Join Amber Nichole & Ben Chorn in “Rockhound Talk LIVE,” the only podcast that brings rockhounding to life! Engage with lapidary artists, miners, geologists, and other enthusiasts as they delve into the fascinating world of rockhounding. From the artistry of Fairburn agates to the mysteries of the Sahara desert, this podcast promises a unique and live exploration of Earth’s treasures.

Previous Rockhound Talk Live Episodes

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For our Season finale, meet Daniel Middel and Kristian Egberts- two Dutch prospectors and best friends who came together to create the largest online Dutch-speaking community of prospectors [Mineralenwereld (Mineral World)]. Mineralwereld is a nonprofit organization with the goal to educate people around the world about prospecting for crystals by… Read more
Published on: 2024-05-19
By Amber Nichole & Ben Chorn
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Wayne Binsfeld has been hunting Lake Superior Agates (LSA) for decades. Wayne transforms some of his agates into beautiful carvings of animals, mushrooms, and more! He also does live shows online and is going to start teaching his ways. Besides making physical art, Wayne also creates LSA inspired artwork which… Read more
Published on: 2024-05-05
By Amber Nichole & Ben Chorn
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Dave Varabioff is a die-hard gold miner with 50 years of experience in the hobby and profession. Dave has been chasing gold since he was 11 years old and currently owns multiple mines. Since 1999, Dave has had a serious passion for crystallized gold which led to his purchase of… Read more
Published on: 2024-04-22
By Amber Nichole & Ben Chorn
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Chase Pipes is a historian, educator, lecturer, teacher, business owner, historical researcher, commercial paleontologist, documentary filmmaker, professional living historian (reenactor), experimental archaeologist, metal detectorist, meteorite hunter, rockhound, and bottle privy digger. Chase also prepares and restores fossils & artifacts. Anything involving history, Chase does it. The Smoky Mountain Relic Room… Read more
Published on: 2024-03-24
By Amber Nichole & Ben Chorn
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Amos Cunningham is a South Carolina beryl, amethyst, aquamarine, & smoky quartz mine owner, miner, educator, & mentor. Amos has been rockhounding for over 50 years. Over the last several decades, Amos has contributed to the community by helping establish a gem and mineral club for his region. He is… Read more
Published on: 2024-03-10
By Amber Nichole & Ben Chorn
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Tom Hebert is the Director and Founder of The Earth Sciences Foundation Inc. which offers dinosaur bone digs as a non-profit. Come listen to us discuss Tom's journey to starting his Foundation, inspiring kids and veterans, and the battles with mental health. We discuss topics from T-rex to car accidents… Read more
Published on: 2024-02-25
By Amber Nichole & Ben Chorn
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This episode we sit down with Keely- a paleontological technician who does fossil preparation. Keely started a fossil prep and sale company called Fossil Oasis. Her clients include paleontologists, museum curators, and other professionals who work with fossils. Come listen as we learn about Keely's journey from college dropout to… Read more
Published on: 2024-02-11
By Amber Nichole & Ben Chorn
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Sally is a second generation Montana miner who enjoys off-trail hiking adventures. She has been Rockhounding and mining her whole life and has recently been learning and honing her lapidary skills. Join us in discussing her rockhounding adventures from childhood to adulthood, as well as tips for finding crystals and… Read more
Published on: 2024-01-28
By Amber Nichole & Ben Chorn
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Our first guest of the season is Kayla Johanson. Kayla is a full-time gold miner and jeweler. Kayla has been mining for gold for over 10 years. You may know her from Discovery Channel's Gold Rush: White Water (Season 5 & Season 6). Kayla also mines for other minerals and… Read more
Published on: 2024-01-14
By Amber Nichole & Ben Chorn
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For our Season 2 Finale we speak with Denali, aka dykanite- a geoscientist and LGBTQ science advocate. Join us as we talk about her research on volcanoes around the world, some of her most popular Tiktok topics, and the LGBTQ community in STEM…. Read more
Published on: 2023-10-23
By Amber Nichole & Ben Chorn
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Carolyn, known on social media as The Miner's Girl, loves exploring abandoned mines. Hear her story about how she got interested in rockhounding, exploring abandoned mine tips, and how she educates the public on mining…. Read more
Published on: 2023-10-21
By Amber Nichole & Ben Chorn
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Bethany Burke, aka BK Bones, is a paleontologist and certified fossil preparator who shares her passion for the prehistoric with engaging talks and lively demonstrations designed for school-aged children. BK Bones is a big proponent of STEAM education and makes questioning, exploration and creativity the heart of her approach. Hear… Read more
Published on: 2023-10-19
By Amber Nichole & Ben Chorn
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Dustin Twiss, of the Oglala Sioux, in South Dakota is a rockhound and artist. He collects Fairburn agates and uses the patterns of Fairburn agates for his "fortification art" which has won multiple awards. As Dustin says, "I combine my appreciation of nature and culture within my artwork to help… Read more
Published on: 2023-10-07
By Amber Nichole & Ben Chorn
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Our first lapidary artist of the season is the well known TikToker, Kelsey Darnold. A stay-at-home mum of 4, she became a social media sensation about 4 years ago when she purchased her first tumbler. Kelsey is a lapidary art instructor for children, an entrepreneur selling cabs and polished specimens,… Read more
Published on: 2023-08-25
By Amber Nichole & Ben Chorn
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The Royal Peacock Opal Mines are a 4th generation Opal mining company in Nevada. The mines are known for having gorgeous black and fire opals from the Virgin Valley. We’ll chat with Jake Anderson, the current mine owner, about the history of his mines, and the gorgeous gemstones that the… Read more
Published on: 2023-08-24
By Amber Nichole & Ben Chorn
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Moha Mezane has been hunting fossils and minerals in the Sahara desert of Morocco for over 15 years. Moha also organizes geological field trips across Morocco and is most famously-known for the new shark species he discovered in 2020 from the Devonian Period. This new species is even named after… Read more
Published on: 2023-08-24
By Amber Nichole & Ben Chorn
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Grieg is a Canadian prospector who has been hunting & collecting minerals for over 25 years! With a gold claim in British Columbia, Greig’s main focus in prospecting is collecting precious metals, specifically silver and gold. Greig spends a lot of his time collecting in abandoned silver mines in Cobalt,… Read more
Published on: 2023-07-20
By Amber Nichole & Ben Chorn
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Zeke Holder is part-owner of the “Cherokee Ruby Mine” in Franklin, North Carolina. Zeke is an Earth/Space science teacher with a Masters in Education, turned mine owner. He’s gone from teaching science to high schoolers to teaching Rockhounds how to mine rubies and other precious gems.At the Cherokee Ruby Mine,… Read more
Published on: 2023-07-20
By Amber Nichole & Ben Chorn
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Joe Soukup, an experienced Herkimer Diamond miner, invited Rockhound Talk Live to his private mine. In this episode we discuss Joe's journey with finding Herkimer Diamonds and starting a mine, as well as tips and tools for collecting Herkimer Diamonds…. Read more
Published on: 2023-06-16
By Amber Nichole & Ben Chorn
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Meet the Arkansas Crystal Girls- two adventurous best friends who love to travel the beautiful state of Arkansas searching for quartz crystals. After a few viral videos on TikTok this past year showing some of their digging adventures, these besties have made it their goal to help encourage others to… Read more
Published on: 2023-05-22
By Amber Nichole & Ben Chorn
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The Agate Dude collects and sells agates from around the world, but specializes in Lake Superior Agates. Join us to discuss his journey, tips for finding Lake Superior Agates, and finding your community…. Read more
Published on: 2023-05-08
By Amber Nichole & Ben Chorn
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We start our first episode of Season 2 with an incredibly talented geologist, Elley Ringo. Elley is a geological consultant, an actress, and model. You may know Elley from her 12 episodes on “Frozen Gold”- Weather Channel. Elley also creates content for many social media platforms, such as YouTube and… Read more
Published on: 2023-05-07
By Amber Nichole & Ben Chorn
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Finale to Season 1 where we sit down with Ben Chorn- a professional geologist and new co-host of Rockhound Talk Live. We discuss Ben's journey in geology, rockhounding basics, and answer some questions from viewers…. Read more
Published on: 2023-03-27
By Amber Nichole & Ben Chorn