May 2013

Aquamarine is a blue variety of the pegmatite mineral beryl. This 7-inch-long crystal on muscovite matrix hails from the Hunza Valley in Pakistan. (Joe Budd photo/Arkenstone specimen)







Revered Red Cinnabar
This mercury ore is a prized carving material
by Bob Jones

The Canyon Rock Shop
An alternative field trip opportunity in Utah
by Cathy Novak

Scheelite’s Unsung Namesake
An overdue honor for a Swedish scientist
by Bob Jones

Rock & Gem Kids
Amber, “tongue stones”, and a quiz

The Zen of Carving
Transforming a rock into a stone
by G.E. Sommerfeld

Trash and Treasure in Nepal
An aquamarine-collecting adventure
by Scott Maier


The Calvert Mine
Epidote and almandine in Montana
by Jim Landon

Black Mountain Scoria
Vesicular volcanics in southwestern New Mexico
by Robert Beard


Picks & Pans
Museum exhibits, book reviews, hobby news

Lapidary of the Month
Chrysocolla and palm wood cabochons
by Mary Louise Froese

Show Dates
Mark your calendar!

Shop Talk
Leaded Stone
by William A. Kappele

Rock Science
Marcasite: In the Shadow of Pyrite
by Steve Voynick

What to Cut
by Scott Empey

Many Facets
by William Compliment

On the Rocks
Tucson Show Follow-up
by Bob Jones

Field Notes
Reader Letters

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