But rather than go shopping at over-priced tourist shops - there is now a new directory specifically targeted for those people looking for a local rock shop or mineral dealer. As a result, this gives those rock shops a great way to get visibility previously unavailable in their niche.
The website http://www.awesomerockshops.com is a complete resource for anyone looking for a local gemstone, cabochon or lapidary supply. They encourage any local business in this field to claim or submit their business - not too often is there a resource like this that is targeted specifically for the geological and mineral niche.
Plans for a complete series of instructional lessons on the care and purchasing of select minerals and stones is planned for the near future. If you have interest in writing for RockShops in return for exposure please let them know through the contact page.