The People's Choice: ZRS Fossils and Gifts

  • Updated: August 17, 2014 - 1:00 AM

ZRS Fossils and Gifts' fair booth will display an art piece that combines a145-million-year-old Perisphinctes ammonite fossil from Madagascar with a handcrafted sculpture showing how the animal looked in Jurassic times.

Stones, fossils, precious minerals, meteorites, petrified wood, stonecutting and other lapidary skills, jewelry making, healing with crystals … the folks at ZRS Fossils and Gifts are involved with just about everything rock-related.

“At the fair, we absolutely love the opportunity to connect with people from around the tri-state area and promote natural sciences and the kind of material we have in the shop,” said Kelly Lund, who owns ZRS Fossils and Gifts at 3018 Lyndale Ave. in Minneapolis as well as the State Fair stand of the same name, now in its eighth year.

Lund and her partner, paleontologist John McArdle, also lead fossil- and mineral-hunting expeditions around the country and the world.

Business at the fair has grown every year, Lund said, perhaps because these days people “really seem to have a hunger for minerals” and other natural items.

“Probably the majority of our customers are repeat customers for our jewelry because it is so nature-oriented and unique,” she said. “There just aren’t that many places to find really quality, interesting and exciting fossils and minerals in the area.” □

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