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by Vanessa M (follow)
Rock Boxes are available at Australian Geographic and cost $7.95. They consist of plastic containers that are filled with natural rocks and minerals. You aren't told what rocks the individual boxes contain, but underneath each is a label where a few possibilities are listed, like amethyst, quartz, pyrite, geodes, rose quartz and and tiger eye.

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The Rock Box

Each Rock Box is pretty small, at around eight centimetres by five centimetres. They are also three centimetres deep, but not all of this space is taken up by rocks. Underneath is foam padding, which seems to lift the rocks up so they are visible.

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At the bottom of the box there is some padding

The rocks look quite pretty in the box, with all the different colours and types on show: the biggest and most impressive ones have been carefully placed so that they are sitting at the top. Such an arrangement means the rocks can be displayed in the box just as they are.

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Under the sticker, the box looks good

All up, there are around 50 rocks in each box, though it doesn't look like that at first. Underneath and around the bigger, better rocks are a lot of smaller ones that are far less impressive (some are pretty minuscule).

Some of the rocks

At first I felt like the smaller rocks were taking the place better ones, but I've realised that there isn't really any room for more larger rocks and the small ones are just making sure that none of the space is going to waste. They also help keep the larger ones at the front in place.

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The smaller rocks are clearly visible on this side

Because you aren't told what rocks are in your Rock Box, these boxes would be best for people who are just impressed by the looks and don't need to know what each rock is called. That means kids, especially, but I like them too. I'm still learning what's out there and with this product I get to see quite a variety. Other people who know a lot more about rocks may like to buy the box as a cheap way to get such a range too.

If the box seems like a juvenile way to display your rocks, you can always take them out. However, once you've done so, I think you've committed to not displaying them in the box, because it would be hard to get them back in (with the bigger ones arranged at the front, at least).

As well as Rock Boxes, Australian Geographic also sells Gemstone Boxes, which are the same size and the same price. However, I prefer the Rock Boxes like this one because the rocks seem rawer and less polished, compared to the pretty, colourful ones in the Gemstone Boxes.
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