The Rockytier

September 2017
Volume 29 Number 9

General Meeting:

Tuesday - September 5th, 2017
Meet- 7:00 pm
@ Forrest Heights United Methodist Church 3007 33rd St. Lubbock, Texas.

Business Meeting:
Tuesday - September 12th, 2017


This month: DOUBLE JALAF

See rules later in newsletter. 

JULY: Ruby, Carnelian, Black Onyx, Turquoise
SEPTEMBER: Sapphire (any color), Lapis Lazuli, Peridot
2017 Shows:
Oct 27 – 29, Dallas, TX, International Gem and Jewelry Show,
Nov 10 – 12, Humble, TX, Houston G&MS and SCFMS Convention, Humble Civic Center
Nov 18 – 19, Mesquite, TX, Dallas G&MS, Rodeo Center Exhibit Hall

From the President:
Hello everyone,

Welcome to a new school year. I am thankful that Lubbock is far enough from the coast to be spared from the devastation of the hurricane and flooding, but my heart goes out to all the folks that have lost so much. The SCFMS has many members that were caught in harm's way and it will be a while before we know the extent of the damage and what it will take for them to recover.

Here in Lubbock, we are making plans for our next show. It may seem like a long time away; May 5th & 6th, 2018, but it will be here before we know it. This will be our 60th Annual Show and Sale, and to help us celebrate, we will once again be hosting the Annual SCFMS Convention. We will need the help of everyone to have a successful weekend, so please make plans now to be there and contribute in every way that you are able.

Our annual fall cookout will be at the Carillon clubhouse, 4001 17th Street, Lubbock Texas 79416 on September 23rd starting at 3 pm. Bring desserts, chips, drinks and other side items, the club will provide hamburgers and hot dogs. You may want to bring a lawn chair. We will have a live auction again this year, so if you have anything you would like to donate to help raise money for the club, please contact Daniel Bontempo, our auctioneer.

Hope to see you all there!
Walt Beneze, LGMS President

Live Auction at the Cookout Saturday, Sept 23rd

Who has equipment, tools, rough, slabs, or finished jewelry that we can auction?

Maybe we can also auction services, like polish a t-egg or wire-wrap a stone ... etc.

Lets be creative.

Also would anyone like to work on polishing up some club material for auction?

If you have nothing to donate, perhaps you will turn out an bid on items to support the club.


Here are some Thank You letters from this years LGMS Scholarship recipients!

Tips of the Trade


Hobby shops and model airplane stores carry small plastic dispenser bottles that are handy for putting a drop of flux, oil, or glue just where you want it. They have a length of small metal tubing coming out the top that lets you squeeze out very small drops. I use one with a short length of tubing for oil when I'm sawing or when drilling harder metals like steel. Another bottle I found in a plastics store has a longer length of metal tubing on it. Plastics people use them for dispensing fast drying glues to join pieces of acrylic. The long metal tube let's you reach into tight places. Either of these is handy for flux at the soldering station.

See all Brad's jewelry books at

Notable Gems

Star of India

Before the development of techniques to facet gemstones, the most valuable gems were sapphires, rubies and emeralds, not diamonds. Colored gemstones of outstanding color and size can be very impressive without faceting; but a diamond does not reveal its brilliance until it is cut in facets.

Some of the most famous sapphires in the world illustrate this point. The Star of India is the largest star sapphire in the world with a weight of 563.35 carats. Discovered in Sri Lanka about 300 years ago, it is now in the American Museum of Natural History in New York. It is grayish blue in color, with a slightly milky quality caused by the presence of the mineral, rutile. The rutile is also responsible for the distinctive star effect known as asterism. Apart from its astounding size, the Star of India is unusual because it has stars on both sides of the stone.


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Dear Fellow Rockhounds;

At the June meeting I made an impassioned plea for more participation in our monthly JALAF competition and Show and Tell.
Then in July, I didn't show up!
That was a big Faux Pas!
I was ill.
I apologize with all my heart!

SO...In September I will hold a DOUBLE JALAF!

Please bring your entries from JULY;
Ruby, Carnelian, Black Onyx, Turquoise...

Also bring your entries for SEPTEMBER;
Sapphire (any color), Lapis Lazuli, Peridot...

As usual, Beginners can bring ANYTHING they have done of any category or color.

I look forward to passing out a ton of feathers and seeing a bunch of cool minerals and gems!

Thank You
Teresa Burns
JALAF Master
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!

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

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.



Walter Beneze(806)797-5832

Past President

Bobbie Horn(806) 786-9362

Vice President

Michael Zink(806) 451-0039


Sabrina Krieger(806) 891-0165


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


Education Chairperson ClubMichael 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



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.

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