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Hi and welcome to the Certified Rock Hound page.  Let me start out by saying that certified, in this sense, does not mean that some august body said that I am a great rock hound and that I have the paper to prove it.  Certified, in my case, means much the same as when one says that someone is certifiably insane.  Not particularly official but the possibilities remain open to interpretation.  

I like rocks.  I like looking at them, touching them, smashing them with hammers, slicing them with diamond bladed saws, grinding them to dust on diamond studded wheels (and incidentally forming cabochons).  I like buying some and selling some.  I like talking and writing about them.  But, I still don’t know much about them.  Each day with them is a learning experience.

I’m Lee Parker and I started really liking rocks fairly late in life, like in my 60’s.  You should be glad.  If I started earlier I probably would have written books about them and would know so much about them that I would not talk to anyone about them because I would know that I was so much smarter than “you”.  Not the case here…About all I know is that if I lick a rock and it stays shiny for a while, I can polish it.

Now that I segued into the polishing idea.  You can buy highly polished rock just about anywhere.  Where I shine(?) is that I don’t impose my will on every rock I get my hands on.  I let the rock dictate what it wants to be with minimum enhancement on my part (polishing is an enhancement).  When I get done with a rock, it will be perfect…as it will be what it will be.  There may be what we would call imperfections in it such as pits.  That’s natural.  They may not have a mirror shine…mirror shines are not natural.

So be aware.  If you are looking for human perfections, there are other sites to visit and thanks for reading this far.  If you are looking for natural perfection, keep browsing!

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This is a 7 1/2” sterling silver bracelet with a 10mm Sleeping Beauty turquoise center stone and 2 10mm black onyx side stones that my wife, Pat, put together.