March 2013

Ocean Jasper® is the trade name of an orbicular silicified rhyolite from a mine on the island of Madagascar. The only source in the world, it is owned and operated by Paul Obenich. (Photo Courtesy The Gem Shop Inc.)







Two Great Shows a World Apart
A special report on Munich and Changsha
by Bob Jones

Madagascar Ocean Jasper
Why lapidaries love working with this gem material
by Helen Serras-Herman

Rock & Gem Kids
Granite, a word search, and a quiz

Stainless Beauty
A low-cost metal frames valuable gemstones
by Bob Jones

Serenity in Stones
Exploring the healing properties of gems and minerals
by Susie Kearley

Legacy in Stone
Two men’s monuments to Oregon’s mineral riches
by Kris Hallenburg


Canada’s Rock Candy Fluorite Mine
Part I: Public collecting adventures in British Columbia
by Jim Landon

Benbrook Lake Ammonites
Easy access to large specimens in North Texas
by Robert Beard


Picks & Pans
Museum exhibits, book reviews, hobby news

Lapidary of the Month
Lapis, agate and jasper picture pendant
by Bruce Kelley

Show Dates
Mark your calendar!

Shop Talk
To Cab or Not to Cab
by William A. Kappele

Rock Science
Replicating the Ruby
by Steve Voynick

What to Cut
Sonoran Dendritic Rhyolite
by Scott Empey

Many Facets
EMC Cushion
by Gary Statton

On the Rocks
Arizona Mineral Displays
by Bob Jones

Field Notes
Reader Letters

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