This collection features more than 60 ornamental minerals of exceptional size and quality – many from localities with restricted access or that are no longer producing. Native Californian Joel Hauser ardently pursued his hobby of lapidary art and collecting agates, geodes, ornamental minerals and petrified wood for more than 60 years, resulting in an impressive and celebrated mineral collection. He discovered a deposit of agate geodes in Riverside County’s Little Chuckawalla Mountains, now known as the Hauser Geode Beds.
The collection was a gift of the Hauser family, in memory of Joel and Barbara Hauser. Nearly 50 specimens are on display at the Carlsbad campus.