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2014

January 2014

ON THE COVER
This branching crystallized gold specimen comes from the Eagle’s Nest mine in Placer County, California. It is currently on display in the Lyda Hill Hall of Gems and Minerals at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas. (James Elliot photo/Marc Weill collection)

 

 

 

 

 

FEATURES

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Part I: An exciting educational facility in downtown Dallas
by Bob Jones

Quest for Native Gold
A collecting adventure in remote Alaska
by James A. Miller

Pietersite
A superb, chatoyant pseudomorph
by Bob Jones

Rock & Gem Kids
Talc, New Hampshire Rockhound Symbols, Granite Word Search

FIELD TRIPS

Fluorescent Rocks
Three collecting spots in Arizona
by Ed Winbourne

Cronan Ranch Gold
Riverbed panning in Northern California
by Marc Davis

REGULAR COLUMNS

Field Notes
Reader Letters

Lapidary of the Month
Rock slab coffee table
Carol Butterfield

Show Dates
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Shop Talk
Setting Up Shop
by William A. Kappele

Rock Science
Brazilianite and Frederick Pough
by Steve Voynick

What to Cut
Imperial Jasper
by Scott Empey

Picks & Pans
Museum exhibits, book reviews, hobby news

On the Rocks
Marc Weill's Wonderful Specimens
by Bob Jones

Parting Shot
Fossil Coral
Tom Shearer photo

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February 2014

ON THE COVER:
The Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall at the Perot Musem of Nature and Science (Dallas) features specimens from world-class collections. This beryl (var. aquamarine) on albite from Gilgit District, Pakistan, is in the collection of Marc Weill. (Jeff Scovil photo)

 

 

 

 

 

FEATURES

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Part II: Spotlight on the Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall
by Bob Jones

Black Bay Opal
A new source to watch
by James A. Miller

Rock & Gem Kids
Wulfenite, Nevada state rocks, crystal habits

Diamonds: Deep-Earth Survivors
These gems are tough and beautiful
by Bob Jones

Arizona’s Petrified Forest Fossils
Chalcedony Park is a “Triassic Park”
by Steve Voynick

FACETING DESIGN
Vincalis the Agitator
Nested triangles in sunstone
by Arya Akhavan

FIELD TRIP

Sandia Mountains Orbicular Granite
Persistence pays off at this New Mexico site
by Robert Beard

REGULAR COLUMNS

Field Notes
Reader Letters

Lapidary of the Month
Straw-cast nephrite pendant
by Richard M. Meszler

Show Dates
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Shop Talk
Stone and Wood
by William A. Kappele

Rock Science
Ice, Hydrous Minerals, and Hydrogen Bonding
by Steve Voynick

What to Cut
Malibu Marcasite
by Scott Empey

Picks & Pans
Museum exhibits, book reviews, hobby news

On the Rocks
Tucson 2014: A Diamond Lover's Dream
by Bob Jones

Parting Shot
Galena and Quartz
John Schneider photo

 

Price: $7.99

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March 2014

ON THE COVER
Collectors around the world have mineral miner and dealer Benny Fenn to thank for the superb Mexican mineral specimens in their collections. This legrandite from the Ojuela mine (Mapimi, Durango) measures 5.6 cm high. (Jeff Scovil photo/The Arkenstone specimen)

 

 

 

 

 

FEATURES

The Mineral Legacy of Benny Fenn
Your collection reflects his contributions
by Bob Jones

Birthstones, Past and Present
Part I: January, February and March
by Kenneth H. Rohn

Four Peaks, Arizona, Amethyst
Purple gems at 7,000 feet
by Bob Jones

Rock & Gem Kids
Articles and puzzles

Along the Turquoise Trail
A drive through New Mexico’s mining history
by Steve Voynick

A Rock with a View
A new way of appreciating petrified wood
by Tom Elias

REGULAR COLUMNS

Field Notes
Reader Letters

Lapidary of the Month
Mosaic pins
by Laurence Schemel

Show Dates
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Shop Talk
Flotsam and Jetsam
by William A. Kappele

Rock Science
China's Mining Boom
by Steve Voynick

What to Cut
Peanut Obsidian
by Scott Empey

Picks & Pans
Museum exhibits, book reviews, hobby news

On the Rocks
Federation Shows
by Bob Jones

Parting Shot
Disdero Agate Ring
Different Seasons Jewelry

 

Price: $7.99

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April 2014

ON THE COVER
Lake Superior agates are a large part of the displays at the Minnesota Agate and Geological Interpretive Center in Moose Lake. This beautifully banded specimen from a Minnesota gravel pit has a light-yellow limonite accent on the bottom. (Tom Shearer photo and specimen)

 

 

 

 

 

FEATURES

Minnesota Minerals and Agates
A Moose Lake museum highlights rare rocks
by Bill Vossler

Rare Silver Minerals
If you see ’em, grab ’em!
by Bob Jones

Diamond Odysseys
Replicas pair historic diamonds with their famous owners
by Historical Figures Foundation

Rock & Gem Kids
Articles and puzzles

Heavy Metal Elements
What does it take to make them?
by Bob Jones

Birthstones, Past and Present
Part II: April, May and June
by Kenneth H. Rohn

REGULAR COLUMNS

Field Notes
Reader Letters

Lapidary of the Month
Onyx cabochon
by Wayne Leibitzke

Show Dates
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Shop Talk
A Gripping Problem
by William A. Kappele

Rock Science
Barite and Barium
by Steve Voynick

What to Cut
Nova Scotia Agate
by Scott Empey

Picks & Pans
Museum exhibits, book reviews, hobby news

On the Rocks
The Metro Show
by Bob Jones

Parting Shot
Azurite
Ortiz de Zárate

Price: $7.99

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May 2014

ON THE COVER
The red corundum variety ruby has become the standard choice for a July birthstone. This specimen of ruby in calcite is from Mogok, Myanmar (Burma), and measures 4.5 cm high. (Jeff Scovil photo/Irv Brown collection)

 

 

 

 

 

FEATURES

The Dallas Mineral Collecting Symposium
An important social event in Texas
by Bob Jones

Gem Hunter
An interview with Bernie Gaboury
by Rob and Julie Kocur

3 Feldspar Gems
Sunstone, moonstone and labradorite
by Bob Jones

Rock & Gem Kids
Articles and puzzles

Kutch Fossil Park
An impressive collection of India’s fossils
by Khursheed Dinshaw

Ethiopia’s Opals
Amazing Yita Ridge and Welo gemstones
by Gail O. Clark

Birthstones, Past and Present
Part III: July, August and September
by Kenneth H. Rohn

Glow Rocks
Washington State University’s fluorescent rock exhibit captivates kids
by Linda Weiford, WSU News

REGULAR COLUMNS

Field Notes
Reader Letters

Lapidary of the Month
Jade and opal pendant
by Gordon Hayes

Show Dates
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Shop Talk
Controlling Spray
by William A. Kappele

Rock Science
Quartz: Rose or Pink?
by Steve Voynick

What to Cut
Stone Canyon Jasper
by Scott Empey

Picks & Pans
Museum exhibits, book reviews, hobby news

On the Rocks
Heroes of the Hobby: Bosch, Buell and Bandy
by Bob Jones

Parting Shot
Calcite on Duftite/Mottramite
John Schneider

Price: $7.99

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