The goal of Reese’s Rocks is to provide authentic, high quality fossils for education and appreciation. The fascination of fossils transcends childhood, and the feeling of holding hundreds of millions of years of history and evolution is unrivaled. We have more than twenty years combined experience with fossils, and have collected all across the world.
Reese’s Rocks is run by Reese Fulgenzi and Maria Chavez, two University of Virginia students who have managed the business together since high school. The namesake of the business has collected fossils ever since his grandfather took him fossil collecting to the Ralston Quarry in central Oklahoma over fifteen years ago, which has stuck with him to pursuing paleontology academically. Maria balances out the trilo-centrism through her big picture approach seeing the value of fossils as art, though she is skilled in the field as well, aided by fluency in Spanish, French, and Russian. Together, Reese’s Rocks offers specimens perfect for education and casual collection to living room centerpieces.
We are committed to keeping prices affordably by sourcing our pieces through dozens of friends in the community and making our pieces available online without the need for a physical location.
Reese Fulgenzi is a fourth-year student at the University of Virginia studying Environmental Science and Biology. I am, aptly, the owner of Reese’s Rocks, and collects, trades, buys, sells, and prepares fossils. My interest is mainly in paleozoic invertebrates, which began when my grandfather took me fossil collecting when he was four. When not working or studying, I am the president of the UVA Academic Competition Club.
Maria Chavez is a fourth-year student at the University of Virginia studying Russian Language and Eastern European Studies. I manage sales and have a passion for interior decoration with fossils, in addition to experience and interest in Russian valuable in order to access the wealth of fossils across the country. In my free time, I am an active member of the Washington Literary Society and play with my dogs, Winnie and Sam.