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MAR 2015

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198 | NAILS MAGAZINE | MARCH 2015 } { my other life Athena Elliott may be a bling and glitter gal in the salon, but put her out in nature and you'll fnd her on the hunt for rocks and fossils. Elliott — the owner of SPAthena in Houston and the creator/host of Nail Talk Radio — has always been a rock buff. As a kid she wanted to be an archeologist and dig for dinosaur bones. Now a member of the Houston Gem & Mineral Society, she's content searching for precious stones at the various digs it sponsors across the state. "Before each feld trip, they tell us what we are looking for, all about the terrain, and what tools we need to bring along," says Elliott, who also does her own research online. "I have a backpack with gloves, a chisel, hammer, screwdriver, and used prescription bottles for my specimens. Sometimes I have to bring my blinged-out hard hat! "It's funny, sometimes what I am digging for is nowhere in sight until I fnd my frst specimen. Then all of a sudden it's everywhere, because you know what you are looking for." Of course, sometimes she doesn't fnd what she's looking for. "Once I dug for fve hours in the same spot looking for Native American arrowheads. Instead I found a heavy-duty tool used for scraping fur from animal hides called an end scrapper. I didn't know what it was until I went home and looked it up." Elliott found one of the highlights of her collection during a trip to Hot Springs, Ark., that took her to Wegner Crystal Mines. "I settled down into a low spot in the ground that had been dug out by many people before me. The quartz veins that run in the ground span several miles. I found the perfect spot and started digging in the wet gooey clay lodged in the crevices," she says. "Feeling with one hand and chiseling with my screwdriver, I dug out some awesome clusters. I had to sit back for a moment to realize how amazing it was to be the frst person to actually touch a 300 million-year-old crystal." Rocking Her World NAILS (ISSN 0896-193x) (USPS 001-426) is published monthly, by Bobit Business Media, 3520 Challenger Street, Torrance, California 90503-1640. Periodicals postage paid at Torrance, California 90503-9998 and additional mailing ofces. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Nails, P.O. Box 1067 Skokie, IL 60076-8068. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for address changes to take efect. Subscription Prices - United States $20 per year; Canada $57 per year; Foreign $87 per year. Single copy price - $5; Big Book - $40. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks to receive your frst issue. Bobit Business Media reserves the right to refuse non-qualifed subscriptions. Please address Editorial and Advertising correspondence to the Executive Ofces at 3520 Challenger Street Torrance, California 90503-1640 or online at The contents of this publication may not be reproduced either in whole or in part without consent of Bobit Business Media. All statements made, although based on information believed to be reliable and accurate, cannot be guaranteed and no fault or liability can be accepted for error or omission. Subscribers: If the Post Ofce alerts us that your magazine is undeliverable, we have no further obligation unless we receive a corrected address within 2 years. Athena Elliott, nail tech In her other life: rock collector "I found the perfect spot and started digging in the wet gooey clay."

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