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Rockhounding Gems

Campbellite Sphere

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Amidst the fields and forests, there I roam,

A seeker of the earth’s forgotten gems,

With pick and chisel, in the golden loam,

To unearth treasures from the ancient stems.

Rockhounding calls me to its rugged vales,

Where secrets lie, untold in rocky trails.

The granite cliffs, their faces proud and strong,

Reveal the tales of eons gone before,

Where crystals gleam and sparkle all day long,

Emeralds, amethysts, and so much more.

With hammer’s strike and careful, patient toil,

I free these jewels from the stubborn soil.

In mountain streams, I wade with joyous glee,

To seek the opal’s opalescent glow,

A dance of colors, captivating me,

Its kaleidoscope hues, a brilliant show.

A testament to nature’s artistry,

These polished stones, a wondrous sight to see.

The desert plains hold treasures to behold,

Agates and jaspers, banded, rich, and rare,

Their vivid patterns, stories they’ve foretold,

A testament to time, they proudly bear.

With trowel and brush, I sweep away the sand,

Revealing gems, a masterpiece at hand.

Through canyons deep and forests dense, I tread,

A rockhound’s heart, forever filled with glee,

For in these stones, a history widespread,

A glimpse into the earth’s vast tapestry.

With every find, a thrilling joy is found,

Rockhounding’s passion, deep beneath the ground.

Campbellite Sphere
Campbellite Sphere currently on display at the museum

Campbellite is named for the Campbell mine, Bisbee, Arizona. It is a mixture of azurite, calcite, chrysocolla, copper, cuprite, gibbsite, malachite, and quartz. It can be used as a decorative stone including for lapidary.