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Happy Birthday Mystic Moraine!

March, 2024

 

A Mystical Leap Year


Mystic Moraine Minerals proudly celebrated its opening anniversary on Feb 29th, marking 8 years of business, or 2 years counting leap years.




Jack Hoxie opened the doors to Mystic Moraine Minerals on Feb 29th, 2016. The shop has grown and changed tremendously in the past 8 years. First opening on the Academy St side of the building the store expanded to its current location at 500 W Milwaukee, keeping the Academy St space as a workshop and stock room.







In the past the store has hosted many music and crafting nights, inviting the community to socialize and learn together.


We are honored to have been your go to rock and mineral hub for the past years and cant wait to see what the future holds for Mystic Moraine.


 

Papa and Mama Rocks Return from Tuscon!


Jack and Melissa have returned from their journey to and from the largest mineral and gem show in the world, the Tuscon Gem and Mineral show. The staff and our customers are happy to welcome them safely home.



Their time in Arizona was filled with amazing minerals from the show, a few mining trips during their down time and time spent with family and friends in the area.


We are fortunate to usher in a new Mystic Moraine Minerals van to the Mystic fleet as sadly our trusty 1996 Ford was laid to rest shortly after arriving in Tuscon. After many years of hauling treasures and minerals its time was up. Heres to many new adventures, shows and minerals with our new van!


Here are some other photos of the magnificent minerals seen at the Tuscon Gem and Mineral show.


 

Exclusive Club First Picks!!


With so many new pieces coming back from Tuscon, Jack and the staff are excited to offer our Exclusive Club Members a first choice in the amazing new material we have brought home. Keep an eye on your inboxes and make sure that your email is set to keep Mystic Moraine Minerals emails out of your spam folder because you are not going to want to miss this!


We will be sending out a mini-newsletter with a collection of minerals from our haul that members will be able to claim before the pieces hit the sales floor and are available to the public. This first choice opportunity will ONLY be available to Exclusive Club members.


Here is a sneak peek at some of the new iridescent Fluorite, along with Epidote and quartz from Turkey, 5 crates of Apophyllite, Stilbite and Scolecite, Vera Cruz amethyst, Aragonite floss, and Pentagonite from India all coming soon.



 

March Mineral of the Month - Pyrite


Pyrite is a brass-yellow mineral with a bright metallic luster. It has a chemical composition of iron sulfide (FeS2) and is the most common sulfide mineral. It forms at high and low temperatures and occurs, usually in small quantities, in igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks worldwide. Pyrite is so common that many geologists would consider it to be a ubiquitous mineral.


The name "pyrite" is after the Greek "pyr" meaning "fire." This name was given because pyrite can be used to create the sparks needed for starting a fire if it is struck against metal or another hard material. Pieces of pyrite have also been used as a spark-producing material in flintlock firearms.


Pyrite has a nickname that has become famous - "Fool's Gold." The mineral's gold color, metallic luster, and high specific gravity often cause it to be mistaken for gold by inexperienced prospectors. However, pyrite is often associated with gold. The two minerals often form together, and in some deposits pyrite contains enough included gold to warrant mining.


Learn more about this mineral here.


 

Happy Birthday to our Exclusive Members!


March Birthdays.


  • 3/30 - Cam Barker

  • 3/4 - Melissa Huck

  • 3/7 - Laurie Trocke

  • 3/12 - Avery Larson

  • 3/18 - Tammy DeGarmo

  • 3/22 - Melissa

  • 3/30 - Cam Barker


Make sure to come in and crack your free geode with us! It's the perfect was to celebrate your birthday.


 

Upcoming shows


Kettle Moraine Geological Society Annual Rock, Mineral, Gem, and Earth Science Show

March 9th and 10th

Location - Washington County Fair Park & Convention Center

3000 Hwy. PV, West Bend WI

Saturday March 9th 10:00AM- 5:00PM

Sunday March 10th 10:00AM- 4:00PM

Come and see geological and earth science displays, demonstrations, minerals, fossils, Native American artifacts, and our fluorescent rock and mineral display. There are club sales, as well as rock and mineral dealers/sales. Fun and activities for the entire family.




Badger Rock Club Annual Gem & Mineral Show

March 16th and 17th

Location - Rock County Fair Grounds - 1301 Craig Ave, Janesville Wi

Saturday March 16th 9AM-5PM

Sunday March 17th 9AM-4PM

Dealers, excellent speakers, many beautiful club displays, fluorescent mineral tent, lapidary demonstrations, club sales table, hourly door prizes, educational films.

Activities for kids: Fishpond, spinner game, gem panning, scavenger hunt, rock crafts, and roaming rock wizard. Free admission with food trucks on site.




 

Monday Mineral Madness


Join us every Monday night starting at 7pm central standard time for our Facebook Live Rock Show. Most of the pieces on our Monday night show are brand new inventory that has never seen the sales floor. We offer a variety of statement pieces, pocket stones, and minerals from all over the world!




 

New Minerals on the Website!


Keep an eye out on the facebook and website pages for new minerals. In the coming weeks there will be several new pieces available for purchase on the website as we make our way through our brand new merchandise from our Tuscon Arizona trip.


All minerals on our website are shipped out by Mystic staff and packed with care. If you are interested in a piece and would like to pick it up in person feel free to message us.



You can also explore all the Mystic Moraine Mineral merchandise and mineral themed items and gifts. Stickers, apparel, drink-ware, accessories and so much more with new designs coming soon! Snag a decal for your car to show your support for the rock shop you love, or "Keep calm and Rock on" with a tote bag to carry all your goodies.


Visit our website at mysticmoraine.com to see all that our new online shop has to offer.


 

Badger Rock Club


The Badger Rock Club was created to stimulate the interest of its members and the general public in the study of Mineralogy, Geology, Paleontology, and Archaeology.



  • Family Membership $20 per year

  • Single Membership $15 per year

Membership forms are available in store at Mystic Moraine Minerals.


This is one club you will want to be a part of!


Join the Badger Rock Club every 2nd Saturday at the community room at Festival Foods (2233 Humes Rd, Janesville, WI) at 10:30am for monthly meetings.


Find the Badger Rock Club on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/846768375484057 



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