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Roy Hollowell
(1952-    )

Roy Glenn Hollowell was born in Los Angeles on April 10, 1952, the son of JoAnn and Royce Hollowell, a business manager and machinist respectively. He grew up in Los Angeles South Bay (Hawthorne and Hermosa Beach), and attended California State University at Fresno where he received a B.S. Degree in Land Surveying and Photogrammetry in 1983.

In college in 1975, Roy took a Geology class and they brought out the mineral tray. He was immediately fascinated, and the next weekend went out to the Boron area to look for minerals. At the grocery store in Boron he asked if there were any rockhounds around. They told him to go visit Dotty and Mel Smith in North Edwards. He did so and was greeted with open arms. The Smiths talked him into staying overnight because the next day the borax mine was letting rockhounds in to collect on the dumps. There Roy found a beautiful colemanite on orange calcite that remains in his collection today. He was hooked from that time on.

Roy started as a part-time mineral dealer in 1976, as “Hollowell Minerals” at P.O. Box 1149 in Fresno. He began with small local shows, such as the Boron Show, and then went full-time in 1983 when he graduated from college. All of his mineral labels are marked Fresno. His first Tucson Show as a dealer was in 1980; he set up at the Chevron station, and later had a two-room suite on the second floor of the Desert Inn through the 1990 show. He also did the Las Vegas show, Denver show, Tacoma Washington Mineral Symposium and many other small shows.

Roy has been very active in field-collecting, especially in his earlier years, in San Benito County, the Kingston Range, and Placer County in California; the Mineral Mountains in Utah; and the Newberry Range and Garnet Hill in Nevada. In fact, ten of his self-collected specimens are now in major museums. He has also collected in Spain, Greece, Norway, Sweden and Mexico, and has handled the sale of many collections. But he stopped doing the show circuit in 1990. The promoter's show fees had become too expensive. Also around that time is when the general public and “crystal power” people started going to the shows; this influx of pseudo-collectors and novices caused thousands of dollars in theft and damage in Roy's booth, to the point where it was no longer profitable for him to do shows.

In 1989 Roy began work as a professional land surveyor, and rose to upper management positions in engineering firms; he is currently a licensed professional land surveyor for Metcalf & Eddy Pacific, Inc. in Hilo, Hawaii. He enjoys art collecting, traveling, snorkeling, fishing.

Currently Roy's collection consists of approximately 2,500 specimens in all sizes, from thumbnail to cabinet. There is a heavy emphasis on self-collected material from California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah. He specializes in San Benito County, California minerals and the Newberry Range in Nevada for aquamarines and smoky quartz. He has not collected actively since moving to Hawaii in 2006, and intends eventually to begin selling his collection specimens over the internet. He can be reach at

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