Gemstoners Up-coming Events



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Children of all ages are always welcome to attend our monthly meetings. They must be accompanied by a parent or another adult member.

Some of the items that you will find interesting are:
1. Talking with the members before and after the meeting.
2. Viewing the minerals and lapidary items brought each meeting.
3. Listening to and participation in the monthly talks from experts.
4. Trading and receiving specimens of rocks and minerals from local and other locations.
5. Going on the monthly events with other members and your parents to collect, observe nature and the different geological areas.
6. Enjoy the website and read about the club, it's history.
X- DANA SYSTEM OF MINERALOGY
by Robert Pedersen

The-Dana System of Mineralogy is a system where minerals are identifed, locations in the world, properties etc. of every know mineral.

One of our club members, Robert "Bob" Pedersen has taken the Dana system and updated it. He has added the new minerals each year since 1995, about 100 new minerals a year for the past 15 years and included them in an Excel file called X-Dana
He has given permission to put the file on our website for all to use and download.

This is a wonderful addition and he continues to add the new minerals yearly to X-Dana

You can open the file with Microsoft Excel or get a program from Open office.org
Click on the above file to view or download.
Show Information 2019
 Click on Show-Contract.pdf next to this box for printable Vendor Application if you would like to be in the show. Contract will have all pertinent information on it. Print out and fill in blanks, mail to address on top right of contract. 

Kingman Academy Of Learning 
3420 North Burbank Ave 
Kingman, AZ 86409 

July 9> Tues> We will be meeting at the Kathryn Heidenreich Senior Center @ 1776 Airway Ave, next to the Walmart exit on to Airway. Our meeting times have changed to: 5:15 Board Meeting, 6:30 General Meeting, followed by our Auction and then the Show Meeting. For the Membership we are hoping to have the time span from 6:30 to 8:00. Special considerations may make it go to 8:15 or possibly 8:30. However, this should not be the norm. 

July 10> Wed> Ed & Aleta, and Gary & Mary are giving a presentation about our Club to the Kiwanis Club at Calico's restaurant. 

July 13> Sat> We are going out to the Squiggly Jasper off Silver Spring Rd. This is a hard colorful jasper-purple, red, yellow, brown and white. Some with dendrites. We will meet at the Power House at 6:45AM. 4WD.

July 21> Sun> We are going back to Castle Mtn for another go at the many sizes and varieties of geodes and Apache Tears in Perlite. The last trip was cold and wet-making the Perlite uncooperative when looking for the Tears. This time it should be dry and easier to work with. We will meet at Denny;s in Searchlight, at the far end of town, at 7 AM for breakfast. At 8 AM we will head out for Castle Mtn. 4WD.

Aug 10 & 11> Sat & Sun> We are planning on checking out the Holbrook area. There is a pay-to-dig mine with petrified wood. The owner said he would provide a BBQ meal if there were enough people. Gary B, Paul, and John S are going up there to get details on the mine and see if we can perhaps get a discount at a local Motel. They will report their findings at the July Meeting.

Aug 24> Sat> We will be in an area just N of Havasu to collect jasper, agate, bacon jasper, and curious nodules that have crystals and agate inside.

Aug 31, Sept 1, 2> Labor Day Weekend. We are going to be camping in Bonito Campground inside of Sunset Crater National Park. Besides jaspers, fossils, agates, and petrified wood, there are also many other things worth investigating. The Lowell Observatory, the Painted Desert, the Pueblo Ruins among them. We will talk about this trip at the Aug Meeting and see how many would like to go and firm up the time line.

Sept 10> Tue> Board Meeting at 5:15, followed by the General Meeting at 6:30.

Sept 28 & 29> Sat & Sun> Fallon Nevada has some of the best Wonderstone there is. We can stay at a local Motel or dry camp at the site. As with the Flagstaff camping trip, we will further discuss this trip at the Sept General Meeting and get a consensus of how many will be going before laying out a time line. 
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Dealers who will be in our 2019 Show:

Maillestorm Designs-Sandy Amazeen- Meteorites, wire wrapped jewelry, jewelry making supplies
Danny Schacht-  Rocks, cabochons, turquoise rings, Fire Agate.
Neal Sabani-Gemstones set in Silver.
Walter Johnson Minerals- Walter & Cathy Johnson- Minerals, books, jewelry
Mined Stones 4 U- Minerva Sarvwatari-  Lapidary and jewelry products
CDS Limited-Charlotte Sangick-  Slabs, rough, cabs, gemstones, onyx
Grampa Don's Rocks-Don Wininger-  Rocks, mineral specimens, slabs, hand made jewelry
Teel's Redneck Rocks- Richard Teel-Boulder Opal cabs, Bumble Bee Jasper cabs, Lemon Quartz, Crystals, and more.
Grounded Lifestyles-David Lovoie- Pink Amethyst, Lemon Quartz, Herkimer Diamonds, tumbled stones, and more.
NSGS Rocks-Wayne Scott-Petrified wood, rainbow obsidian-rough & slabs
EarthStone Jewelry-Cal & Anita Stroud- Innovative hand made Jewelry from Opals, rocks, and Dichroic glass. 
One for the Lord- Cecil & Candy Newell-Stone beads, caps, jewelry, faceted stones.
Arlene & Wayne Glover-Cabs, wire wrapped cabs, hand crafted necklaces and earrings.
DMV Coins-Leonard Deutsch- Meteorites, stamps, vintage items.
Shirley Darga-Rock rough, slabs, cabs, Jewelry.
Gem Art Center-Helen Serras-Herman- Famous for her work in gems and precious metal, Helen has studied in countries such as Greece and Germany. Her work in carving sculptures and jewelry resides in museums and private collections around the world. She has been in the major Gem & Mineral Shows across the States. If she is not an active vendor she is giving educational talks or writing articles for many popular Lapidary Magazines. For some interesting sights and stories you can go to her website at Gem Art Center.
JOLT Hat Designs-Liz Thielen/ Jerry Ortega-American made & Veteran owned, Denim Cowboy hats, purses, bags. Hand made, will do custom work. A great new design.
KGS Lapidary & Jeweler's Supply-Jerry & Patsy Kastner-Lapidary equipment & supplies, jewelry tools, findings, Jewelry. 
Catalina Blue Gem-Jared Ayers- Handmade Silversmith Jewelry and Gemstones.
Creative Rock Hunters-Joe & Colleen Young-Rocks, Rock holders for display, Gems & Jewelry, Lamps, Home Décor.
Holley's Wire Works-Holley & Chris Mousley-Unique wire wrapped Jewelry, Cabs, Slabs.
Misty Mountain Gems-Bill & Linda Horton- Gems, Minerals, Jewelry, Carvings.
Luadra Minerals- Ed & Aleta Huskinson- Rocks, Minerals, Handmade Jewelry, Pottery.
Rocks to Riches-Deborah Rasmussen-Beads, findings, Rocks, Minerals.
Stones of Taos-Greg Smith- Jewelry, cut stones, rough stones.
Artful Expressions-Gayle Schnell- Hand crafted Jewelry.





Rockhounding 101
Survival:
1st Aid Kit-Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. Cactus, sharp rocks, stinging or biting bugs are constant.
Spare Tire-Always have a regular spare tire, aired up, and the tools to change it.
Full Tank-Always start the Field Trip with a full tank of gas. Most of our day trips will leave some in the case emergencies.
Food & Water-Always have water, at least a gal. Bring something to eat or snack on, you know your needs better than anyone.
Know your Heat Tolerance-Know your limits, do not go by someone else's abilities or limitations in the heat.
4WDAlways assume you will need 4WD and good clearance. Most of the places we go are off road, through sandy washes and up rocky inclines. Dealerships do not always outfit your 4WD vehicle with good off-road tires, check that your tires can bear the weight of a loaded vehicle over pointy rocks.
NOTIFY TRIP LEADER if you are going to leave the group. Do not leave this to others. The trip leader is responsible for everyone on the outing.
Tools for Collecting:
Rock hammer, Chisel, small Shovel, Saftey GogglesA hammer is paramount. A regular hammer will work, but, the preferred tool is a rock hammer with a striking face on one side and a pick on the other. Estwing is a tried and true brand. A chisel is important, and in a pinch, a sturdy screwdriver will do the job. A small shovel is not necessary, but can come in handy. Depending on how much effort you want to exert a full size shovel is good, a regular pick is handy, and a good long pry bar, pointed on one end and flattened on the other, can really be useful. Safety goggles can save your eyes from the chips that fly off of the rock you are beating.
Bucket or Bag- A 5gl or 2gl bucket will work, a bag or an old backpack is easier to carry. Just know what you can handle and do not rely on others to pack your rocks back to your vehicle.
Spray Bottle-This is very handy to see what you just picked or dug up. It is also good for a quick cool down, clean your hands, etc.
Hat & Gloves-The hat can provide shade for your face and block the sun from your eyes as you search for rocks. A good pair of leather gloves will prevent small cuts and abrasions, cushion the blow of a hammer or chisel, and help eliminate blisters and splinters.
Fun Facts to Know and Tell:
Never lay your hammer (or anything else) down and walk away from it with the thought you will find it again. Painting part of it with a loud neon color will let people know it is yours when they come across it. 
Don't pile "your" rocks and walk away. On the rare chance you locate the spot again, your rocks may not be there. No one is going to take them on purpose, but things look different in nature to others. Someone will think they just "lucked" onto a great find. When your bucket or bag is full, go and empty it and then return to collecting.
A whistle can be a life saver. It can summon others or help locate a stray.
Always be at least 10 minutes early to departure time at Field Trips. If the stated time is 7, be there at 6:50. This is the time to sign in and any last minute changes or info is given at this time. Always know who the Trip Leader is.
Local Businesses that donated to our event:

Dunkin Donuts                                                                   Valvoline Instant Oil Change
Arizona Game & Fish                                                        Jersey Mike's Subs
Golden Corral                                                                      Perfect Tint
Suz Salon                                                                               Cerbat Lanes
Brendon Theatre                                                                Flawless Tinting
FlashOver Graphics                                                          The Gold Lady
Kingman Chevrolet*Buick                                            Verizon
Hyundai                                                                                  Oyster's Restaurant
Martin Swanty                                                                     The Gun Shop
​ENVY Hair & Nail Salon                                                   Desert Archery
A & P Pawn                                                                            Thunder Rode
National Bank of Arizona                                              Anderson Auto Group-Ford Dealership
Burger King                                                                          Bank Street Guns
Stockton Hill Locksmith, LLC                                     Stockton Hill Tire
Cost Cutters hair salon                                                    Praxair
Budget Blinds of Kingman                                            Star Nursery
Hualapai Mountain Resort                                           NAPA auto parts
Anderson-The Lincoln Ford Company                   National Bank of Arizona
Tractor Supply & Co.                                                         Kettlehut's Antiques
Lee's Uniforms                                                                    Bureau of Land Management 
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