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Young Mineral Artist Emma Fajcz (b. 1999)

It is wonderful to see young people take an interest in minerals and all that the hobby encompasses—after all, they will be the ones to carry on the researching, collecting, and curating of minerals and rocks in the future. Emma Fajcz (pronounced Fights) enjoys activities that involve rocks, minerals, and geology. She says, “Despite the fact that I have always been fascinated with rocks and minerals, my collection did not flourish until the summer of 2010.” She has been collecting in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada; Franklin, North Carolina; and along Minnesota's north shore of Lake Superior. Membership in the Golden Isle Mineral Society in her hometown of Brunswick, Georgia, has broadened her knowledge of mineral identification and the lapidary arts. When she completes her home-school education in May 2014, a month after she turns fifteen, she plans to major in geology at the university level. Fajcz has visited many of the famous geological sites in the western United States and hopes to visit many more worldwide.

Susan Robinson is a freelance artist specializing in painting mineral and gem specimens as well as birds and wildlife.

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