February 2013

ON THE COVER
This fluorite with calcite, known as “the Pagoda”, will be part of a special display of China’s minerals at the University of Arizona (Tucson) Mineral Museum. It is one of the most famous Chinese specimens ever found. (Joe Budd photo/Rob Lavinsky collection)

 

 

 

 

 

FEATURES

Chinese Minerals: A Special Exhibition
Be sure to see it when you’re in Tucson!
by Bob Jones

Fluorite: A Symphony of Color
Dangerous natural elements comprise a beautiful mineral
by Bob Jones

An American Rockhound in Germany
The hunt for an Idar-Oberstein agate
by Jim Brace-Thompson

Rock & Gem Kids
Chrysocolla, horn coral, and a quiz

CLUB WORKSHOP SERIES
Building from the Ground Up
Club members share their personal space
by Rance Westover

How Much Collecting Is Enough?
Opening new chapters in the rockhounding hobby
by Fran L. Peters

FIELD TRIP

Rockport Quarry Dolomite and Calcite
Specimen collecting near Alpena, Michigan
by Jake Gorczyca

REGULAR COLUMNS

Picks & Pans
Museum exhibits, book reviews, hobby news

Lapidary of the Month
Lost wax bola
by Al Baldridge

Show Dates
Mark your calendar!

Shop Talk
Pyrite Fever
by William A. Kappele

Rock Science
The Fabulous Fossils of Florissant
by Steve Voynick

What to Cut
Druzy Minerals
by Scott Empey

On the Rocks
Must-See Events in Tucson
by Bob Jones

Field Notes
Reader Letters

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