Delve into the nostalgic world of rockhounding with the “Previously Rockhounding Podcast.” Explore the lapidary universe of the 1970s and 1980s through the vintage pages of Rock & Gem magazine. Hosted on Currently Rockhounding, this podcast offers a unique perspective on the past, making it a must-listen for enthusiasts.

Previously Rockhounding Podcast Episodes

We're back with May 1980 and Rock & Gem is once again trying to convince us that minerals are a good investment and also teaching us how to use up every last bit of silver to make jewelry. We probably won't be using those ideas any time soon, but we… Read more
Published on: 2024-01-15
By Currently Rockhounding
The 1980s are here and money is on everyone's mind, or at least on the minds of Rock & Gem contributors. We read about sky-high silver prices and how to protect your dollars by investing in diamonds. The Frantic Fumbler gives us his reasons for why so few young people… Read more
Published on: 2023-07-02
By Currently Rockhounding
To finish out the 1970s we take a break from Rock & Gem and read an issue of The Mineralogical Record to get a little more perspective on what the hobby was like during the decade. Although both magazines share a related subject, they could hardly be more different. Check… Read more
Published on: 2023-06-07
By Currently Rockhounding
We've made it to the end of a decade with a lapidary Christmas 1979. The 70s don't exactly go out on a bang, but current trends are thoroughly represented in this issue with another article about using diamonds for lapidary applications, an ad for a belt and disc cleaner and… Read more
Published on: 2023-04-03
By Currently Rockhounding
October 1979 promises articles on some very intriguing topics such as "Government and the Rockhound: Closing off the Backcountry" and "Are Fire Agates Really Opal?". Will the articles live up to the promise of their titles? We also read about rock-related projects we probably won't be attempting any time soon… Read more
Published on: 2023-02-04
By Currently Rockhounding
In this issue some of the articles fall short of what's promised by their titles but we fill in the gaps with helpful information, such as the best ways to preserve your finds on their way from the field to home, and our experience with polishing soapstone. We also learn… Read more
Published on: 2023-01-02
By Currently Rockhounding
We're starting 1979 off with lots of new and interesting ads including a very unconventional ad from Lortone, lots of field trips and some surprisingly wise and useful advice from the Frantic Fumbler. We also discuss how not to give directions to a location (trash cans are not timeless landscape… Read more
Published on: 2022-12-01
By Currently Rockhounding
We've made it to 1978, the year the King Tut exhibit traveled around to museums all over the US, and Rock & Gem tries to convince us that it's definitely relevant to lapidary hobbyists. This issue is filled with unconventional articles like a field trip report that is mostly about… Read more
Published on: 2022-10-23
By Currently Rockhounding
December means it's time for another Christmas issue! This issue is complete with ads disguised as a gift guide, a heartwarming Christmas story, and tales of Christmas gift procrastination! We also learn about a very interesting mineral collector's collection, rockhounding locations in California and Montana, and too many mediocre lapidary… Read more
Published on: 2022-09-22
By Currently Rockhounding
In this issue Rock & Gem's field trip reporters are working overtime with reports from all over the US, including Florida, Texas, Wyoming and more! We also talk about the intricacies of providing rock identification services, and a creative casting technique that is still popular today (although it has been… Read more
Published on: 2022-08-20
By Currently Rockhounding
It's here: the 1977 Rock & Lapidary Guidebook issue! This issue does not disappoint with a couple of article hitting very close to home,  including the field trip writing guide that we'd like to give to all rockhounding authors everywhere. We also see a variety of upscale ads, some which… Read more
Published on: 2022-07-28
By Currently Rockhounding
We start 1977 off right with some rockhounding life lessons, a field trip idea for the dead of winter and a jewelry project that we just might try. We muse on the best type of photos for field trip reports and guidebooks, as well as the benefit of seeing rocks… Read more
Published on: 2022-07-07
By Currently Rockhounding
We enter another hectic holiday season in this issue, which is complete with a gift guide, simple project ideas and is chock-full of ads for  amusing products. We also are unclearly called to action by some PSA ads, and learn more than we ever wanted to know about Mexican agates… Read more
Published on: 2022-06-30
By Currently Rockhounding
In this issue we read multiple articles that offer little more than common sense, such as how to clean minerals; how to keep yourself safe from belt and pulleys; and more bicentennial jewelry guides. We also genuinely learn about some exciting places in Mexico and mediocre off-label uses for lapidary… Read more
Published on: 2022-06-19
By Currently Rockhounding
This issue proclaims to be the "1976 Rockhound and Lapidary Guidebook". In it, we find many interesting ads for products that have been lost to time and some that seem a little out of place. Rock shows come up a lot in both ads and articles and we note how they've changed,… Read more
Published on: 2022-06-04
By Currently Rockhounding
In this episode we read about rockhounding in southern California and southern California-adjacent areas, and learn one good idea and many not so good ideas for using tumbled rocks. We also get our hopes up on a deceptively titled article…. Read more
Published on: 2022-05-26
By Currently Rockhounding
In this episode America's bicentennial is drummed into us by way of a number of projects and ads, we learn more than we ever wanted to know about quartz crystals and we finally read an article about a rockhounding in our neck of the woods…. Read more
Published on: 2022-05-11
By Currently Rockhounding
In this episode we find a number of things that haven't changed through the years. We are tricked by deceptively titled articles (Rock & Gem articles are the YouTube videos of the 1970s), read about who is allowed to call themselves a rockhound, and discuss an article describing step by… Read more
Published on: 2022-04-28
By Currently Rockhounding
In this episode we are pleasantly surprised by some very elaborate ads and great field reports from Mexico to Oregon. We also read about some DIY projects that we will definitely not be trying ourselves. Check out currentlyrockhounding.com/podcast to see this issue's cover art and more!… Read more
Published on: 2022-04-15
By Currently Rockhounding
In this episode we discuss rockhounding trip guides from Texas to Canada, speculate on product placement in articles and try to see the images in a celebrity’s rock collection. Check out currentlyrockhounding.com/podcast to see this issue's cover art and more!… Read more
Published on: 2022-04-10
By Currently Rockhounding
Join us for our very first read through of Rock & Gem magazine. In this episode we talk about how much has changed and yet how much has stayed the same in the world of rockhounding and lapidary. Check out currentlyrockhounding.com/podcast to see this issue's cover art and more!… Read more
Published on: 2022-04-10
By Currently Rockhounding
What is Previously Rockhounding? Join us for our very first episode where we talk about why we’re reading old Rock & Gem magazines and what we’re expecting to learn and to read! Check out currentlyrockhounding.com/podcast for cover art and more!… Read more
Published on: 2022-04-10
By Currently Rockhounding