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

fossil news, gemstone market report & general news, crystal shop & website directories, listings

gems by michael odonoghue book review


dear reader

I'm sure it is summertime however I've been wrapped up warm on my recent fossil hunting exploits, luckily to date we haven't been rained off but the wind has provided a few dust storms! Read about the 1st trip to the Ketton Quarry on page 19, I think it's addictive as I have already signed up for a few more.
Speaking of fossils we have an article on Dinosaurs (and meteorites) on page 24.
We haven't attended quite so many mineral shows this year to date but have been lucky to see a few tremendous specimens, how has your mineral hunting been, seen anything memorable?
As you're reading this no doubt there will be a small exodus of dealers and enthusiasts heading out to the Santé Marie aux Mines show, would shows under canvas take off in the UK? Well it's a chance to enjoy good minerals, food, practise your french and international waving of arms language which will come in useful for the next major European show in Munich later in the year.
Do let us know your exploits, been mineral hunting overseas? Ventured out on an exciting fossil hunt? or perhaps a little gold mining. There is another series of Gold Rush Alaska back on the Discovery Channel, ok so our old wash plant isn't as efficient as the new one expected soon so lets just dismantle it - oops the new one isn't arriving for how many weeks?
We'll be heading north of the border soon so hope to share with you a few note worthy mineral exploits.
Don't forget if you are out and about, be responsible, obtain permits where necessary and use the correct safety equipment and don’t forget to tell someone where you're headed.
Enjoy the summer explore and be amazed at the natural world, save the cataloguing for the winter months!

Steve, Hannah, toddler Jack & Max.


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