Smithsonian Rock & Gem Dig

Smithsonian Rock & Gem Dig


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Dig for GENUINE semi-precious gemstones and minerals using the included excavation tools then identify your treasure using the included guide. Set includes a block containing multiple stones, mallet, dowel, goggles, streak plate, magnifying glass and instructions. Ages 8 and Up.
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