January 2013

The annual shows in Quartzsite and Tucson, Arizona, are great places to look for gold, in specimens and for jewelry use. This 2.2cm-high specimen is from the Hualapai Mountains in Mohave County, Arizona. (Jeff Scovil photo/Mark Hay collection)







Beautiful Red Rhodonite
It rivals rhodochrosite in color
by Bob Jones

From Quartzsite to Tucson
Mineral shows and more in a snowbirds’ paradise
by Helen Serras-Herman

Rock & Gem Kids
Aquamarine, a birthstone crossword, and a quiz

The Beryl Mineral Group
Colorful crystallized and massive gem materials
by Bob Jones


Union Flat Gold
Panning and sluicing in the Tahoe National Forest
by Marc Davis

Spruce Quartz and Pyrite
Cascade Mountains collecting trips by arrangement
by Jim Landon

Precious Opal in Spencer, Idaho
Collect from Spencer Opal Mines tailings for a fee
by Jim Brace-Thompson


Picks & Pans
Museum exhibits, book reviews, hobby news

Lapidary of the Month
"Bumpy inlay" bola
by Terry Vasseur

Show Dates
Mark your calendar!

Shop Talk
Why a Flat Lap?
by William A. Kappele

Rock Science
Obsidian, Perlite ... and Apache Tears
by Steve Voynick

What to Cut
Petrified palm wood
by Scott Empey

On the Rocks
Tucson: Mineral Shows, Museum Exhibits, and More
by Bob Jones

Field Notes
Reader Letters

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