May 2012

Underground collecting at the Red Cloud mine in La Paz County, Arizona, once yielded choice specimens like this cluster of tabular wulfenites. The crystals measure 2.5cm high and 2cm wide. (Joe Budd photo/Keith Proctor collection)







Fire Agate v. Precious Opal
Two gems famous for their play of color
by Bob Jones

Treasure Island
A mineralogical tour of Italy’s Isle of Elba
by Elisabeth Antoine Crawford

Collecting Minerals Underground
Part II: Wulfenite, vanadinite and mimetite from Arizona and Mexico
by Bob Jones

Kingman Turquoise
It sets the standard for gems from the American Southwest
by Stuart “Tate” Wilson

Rock & Gem Kids
Delaware rockhound symbols and “diamonds” that aren’t

The History of Jewelry Design
Essential knowledge for restoring period gems and jewelry
by Jim Perkins, with Jason M. Adams

Devonian Fossil Gorge
A record of Iowa’s watery past
by Cristina Sarnelli

The Ray (Wray) Mica Mine
Collecting apatite and other minerals in North Carolina
by Mike Streeter


Picks & Pans
Museum exhibits, book reviews, hobby news

Lapidary of the Month
Honey spinners
by Emma Guy

Show Dates
Mark your calendar!

Shop Talk
Basic Intarsia
by William A. Kappele

Rock Science
Our Appetite for Apatite
by Steve Voynick

Off the Dop
Faceting Tanzanite
by Jim Perkins

Many Facets
Rhodolite Old Fashion
by Jim Perkins

On the Rocks
Arizona Minerals at Tucson
by Bob Jones

Field Notes
Reader letters

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