About Me

Hello, I am John.

I am the average rockhound in that I will and often do, search to the end of the earth for a mineral specimen. However, I am one of the few that will divulge the tricks of this mysterious trade as I know them.

I like to influence people to go out and hunt for rocks, because I think if you tried to simply explain the sense of adventure, surprise, and jubilation involved in searching for and finding a specific mineral specimen, a large percentage of people would cock their head at you, confused. The only way to understand is to go searching for yourself.

I’ve been collecting rocks ever since I was a small child. I grew up in Slovakia, a beautiful, small country that catches the eastern corner of the Alps. Back then I’d bring rocks home from hikes in the mountains with my family. Now I am 31 and have gone rockhounding in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Iran, and all around the USA. 

I’ve spent 3 summers in Minnesota, New York, New Jersey, and Florida, and I look fondly on the finds from those areas in my collection. Some of my favorite finds ever are opals in the famous opal mines near Presov, Slovakia, and Czech garnet in Czech Central Mountains.

I am an active member of a Facebook group called ‘Rockhounds‘ where I answer other members’ questions and post articles from time to time.

My Personal Goals

I keep several personal goals for my future aside from the world of rockhounding:

  • To be a good husband and father.
  • To rockhound in the treasure haven of Oregon.
  • And to climb a mountain higher than 5000m.

About This Website

I want to share experience and knowledge with rockhounds from all walks of life through my website. This should be a place where all rockhounds find anything and everything that they need for rockhounding: locations, geological information, value, and other facts about all different kinds of rocks, minerals, and crystals. I also include important How-To guides for essential rockhounding processes like tumbling, taking care of rocks, polishing, and more.

I make sure my blog contains current and accurate information. I try to help with every step of the rockhounding process so my blog can be a reliable source of data for your searches as well as inspiration for them.

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Rockhounding Locations

If you want to find a specific mineral, there is (or will be if there is not already) an article on my page about where to find it around the world, around the US specifically, and in which geological formations.

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Interesting Facts

In the same way, there is information about how it forms and what it chemically and physically is, so that you know how to look for it and how to know when you find it.

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Evaluating of Rocks & Minerals

Once you find this mineral, you’ll find information about how to start evaluating your specific specimen also on the site.

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Guides & Reviews

The guides and gear reviews which you can find here are about any topic affecting rockhounds – whether it is advice on how to start a search or what to do with all the findings. Should you polish, tumble, carve, or paint it? And then if you want to sell it or display it, how do you go about doing so?

I try to make sure that whatever you decide, you can find out how and what to use here.

Website Goals

Thank you for checking out my website. I hope it has provided useful information to you and that you come back when you need more! The goals for this website are:

  • To reach at least 50,000 site visitors per month with the rockhounding content here.
  • To cover all important topics, something which I cannot imagine will be fulfilled until there are at least 300 articles, probably more.

Website’s Expert Supervision

Articles published on this website are under the supervision of the gemologist expert Olena (LinkedIn profile). She is a Ph.D. candidate (Mineralogy) holding an Applied Jewelry Professional diploma from GIA (Gemological Institute of America). She is publishing her scientific work on minerals and gemstones on the accredited scientific portal Scorpus (her author profile).

She likes to share amazing facts and statistics about uncommon and hidden patterns in minerals and rocks kingdom on her Instagram account so feel free to follow her, you will not regret 🙂

Contacts and Social Media

I also actively post additional rockhounding content on Pinterest: you can follow HowToFindRocks on Pinterest here:

@howtofindrocks

The place where all rockhounds find everything they need for rockhounding: locations, guides, and other facts about all kinds of rocks, minerals & crystals.

If you have feedback on the content here or suggestions for articles which you would value, please contact me at john@howtofindrocks.com.

Happy hounding!