01-February 2017

The Rockytier

February 2017
Volume 29 Number 2

General Meeting:

Tuesday - February 7, 2017
Meet- 7:00 pm
@ Forrest Heights United Methodist Church 3007 33rd St. Lubbock, Texas.

Business Meeting:
Thursday - February 16, 2017
Eat- 6:00 pm
Meet- 7:00 pm
@ Red Zone Café  3602 Slide Rd. Unit B1 Lubbock, Texas


Monthly themes will be Birthstones. Any stones of the same (or very similar) color as the months birthstones.

February: Amethyst

*rules continued later in newsletter.
2017 Shows: 
Friends of the Llano Red Top Jail, Annual Show 18th
Williams County Gem & Mineral Society, Annual Show 18th-19th
Clear Lake Gem and Mineral Society,  Annual Show 25th-26th 
Hi-Plains Gem and Mineral Society, Annual show 25th-26th

Big Spring Prospectors Club, Annual Show 4th-5th
Gulf Coast Gem & Mineral Society, Annual Show 4th-5th
Southwest Gem and Mineral Society, Annual Show 11th-12th
Abuquerque Gem & MIneral Club, Show and Sale 17th, 18th, 19th
Ada Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Club, Annual Show 24th-25th
Central Texas Gem & Mineral Society, Annual Show 8th-9th
Chihuahuan Desert Gem & Mineral Club, Annual Show 14th, 15th, 16th
Waco Gem and Mineral Club, Annual Show 29th-30th
Lubbock Gem & Mineral Society, Annual Show 6th-7th
Fort Worth Gem and Mineral Club, Annual Show 27th-28th

From the President:
Hello everyone, welcome to the new year and a new format for our newsletter!

First off, I’d like to thank Rhonda Taylor for many years of dedicated service to the LGMS as our newsletter editor. Rhonda spent more hours than most of us realize working behind the scenes to help our club with this endeavor, and is now handing off the task to our new editor Mica McGuire. 

Since the majority of our club members opt to receive the newsletter in digital format, Mica is giving us a new platform that will open in your email, or on a browser on whatever device you choose; PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone. I am looking forward to new things for this year with new members adding their ideas and skills to make this great club ever better. If you have ideas that can add to the effectiveness of the club, please bring them forward, and if you don’t have any ideas, talk to a board member to see where you can be plugged in. We have many areas of service that need someone to step up and help out. Have a great month!

Walter Beneze
LGMS President

Happy Birthday! 
2-Tommy Thompson
6-Vestal Yeats
7-Carla Lease
8-Bill Northcut
20-Emily Perez
27-Teresa Burns/Baxley
Happy Anniversary!
14-Charlie & Annette Cockrell
23-Floyd & Vicki McCrary

The rules for the JALAF are:
Participants will remain beginners for one year from the month in which they enter their first piece in each category. At the end of one year the participant will be considered experienced in the categories they have entered. The JALAF master will attempt to keep records, but we will operate on an honor system as well.

We want to share and learn from the knowledge you acquired while finding, working or setting the piece, so please come prepared to tell us what you know (don’t worry if you don’t know what you have, hopefully someone can tell you)! The JALAF is open to Members, Juniors and Visitors.

We REALLY WANT and STRONGLY encourage ALL to bring pieces that fit the month’s theme, even if they are not eligible for entry because they do not meet the criteria or have previously won a feather. These pieces will be entered as display only, and will not be part of that month’s competition. PLEASE share your expertise and adventures with the rest of us.


Two levels in each category:

Specimens and Fossils: YOU must have found OR worked an otherwise acquired specimen.
Cabochons, Carvings and Facets: YOU must have created the piece yourself.
Jewelry: YOU must have created the setting OR worked the stone.

Since some months have more than one birthstone, we will be going by the American Gem Society list, found at:

Here is hoping everyone will compete and have fun!

Walter Beneze, LGMS President

On This Hill
The Mineral Collection
Abbie Huston Evans, 1930

I always knew the Ural Mountains glowed 
And burned inside with emeralds and gold,
Copper in clefts, and platinum in rifts
Like tamped-in tinfoil; now my eyes have seen
Splinters from that great beam that braces Asia.
Here in the dark, awake, I see again
Rock out of Mexico, Siam, Peru,
Thrace, Arizona, and the Isle of Malta;
Rock out of Chile burning fiercely, furred
With copper-blue like a kingsfisher's feather;

from www.poetryfoundation.org

Gem and Mineral Facts
Mossy or treelike patterns on the inside of a mineral or on the surface of a rock are known as dendrites. These are the branching designs that make moss agate the distinctive gem it is, showing “external landscapes in stone.” Mineral matter, usually manganese oxide in the form of pyrolusite, or sometimes iron oxide, is deposited where it can spread out and crystallize in the way that frost forms on a window pane. Dendrites in moss agate are typically black or brown, but fibers of chlorite are green, resembling seaweed, and some plume agate splashes an array of colors. Moss agate from India has long been known as Mocha Stone.

from Chips and Tips, via The Rockytier, Sep. 2013

Tips of the Trade
Stones sometimes develop fine, thread like scratches while being polished. These may be due to grit that has penetrated the polishing buff. (One grain will do it.) To clean, hold a strip of soft plywood firmly against the buff. The grit will imbed itself in the wood, leaving the buff clean. I have also heard that a rubber eraser will work too, also a crepe rubber shoe sole. For that glass finish on tiger eye, polish once, dry the stone then put a drop of vinegar on it. Let it dry a few minutes, then give it a second polish. Hmmm...

from The Redstick Rockhound News Feb 2013
A quick tip for social media:
I know that not all members use Facebook, but as the social media coordinator for my work I have learned a lot of important tips and tricks for promoting events! The best part about Facebook events is that it is the cheapest way to get the word out. The hard part is understanding what you have to do for the most people to see the event. We now have the flyer and the event on the LGMS Facebook page. That post alone will reach everyone that has "liked" the LGMS's page. That is great because the event will show up on peoples pages who already have an interest in the club, rocks, or the show! However, we can do even better than that! Each member who uses Facebook can share the event on their profile! It very easy to do (click the share button and pick "Share" and "Share in News Feed", "Share Now" or "Write Post") each option will share to all of your friends and you will have the option to make a comment about the event. The next option is my favorite because it calls your friends to action! When you are viewing the event page you can choose "Share" and "Invite" friends. You can go through your friends list and invite everyone you think might be interested in the show. When we invite them like this it will remind that person that they have been invited to come to the show until they give a response. If they decide to "accept the invitation" or pick the "interested" options it will remind the a few days before the show that they have an event to go to that weekend. This is great because we can all use a little reminder every once in a while. When they respond to the original invite it will also let their friends know that they are going to or are interested in that event! I love this option because it is a great networking tool that multiples quickly! We want to see the show packed and Facebook is a great tool for that! 

Thank you,
Mica McGuire
Drop of Water Test for Topaz
Quartz and topaz are not easy to separate by eye, and sometimes it is impossible when the quartz is a true topaz color. There is a big difference in price between the two, and anyone describing quartz as "topaz," however innocently, may well be in trouble. Topaz is quite a different mineral and is harder than quartz. Because of this, a drop of water will not spread on topaz but will spread on quartz. Clean the stone as effectively as possible with a cloth or handkerchief to remove all traces of grease. It must be dry before the test. Then place a spot of clean water on it with a thin glass or metal rod. On stones with a hardness of less than 7 on the Mohs scale, the water is dispersed. On harder stones it will remain a globule. The harder the stone, the more rounded will be the globule.

from Rock Chipper, via many Newletters to us via Redstick rockhound news Nov 2013

Next Meetings
General: March 7th
Business: March 16th
(on Thursday because of Valentine's Day)
Lubbock Gem & Mineral Society
Member of South Central Federation of Mineral Societies
Member of American Federation of Mineralogical Societie

THE ROCKYTIER is the official Bulletin of the Lubbock Gem and Mineral Society, Box 6371, Lubbock, TX. 79493. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month @ Forrest Heights United Methodist Church - 3007 33rd St. Lubbock, TX. at 7:00 p.m. unless announced otherwise. Annual dues are: $22.50 for adults, $10.00 for students 15 & up, $5.00 for students 6-15 and free for children under 6. Exchange editors are free to copy anything of interest from THE ROCKYTIER provided credit is given to the author of the article and THE ROCKYTIER.

The purpose of the Lubbock Gem and Mineral Society shall be:
(1) to bring about a closer association of those persons interested in the Earth Sciences and Lapidary Arts;
(2) to increase and disseminated knowledge about rocks, minerals, fossils and other geological materials;
(3) to encourage the study of rocks, minerals, fossils, artifacts, collecting and lapidary work and
(4) to conduct meetings, lectures, displays and field trips.

    President     Walter Beneze (806)797-5832  
    Past President     Bobbie Horn (806) 786-9362  
    Vice President     Michael Zink (806) 451-0039  
    Secetary     Daniel Bontempo (806)781-4611  
    Treasurer     Charles Cockrell (806) 786-6895  
    Director (first year)   Bobby Housour (806) 746-5969  
    Director (first year)   Sabrina Kreiger (806) 891-0165  
    Director (second year)   Valerie Zink (806) 451-0038  
    Director (second year)   Mica McGuire (806) 445-6859  
    Education Chairperson Club Michael Zink (806) 451-0039  
    Education Chairperson M.E.W. Greg Roberts (806) 787-6262  
    Show Chairperson   Walter Beneze (806) 797-5832  
    Newsletter Editor   Mica McGuire (806) 445-6859  
    Field Trip Chairperson   volunteer needed      
    Benevolence     volunteer needed      
    Web Master     Amber Lewis (806) 746-5581  
    Club Vests     volunteer needed      
    Club Library     Dave Swartz (806) 793-8045  
    There are many more positions that need a volunteer, please consider what
    you can do to help!            
Lubbock Gem & Mineral Society is a non-profit organization recognized under section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as an educational entity. Donations in any form are tax deductible as outlined by the IRS.