Apalachee Minerals is a family-owned business located in Tallahassee, Florida, since 2001.
Our family of 3, Gary, Lory and Gena, have a passion for field-collecting minerals. Together, we enjoy outdoor activities that almost always include mineral collecting. We love to travel and usually schedule our trips around collecting possibilities.
Gary Maddox, a Professional Geologist working for the State of Florida, has been an avid mineral collector since childhood. Gary has field-collected throughout the United States, particularly in the southeast. He has a keen interest in minerals from the Spruce Pine Pegmatite District of Western North Carolina, where he spent many youthful summers collecting at the many active and abandoned mines of that area.
Lory Maddox enjoys collecting, and has added her unique artistic touch by using a variety of acquired specimens for jewelry and for gem tree bases. Lory's beautifully crafted wire-wraps include small mineral specimens, gemstones, and minerals preformed and tumbled by Gena through a process that takes months. Lory has an Etsy account where you will find a variety of gem trees and handcrafted wire-wrapped pendants: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LorysNaturalDesigns?ref=hdr_shop_menu
Gena Maddox is also a collector, and is in charge of “Gena’s Rock Shop – Great Specimens at Allowance Prices” – our discount mineral show section for kids (young and old), with everything priced $9.00 or less. She is also our rock tumbling expert, supplying Lory with tumbled stones for wire-wrapping and inexpensive specimens for shows. Gena has been field-collecting with her parents since before she could walk. She learned to rock climb at a very early age during our almost-weekly trips to Rucks’ Pit from 2003 – 2007, and was a big help in our mining efforts there. She loves to travel, especially to the mountains! Gena has her own personal mineral and fossil collection, and prides herself on adding specimens to it.