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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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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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