January 2012

Each water-tumbled, weather-polished alluvial gold nugget has a story to tell. This 4.9cm-high nugget was found in Cochise, Arizona. (Jeff Scovil photo/Keith and Mauna Proctor specimen)







Gold Nuggets and Their Secrets
Every placer nugget has a story to tell
by James A. Miller

Arizona: America’s Richest Mineral Province
Part II: A litany of common and rare collectible species
by Bob Jones

Collecting in Arizona
Part II: Searching in operating mines yields specimens
by Bob Jones

Rock & Gem Kids
Snakestones, Virginia's State Rockhound Symbols, Minerals Named after Places quiz

Volcano Discovery
A grand tour of Italy’s most explosive geological sites
by Craig Lindley and Heather Hubbard

China Hollow Picture Rock
Collecting jasper and agate in Oregon
by Jim Landon


Bear River Gold
Panning for fine gold in California
by Marc Davis


Picks & Pans
Museum exhibits, book reviews, hobby news

Lapidary of the Month
Jadeite and silver pendant
by Christopher Wertenberger

Show Dates
Mark your calendar!

Shop Talk
Shop Tips and Tricks
by William A. Kappele

Rock Science
The Elusive Rare-Earth Elements
by Steve Voynick

Off the Dop
Accessories for Faceting Large Gems
by Jim Perkins

Many Facets
DJG "No-Meet Round (for CZ)
by David Groncki

On the Rocks
The Sterling Hill Mineral Museum
by Bob Jones

Field Notes
Reader Letters

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