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California Man Discovers Monster Crystal, NOV. 2, 2010

posted Nov 19, 2010, 2:52 PM by ShadowMountain Gem&MineralSociety   [ updated Mar 30, 2011, 1:58 PM ]

Palm Springs, California-Nov. 2, 2010 Fred Kalmar, who is a member of the Shadow Mountain Gem and Mineral Society was the lead member on a field trip to Anza, California on a beautiful southern California day. 

At 7am members met at a pre-determined location and upon leaving, one member was heard stating, “OK! let’s go get some rocks for the backyard.” Forty miles later, they arrived at a pegmatite outcropping in the rolling hills of Anza and Everyone began scouring the area to see what the recent rains had uncovered and some excellent specimens were found. Then it was time to start digging.

After about 45 minutes of hard labor, Fred, who was in a hole about 2 feet deep, had a rockhound’s dream come true. He said he saw a facet on a rock he was digging up, which was a good sign. About ten minutes later, after getting help from another member, Fred extracted the rock, brushed it off, and by this time many members had congregated around and were dumbfounded by this beautiful mother of all quartz crystals. Later, Fred said it had six sides, and it weighed in at 48 pounds. It doesn’t get any better than that. (Texas-eat your heart out)

At the time of extraction, a members of the group who had heard another member of the club jokingly state when the field trip began, “OK! let’s go get some rocks for the backyard,” stated, “This rock is for the frontyard.” 

Later in that afternoon, Fred invited everyone to his 5 acre ranch where he was a most gracious host. There was a tour of his antiques, everyone was offered his famous homemade apple cider and everyone was given a shopping bag so they could pick fresh apples from the trees he grew on the ranch. While all this was going on, there was also much interaction going on between the members, and the chickens, the cats and the horses.

Everyone had a great time and a perfect rockhound day. Thanks Fred.

Submitted by: Al Iorli

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