people in the mineral-collecting world and we chat about minerals over breakfast.
Hosted by Dallas-based mineral collectors Gail and Jim Spann, we get together at the Fine Mineral Show: Tucson (aka The Westward Look Show) and at the Fine Mineral Show: Denver and discuss relevant topics affecting all collectors.

To participate in our on-going discussion, please visit us at:
Friends of Minerals Forum

    Episode 03: Professional Diggers

    Episode 03: Professional Diggers

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    Recorded live at the 2018 Fine Mineral Show: Denver, Gail and Jim sit down with Krystle Dorris-Dinkel, Rick Kennedy, Tom Praszkier, Jeff Swanger, Rod Tyson and James Zigras to get a snapshot of the perspectives of some of the biggest Professional Diggers out there in the field.


    These are the people who spend their lives running the mining operations that bring us all the great material that we all love. Most often, these people are passionate collectors too and, believe it or not, they are NICE people. Listen to the episode to get a better idea of some of the problems they face and just get to know them better.


    The next time you're at a show and you see one of these people, go up and introduce yourself to them and tell them that you heard them right here on Breakfast With Minerals.


    And remember, if you have an idea on a topic you'd like to hear addressed on future episodes of Breakfast With Minerals, drop us a line at: topics@breakfastwithminerals.com





    SHOW NOTES





    7:58:04 - The Big Kahuna Pocket - Jeff Swanger
    The pocket that Jeff is referring to is the Big Kahuna Pocket - one of the biggest and most prolific pockets ever to be discovered at the OceanView Mine. This pocket was discovered in and ended up producing about 1 ton of gem material and specimens. The primary minerals found were Kunzite and Tourmaline.
    http://www.oceanviewmine.com/page8/page11/


    14:10:12 - Hallelujah Junction - Rick Kennedy
    One of the world's premiere spots for finding amethyst scepters is Hallelujah Junction on Peterson Mountain just on the border of California and Nevada. About 40 minutes from downtown Reno, Rick and his partners always have some great finds from this classic locale.
    https://www.mindat.org/loc-235512.htm\


    20:29:17 - The Prospectors television show - Jim Spann
    The Prospectors was a television show that aired on the Weather Channel from 2013 to 2016. The show followed different Colorado mining families around as they dug in the mountains in search of mineral treasures. The Dorris family - Joe (father), Tim (brother) and Krystle were one of the families the show highlighted.
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3216258/


    22:08:11 - Avant Mining - James Zigras
    Avant Mining operates out of the Blue Springs area of Arkansas - less than 20 miles away from Hot Springs, AR. Since 2014, Avant Mining has produced some of the finest quartz specimens ever seen.
    http://avantmining.com/


    23:38:12 - The American Museum - James Zigras
    The Henry Frank Guggenheim Hall of Minerals and the Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems at the American Museum in Manhattan are both undergoing major renovations and are scheduled to reopen in the Fall of 2019.
    Henry Frank Guggenheim Hall of Minerals
    https://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/permanent-exhibitions/harry-frank-guggenheim-hall-of-minerals


    Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems
    https://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/permanent-exhibitions/morgan-memorial-hall-of-gems


    25:10:19 - The Rogerley Mine - Tom Praszkier
    The Rogerley Mine in Northern England is one of the most famous Fluorite mines in Europe. Now operated by Crystal Classics out of the U.K. Crystal Classics President, Ian Bruce, was one of our guests in Breakfast With Minerals - Episode 2.
    https://www.mindat.org/loc-4995.html


    32:56:04 - Hallelujah Junction - Rick Kennedy
    https://www.mindat.org/loc-235512.htm\


    33:18:15 - HJ Fee Dig - Rick Kennedy
    Rick Kennedy has set up a Pay-To-Dig site operation on his claim at Hallelujah Junction. If you'd like to visit it, contact Rick Kennedy directly at the following email address:riken@flash.net


    33:33:21 - Jacksons Crossroads - Rick Kennedy
    The finest amethyst specimens to come out of the United States of America undoubtedly is from Jackson's Crossroads in Wilkes County, Georgia.
    https://www.minda

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Professional Diggers - Addendum

    Professional Diggers - Addendum

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    This episode is a continuation of Episdoe 3 - Professional Diggers.


    After we wrapped the recording of Episode 3, the conversation around the breakfast table continued and got even more animated. With most of the microphones still hot, we continued the recording becasue there were some great things being shared.


    We subsequently went out to all the participants and let them listen to a preview of this Addendum BEFORE we released it to the public.


    So with everyone's permission, we're happy to present our conuation of Breakfast With Minerals - Episode 3 - Professional Diggers.


    And remember, if you have an idea on a topic you'd like to hear addressed on future episodes of Breakfast With Minerals, drop us a line at: topics@breakfastwithminerals.com





    SHOW NOTES





    7:56:07 - Volodarsk - Tom Praszkier
    The Volodarsk-Volynskii Mine that Tom is referring to is in the North-West part of the Ukraine. Historically, this mine has produced some of the finest heliodor specimens ever discovered. This mine also produced huge amounts of fantastic topaz - including a lot of bi-color ones, smoky quartz and morion quartz (aka black quartz).
    https://www.mindat.org/loc-11331.html


    11:30:08 - Young Mineral Collector Group - Gail Spann
    Keep checking back with us. We’ll have an upcoming podcast with key members of the Young Mineral Collector Group.


    12:29:01 - Perot Museum - Gail Spann
    The Perot Museum is the newest natural history museum in Dallas, Texas. Their Lyda Hill Gem and Mineral Hall is one of the newest mineral museums in the country and consists, primarily, of specimens loaned to the museum by local collectors. One of the huge benefits of this approach is that the display is constantly changing and specimens are returned and new ones accepted.
    https://www.perotmuseum.org/
    https://www.perotmuseum.org/exhibits-and-films/permanent-exhibit-halls/lyda-hill-gems-and-minerals-hall.html


    17:13:04 - Shirley McClain on cover of Time Magazine in 80s - James Zigras
    Shirley McClain was on the cover of the December 7, 1987 issue of Time Magazine. The article was called, "The New Age."


    28:25:17 - Summit Series in LA - James Zigras
    The world's preeminent ideas festival. Right in the City of Angles.
    https://2017.summit.co/


    29:56:19 - Fahina in Maiami Beach - James Zigras
    A high-end luxury hotel overlooking Miami Beach.
    https://www.lhw.com/hotel/Faena-Miami-Beach-Fl


    31:59:02 - Crystal Days in Poland - Tom Praszkier
    The most important mineral show in Poland.
    https://www.facebook.com/crystaldayspoland/



    If you're interested in Sponsoring future episodes of Breakfast With Minerals, please contact Bryan Swoboda at bryan@bluecapproductions.com
    Special Guests: James Zigras, Jeff Swanger, Krystle Dorris-Dinkel, Rick Kennedy, Rod Tyson, and Tom Praszkier.

    • 40 min
    Episode 02: The State of the Mineral World and How to Preserve it for Future Generations - Part 2

    Episode 02: The State of the Mineral World and How to Preserve it for Future Generations - Part 2

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    Recorded at the 2018 Fine Mineral Shows: Tucson (AKA The Westward Look Show), Gail and Jim sit down with Ian Bruce, Alan Hart, Christoph Keilmann, Jolyon Ralph, Peter Lyckberg and John Cornish to address the issue of The Current State of the Mineral Collecting World and How We Preserve it for Future Generations - but this time with a slightly European perspective.


    This panel represents a good slice of the European mineral-collecting community. We have a Mineral Dealer (Bruce), a former Museum Curator and gem expert (Hart), someone in the mineral media world (Ralph), a Show Promoter (Keilmann) a two great Field Collectors (Lyckberg and Cornish).


    Lots of great comments, suggestions and ideas.


    And remember, if you have an idea on a topic you'd like to hear addressed on future episodes of Breakfast With Minerals, drop us a line at: topics@breakfastwithminerals.com





    SHOW NOTES





    8:22 - Rod Tyson from Tyson's Fine Minerals - Ian Bruce
    Rod was the 2018 winner of the American Mineral Heritage Award - the Mineralogical Record's annual award given out to living individuals recognizing their, "field collecting achievements contributing to the heritage of American mineral specimens." Past award recipients include: Edward Swoboda, Bill Larson, Bryan Lees, Wayne Thompson, Terry Szenics and Stanley Esbenshade.
    Tysons' Fine Minerals - http://www.tysonsfineminerals.com


    9:58 - The Munich Show: Europe's largest mineral show - Christoph Keilmann
    https://munichshow.com


    10:53 - MinDat: the largest mineral database in the world - Jolyon Ralph
    https://www.mindat.org


    15:39 - Natural History Museum of London (aka The British Museum) - Alan Hart
    http://www.nhm.ac.uk


    16:53 - Society of Mineral Museum Professionals (SMMP) - Alan Hart
    http://www.smmp.net/


    27:39 - Perot Museum in Dallas, Texas - Gail Spann
    www.perotmuseum.org


    36:09 - Mineral photographer Thomas Spann - Jim Spann
    https://www.facebook.com/thomas.spann


    44:16 - Gem shows in Tucson - Alan Hart
    AGTA - https://agta.org/
    GJX - http://www.gjxusa.com/


    44:28 - The Hope Diamond - Gail Spann
    Wikipedia page - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hope_Diamond
    Smithsonian Museum - https://www.si.edu/spotlight/hope-diamond


    45:04 - The Prospectors show on the Weather Channel - Peter Lyckberg
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prospectors_(TV_series)
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3216258/


    45:18 - The New Crystal Hunters series produced by BlueCap Productions - Peter Lyckberg
    NCH: The Sterling Mine - https://vimeo.com/ondemand/nch04
    NCH: Smoky Hawk - https://vimeo.com/ondemand/nch03
    NCH: Arkansas - https://vimeo.com/ondemand/nch02


    52:54 - The Changsha Mineral Show in China - Jolyon Ralph
    www.changsha-show.com


    57:48 - Social media and BlueCap Productions films - Ian Bruce
    www.bluecapproductions.com
    https://vimeo.com/bluecapproductions/vod_pages


    1:04:25 - The mineral magazines in Europe vs America - Ian Bruce
    Mineralogical Record - https://mineralogicalrecord.com/
    Lapis Magazine - http://www.lapis.de/


    1:11:38 - The Tsumeb Show - a new mini show in Tucson - Ian Bruce
    http://www.tsumeb.com/en/


    1:13:28 - David Bowie exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum - Alan Hart
    https://www.vam.ac.uk/


    1:13:28 - "It's The Artifacts Stupid!" article by Bill Smith - Alan Hart
    The Mineralogical Record - Vol.35, No.2 - Mar/Apr 2004
    https://mineralogicalrecord.com/detail.asp?id=233
    https://mineralogicalrecord.com/pdfs/TheMineralogicalRecord_GuestEditorial.pdf


    1:15:35 - Houston Museum of Natural Science - Gail Spann
    http://www.hmns.org/exhibits/permanent-exhibitions/gems-and-minerals/


    1:16:

    • 1 hr 49 min
    Episode 01: The State of the Mineral World and How to Preserve it for Future Generations - Part 1

    Episode 01: The State of the Mineral World and How to Preserve it for Future Generations - Part 1

    FOR EPISODE COMMENTS PLEASE VISIT:
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    Recorded at the 2018 Fine Mineral Shows: Tucson (AKA The Westward Look Show, Gail and Jim sit down with Bryan Lees, Jamie Newman, John Rakovan, Dave Waisman and Stephen Neely to address the issue of The Current State of the Mineral Collecting World and How we Preserve it for Future Generations.


    This panel represents a good slice of the American mineral-collecting community. We have a Mineral Dealer (Lees), a Museum Curator (Newmann), someone in the mineral media world (Rakovan), a Show Promoter (Waisman) and a Collector (Neely).


    Lots of great comments, suggestions and ideas.


    And remember, if you have an idea on a topic you'd like to hear addressed on future episodes of Breakfast With Minerals, drop us a line at: topics@breakfastwithminerals.com





    SHOW NOTES





    11:04.804 - Rock Currier series on Being A Collector - referenced by John Rakovan
    Published in The Mineralogical Record (https://mineralogicalrecord.com)
    Only a few bound copies left. Otherwise, the articles were printed in the following issues:
    Vol. 42-3 - https://mineralogicalrecord.com/detail.asp?id=293
    Vol. 40-3 - https://mineralogicalrecord.com/detail.asp?id=279
    Vol. 40-2 - https://mineralogicalrecord.com/detail.asp?id=277
    Vol. 40-1 - https://mineralogicalrecord.com/detail.asp?id=276
    Vol. 39-5 - https://mineralogicalrecord.com/detail.asp?id=274
    Vol. 39-4 - https://mineralogicalrecord.com/detail.asp?id=272


    12:23.954 - American Museum renovation - Jamie Newman
    https://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/permanent-exhibitions/earth-and-planetary-sciences-halls/harry-frank-guggenheim-hall-of-minerals


    26:30.236 - Friends of Mineralogy, FMF, MinDat chat rooms - John Rakovan
    http://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/
    https://www.mindat.org/forum.php


    26:59.339 - COLIDO chat room - Bryan Lees
    http://www.colido.de/en-us


    30:17.537 - Jurassic Park interested in Amber - Dave Waisman
    http://jurassicpark.wikia.com/wiki/Amber


    34:34.675 - John Culberson - Congressman from Houston - collector - Steve Neely
    https://culberson.house.gov


    37:45.008 - “Garden of Crystals” book - Steve Neely
    https://www.amazon.com/Natures-Garden-Crystals-Vandall-King/dp/0983201749
    https://kristalle.com/product/natures-garden-of-crystals/


    45:29.000 - Monica Rakovan’s book for children - John Rakovan
    https://issuu.com/irocks/docs/shiny_purple_crystals_-_mk_final
    https://www.facebook.com/AppleValleyMinerals/


    45:45.027 - Mineralogical Society of America - Website focusing on minerals for kids - John Rakovan
    http://www.mineralogy4kids.org
    http://www.minsocam.org


    46:55.970 - Friends of Mineralogy Symposiums - Dave Waisman
    https://www.friendsofmineralogy.org/symposia/
    https://www.friendsofmineralogy.org/


    49:13.776 - NCH: Smoky Hawk - Jim Spann
    https://vimeo.com/ondemand/nch03


    56:02.530 - Triphylite - Rechargable batteris - John Rakovan
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triphylite
    http://www.minerals.net/mineral/triphylite.aspx
    https://www.britannica.com/science/triphylite


    1:06:05.903 - Yale Museum - Jim Spann
    http://peabody.yale.edu/exhibits/hall-minerals-earth-and-space


    1:07:30.905 - Mineral Museums - Dave Waisman
    Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History - New Haven, CT
    http://peabody.yale.edu/exhibits/hall-minerals-earth-and-space
    Perot Museum of Nature and Science - Dallas, TX
    https://www.perotmuseum.org
    University of Arizona Gem & Mineral Museum - Tucson, AZ
    http://gemandmineralmuseum.arizona.edu
    http://www.uamineralmuseum.org/content/welcome-university-arizona-gem-mineral-museum
    Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals - Hillsboro, OR
    https://ricenorthwestmuseum.org


    1:08:22.483 - SMMP - Bryan Lees
    http://www.smmp.net


    1:10:38.621 - Pros

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