Voting for the Parting Shot of 2018


By Antoinette Rahn

As we prepare to bid 2018 adieu and welcome 2019, we thought it might be fun to revisit the specimens that graced the Parting Shot page of each issue of Rock & Gem in 2018, and have you weigh in on your favorites.

Potential for a Prize

Everyone who submits their top three picks for Parting Shot of 2018 will have their name placed in the running to possibly win a prize package containing a geode, a cabochon, an item of lapidary jewelry art, and a pocket-sized magnifier to assist with exploration of the intricacies of rocks, gems, minerals, fossils, and lapidary art.

Submit your top three selections by commenting to this post. The comment section can be accessed by clicking on the comment icon located just above this post, at the top right corner. This will bring you to the comment space. If you do not have a account, please sign up, and leave your comments. Or, if you prefer, you can email your three selections to me at

The deadline for submitting picks is Dec. 31, 2018. The winner will be notified by Jan. 10. The name of the winner and the top three specimens will be announced in the March issue.


  1. #1. APRIL: Placenticeras meeki Gem Amonite – surreal beauty – ultra vivid colors – fab photo!
    #2. MARCH: “Safe Haven” Cab, Gem Silica/Chrysocolla druzy in matrix – Incredible piece! Wish it were mine..
    #3. MAY: Siderite var. Chalybite with Quartz – Stunning!
    Every mineral pictured here could potentially be a #1 – This presented me with tough choices. That being stated, here are my 3 votes

  2. My votes for the three best “Parting Shots are:

    1.) Aug.; Meteroite slice,
    2.) June; Black Opal in Petrified wood,
    3.) Feb.; Tiger’s Eye Sphere.

  3. 1 – September: Labradorite
    2 – June: Precious Black Opal in Petrified Wood
    3 – February: Marra Mamba Tiger’s-Eye Sphere

  4. 1. March: “Safe Haven” Cab, Gem Silica/Chrysocolla druzy in matrix.

    2. April: Placenticeras meeki, “Gem” Ammonite.

    3. December: Rhodochrosite, Fluorite on Quartz.

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