Are you new to mineral and/or gem collecting? If so, perhaps the following information will be helpful to you Please let us know however if you need additional information.
Tools and Equipment to bring along.
Depending on whether one is collecting on a mine "dump" (waste rock from a mining operation) or "hard rock" collecting, such as a large boulder or "outcrop" such as a ledge, the equipment one uses may vary.
In both cases one should use safety glasses (or goggles over prescription glasses); sturdy gloves (i.e. leather) and footwear.
Sometimes some quarry owners require hard hats, safety vests, and even steel toed boots.
Tools for collecting in mine "dumps" could be (but not limited to) shovels, gardening tools, a screening or sifting device, small crack hammer (3 or 4 pounds) and sometimes even a sledgehammer depending on the size of the boulder one might wish to attack.
A flashlight (to illuminate dark pockets of crystals) and hand lens or 10x loupe is often useful to observe fine and unusual micro crystals.
When working boulders and outcrops most rockhounds use a #4 crack hammer, a variety of flat and bull-point chisels, sledges and wedges, plus various types of pry bars, screwdrivers, wooden probes, and a brush or wiskbroom.
If working in an old mine or under and overhang, a hard hat is a must. If you have bad knees, knee pads help a lot.
Also, one must not forget food, water, a first aid kit, and insect repellent (if necessary).
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