ROCKWOOD ROCKHOUND NEWS for June, 2000
How about lets all meet at the Missouri Mines Rock
Swap? There are campgrounds and several motels near there for those of us who arent
good campers. Look at the flyer and see all the things going on that week-end, including a
Potluck Dinner on Saturday night. It might be fun to swap tall tales with a bunch of
people who are interested in our hobby!
Call Claudia Uccello at 314-434-4831 if interested in getting a group together.
Congratulations to Gavin Das, grandson of Hank & Joan
Schlichter on receiving the 1st place award ($100 savings bond)from the St. Louis Gem
& Mineral Society for his entry Set in Stone at the St. Louis Science
Fair. Gavin is a kindergartner at Glenridge Elementary School in Clayton and is the son of
Karl and Jean Das.
*Note: Jan was a member of the Rockwood Gem and Mineral Society at age six.
The Midwest Federation/Earth Science Clubs 60th
Anniversary Gem & Mineral Show will be here before we know it. We still need
volunteers to do all sorts of jobs. Whatever the interest, we have a job that is related
to it. Call Dianne Larson at 636-256-0241 to sign up to work at the admissions
Call Bob Morse to volunteer for one of the other duties. Bob can be contacted at
636-462-4423 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Attention Rock Collectors!
Gary Wright has acquired the lifetime gem
& mineral collection of Barnard Kirkpatrick, a long time member of the Ozark Gem and
Mineral Society, when he bought the house he built from Barnards son. The collection
will be sold at Silent Auction on Saturday, June 24 from 9:00 to 4:00 pm in Springfield,
Mo. For more information, contact:
4260 W Mt. Vernon
Springfield, Mo 65802
e-mail is email@example.com
Our annual picnic will be held at Claudia Uccellos house
on Sunday, June 25th from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. Bring your swim suits, a chair and either a
vegetable, salad or dessert. The club will furnish the meat. If the weather doesnt
co-operate, we will eat and visit inside. Call Claudia at 314-434-4831 to sign up.
||Rockhounding the Internet
||by David Miller St. Louis Mineral &
I dont know about you, but
I hate to leave things unfinished. And some things just need to be shared with others.
With us going into summer break I thought Id finish the year with some unfinished
" The Chameleons of the Mineral World
part 2 "
When I did my first article in April on this type of
collecting I felt something was missing, because fluorescence is a difficult topic and
very involved. And soon there after I stumbled across 2 very exciting web sites that are
just rich with information on the two most popular collecting sites in North America. And
I felt the need to introduce them to you.
Franklin Minerals This site is
everything you ever wanted to know about the minerals of the Franklin-Sterling Hill, New
Jersey area. There has been close to 300 years of exploration in this mining area. More
than 340 mineral species have been found at this locality. Of those, 33 mineral species
are found only here. And a little more than 80 of the total number of species will
fluoresce under ultraviolet radiation. This site gives you an introduction to the New
Jersey area and its geology. It gives you overviews of the Franklin-Sterling mineral
deposits. It introduces you to its Ore, Calcsilicate, Secondary, and Parker Shaft
minerals with a complete list to reference. It gives an introduction to the fluorescence
process. And due to the complexity of Franklins minerals, it introduces you to
micro-mineral viewing with a scanning electron microscope. The Fluorescent Photo Gallery
is spectacular to view. And you dont even need an UV light! The site also introduces
you to a rich list of resources and classic articles on the area and its minerals.
There are announcements of local events, shows, and collecting trips by the
Franklin-Ogdensburg Mineralogical Society and associations. You also have access to the
Franklin or Sterling Hill Mineral Museums; both include several photo pages and tour
information. What I probably like the best about this site is an article that was first
published in 1935: "The Minerals of Franklin and Sterling Hill, Sussex County,
New Jersey - U.S.G.S. Professional Paper 180, 135 pages, by Charles
Palache. Here is a complete hyperlink text to one of the best descriptive mineralogical
papers ever written about this locality and its minerals, for you to read on-line or
print and read at your leisure.
Franklin Minerals http://simplethinking.com/franklinminerals/index_2.shtml
Mont Saint-Hilaire Minerals This
site has everything you ever wanted to know about the minerals of this Canadian mineral
locality. This site contains a mineral list and descriptions with pictures of the 329
currently known mineral species, of which 36 are new to the mineral world! Of the total
number of species, 35 are only found only at this locality, and a little more than 40
minerals are known fluoresce. Currently there are 56 mineral species being investigated
that still remain unidentified. The site goes on to explain the 8 different mineral
environments located there. Also incorporated into the site are the Dana System
Classification 8th edition and the Strunz Classification databases
for reference. The site also highlights additional links to search, with a
collector-dealer index for those handling Mont-Saint Hilaire specimens. It also offers an
exhaustive reference section of books, journals, magazines, University papers, and several
other resources to see. There is also an on-line newspaper on the opening page that tells
the current news and events, new specimen finds, collecting dates, articles, and access to
the Royal Ontario Museum. There is also a link to the newsletter of the Canadian
Micro-Mineral Association that addresses things that are associated with Mont-Saint
Franklin Mineral Museum - http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Lab/6347
Sterling Hill Mining Museum http://sterlinghill.org
Mont Saint-Hilaire http://www.ssc.on.ca/mandm/mshhome.html
If you are into fluorescent minerals or thinking of
getting into this form of our hobby, these web sites are an indispensable reference. The
information contained in them is so rich; you will be engrossed for hours. I hope you
enjoy these sites as much as I have.
I wish all of you a safe and fun summer! Happy
Rockhounding and see you again in the fall.
News From Other Clubs
EFMLS WILDACRES WORKSHOP
Learn Lapidary and mineral skills at the EFMLS Wildacres Workshop in the
mountains of Westem North Carolina, September 25 to October 1. The Workshop is opening
enrollment to other Gem and Mineral Federations and others interested in the rockbound and
jewelry making hobbies.
Fun Fellowship and GREAT FOOD and lodging are all included in the one low price of $250
for the week. A small materials fee may be charged depending on the class you take.
In this fall's session we have Jeff Scovil, an internationally known photographer of
minerals and gems. Pick up any issue of Lapidary Journal, Mineralogical Record or others
and you will find his work. Jeff travels the world photographing "the best".
During the week at Wildacres, Jeff promises to give us first hand information on taking
photographs of our precious gems and minerals as well as show us many of his own examples.
Our classes will be:
Four day classes:
Faceting - Steve Weinberger, Certified Judging. B. Jay Bowman
Micromounting & PhotoMicrography - Paul Smith, Silver Channel Work- Edwin Elam
Two day classes: Silversmithing - Mark Greenbaum, Cabochon Making - Ernie
Soapstone Carving - Milt Shaw,
Mineral ID - Hank Kral
Intro to Crystallography - Jennie Smith,
"Stained Glass" Slabs - Linda Ursillo,
Precious Metal Clay - Cathy Gaber
If you have any questions, feel free to call or E-mail
Jack Rowland at 914-297-3556.
June ~ Pearl
Pearl, the birthgem of June, is one of the few gems that is not a stone. Gemstones have to
be cut and polished to bring out their beauty. Pearls are removed from their host oyster
or mollusk with the same beautiful iridescent glow you see in a finished strand of pearls
or in pearl jewelry. A pearl is formed when an irritant enters the oyster's inner body and
causes its host to secret nacre, a crystalline substance, to protect itself from the
irritation. After years of layering, a pearl is formed.
Via Clarkson Jewelry
A LITTLE HUMOR
An old country doctor went way out to the boondocks to deliver a baby. It
was so far out, there was no electricity. When the doctor arrived, no one was home except
for the laboring mother and her 5-year-old child.
The doctor instructed the child to hold a lantern high so he could see, while he helped
the woman deliver the baby. The child did so.
The mother pushed and after a little while, the doctor lifted the newborn baby by the feet
and spanked him on the bottom to get him to take his first breath.
The doctor then asked the 5-year-old what he thought of the baby. "Spank him
again," the 5-year-old said. "He shouldn't have crawled in there in the first
via: The Flint Gemstones, 3/00
May 2000 Minutes
The meeting was called to order at 7:30 pm and the minutes were approved as printed. The
treasurers report was approved. Barbara Sky pointed out a mistake in the May newsletter.
The Wildacres 2000 workshop is to be held in North Carolina and not New York.
The Show is coming and we need a delegate to meet with the Midwest Federation on Saturday
morning. Barbara Sky volunteered.
We are in charge of the admissions table. Dianne and Andy Larson are in charge of this
duty so will club members please contact them to volunteer to help]
A number of field trips are being planned during the Midwest Federation meeting. Some
possibilities are looking for multi colored phyolite at Sam A Baker State Park, a fossil
hunting trip and a trip to Washington Co.
There will be 24 dealers and special exhibits.
Picnic will be held on the fourth Sunday June 2 at Claudia Uccello's house from 2-6 pm.
Starting in September we will meet on the 3rd Friday of the month at Daniel Boone Library.
The September program will feature Bob Osborne, a field geologist who will talk on either
Mammoth Cave or Field geology.
We will try to get a group together to go to the Missouri Mines Swap on June 9,
Peggy Nuske won the door prize.
Respectfully submitted, Joan Schlichter, pro tem