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Hi, my name is Mark and I have a rock problem. Rocks just seem to follow me home and then i get attached to them and I just can't seem to part with them. The rocks are starting to eat us out of house and home and someone has to go. So how did I get to this place in my life you ask? Well, it started a long time ago in a place far, far, away. My love of rocks began when I was four years old, and my parents bought me my first rock book, along with books on Dinosaurs and Insects. Though I spent hours and hours staring at my rock book, my life's path was destined to veer in other directions, namely girls, computers, and technology. Eventually I got my BS degree in Computer Science and began working on my career as a Software Engineer in the Aerospace industry. I finally got married and about six years ago, my interest in rocks was rekindled when my wife and I started taking our kids to local rock shows. Being a computer Geek, I…

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  • Male
  • Born on October 9
  • Joined May 18, 2011

Favorite materials

Gem Silica, Plume Agate, Ocean Jasper, Chrysocolla, Malachite, Sugilite, Citron Chrysoprase, Atlantisite, Tiffany Stone, Aquamarine, Sterling Silver

About

Hi, my name is Mark and I have a rock problem. Rocks just seem to follow me home and then i get attached to them and I just can't seem to part with them. The rocks are starting to eat us out of house and home and someone has to go. So how did I get to this place in my life you ask? Well, it started a long time ago in a place far, far, away. My love of rocks began when I was four years old, and my parents bought me my first rock book, along with books on Dinosaurs and Insects. Though I spent hours and hours staring at my rock book, my life's path was destined to veer in other directions, namely girls, computers, and technology. Eventually I got my BS degree in Computer Science and began working on my career as a Software Engineer in the Aerospace industry. I finally got married and about six years ago, my interest in rocks was rekindled when my wife and I started taking our kids to local rock shows. Being a computer Geek, I quickly found the online world and billions and billions of rocks for sale. I began a mineral collection that quickly outgrew my shelf space and began filling my basement with boxes and boxes of rocks. During my searches for mineral specimens, I started to supplement my collection with cabochons or cabs, which are stone pieces that are cut with a slightly rounded or domed top and are often used in jewelry making. I bought my own cab making equipment and soon my cab collection was competing for space with my rock collection. Then it hit me, why be selfish and keep all these lovely stones to myself. So begins my new journey down the road to learning how to Metalsmith and the making of beautiful jewelry.

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