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How Well Do Fluid Sluices Work?


  Story by Marc Davis “An old friend with a new twist” might be one way to describe a fluid bed sluice box. I’ve been mining with sluice boxes since the 1980s, so to me a sluice box is definitely an old friend. The new twist is that fluid bed sluices do not use...
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Videos can be a great resource for learning about minerals and geology, getting a feel for lapidary techniques, and joining in on the fun of field trips. Whether they are amateur videos or commercially produced instructional aids, all can offer education and enjoyment.      
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Reader Survey


We at Rock & Gem magazine value the feedback of our readers. Please take a few moments to share with us the things you love about the magazine and the ways in which you think we can make it better. Click here to take the survey.  
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Editorial Corrections


February 2014: Cover Line Correction Text was missing from the cover line at the top of the Table of Contents page in the February 2014 issue, causing the specimen to be misidentified. The cover line should have read: “The Lyda Hill Gems and Minerals Hall at the Perot Musem of Nature and Science (Dallas) features...
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Special Issue: Gold


This 128-page special publication is a practical guide to prospecting and panning across the United States. Articles include: American Gold Rushes Prospecting Tools Heavy Sands Large Nuggets Keum-Boo Gold Jewelry PLUS: Where to Find Gold in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Montana, North Carolina, and South Dakota $9.99 Order at
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Contact Information


Subscriptions: (866) 287-9383 Back Issues: (866) 287-9383 Editorial Department: Lynn Varon Managing Editor Rock & Gem magazine 5235 Mission Oaks Blvd. #201 Camarillo, CA 93012 (972) 448-4626 Advertising Bill Dumas, Advertising Director (972) 448-9147 Show Dates Corrections Priscilla Torres Submit a Show Date
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About Rock & Gem


Since 1971, Rock & Gem has been the leading magazine for the lapidary and mineral hobbyist. Not a trade journal and not a scientific dissertation, it speaks to the average rockhound, providing just the right blend of entertainment and satisfying information. Armchair hobbyists and diehard diggers alike will find something to enjoy in each...
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Flat Lapping Basics


by Jim Landon Many rock clubs have individual members who have become the repository for a wealth of “how-to-do” information that has been passed down from generation to generation. The Yakima (Washington) Rock & Mineral Club, which has been active for many years, has been fortunate to have a number of very creative people...
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Current Issue


JANUARY 2017 In This Issue: • True Tales about Gold • How Well Do Fluid Bed Sluices Work? • Collecting in Ruby Valley, MT • The Scoop on Coprolites • The Basics of Flat Lapping   To purchase copies, please visit the Beckett Media Web site.
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