Rock Hound Education

Rock Hound Mineral Science Education Page

The purpose of this page it to provide Minnesota Mineral Club members with various interesting mineral science resources.  These topics could be used in Outreach Events, Club Meetings, Kids Education or just for nerd rock hounds to peruse.   Let us know what subjects you are interested in!


Faceting gems is a rewording hobby.   The practitioner gets to learn crystallography, and select different facet patterns based upon the stones natural crystal structure to best reflect light.   Facet lapidary tools can either be home made or purchased as complete systems.

Faceting Video from Tuscon

Sphere Making

Sphere making is the ultimate lapidary skill.   Spheres show the natural beauty of stones in 3D.  Lapidary knowledge is required in material selection, saw techniques, grind techniques and polish.

Sphere Making Links

Learning how to make a sphere: Good starting point.


Sphere Machines: Kingsley sphere tools

Minnesota Lapidary Supply


Sphere Making Video

Mineral Resource Data

MRDS is a collection of reports describing metallic and nonmetallic mineral resources throughout the world. Included are deposit name, location, commodity, deposit description, geologic characteristics, production, reserves, resources, and references.

MRDS Links

MRDATA Best starting point for using this data



Mineral Toxicity

We have a yearly safety video in one of our club meetings.   In addition, here is a well thought out dialogue on the hazards of certain minerals!


Mindat Discussion: Nice detailed discussion on toxicity various classes of minerals.




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