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I began gem and mineral collecting as a child in Maryland and Pennsylvania. In 1987 I moved to the mountains of Western North Carolina. By 1989, I was back out hunting gems. In 1998, I formed Jacquot & Son Mining with my son R.J. We provided guided tours to local mines. I have written books on gem hunting, fossil hunting and we publish American Rockhound magazine. I am currently part owner of the Sharpes Emerald Prospect in Hiddenite, North Carolina.

In May of 2019, I began working on a museum display covering the Manhattan Project. During my research, I discovered the trinitite. I read the book, "Trinitite, the Atomic Age Mineral" by W.M. Kolb. I learned that there are three major collections that have been well documented. The Wallace T. Smith, Harry Baldwin and Ralph Pray collections. I was able to locate the owner of the Wallace Smith collection in New Mexico. In August, 2019, I drove to New Mexico to purchase a quantity of the collection for my museum display. I ended up purchasing numerous specimens and now have many that will not be used for my project. These are quality pieces all from the Wallace T. Smith collection. I am offering them here and on ebay, ebay username "ncmineralman". I have been an ebay seller since 2000 with 100% positive feedback. All the specimens I sell are shipped usps priority mail with full insurance in case of damage or loss. You can buy with confidence from me. Thank you for your interest in this historic material.

If you any questions or need more information, feel free to call or email me.

Richard Jacquot

828-779-4501

rick@wncrocks.com