Rock n Gem Magazine Issue 66

Published Winter 2014

rockngem magazine issue 66

  • zeolites and associated minerals
  • about jasper
  • in-depth article on carbon minerals
  • moon rock mysteries
  • earring with the Raden technique
  • Fossil, gemstone & general news, crystal shop & website directories, listings



Fossil, gemstone & general news, crystal shop & website directories, listings

dear reader

Hands up! Sorry we’re a little late with this issue..
maybe a few too many reasons but hopefully as we continue to work with improving the publication we’ll also be keeping to the schedule.
Whilst we’re apologising, remember the article in issue 65 that solved how to display your minerals in the best possible position “bespoke specimen stands” well in the rush to test out this method we omitted to mention the author, who is Mr John Bushell, photographer, mineral fan and mineral stand maker!
This issue we continue with some tumbling machine exploits on page 38, an article on the myths, legends and properties of jasper by our past apprentice Ruby(good luck Ruby in whatever you choose to do!).
Also in this issue Barry Taylor starts his series about zeolites and associated minerals, John Betterton continues with an in-depth article on carbon minerals page 30.
We have David Bryant’s (SpacerocksUK) with a new article on moon rock mysteries. The cold clear & dark winter nights do seem to draw ones gaze at the moment ever hopeful of some spectacular phenomenon. For those in the (draughty) workshop a step by step guide to making earrings with the raden technique.
So what did the gift season bring? Any interesting mineral acquisitions you’d like to share? Or perhaps new equipment, what are you planning?
Ok I admit the autumn/winter workshop tidy hasn’t happened just yet and I’ve been a little distracted with current events; however I feel it’s near and have my eye on all those stock piled cabbing slices that thought they’d been forgotten. Along with a little refurbishment of a not so recently acquired combination machine.
Don’t forget to make a note of the new year’s show dates, more information & events are listed on the magazine’s website (rockngem-magazine.co.uk).
Now I must get back to trying to get that mineral picture just right, why don’t camera batteries have a meter so you known when they’re going to need recharging!

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Rock n Gem Magazine Issue 60

Published Summer 2013

rock and gem magazine issue 60 summer 2013

This issue includes articles on:-

Iridium, Osmium, & Ruthenium Minerals,

quartz and chalcedony,

life & death of dinosaurs,

making jewellery with freeform shapes,

chelyabinsk fireball,

fossil hunting

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Rock n Gem Magazine Issue 65

Published Summer 2014

  • pyrite or fools gold
  • lapis lazuli -  a sodium calcium aluminum silicate
  • in-depth article on indium minerals
  • planetery craters: what made all those holes?
  • metal clay
  • Fossil, gemstone & general news, crystal shop & website directories, listings



Dear Reader

Summer was a hit with lots of sunshine and time for getting out and exploring, did you venture out fossil or mineral hunting?
Now we’re losing daylight by 3 mins a day so time to plan activities for those long winter evenings, will it be time in the workshop cleaning up those fossil finds, cut and polishing, or assembling some unique jewellery, if you’re embarking on a project let us know!
I’m sure we’ll be tempted by the odd drama documentary whether it will be searching for Gold in the Klondike, Ice Gold with ruby mining or even another advert-documentary on a Gem Jewellery TV seller.
There’s still some shows to attend, whether it be “at home” or further a field, don’t forget to check the show dates on page 11 or on the website http://www.rockngem-magazine.co.uk/rockngem-magazine-web-links/mineral-show-events.html

This issue we have featured exploits with a tumbling machine on page 38, an article on the myths, legends and properties of
moonstone by our apprentice Ruby, who continues to educate us on the trials and tribulations of the younger generation at work. Barry Taylor shares his knowledge on pyrite, page 14, John Betterton gives us an in-depth article on indium minerals page 30. Intrepid explorer David Gibson takes a break from his globe trotting mineral exploration to talk about the famous Royal Blue mineral Lapis Lazuli. We have David Bryant’s (SpacerocksUK) article on planetary craters Part 2, “What Made all Those Holes” on page 24. Speaking of holes, is it me or more news focus but does there seem to be more holes appearing, alleged meteorites or not!
What have you noticed this year? Are big gem and crystal pendants still so popular? have you seen lots of large beads being worn or is everything getting smaller and finer?
Is now the time for larger amethyst formations, making that statement purchase, there seems to be a lot of stock being advertised from Brazil at the moment, let us know what you’ve seen or think the trends will be over the next few months.
As we head into autumn, wholesalers are not doubt stocked up in anticipation and retailers are making their shopping lists ready for the festive season, don’t forget to make yours!
Oops we made a spelling mistake in issue 64, Sotherby’s rather than Sotheby’s, thanks for pointing it out to us!
Right lets plan that workshop autumn clean and make sure I acquire another heater!

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Rock n Gem Magazine Issue 67

Published Spring 2015

  • zeolites part 2
  • ice from above
  • in-depth article on sulphur minerals
  • tips for choosing
  • tourmaline in industry
  • Fossil, gemstone & general news, crystal shop & website directories, listings

 

dear reader

So who’s made their “bespoke specimen stands” yet?
It was a difficult decision to miss omit another tumbling machine exploit but you’ll be pleased to know that after a brief pause, tumblestone production is under-way again, do you have any ‘lapidary’ adventures you’d like to share with readers (and potential customers!) This issue Barry Taylor continues his series about zeolites and associated minerals on page 14 and John Betterton has an in-depth look at sulphur minerals page 30.
We have David Bryant’s (SpacerocksUK) with a new article entitled ice from above. More precious metal clay tuition from the talented Tracey of Craftworx demonstrating origami techniques with metal clay, suitable for a range of designs, not sure I can fold paper like that, see page 20 So it’s full steam through Spring and early Summer, time to complete those Winter projects and invigorate ourselves with some new challenges.
A letter page 43 has spurred us into reconfiguring the ‘lapidary’ section of the workshop and do more than think about the refurbishment we mentioned to the combination machine, more to follow.
Have you been to any shows this year? Find any thing interesting? Seen anything unusual not just the re-use of ice cream or Ferrero Rocher tubs for display!
We’re building a list of show dates, information & events on the magazine’s website (rockngem-magazine.co.uk).
Speaking of shows we’ve been informed that a small show in Cambridge is being planned, more information to follow.
Hopefully you’ve already planned some of your mineral, fossil, gemstone exploits for the year, we’d love to hear about them so we can share them with other
readers.
Enjoy!

 

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Rock n Gem Magazine Issue 61

Published Autumn 2013

rock and gem magazine issue 61 autumn 2013

This issue includes articles on:-chlorine Minerals,

quartz and chalcedony part 2,

show report,

making jewellery with meteorites

mysterious carbonados,

Pre Munich show information

Fossil, gemstone & general news, crystal shop & website directories, listings

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Rock n Gem Magazine Issue 59

Published Spring 2013

rock n Gem magazine issue 59

This issue includes articles on:-

rhodium minerals,

Belemnites,

desert roses,

making jewellery with freeform shapes,

meteorites in history part 2,

ooh! that’s rough- selecting rough stone to cut,

history & lore of Agate

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Rock n Gem Magazine Issue 68

Published Summer / Autumn 2015

  • zeolites part 2
  • ice from above
  • in-depth article on sulphur minerals
  • tips for choosing
  • tourmaline in industry
  • Fossil, gemstone & general news, crystal shop & website directories, listings

 

dear reader

Summers fading and we must apologise for the gap in issues, a few now resolved technical problems and other interruptions resulted in a prolonged absence, so to repeat Rock n Gem Magazine history we’re going to call this issue Summer/Autumn, our next being Winter. Don’t worry we’ll be extending subscriptions to account for 3 issues in 2015.
This issue Barry Taylor introduces us to Gypsum “Beauty & Necessity” on page 14. It’s a wonder of nature that such a possibly mundane mineral can also be so fragile & spectacular whilst being a major ingredient in most buildings.
John Betterton has an in-depth look at the metal minerals of thorium on page 30. We have David Bryant’s (SpacerocksUK) with a new article entitled Meteorites & Meteor showers on page 26.
We’re always talking of projects & draughty workshops, well we’ve just joined the trend of being garden building owners. Once we get over the somewhat challenging large pallet of timber filling the patio and work our way through assembly we’ll share some tales of our exploits.
Serious show season is approaching in Europe with the Munich Show at the end of October and later closer to home the Sussex show(interesting amber pic on their advert, page 43), there’s also a small show near Cambridge being planned, for more information see our show dates on page 11.
We’re kept entertained by ‘Ice Cold Gold’ a group of US miners prospecting in Greenland. Ice cold gold ‘fever’ includes glacier climbing, crevasse plunging all in a days work for the crew. Yelps of “gold on my body right now” are followed later by “nothin’ there” then a “we got gold”. Calamities include the equipment crate being dropped by helicopter and smashing on the rocks!
Well it’s back to the to do list which seems to have a life of its own.
Happy mineral collecting, cutting or just admiring!

 

 

 

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Rock n Gem Magazine Issue 62

Published Winter 2013

rock and gem magazine issue 62 winter 2013

This issue includes articles on:-hydrogen Minerals,

quartz and chalcedony part 3,

show report,

meteorite & impactite jewellery

mysterious turquoise,

After Munich show report

Fossil, gemstone & general news, crystal shop & website directories, listings

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Rock n Gem Magazine Issue 58

Published Winter 2012

Rock and gem magazine issue 58

Jewellery making no heat required

aragonite

in-depth article on Palladium minerals

meteorites in history

jade beauty products

healing stones - W, Z

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Rock n Gem Magazine Issue 69

Published Winter / Spring 2016

  • the wonder of quartz inclusions
  • micro - minerals
  • in-depth article on silicon minerals
  • crystals for healing and healers
  • auction
  • Fossil, gemstone & general news, crystal shop & website directories, listings

 

dear reader

No snow yet for us dwelling in East Anglia but the high winds and rain have helpfully shown me where I need to insulate and waterproof the workshop!
The end of 2015 saw the Rock Gem ‘n’ Bead shows under new management (see page 36), what will 2016 bring to visitors & exhibitors of these country wide events. Let us know what you think and which shows you like best and why!
This issue Barry Taylor reviews, reflects & revisits on inclusions with some stunning images in his article entitled ‘The Wonder of Quartz Inclusions’ on page 14.
With the festive season behind us the largest mineral & gem show stateside took place in February, did you visit? a smaller event is also held in the Autumn, how does it compare?
John Betterton has an in-depth look at the silicon minerals on page 30.
Our general news pages on 12 & 13, we managed to add, the meteorite sighting north of the border, anyone catch a glimpse. Obviously there isn’t a meteorite hotline but why are people calling 999 to report a sighting...
Hmm why didn’t I get the heating installed in the new, workshop prior to the ‘cold’ Brrr....so many delayed, projects on my to do list.
However nothing like ice diving for gold, a new, submersible robot dredger seems to be the way forward, harvesting three times the amount of gold per hour, compared to what a diver can do!, There is a wealth of information on gold prospecting, in the UK but we’ve yet to hear from anyone actively, pursuing the yellow stuff.
As always be careful when buying ‘out there’, as, inventive ways of manifesting mineral formations, are abundant from artificially irradiated minerals to, colourants and ‘stick ons’, Well it’s back to the to do list which seems to have a life, of its own as I hear a little voice saying its hiding Daddy, probably with some stones I lost the other day as I hunt, them down closely supervised by 4-year-old eyes!
Happy mineral collecting, faceting, polishing, jewellery, making, collecting or just admiring!

 

 

 

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Rock n Gem Magazine Issue 63

Published Spring 2014

rock and gem magazine issue 63

This issue includes articles on:-fluorine Minerals,

translucent agates,

Ruby, Ruby, Ruby,

meteorite & impactite jewellery

metal clay and jewellery making,

Fossil, gemstone & general news, crystal shop & website directories, listings

dear reader

Just sometimes you have to take a break; we’re all good at telling folk about signs but also very good at ignoring those which head our way perhaps a minor cold or cough to get you to rest or a string of things not ‘going the way they should’, losing a cast piece of silver in a confined space never to be seen again or even getting a phone call asking what type of ‘Rock Magazine’ you are...and when was the last time you interviewed Bon Jovi! So this issue might have arrived a few days later than expected but there were good reasons.
Spring has definitely appeared a few days of sunshine is a tonic for most and seems to be the impudence we need to start new projects, are you embarking on a stone related pursuit? A new rock collecting expedition - do let us know.
Myself I seemed to have treated my workshop to a couple of additions, another tumble polisher and 2nd hand combination machine which I’m sure will feature as a mini refurbishment project. It must be catching because we have noticed quite a lot of ‘stone machines’ available on the new and 2nd hand markets, even equipment from the early 80’s seems to be holding a premium, us budding lapidarists seem to be a resourceful lot, recently we heard of folk collecting off cuts of stone from kitchen worktop suppliers for some prolific cabbing - what else are you up to, please let us know.
We have some wonderful “Translucent Agate” images from Barry Taylor on page 14 and an informative article on Rubies by Ruby, an apprentice who’s spending some time in our office over the next few months shared between our Architectural consultant neighbours. It’s Rubys first time writing for a publication so we do hope you enjoy it. Rubies seemed the natural choice!
You can find chapter and verse on Fluorine minerals page 30, our magazine round up on the rather active fossil scene and the “Gems Report” by R.M. Weare page 4. We also have Tracey from Craftworx an expert in metal clay jewellery giving us an overview on the material, we hope you find it interesting, having purchased some clay ages ago and never opened the packets I’m looking forward to more metal clay projects that will follow in future issues.

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Rock n Gem Magazine Issue 57

Published Autumn 2012

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Jewellery making from rock to pendant

Iron inclusions in quartz

in-depth article on Platinum minerals

Have you found a meteorite?

healing stones - W

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Rock n Gem Magazine Issue 70

Published Summer / Autumn 2016

  • amazing zeolites from India
  • petrified wood
  • in-depth article on Irish & silicon minerals
  • Sri Lankan sapphire
  • looking back - 70 issues
  • Fossil, gemstone & general news, crystal shop & website directories, listings

 

dear reader

It’s the 70th edition, wow... we’ve looked after the last 26 issues so it seems fitting to take stock and reflect on the way we do things.
Originally when we were asked if we’d like to ‘save’ the magazine we felt surprised and a little duty bound to ‘pick up the reins’ and continue with the publication, its opened up another facet of the ‘mineral world’ for us. Not just technically with organising the layout, e-mags Quark and Adobe but exposure to advertisers and contributors and experts of all sorts.
We have to say a big thank-you to Barry Taylor who is a main stay of the magazine for sharing his passion and knowledge with us, his latest venture being his own ‘mineral museum’. Also John Betterton for his in-depth mineral articles. Not forgetting those that have sent letters, articles and publications for inclusion & review.
Also thanks to you the readers who at times have had to be patient whilst the next issue has been delayed with various issues like printers out of business, broken promises on articles, approval for images and even the odd grumpy advertiser (in the past) The time has come for the Rock n Gem Magazine to migrate online, it has often been mentioned that change is the only thing you can rely upon, even the mineral world is ever changing, the magazine no different!
We plan to add updates, articles and news to the revamped website as and when received rather than waiting for a quarterly in print magazine, but all the usual sections will be present. With the current emag versions still accessible and the back catalog being made available.
This issue we have direct from Sri Lanka an article on sapphires(p4), a glimpse into the sourcing of petrified wood from Madagascar (p14), an informative article from Paddy on Irish minerals(p16). Whilst Barry shares with us some of his zeolites from India(p28). Also theres a sneak advanced peek at Judy Hall’s latest publication entitled crystal mindfulness(p45)
So as we head towards the busy festive season I hope you’ll join us not only on rockngem-magazine.co.uk but also in the workshop, out hunting for minerals & fossils and sharing your passion.

 

 

 

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Rock n Gem Magazine Issue 64

Published Summer 2014

rockngem magazine issue64

  • agates in sedimentary environments
  • Opals
  • in-depth article on rubidium minerals
  • meteorites impact sites
  • metal clay
  • Fossil, gemstone & general news, crystal shop & website directories, listings

dear reader

Despite having a few days overseas and hearing that it was as sunny in the UK our worries that we may have missed ‘summer at home’ were to be unfounded. However true to form we’ve managed to get caught out under more than one heavy shower whilst ‘rock & fossil’ exploring.
I’m sure I’m not alone but I seem to keep running out of space in the workshop, perhaps a complete empty out and start again is in order however I’ll need to build a little more enthusiasm for that. Do you have any layout or storage tips for making the most from your lapidary/jewellery making space?
Although I’m sure the Egyptians would envy the tools we use today, on page 34 Andrea Whytock tells us more on ancient lapidary.
We learn about rare earth metals Rubidium and gallium on page 30, whilst Ruby reminds us why we like opals so much and the myths & legends behind them.
Barry Taylor puts us right on Pseudo-Sedimentary Agates (page 14) with some lovely images as always.
Do you ever think about all the asteroids out there and the impact they’ve had on the earth and other planets, well David Bryant shares some of his knowledge on the subject (page 24).
We also have Tracey from Craftworx with a project for you using metal clay on page 38, have you tried yet or have some unopened packets sitting on your bench (like me).
I hope some of you are planning exciting fossil or mineral hunting trips over the summer months, if you’d like to share your exploits or recommend specific areas please get in touch.
Luckily the brief docu-soaps on gem hunting seem to be in the off season and we’re left with yet another season of Gold Rush on Discovery, having learnt that gold mining has to be adapted to the location and big equipment sinks in mud the ‘not so novice miners’ no doubt will rescue the poor season performance so far.
We’ve updated the show page on the website to be easier to view http://bit.ly/1isGBUZ we list shows for the UK, and further afield if you organise or know of an event please let us know.
Oh my tumbler seems to have changed its melodic tune and I need to investigate so have a great summer and we’ll have more ‘Rock & Gem’ articles and news next time.


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Rock n Gem Magazine Issue 56

Published Summer 2012

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Rainbow Obsidian

Golden Goethite

in-depth article on Boron minerals

Libyan Desert Glass

healing stones - V

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To see a list of mineral, crystal, gemstone, fossil shows/events both UK and worldwide visit our show page, if you organise or know of a show please get in touch to list it here.

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