It is convenient to have a special box or container to carry around your collection of pet rocks, or crystals, for use and to show others. About four in number is ideal and takes little space in one's shoulder bag. Now you are set for any.contingency
What to pack? You always must have a quartz crystal, also I always carry a topaz crystal, either a colorless waterworn crystal, or a fractured crystal, both from
. Next I have a grey-colored fossiliferous
sandstone, rounded and beach-worn, having embedded white Turritella
fossils. My fourth item is variable, in
the sense it may be one a number of things, like a beryl crystal, or danburite,
or rose quartz. What ever takes your fancy. Brazil
Each item represents a book of knowledge about itself. If you have never seen a topaz before and have not read about one, then the topaz book is closed….so you may have the opportunity of opening the topaz book for someone, in various ways. It may be by talking about topaz jewellery, or by remembering a line in a poem about stones by the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda e.g., Cuando se toca el topazio, el topazio te toca….etc (When you touch the topaz, the topaz touches you) . The topaz seems to be a live thing.
If you are a geologist, or gemmologist, you will know all about the properties and the history of origin of your pet rocks which you have learnt from a book. You can play with your memories, and you can help others not familiar with the subject. How many people can identify a topaz crystal, or even a quartz? Show them how.
Take you pet rocks on holiday with you. For use as "handling stones" they have to fit comfortably in your hand. When beachcombing, you may reject 20 or more stones in order to find the prefect one. Ditto when buying in a shop. Always have them with you. They are nice to have when in hospital. You can't take your dog, or cat, to hospital, but you can take your pet rocks. Regards from Allano.