Rocks, Fossils, and Minerals for Sale
  Welcome, All Rockhounds!
If you're hunting for Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils, you've hit the Mother Lode!  At Mother Lode Rock Shop, you get to pick.  Choose the exact specimens you want from our wide-ranging collection of Rocks, Minerals, and Fossils.

  Free Shipping with Each Order -- No Minimum!

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Ordering and Shipping Information

Free Shipping?  What's the Catch?

Free Standard Shipping to U.S. addresses is included with each order -- no minimum, no catch! Standard Shipping is most often via U.S. First Class or Priority Mail, occasionally via Federal Express Ground Service.

How Long Before I Receive My Order?

In most cases, I'll ship your order within one business day of receiving it. Standard Shipping via U.S. Mail usually arrives 2 - 5 days after the shipping date. Occasionally, I may ship your order via Federal Express Ground Service, which can take anywhere from 1 day to 1 week to arrive, depending on how far your address is from Northern California. International orders can take up to 4 weeks to arrive.

Can I Get Expedited Shipping?

Expedited Shipping is available via Federal Express Overnight, 2-Day, or Express Saver (3-day) services. For a quote, please email, including your shipping zip code and the item(s) you wish to purchase. The quote you'll receive will reflect the same price that Fed Ex charges Mother Lode Rock Shop. Please be aware, however, that Expedited Shipping may cost a pretty penny, since Mother Lode Rock Shop is unable to offer the discounted shipping rates negotiated by large online retailers like Amazon or Walmart.

Do You Ship Internationally?

Yes.  Payment must be in U.S. dollars.  Before placing an order, please email for a shipping quote, including your shipping address and the item(s) you wish to order.

International shipping is usually via U.S. Priority or First Class International Mail, and can take up to 4 weeks to arrive, depending on how long it takes your package to pass through Customs.

Please note that in many cases you will have to pay Customs Duties before your package is delivered. For an estimate of what these duties may cost, please contact the Customs Service in your country.  Mother Lode Rock Shop cannot be responsible for any duties, fees, delays, or other problems with your country's Customs Service.

Do I Have To Pay Sales Tax?

Only if you live in California. Most U.S. states require some form of User Tax on out-of-state purchases, which it is your responsibility to report and pay. Under current rules, Mother Lode Rock Shop is required to charge 7.5% Sales Tax only on purchases being shipped to California addresses, since that is the state in which the business is physically located.

What Payment Methods Can I Use?

PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express.  Credit cards will be processed by PayPal, but you do NOT need to have a PayPal account.

What Name Will Appear On My Credit Card Statement?

Depending on your credit card, your purchase will appear either as PAYPAL*ROCK SHOP or  PAYPAL*MOTHERLODE ROCKSHOP.

Will You Send Order and Shipping Confirmations?

After placing your order, you'll receive an automatic email confirming your purchase. As soon as I've shipped your order, I'll send you a second email that includes the Tracking Number of your package.

What's Your Returns and Exchanges Policy?

I want my customers to be happy! You are welcome to return any item(s) in original condition within 30 days for either a full refund or exchange. (If the item was a gift, the 30 days starts when the recipient actually opens the gift.)

Please email me first before returning any item.

What If I Decide to Cancel My Order?

No problem!  Just send me an email that includes your name and order number.

Can You Send Me a Printed Catalogue?

Because in most cases you choose the exact specimen you want, the available selection changes constantly, making it impractical to produce a printed catalogue.

Does Mother Lode Rock Shop Sell Wholesale?

At this time, I'm unable to offer wholesale pricing.

I Don't See My Question Here.  How Do I Get an Answer?

Please email your question to, and I'll respond promptly.

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Mother Lode Rock Shop
PO Box 1812
Nevada City, CA 95959