December 2011 Rock & Gem Kids

Rock & Gem Kids is a monthly feature that offers articles, puzzles, and a quiz with prizes for junior rockhounds.



1. Needlelike rutiles are called “Venus hair” crystals.

2. Bundles of rutile fibers in minerals like corundum create the optical effect known as asterism.

3. Brilliant white powdered rutile is used as pigment in paperplastics and paints.

4. Soapstone is soft enough to be carved into animals and bowls.

5. “Herkimer diamonds” are a kind of quartz crystal.


December winners received a specimen of
hubnerite, generously donated
by the Mineral of the Month Club