Jennifer Quist- Specimen Mining and Wholesale Mineral Sales
My love of rocks and fossils started as a kid, hunting for them in the hills of Ohio. However, this passion became a calling in the early 1990’s when I moved to Utah. I leased a pipestone quarry and started digging, running equipment, prepping and selling rocks at mineral and fossil shows.
In 1997 I decided to purchase a trilobite fossil quarry from Marlow Cropper in the Wheeler Amphitheater outside of Delta, Utah. This started a long term friendship which resulted in working for him digging the Maynard Bixby Topaz claim in 2007, and again in 2010 the Red Beryl mine in the Wah Wah Mountains, Beaver County, Utah.
As luck would have it, I attended the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show in 2013 where I met George Quist and Bryan Lees’ – Collector’s Edge wholesale crew. They had previously operated a dig at the Maynard claim a couple of years previously. With this in common, we hit it off right away. Two years later George asked me if I would help set up and tear down the wholesale venue for Collector’s Edge during the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show. I immediately said yes and have been working with these fantastic people since! My co-workers and our customers at Collector’s Edge are the greatest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. And the mineral specimens are out of this world!
George Quist- Specimen Mining and Wholesale Mineral Sales
I’m a second generation miner. My father, Carl Quist and his partners had the original claims for amazonite and smoky quartz near Lake George, Colorado. I grew up digging and running heavy equipment as soon as I was tall enough for my feet to reach the pedals!
In 1997, I was out checking one of my claims when I ran into someone I thought was poaching mineral specimens from one of my Dad’s partner’s claims. It could have gone bad, but it turned out to be Bill Kazel, who was working the claim for Bryan Lees. I asked them if they needed any help on the weekends and I soon started digging. Before long, I met Bryan who was digging his claim and asked him if he needed any help working the Red Cloud Mine in Arizona. Again, he offered me a part time job and off I went to Arizona in search of the wulfenite specimens the property is known for. As it turned out, that part time job turned into a full time job with Collector’s Edge. I went from the Red Cloud to working at the Sweet Home Mine in Alma, Colorado. Since then, I have mined and recovered specimens all over the world; the Benitoite mine in California; crocoite’s in Tasmania; emeralds in Columbia; spectacular calcites in the Elmwood Mine, Tennessee; and amazonite and smoky quartz on Mt. Antero, Colorado.
Now, 20 years later, I still love working here at Collector’s Edge. Bryan and my co-workers are an exceptional group of people. Collector’s Edge has provided me the opportunity to dig some of the best mines all over the world, learn to recover and prep extraordinary specimens and meet amazing people. The only thing left is to find that million dollar pocket!