Since 1971, Rock & Gem has been the leading magazine for the lapidary and mineral hobbyist. Not a trade journal and not a scientific dissertation, it speaks to the average rockhound, providing just the right blend of entertainment and satisfying information. Armchair hobbyists and diehard diggers alike will find something to enjoy in each issue.

Lifetime hobbyist and Carnegie Award winner Bob Jones heads up a group of experienced and knowledgeable contributors. Bob's light-hearted style brings readability to in-depth articles on minerals, classic deposits, and collecting trends. His Frugal Collector series helps collectors learn to identify mineral bargains, and his affiliation with the Tucson Gem & Mineral Society provides a behind-the-scenes look at the year's biggest and best mineral show and sneak previews of the show's theme and featured exhibits.

Robert Beard and Kenneth H. Rohn are among our regular field trip writers. They ferret out the collecting spots that deliver the goods and give you clear directions to an enjoyable outing. Field trips range from day-long family-friendly outings to extended-stay adventures in the great American wilderness.

Diane Prokop and others contribute fun and challenging projects for lapidaries of all skill levels. Not sure what to do with the gems from your last field trip? Step-by-step directions will soon have you tumbling, polishing, faceting, and making jewelry like a pro.

Regular columnists William A. Kappele, Steve Voynick, and Jim Perkins share their insights on everything from lapidary techniques to the science of minerals.

We know that our youth are the key to continued growth in the hobby. Our monthly children's feature, Rock & Gem Kids, is designed to appeal to a younger generation with short, interest-catching articles, kid-sized projects, puzzles, and a chance to win a prize.

You don't have to stop at just reading Rock & Gem. There are plenty of opportunities to contribute, as well. Share your faceting knowledge by submitting a design to our Many Facets column, show off your lapidary skills by entering our Craftsman of the Month contest, or share your comments through our Field Notes section. Our readers are also our writers, contributing full-length features and project articles. Click on the Writers' Guidelines button to get started on your own submission.

Once you start reading about all the exciting things rockhounds are doing these days, you can't help but join in. Jump into the hobby with Rock & Gem!