salt of the earth

While many of the pieces at the show are on display and polished already, most of the rocks/gems remain in mineral form and are brought into the states on container ships in giant barrels.  Arriving directly after being mined, the vendors set up the barrels in rows and it is up to each buyer to root through the thousands of pieces.  I wouldn’t even know where to begin or how to evaluate the individual pieces but believe me, these people are literally obsessed with rocks and have quite the eye.

These people give a new meaning to the term “salt of the earth”.  I love meeting passionate people….doesn’t matter where their interests lie, it’s just nice to hear how excited and animated they become when they speak of what truly interests them.  Take for instance Frankie, one of Jean’s main men….loves his hair almost as much as his rocks.  Had to get a picture!