Bob and Lisa Williamson – BandLMinerals

I got hooked on mineral collecting at about 10 years old in Monterey, California. Actually, I started on fossils, as there are a lot of fossil beds in that general area. I quickly branched out into mineral collecting, and remember fondly my parents taking me and the rest of the family down the coast to Jade Cove in Big Sur to collect Jade where it washes up on the beach.  As we all know, most kids like rocks and fossils, but not many keep this passion for collecting when they ‘grow up’.  I was one of those few, and obtained a BS and MS in Geology from the University of Arizona, and then worked for 10 years as a mine geologist for various copper companies in Arizona.  I gave that up several years back and am now teaching earth and environmental science at a school in Tucson.  Lisa’s “real” job is as a Nursing educator, but she has joined me in my passion and hobby of mineral collecting.  We started selling mineral specimens online at in 2004.


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