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July 30th 2018
TGQ NewsFlash Vol. 10

Happy Trails, Gemrocks!

 
Hi Everyone!

It's summer! ... along with refreshing pool/ocean/lake/river days, BBQs, suntan oil, even exotic destinations. And that means travel! If you could, where on our planet would you visit?
Did you know that 96% of Egypt is made up of the desert sands of the Sahara? Or that the Amazon Rainforest supplies one-fifth of the world’s oxygen? And away from city lights, on a clear night, the human eye can see between 2,000 and 3,000 stars in the sky?
Our rocks and minerals have quite a travel history, too. As I wondered just how far our gemrocks have traveled, it morphed into: which of our gemrocks has traveled the longest road to Oregon? (yes, I’m leaving meteorites out of this equation!)**

As you sit back and relax in the comfort of your own deck chair, beach blanket, or air-conditioned tent, please join me in a quick trip around the world! Because who knows? From the 13 countries represented here, you might find the inspiration for your next vacation adventure!
Spanish Plume Agate
Spanish Plume Agate
This lovely Spanish Plume Agate practically walked here from Wyoming, with only a short jaunt of about 772 miles, while this Russian Astrophyllite had far longer to travel at 4,589 miles.
Russian Astrophyllite
Russian Astrophyllite
Pyrite Pyramid
Pyrite Pyramid
Bismuth Egg
Bismuth Egg
Although this radiant Pyrite Pyramid (4,889 miles) and intensely colorful Bismuth Egg (5,213 miles) had similar distances to cover, Peru and Germany are not in close proximity!
Amber
Amber
Delicious butterscotch Amber from Colombia clocks in at 6,389 miles.
Amber
Rose Quartz Mask
Exquisite Rose Quartz Mask Carving, Brazil, boogied about 6,583 miles;
Amethyst Cut-Out Sphere
Amethyst Cut-Out Sphere
while this awesome Amethyst Sphere from Uruguay arrived with about 6,689 miles on its resume'!
From China, about 6,878 miles to the Far East, comes this beautiful Petrified Wood Fossil, a coveted and decorative viewing piece.
Amethyst Cut-Out Sphere
Petrified Wood
Apophyllite/Prehnite Cluster
Apophyllite/Prehnite Cluster
Right next door is another massive country, India, from which this gorgeous Apophyllite/Prehnite Cluster hails, approximately 7,885 miles from us!
Mookaite Slice
Mookaite Slice
Malachite
Malachite
These two spectacular specimens above are seasoned travelers! Mookaite from the Australian Outback and Malachite from Democratic Republic of Congo have weathered journeys from 9,227 miles to 9,536 miles respectively, to finally arrive in Oregon.

And finally (drum roll, please), the two intrepid travelers who have "hiked" the longest trails are:
Tiger's Eye
Tiger's Eye
Ocean Jasper
Ocean Jasper
Tiger’s Eye from South Africa, 10,225 miles; and Ocean Jasper, Madagascar, at 10,302 miles!
Whew! You’ve now zipped around the world in less than 5 minutes. An astounding feat, I’d say!

And while we’re on the subject of travel, you know there are folks who have lost rings (wedding, class, gemstone, etc.) along the way, right? Well, I’d like to pass along a terrific website I’ve discovered:

https://theringfinders.com/

Just remember that if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, even if during a jaunt around your own back yard, this organization lives to locate lost rings! Just click on the link above for more info.
I think that’s it! Chris and I would again like to express our enduring gratitude for you, our customers and friends, who keep our life fun! We would not be here without you! Thank you, thank you, and we wish you a memorable and whimsical rest-of-the-summer!

Our best,
 
Chris & Kathy

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**All distances are point-to-point estimates that do not include side trips.

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