August 2013

Maine is famous for its wealth of pegmatite gems and minerals. This 5-inch-tall tourmaline is from the famous 1972 find at the Dunton mine in Oxford County. (Joe Budd photo/Courtesy The Arkenstone)







Maine’s Best Minerals
Pegmatites produce industrial and collector
minerals and gems
by Steve Voynick

Lead’s Dangerous Beauty
This element has a Jekyll-and-Hyde personality
by Bob Jones

Bumble Bee “Jasper”
A colorful volcanic lapidary material
by Helen Serras-Herman

Water: The Great Dissolver
It moves the process of mineral crystallization
by Bob Jones

Rock & Gem Kids
Feldspar, a mineral dictionary, and a quiz


The Trona Gem-O-Rama
Collect evaporite minerals from briny Lake Searles
by Stuart “Tate” Wilson

Giant Geodes in Middle Tennessee
A 30-year quest ends in success
by Richard Gross

Dinosaur Hunting in Montana
Fossil-collecting trips on private land
by Jim Landon


Picks & Pans
Museum exhibits, book reviews, hobby news

Lapidary of the Month
Inlaid coffee table
by Doug Schroeder

Show Dates
Mark your calendar!

Shop Talk
Cool It
by William A. Kappele

Rock Science
The Ongoing Drama of Gold
by Steve Voynick

What to Cut
Feather Ridge Plume Agate
by Scott Empey

Many Facets
Bi-Color Amethyst Guernsey
Maze Cut
by Larry Mattos

On the Rocks
The Origin of Elements
by Bob Jones

Field Notes
Reader Letters

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