June 2012

The Natural History Museum, London, England, houses more than 500,000 rock and mineral specimens, including this peridot crystal from Zebirget (St. John’s Island), in southern Egypt. (©Natural History Museum, London)







The Natural History Museum, London
A remarkable collection of gems and minerals
by Helen Serras-Herman

The workhorse of the rockhounding hobby
by Bob Jones

Mary Anning
It’s a name every fossil aficionado should know
by Lori Carter

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

Tales of Rockhounding
Interesting anecdotes about our hobby
by Bob Jones

New Mexico’s White Gypsum Dunes
Hydrous calcium sulfate in a wind-blown deposit
by Steve Voynick

The Agates and Geodes of Luna County, New Mexico
Collecting opportunities at the Rockhound Roundup
by Anna Racicot

India’s Fossil Locations
Invertebrates abound in the Himalayan foothills
by Khursheed Dinshaw



Picks & Pans
Museum exhibits, book reviews, hobby news

Lapidary of the Month
Gem inlay guitar
by Scott Elliot

Show Dates
Mark your calendar!

Shop Talk
Enamel Beads
by William A. Kappele

Rock Science
Studying Striations
by Steve Voynick

Off the Dop
Moldavite: A Gem from Outer Space
by Jim Perkins

Many Facets
Trillion Brilliant
by Jim Perkins

On the Rocks
The New Image of Herkimer, New York
by Bob Jones

Field Notes
Reader letters

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