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Utah’s “Dirty Diamonds”

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Story by Alice Sikorski Located in the northern part of Utah, the Great Salt Lake is the largest saltwater lake in the Western Hemisphere. In an average year, the lake covers an area of around 1,700 square miles, but this measurement fluctuates substantially due to its shallowness. For instance, in 1963 it reached its lowest...
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Video Gallery

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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

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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

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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

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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 www.beckettmedia.com/special-issues/rock-n-gem-sip
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Contact Information

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Subscriptions: (866) 287-9383 subscriptions@beckett.com www.beckettmedia.com/magazine-subscriptions/rockngem Back Issues: (866) 287-9383 www.beckettmedia.com/rockngem/back-issues Editorial Department: Lynn Varon Managing Editor Rock & Gem magazine 5235 Mission Oaks Blvd. #201 Camarillo, CA 93012 (972) 448-4626 editor@rockngem.com   Advertising Bill Dumas, Advertising Director (972) 448-9147 bdumas@beckett.com Priscilla Torres (972) 448-9131 ptorres@beckett.com Submit a Show Date http://www.rockngem.com/showdate-submissions/ Show Dates Corrections Priscilla...
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About Rock & Gem

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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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PROJECT: Gemstone Jewelry Box

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by Thomas Gangi Creating a box out of semiprecious or decorative stone is a challenging project for the experienced lapidary. Any stone with a Mohs hardness of 4.5 or above will work well. You will need a piece of rough material that is large enough to be cut into a 3-in. by 4-in. slab. From...
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Current Issue: MAY 2017

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In This Issue: • Is It Really Red Emerald? • Quartz Mountain Geodes field trip • Host a Nationwide Show • Blue Chalcedony • The State of Gold • A Rockhound's 80-Year Odyssey   To purchase copies, please visit the Beckett Media Web site.
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