The Rockytier

July 2017
Volume 29 Number 7
THE OFFICAL BULLETIN FOR THE LUBBOCK GEM & MINERAL SOCIETY

General Meeting:

Tuesday - July 11th, 2017
Meet- 7:00 pm
@ Forrest Heights United Methodist Church 3007 33rd St. Lubbock, Texas.

Business Meeting:
Tuesday - July 11th, 2017

 

JALAF:

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

July: Ruby (or something red)

*rules continued later in newsletter.
2017 Shows: 
July:
Arlington Gem & Mineral Club, Annual Show 1st-2nd
Tulsa Rock and Mineral Society, Annual show 8th-9th
August:
Baton Rouge Gem & Mineral Society, Annual Show 12th-13th

From the President:
I hope you are having a great summer.

The American Federation annual meeting was held in Ventura California on June 8th at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. The California Federation show, "Ventura Rocks the Nation," then ran from the 9th – 11th. At the meeting, someone brought up the desire to get a day recognized as "National Rock Hound Day," and an ad-hoc committee was formed to work on getting that done in the near future. Sounds like a fun way of promoting our hobby. There were very few issues that needed discussion, and the meeting went smoothly. A full report will be published in the next AFMS Newsletter, which will be out in September.

The show was good, with plenty of vendors, but the thing that blew me away was the number of competitive displays that were entered; about 70 of them competing with over 150 displays total. While the number of display cases was large, the quality of the displays left even more of an impression. If you want to see some pictures of the displays, go to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SCFMS4U) and scroll thru the posts. You do not have to have a Facebook account to see the posts, just access to a computer and the Internet.

On the return flight home, the TSA scanned my carry on and then called me aside to take a closer look. The agent says, "what the heck do you have in there, rocks?" I don't know about you, but how could I go to a show and not bring home some new material? Lucky for me nothing I had was deemed dangerous and I was allowed to board with my bag of rocks to take home and cut.

Make plans now to attend the SCFMS annual meeting and show in Houston in
November, we will have plenty of business to attend to, and it should be a great show as well. Looking forward to seeing you there!
____
Walter Beneze, SCFMS President

Ruby Gem Facts

The red fluorescence power of ruby helped build the first working laser in 1960. Rubies—both natural and synthetic—are still used to make lasers, as well as watches and medical instruments.

 https://www.americangemsociety.org/en/ruby-history
Photo: http://www.laserfest.org/lasers/how/ruby.cfm

Ruby should adorn,
All those who in July are born,
For thus they'll be exempt and free,
From lover's doubts and anxiety

Tips of the Trade

EASIER  PRONG  SETTING 

When setting stones in a prong mount, the tool is less likely to slip off the prong if you grind a groove into its face or rough up the face a bit with sandpaper.  Some folks prefer a prong pusher for doing this, and others like a set of pliers.  

The easiest way to create a slot on the pusher is with a file, and the easiest way to create a slot on one jaw of your pliers is with a cutoff wheel. Then rough polish the slot with a medium grit, knife-edge silicone wheel.

FANCY  RIVET  HEADS

For a nice looking rivet head, use brass escutcheon pins. You'll have perfectly rounded heads that are all the same size and shape. The pins are a little hard to find, so try the best hardware stores first. Be sure to get solid brass pins, not brass plated steel.  If unsure, test them with a magnet. 

The pins are readily available online. Lee Valley Tools has them in 14 - 18 gauge and lengths from 1/4 inch to 1 inch. Go to 
http://www.LeeValley.com and do an item search on "brass escutcheon pin" 

For best results, select a drill that gives you a hole with a close fit to the rivet. Trim the rivet to a leave a little less than one diameter sticking out the back side. Place the head on a scrap of hard plastic on the anvil so as to not flatten the head. I prefer a ball peen hammer (with a small 3/8 inch ball) for setting the rivet.


Notable Gems

Graff Ruby – A well known cushion cut Burmese ruby with a weight of 8.62 carats. In February 2006, It was bought by a famous and credited London diamond and gemstone dealer Lawrence Graff. Graff paid a $3,637,480.00 at Christie’s. It was a new record price per carat of $421, 981. 43.

Excerpt from https://finegemstones.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/famous-rubies-in-history/

Alan Caplan Ruby – Named after Alan Caplan, a famous mineralogist and gemstone dealer who acquired the stone in Burma. This stone is also known as “Mogok Ruby”, derive from source of this fine gemstone. This 15.97 carat Burmese stone was then sold by Sotheby’s in New York for $3,630,000 per carat of $227,301 last October 18, 1988.

Excerpt from https://finegemstones.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/famous-rubies-in-history/

Submit stories, ideas, photos, or anything else you would like to see in the newsletter to 

editor@lubbockgemandmineral.org

 

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.

Categories:
Cabochons
Jewelry
Fossils
Carvings
Specimens
Facet

Two levels in each category:
Experienced
Beginner

Criteria:
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:
https://www.americangemsociety.org/en/birthstones

Here is hoping everyone will compete and have fun!

Walter Beneze, LGMS President

See you at the next meeting!

Lubbock Gem & Mineral Society
Member of South Central Federation of Mineral Societies
Member of American Federation of Mineralogical Societie
s

 
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.


 
  ELECTED OFFICERS & DIRECTORS WHO ARE VOTING MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
                     
    President     Walter Beneze (806)797-5832  
    Past President     Bobbie Horn (806) 786-9362  
    Vice President     Michael Zink (806) 451-0039  
    Secetary       Sabrina Krieger  (806) 891-0165  
    Treasurer     Charles Cockrell (806) 786-6895  
   
              Director (first year)
 
           Sabrina Krieger
(806) 891-0165  
   
         Director (second year)  
  Valerie Zink (806) 451-0038  
    Director (second year)   Mica McGuire (806) 445-6859  
             
                     
      APPOINTED VOTING BOARD MEMBER POSITIONS    
    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      
                     
      APPOINTED NON-VOTING POSITIONS      
                     
    Benevolence     volunteer needed      
    Web Master     Walter Beneze (806) 797-5832  
    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.
Click here to visit the LGMS website

Copyright © 2017 The Lubbock Gem and Mineral Society, All rights reserved.
You are receibing this email becuase you opted in to get the LGMS Newsletter via email.

Our mailing address is:
The Lubbock Gem and Mineral Society
PO Box 6371
Lubbock, TX 79493

The Rockytier

July 2017
Volume 29 Number 7
THE OFFICAL BULLETIN FOR THE LUBBOCK GEM & MINERAL SOCIETY

General Meeting:

Tuesday - July 11th, 2017
Meet- 7:00 pm
@ Forrest Heights United Methodist Church 3007 33rd St. Lubbock, Texas.

Business Meeting:
Tuesday - July 11th, 2017

 

JALAF:

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

July: Ruby (or something red)

*rules continued later in newsletter.
2017 Shows: 
July:
Arlington Gem & Mineral Club, Annual Show 1st-2nd
Tulsa Rock and Mineral Society, Annual show 8th-9th
August:
Baton Rouge Gem & Mineral Society, Annual Show 12th-13th

From the President:
I hope you are having a great summer.

The American Federation annual meeting was held in Ventura California on June 8th at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. The California Federation show, "Ventura Rocks the Nation," then ran from the 9th – 11th. At the meeting, someone brought up the desire to get a day recognized as "National Rock Hound Day," and an ad-hoc committee was formed to work on getting that done in the near future. Sounds like a fun way of promoting our hobby. There were very few issues that needed discussion, and the meeting went smoothly. A full report will be published in the next AFMS Newsletter, which will be out in September.

The show was good, with plenty of vendors, but the thing that blew me away was the number of competitive displays that were entered; about 70 of them competing with over 150 displays total. While the number of display cases was large, the quality of the displays left even more of an impression. If you want to see some pictures of the displays, go to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SCFMS4U) and scroll thru the posts. You do not have to have a Facebook account to see the posts, just access to a computer and the Internet.

On the return flight home, the TSA scanned my carry on and then called me aside to take a closer look. The agent says, "what the heck do you have in there, rocks?" I don't know about you, but how could I go to a show and not bring home some new material? Lucky for me nothing I had was deemed dangerous and I was allowed to board with my bag of rocks to take home and cut.

Make plans now to attend the SCFMS annual meeting and show in Houston in
November, we will have plenty of business to attend to, and it should be a great show as well. Looking forward to seeing you there!
____
Walter Beneze, SCFMS President

Ruby Gem Facts

The red fluorescence power of ruby helped build the first working laser in 1960. Rubies—both natural and synthetic—are still used to make lasers, as well as watches and medical instruments.

 https://www.americangemsociety.org/en/ruby-history
Photo: http://www.laserfest.org/lasers/how/ruby.cfm

Ruby should adorn,
All those who in July are born,
For thus they'll be exempt and free,
From lover's doubts and anxiety

Tips of the Trade

EASIER  PRONG  SETTING 

When setting stones in a prong mount, the tool is less likely to slip off the prong if you grind a groove into its face or rough up the face a bit with sandpaper.  Some folks prefer a prong pusher for doing this, and others like a set of pliers.  

The easiest way to create a slot on the pusher is with a file, and the easiest way to create a slot on one jaw of your pliers is with a cutoff wheel. Then rough polish the slot with a medium grit, knife-edge silicone wheel.

FANCY  RIVET  HEADS

For a nice looking rivet head, use brass escutcheon pins. You'll have perfectly rounded heads that are all the same size and shape. The pins are a little hard to find, so try the best hardware stores first. Be sure to get solid brass pins, not brass plated steel.  If unsure, test them with a magnet. 

The pins are readily available online. Lee Valley Tools has them in 14 - 18 gauge and lengths from 1/4 inch to 1 inch. Go to 
http://www.LeeValley.com and do an item search on "brass escutcheon pin" 

For best results, select a drill that gives you a hole with a close fit to the rivet. Trim the rivet to a leave a little less than one diameter sticking out the back side. Place the head on a scrap of hard plastic on the anvil so as to not flatten the head. I prefer a ball peen hammer (with a small 3/8 inch ball) for setting the rivet.


Notable Gems

Graff Ruby – A well known cushion cut Burmese ruby with a weight of 8.62 carats. In February 2006, It was bought by a famous and credited London diamond and gemstone dealer Lawrence Graff. Graff paid a $3,637,480.00 at Christie’s. It was a new record price per carat of $421, 981. 43.

Excerpt from https://finegemstones.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/famous-rubies-in-history/

Alan Caplan Ruby – Named after Alan Caplan, a famous mineralogist and gemstone dealer who acquired the stone in Burma. This stone is also known as “Mogok Ruby”, derive from source of this fine gemstone. This 15.97 carat Burmese stone was then sold by Sotheby’s in New York for $3,630,000 per carat of $227,301 last October 18, 1988.

Excerpt from https://finegemstones.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/famous-rubies-in-history/

Submit stories, ideas, photos, or anything else you would like to see in the newsletter to 

editor@lubbockgemandmineral.org

 

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.

Categories:
Cabochons
Jewelry
Fossils
Carvings
Specimens
Facet

Two levels in each category:
Experienced
Beginner

Criteria:
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:
https://www.americangemsociety.org/en/birthstones

Here is hoping everyone will compete and have fun!

Walter Beneze, LGMS President

See you at the next meeting!

Lubbock Gem & Mineral Society
Member of South Central Federation of Mineral Societies
Member of American Federation of Mineralogical Societie
s

 
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.


 
  ELECTED OFFICERS & DIRECTORS WHO ARE VOTING MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
                     
    President     Walter Beneze (806)797-5832  
    Past President     Bobbie Horn (806) 786-9362  
    Vice President     Michael Zink (806) 451-0039  
    Secetary       Sabrina Krieger  (806) 891-0165  
    Treasurer     Charles Cockrell (806) 786-6895  
   
              Director (first year)
 
           Sabrina Krieger
(806) 891-0165  
   
         Director (second year)  
  Valerie Zink (806) 451-0038  
    Director (second year)   Mica McGuire (806) 445-6859  
             
                     
      APPOINTED VOTING BOARD MEMBER POSITIONS    
    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      
                     
      APPOINTED NON-VOTING POSITIONS      
                     
    Benevolence     volunteer needed      
    Web Master     Walter Beneze (806) 797-5832  
    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.
Click here to visit the LGMS website

Copyright © 2017 The Lubbock Gem and Mineral Society, All rights reserved.
You are receibing this email becuase you opted in to get the LGMS Newsletter via email.

Our mailing address is:
The Lubbock Gem and Mineral Society
PO Box 6371
Lubbock, TX 79493