October 2011


Ethiopia’s Welo Opal
A recent find thrills opalholics
by Paul B. Downing

The Mines of Cobalt, Ontario
Rich in silver, but not in specimens
by Bob Jones

Touring the Pala Tourmaline Mines
A rare look underground and a fee-dig opportunity
by Helen Serras-Herman

Tilt Limits for Windowning
Tips for making informed decisions
by Jim Perkins, with Bruce Harding

Rock & Gem Kids
Kid-size articles, puzzles and prizes

The Power of Turquoise
It plays a significant role in human history
by Bob Jones

Using Copper in Gemstone Jewelry
This ancient material has modern appeal
by Kara Bachman


Lyda K Mine Feldspar and Fluorite
Pegmatites and fluorite veins in southwest New Mexico
by Robert Beard


Picks & Pans
Museum exhibits, book reviews, hobby news

Craftsman of the Month
Carnelian scarab pendant
by Caleb Harris

Show Dates
Mark your calendar!

Shop Talk
No-Drill Beads
by William A. Kappele

Rock Science
Staurolite: The Myth and the Mineral
by Steve Voynick

Off the Dop
Iolite, aka "Water Sapphire"
by Jim Perkins

Many Facets
Sunny Oval
by Jim Perkins

On the Rocks
2011 Show in Shasta
by Bob Jones

Field Notes
Reader letters

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