April 2013

A rich phosphate lode in Clay Canyon, near Fairfield, Utah, has yielded large variscite nodules since the 1890s. The bright-green material is a favorite of lapidary artists. This specimen is 27 cm high and resides in the Russ Behnke collection. (Jeff Scovil photo)







Variscite: A Lapidary’s Dream
This gem of a phosphate has rare appeal
by Bob Jones

Host a Federation-wide Show
How to go the extra mile—and succeed!
by Jim Brace-Thompson

Montana Moss Agate
Collectible chalcedony from the Yellowstone River
by Brooks Britt

Rock & Gem Kids
Fluorite, a gem mining maze, and a quiz

The Rare Earth Elements
They’re an important part of modern life
by Bob Jones

The Harvard Museum of Natural History
Enhancing appreciation of the natural world
by Helen Serras-Herman


Tonuco Mountain Barite and Fluorite
Hike to New Mexico mines near Interstate 25
by Robert Beard

Canada’s Rock Candy Fluorite Mine
Part II: High-roller rock hunting in mineralized vugs
by Jim Landon


Picks & Pans
Museum exhibits, book reviews, hobby news

Lapidary of the Month
Faceted stone necklaces
by Kevin Grizard

Show Dates
Mark your calendar!

Shop Talk
Readers' Tips
by William A. Kappele

Rock Science
California's Boron Pit
by Steve Voynick

What to Cut
Lucky Strike Agate
by Scott Empey

Many Facets
by Arya Akhavan

On the Rocks
Going Wild at Wildacres
by Bob Jones

Field Notes
Reader Letters

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