Vol. XXXX, No. 7 --- Aug 2003

CFMS Newsletter

Table of Contents
President's Message
From Your Insurance Chair
From theJury of Awards
How the CFMS Scholarship Fund Works
CFMS Bulletin Contest Winners
Nominations Needed
CFMS Competition Entries
All American Awards Program
AFMS Endowment Fund Drawing a Success
Junior Activities Report
Earth Sciences
Looking Ahead
Another Assult on Collecting
Public Lands Advisory
Field Trip to Luna NM
Garmet Queen Field Trip/a>
Tri-Federation Field Trip
Star Garnet Tips
Federation Reps

Presidents Message

By Jack Williams, CFMS President
CFMS President

     Well, the way I see it . . .

     Or - did you see what I saw? Yes, I'm talking about the great "Seaside AFMS/CFMS Gemboree Show and Convention" enjoyed at the Seaside Park in Ventura, hosted by the Del Air Rockhounds Club in San Fernando Valley.

     I really must say I was very impressed. The job done by Brad Tanas, Bob Backus and all their committee people was outstanding! You all make us proud, what a fantastic production company you became.

     Oh yes, did I say what a great time I had there and how I enjoyed all the activities? It was like a rockhounds' dream - maybe it was a dream, did I kiss a mermaid? Did I swim into a rockhound grotto when viewing all those great displays? And what about the food events from breakfasts, luncheons and banquet - I'm still full.

     I hope all those who worked on the show are as proud and happy with the way the whole event went as I am. It is a lot of work but I also think it is a satisfying accomplishment to have put it on.

     So with that thought I also hope some people from other clubs see what a great job was done and will step forward and say - "Hey!! We could also do that because we have a great club with great members. We'll give it a go and put on a CFMS Show." Just let us know when.

     One last note as summer is upon, us once again -- It's vacation time so we're off on vacations and field trips. Please be careful out there and come home happy and safe with a full bag of gems.

From Your Insurance Chairpman

By Fred Ott, CFMS Insurance Chairman

     As I mentioned at the Federation meeting in Ventura, our Federation's insurance agent/broker anticipates the possibility of a significant restriction of coverage following the October 16th renewal of the Federation's liability insurance policy.

     Specifically, there may be an exclusion for any special event (including meetings) where more than 300 individuals are in attendance. This would include gem shows and other special events.

     A questionnairewas distributed to each director in attendance at the Directors meeting and a copy was included in the Directors packet mailed to each club that did not have a representative in attendance. It is extremely important to have the questionnaire completed and mailed to me for forwarding to the Federation's insurance agent/broker. Special events not including this year's policy renewal may be very expensive to add at a later date.

From The Jury Of Awards

By Marion Roberts, Chairperson

     Now is the time to honor a member of your club in a big way. We are looking for people who you think should be given a chance to select a school, who in turn will select a post graduate student that is continuing his or her Earth Science education.

     The seven Federations each select one person to receive an American Federation Scholarship consisting of $2000.00 per year, for 2 years, totaling $4000.QQ. This is a very significant award. The Jury of Awards Committee needs your selection for honoree, with a summary of why you selected this person, by the end of October so selection can be made at the fall meeting in Fresno.

     Send your selection to Marion Roberts, Jack Williams, JoAnna Ritchey, or Executive Sec/Treas. Pat La Rue. All addresses are in the CFMS Newsletter.

How The CFMS Scholarship Fund "Works

By Beverly Moreau, CFMS Scholarship Committee Chair

     Your Club or Society can nominate someone as a Scholarship Honoree prior to the November business meeting.

     The person must have made substansial contributions toward furthering the educational purposes and goals of the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies.

     The person does not need to be a member of a Club or Society. Honorees selected (to be announced at the November business meeting) will have the opportunity to offer a $2,000 scholarship to the college or university of their choice. The scholarship will go to the student who will be attending that school as a junior or senior in the Fall term 2004, majoring in the Earth Sciences or Jewelry Arts, and achieving a 3.0 grade point average.

     By October 10. write your letter of nomination to:

Beverly Moreau, Chair, CFMS Scholarship Committee
3113 Topaz Lane, #A, Fullerton, CA 92831 2374
bcmoreau@sbcglobal.net (note: new e-mail address)

CFMS Bulletin Contest Winners

By Loretta Ogden, CFMS Bulletin Aids Chair
Anna Christiansen, Assistant

Click here to view theCFMS Bulletin Contest Winners.

Nominations Needed

By Beverly Moreau, Chair

     Earlier this year, we requested nominations for any and all positions on the DFMS Executive Committee. None were received.

     At our Committee meeting in Ventura, we agreed upon a slate for presentation to the membership later this year. That slate was complete except for one position that of Secretary.

     Thus, I am making an urgent appeal at this time for a nomination for the position of CFMS Secretary. The person should have the following qualifications:

  • Proficient in proper use of English, including grammar, punctuation and phraseology.
  • Computer capability
  • Prior involvement as an officer or committee person in Club or civic activities.
  • Prior service on CFMS committees (desirable, but not a necessity)..

     The position of Secretary would be for a period of two years. Following that, the person would be free to progress through the chairs.

     So, we are seeking someone with leadership qualities who has demonstrated performance capabilities and dedication to the work at hand.

     The nomination should come from an officer in your club. (CFMS Past Presidents can nominate directly.) The letter of nomination should come to the Nominating Committee Chair and specify the qualifications, past experience, and club affiliation of the nominee.

     The nominee should have been approached prior to submitting the letter, and should have agreed to serve if elected.

Thanks for your help!

Beverly Moreau, Chair
2003 Nominating Committee
3113 Topaz Lane, #A
Fullerton, CA 92831-2374
bcmoreau@sbcglobal.net (note: new e-mail address)

CFMS Competition Entries At The 2003 CFMS/AMS Show On Ventura

By Jeane Stultz, CFMS Rules Committee Chairman


NOTE: Adobe Reader (free from Adobe) is required to view CFMS Competition Winners.

Click here to view theCFMS Competition Winners.

All American Awards Porgram

By Dot Beachler, CFMS Chair

     As previously reported, there were three entries in the 2002 CFMS/All American Awards program. The judging results announced at the CFMS Show in Ventura were:

Roseville Rock Rollers - Silver Certificate
Sutter Buttes Gem & Mineral Society - Silver Plaque
Fossils For Fun Society - Gold Plaque

     The books represent a history of the year-long activities of these clubs. Congratulations to all!

AFMS Endowment Fund Drawing A Success

By Dee Holland, AFMS Endowment Fund

     At the recent AFMS Show and Convention in Ventura, California the drawing for a number of special items shown in the AFMS Newsletter and the AFMS Website was held during the Awards Banquet.

     Bill Alcorn from South Central won the first drawing and received the faceted Beryl gemstone set in 14 k gold, donated by Jay Bowman. Bill was in the audience and claimed his prize.

     Dick Pankey from California won the second drawing and received the handcrafted gold chain donated by Ruth Bailey. Dick was also in the audience and claimed his prize. His wife, Betty was ecstatic.

     The third drawing was won by Donna Garland of Southeast, and will be delivered by 1st V.P. Bill Waggner. The wirewrapped pendant donated by Marve Starbuck of the Midwest, was Donna's prize. The fourth drawing was won by Marve Starbuck and his prize was the intarsia pendant donated by Delbert and Carolyn Grady of South Central. Marve was there to receive his prize, which was immediately turned over to his wife, Kitty.

     Bonnie Glismann from the Northwest received the belt buckle donated by Lewis Elrod of Southeast. Bonnie was there in the audience to claim her prize and turned it over to her husband, Dick.

     Harold Hgskinson of South Central won the next prize, a five strand Indian style turquoise nugget necklace and earrings, donated by Dee Holland of the Northwest. This was taken by Joyce Speed of South Central to be delivered.

     The Mobile Rock & Gem Society of Mobile, AL was the winner of the channelwork flower pendant, donated by Shirley Leeson of California. Again, Bill Waggner, 1st V.P. of Southeast will deliver the pendant.

     And the last prize was the very special tomahawk designed and donated by Bill Metcalf of South Central. The lucky winner was Jeff Ursillo of the Gem & Mineral Society of Palm Beach, FL. Bill Waggner of Southeast took the tomahawk to deliver. We haven't heard from Bill and hope he was able to get the "weapon" through airport security.

     The final prize was the Lewis & Clark Commemorative Dutch Oven. It was won by Ace Nash of Lapwai, Idaho. Dee Holland will deliver it at the Northwest Federation show in Pasco, WA the first of August.

     Thanks to all who participated in making this a very special event. The total received was $1921. Your continued financial report is important to the many projects the Endowment Fund currently funds.

Junior Activities Report

By Jim Brace-Thompson- Jr. Activities Chair.

Engaging Kids at Our Shows:
The Del Air Rockhounds Show Us How

Part one: Dino Hall

     This month, I offer thanks to members of Del Air Rockhounds and provide an overview of their kids' activities at the 2003 AFMS/CFMS Show as an example to future Show committees. Anyone who visited the Seaside Gemboree would agree: Maxine and Ken Dearborn, Path Tostenson and other dedicated Del Air members did a superb job! Such a good job, in fact, that it will require a 2 or 3-part column to cover it all, so be sure to tune in again next month. Meanwhile, here's the first part of the story....

     During the show, I spoke with Maxine, Keri and Patti to see how they pulled it together so well. They began by forming a kids' activities committee that faced a decision early on: How to engage the maximum number of kids in the face of a limited number of volunteers. Rather than try to run a large number of individual activities, they decided to focus on interactive educational displays that could still engage kids while requiring minimal supervision. From that decision evolved the idea of "Dino Hall." This involved setting aside an entire room dedicated to one aspect of earth sciences that represents a sure-fire way to capture a kid's attention: Dinosaurs!

     As you entered the exhibit area of the Ventura County Fairgrounds, a large banner announced "Dino Hall", and a mural of a huge dinosaur eye peering through the foliage sucked kids into the building. There, kids found one display after another of dinosaur footprints, bones, eggs, and other fossils, the centerpiece being the huge metal frame of a triceratops skeleton with actual bones from a triceratops attached. This dinosaur was from an excavation by paleontologist Marcus Erickson, who gave a talk entitled "Dimming for Dinosaurs" several times throughout the course of the show. This proved to be a shrewd marketing decision in that a photo of Erickson's triceratops appeared in a two-page article in the local newspaper's weekender guide leading up to the show.

     At other spots in Dino Hall, kids encountered a table with replicas of dinosaur skulls and emormous bones from the Ventura Gem & Mineral Society Earth Science Museum, as well as other displays of local fossils., including Ralph Bishop's spectacular bat ray from the Santa Ynez Valley. One corner was dedicated to fossils from the famed beds of Shark Tooth Hill near Bakersfield; volunteers from the Buena Vista Museum of Natural History exhibited techniques of fossil cleaning with chunks of matrix containing shark teeth and bones from ancient marine mammals.

     While most Dino Hall displays were behind glass or roped off, the De! Air Rockhounds still managed to build in interactivity. Kids could stroke a real dino bone, and a crossword puzzle entitled "A Stroll Through Dinosaur Hair could be completed either while in the hall or as a review after leaving. Outside, a "Dinosaur Discovery Pit" tied directly into Erickson's triceratops skeleton. For $2.00, kids had a choice of two activities.

     In four large "excavation boxes", kids armed with brushes could sift through sand to find and keep a real fragment of triceratops bone. In addition, the bottom of the boxes held casts of a variety of different sorts of fossils - a mammoth tooth, dinosaur eggs, dino teeth, etc. - that came into view as kids brushed their way through the sand. Kids would guess at what they were uncovering.

     A nearby table offered a second activity with four sets of screens and buckets of lag deposit material collected from Erickson's triceratops dig site. Kids could screen through the lag to build their own collection of tiny fossils, bits of bone, teeth and other wonders. At yet another table, kids could paint plaster casts of dinosaur claws to keep and take home.

     Dino Hall was just the beginning of some really exciting educational displays and activities that the Del Air Rockhounds offered kids at Seaside Gemboree. For "the rest of the story," tune in next month when you'll learn how they extended the hand of educational outreach to organized kids groups from throughout the greater Ventura area. Till then, always remember: have fun!

Earth Sciences

By Cal & Dee Clason, ESS Chairs

     As this is being composed, the heat of summer is upon us and contributes greatly to the lack of desire to do most anything; but I will attempt to put something on paper to update the Earth Science happenings.

     Before I get into that I would like to say that the Del Air Rockhounds put on a fantastic show early this month (June). If you were not there you missed a good one!! Most everyone I talked to was well pleased with the offering, results and attendance. So I would personally like to congratulate them for their dedication, perseverence, team work and personal sacrifices to make an enjoyable presentation for all of us who attended.

     At Camp Paradise some changes are in store for the Seminars in September. Again, it will be two weekly sessions (7 - 13 and 14 - 20), featuring some different working mediums each week. The 7 - 13 will highlight glass enameling on copper or other metals, and many of its uses in jewelry and other art objects. Bob Pevahouse will be the Instructor. Jo Burchard will show you all you need to know about making wire trees. The second week, (14 - 20) Bural LaRue will again be sharing his knowledge of lost wax, metal casting from wax design to the completed project. Cheri George will again be instructing classes on Glass Fusion. Beverly Moreau will do bead stringing.

     We will endeavor to have our regular classes during both sessions: Lapidary, soft stone carving, faceting, and silver fabrication. Anna Christiansen will again be teaching wire wrap and although not totally confirmed at this writing, Dale Nichols will probably do an advance class the second week. As an added feature Dick Friesen will hold forth in the use of machinery to do intricate carvings on all types of stone during both weeks.

     The ever popular Sell A-Rama and the Silent Auctions will be held each week with the proceeds going to the CFMS Endowment fund. Donations for the silent auction will be gladly accepted at any time.

     The Committee, in reviewing past participation, decided not to have scheduled field trips and evening programs; they may be reinstated on a feasability basis when deemed appropriate. At the last report we were fast approaching our maximum capacity and will begin a standby list.

     Your application will be acknowledged when received and around August 1st you will receive a letter with rules, regulations and things to bring.

Looking Ahead

By Cal & Dee Clason, ESS Chairs

     Our annual Spring Seminar will again be held at ZZYZX on April 1 - 18, 2004. Although it is still early in the process, plans are proceeding and applications should be available in the October issue of the CFMS Newsletter.

     With the concurrence of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors we have scheduled a third Seminar for the summer of 2004!! As has been my wish, this one will be Family Oriented - mainly our younger generation - ages 8 to 18. Lots of work to do on this one; but it will be at the Bernasconi Education Center in Big Pine (Eastern Sierra), California. on August 1 through 7, 2004.

     We have found the facilities to be quite adequate and affordable so we hope to keep the fees very reasonable to make it affordable for a family group. We should have the basic outline ready for presentation at the fall CFMS meeting in Fresno.


By Arlene Burkhalter, Treasure
from AFMS Newsletter, June, 2003


     We're a step closer to a resolution of the theft of funds from the AFMS Scholarship Foundation.

     Dan McLennan, former Treasurer of the AFMS Scholarship Foundation, pleaded guilty in a hearing in Federal District Court on April 9 to one count mail fraud - frauds and swindles. Shortly after Dan resigned as treasurer of the Foundation in 2000, several AFMS Past Presidents and current Scholarship Foundation officers began to suspect that some of the Scholarship funds were unaccounted for and questionerd the amount in the investment fund. After much pressure from both the Foundation officers and AFMS President Steve Weinberger, Dan finally relinquished the books the following year. Cancelled checks and investment statements were obtained from banks and the investment firm and these confirmed that there was a large sum of unaccounted funds.

     Investigation by Jon Spunaugle, Arlene Burkhalter and Lewis Elrod, a Past President and retired fraud investigator, found that donated funds were correctly attributed to the Federations and clubs, but income from invested money did not balance with statements. Through full cooperation the AFMS Board of Directors, Scholarship Board members and the present and past Foundation officers, Lewis was able to build a case against Dan McLennan, and present it to the FBI, who started their own investigation of the mail fraud and swindles. They soon agreed that the Foundation members had a good case to present for prosecution.

     Those members directly involved in the investigation have prepared Victims Statements on behalf of the Foundation in an attempt to re-cover funds for the Foundation.

    Sentencing will occur sometime this summer following a study of the Victims Statements by the Judge handling the case. We'll let you know when this occurs.

Another Assult On Collecting

By Dave Fordyce
from Chesapeake Gem & Mineral Society
via AFMS Newsletter, June, 2003

     I regret to inform you that another attempt at hindering fossil collecting in the U.S. has been introduced in the U.S. Senate.

     Introduced by Senator Akaka (D-HI) and cosponsored by Senator Baucus, S-546 contains some of the same restrictions and guidelines on collecting fossils that the infamous "Baucus Bill" had several years ago.

     The full text of the bill can be found at web site (www.fs.fed.us/geology/s546.rtfs).

     Among other things, passage of the bill by Congress would create Class C and Class D felonies for certain offenses. It also declares any vertebrate fossils found in the U.S. to be the property of the "United States".

     A.L.L.A. Director Peggy Blickenfeldt is in the process of working with individuals on writing a counter proposal to this bill which will encompass the good points of this bill and the original bill introduced by A.L.L.A. at the time of the "Baucus Bill" legislation several years ago. We'll keep you posted.

     In the meantime, it might not hurt to contact your legislator expressing your opposition to S-546 since it definately would restrict your collecting and owning of vertibrate fossils.


"Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year".

Public Lands Advisory
North And South

Report for the June 7, CFMS meeting:

     Following the November. 2002 CFMS Director's meeting, where it was announced that Jim Strain was stepping down as Chairman of (PLAC) Public Lands Advisory Committee, The PLAC was divided into 2 committees, PLACNorth, headed by Co-Chair Frank Monez and PLAC-South, with Gary Palmer Co-Chair. It is hoped that dividing the Committee into North and South will permit more coverage of Government rules and interpretation of rules and provide CFMS with more interaction with Government agencies.

     The U.S. Department of the Interior publishes a variety of documents with interpretations of current laws and rules that apply to environmental impact statements, scoping documents, access to wilderness areas, access to areas that may become wilderness, and other plans and programs relating to roads.

     Ideally,each and every one of these published documents should be reviewed by a member of CFMS and reported on to the membership, with requests to members to critique the respective documents. The Government agencies often have local meetings to review the plans and documents with the public, and receive comments and suggestions from the users that have an interest in the area under discussion.

     Participation in these local meetings is an area where we would appreciate help. Ideally, PLAC-North and South can have members on the PLAC Committee living near key BLM, Forest Service, or other facilities where these meetings will be held. The PLAC Committee members can then attend some of these sponsored meetings as a member of CFMS, and identify their membership in other clubs and societies having an interest in the meeting's agenda. They are urged to actively participate in discussions of the documents, take notes, and send his/her review of the meeting to the rPCnP.rtivP P1 Ar C:hnirs anti rpvipw nt ihlichpdi documentation resulting from, or relating to the discussion topic. The respective PLAC Chairs can then insert a comprehensive report in an upcoming CFMS Newsletter. The understanding we have now is for the President of those clubs with a member who would like to participate as a PLAC member, and has the blessing of his Societies Board of Directors, to write a letter to CFMS, stating that has been appointed by his Society to participate as a member of CFMS- PLAC, North or South, Committee.

     There are two Bills that currently require review and comment by CFMS members to our Congessional Representatives and Senators.

     Senate Bill S.546 is to provide for the protection of paleontological resources on Federal lands, and for other purposes. The actual bill has both Congressional Findings and Purpose. The following excerpts have been taken from the Bill. (see AFMS News, this issue)

     Congressional Bill H.R.1153 is "America's Wilderness Protection Act". The actual bill have combined Congessional Findings and Purpose.

     The full text of these bills, along with other bills before the Senate and House of Representatives. can be viewed on the internet at

     A few Federal web sites, with pertinent information of interest to CFMS societies, are listed below for your information.

US Department of the Interior - (http://www.doi.gov/)
BLMCalifomia News Bytes - (CA_News.bytes@ca.blm.gov)
BLM California Home Page - (http://www.ca.blm.gov/)
USDA Forest Service - (http:www.fs.fed.us/)
USDA Forest Service- Pacific SW Region - (http://www.fs.fed. us/r5/)


By Chuck McKie, CFMS Safety Chairman, 2003

     If you're planning a vacation and your home will be empty, you can go away with a freer mind and less worry if you check your home before leaving. Check to make sure that all stoves and electrical appliances have been turned off or disconnected. Unplug all television sets and radios. Lightening storms or sudden electric surges could cause a fire in this equipment while you're away. When you return from your vacation, check your smoke detector to make sure it is functioning. Batteries could run down or other components could fail while you're away.

     When you are traveling and staying in a motel or hotel, it is important to know survival actions in case there is a fire. Many significant fires have occurred in high rise hotels such as MGM Grand in Las Vegas and the hotel fire in Panama.

     Select a hotel or motel that, at a minimum, has a smoke detector installed. It is preferable to select lodging that also has fire sprinkler systems in place. If you must stay in a facility without smoke detectors or sprinklers, request a room on the first or second floor.

     When you first get in your room, read the fire safety information provided. It is usually posted near or on the back of the entry door. Just like in your home, you need a plan to escape ahead of time. Locate the two exits nearest your room. Make sure the fire exit doors work and are unlocked. Locate the nearest fire alarm and read the operating instructions. In a real fire, the hallway may become dark with smoke so count the number of doors from your room to each exit. This way you will know where you are in case you get caught in a dark hallway. Keep your room key and a flashlight near the bed. If you hear the fire alarm sound or suspect a fire in the hotel, investigate, don't go back to sleep. If you see fire or smoke, call the hotel desk and the fire deparment immediately. Tell the person who answers the phone which room you are in. If you hear the fire alarm, check the door with the back of your hand. If it is cool, slowly open the door and exit. If the door is hot or warm, leave it closed and stay in the room. Fill the bathtub with water. Place wet towels or sheets into the cracks around the door to keep the smoke out. Call the fire department and tell them you are trapped in your room, and give them the room number.

     If the door is not hot and the hallway is not smoky, go to the closest fire exit. Be sure to take your room key with you. You might need to return to your room and want to be sure you can get back in. Crawl low under smoke down the hallway to the fire exit. Use a wet cloth over your nose and mouth.

     As you exit, pull the nearest fire alarm to warn other occupants, then leave the building. If you cannot go down, try to go up to the roof. Attract attention so they will know where you are.

     If a fire starts in your room, leave immediately and close the door behind you to confine the fir and smoke to the room. Activate the fire alarm and call the fire department once you are safely out of danger.

     Never use an elevator under fire conditions. Always take the srairs when exiting from a highrise building. Elevators can malfunction. Many are heat-activated and have been known to stop directly at the fire floor.

Field Trip To Luna, New Mexico for Blue Agate

By Bob fitzpatrick, CFMS Field Trip Leader - South


Click here to view the field trip to Luna NM.

Garnet Queen Field Trip Report

Information from Jay Valle

     June 14: Our one day field trip to Idyllwild area for garnets attracted 21 of us who enjoyed the trip. The long, steep hike up the mountain was strenuous, but we all made it up there and were able to find and take home some nice specimens. Jay Valle took some great pictures. (Bob Fitzpatrick).

Click here to view photos of the Garnet Queen mine.

     Some information about the "Garnet Queen" mine: The Garnet Queen mine on the Northwest slope of Santa Rosa mountain was discovered and developed by Elizabeth Patrick Steward in 1897. Despite the name, which suggests gemstones, the Garnet Queen was a tungsten mine. The tungsten ore was recovered from two long open cuts on the mountainside. The mine changed hands over the years and met with varying success. The California Jounral of Mines and Geology for October, 1941 reported a small concentration plant had been installed with an operating capacity of ten tons per day. Other patented tungsten mines in the Santa Rosas were the Indian, the Phoenix, the Pigeon Creek, the Burnt Cow and the Ribbonwood, none of them profitable.

Tri-Federation Rockhound Rendezvous And Field Trip
May 22 - 25, 2003
Texas Springs, Nevada

By richard Pankey, CFMS


Click here to view the field trip to Texas Springs Nevada

Star Garnet - Tips From Bob Johnson

Condensed from a talk given by Bob Johnson . 5/16/03 fom The Pegmatite, June, July, Aug, 2003

     Garnet is harder than agate. To find the star, consider that every crystal face can be the base of a star garnet cab. To get the star, cut the garnet in half parallel to a crystal face, and make the center of the garnet the top of the cab. To examine star garnet rough, use a drop of high-viscosity STP oil treatment on the garnet, and a flashlight.

     For cabs, start with 220 diamond. Don't use 100 grit, it is too aggressive. The best shape for a star garnet cab is a half sphere. If the cab is too flat, the star won't reach to the edge. If the cab is too steep, the legs of the star will go around the edges. Use 8,000 diamond to polish your star garnet cab.

     When tumbling star garnet, skip the 60-90 grit stage entirety. Start with 220 grit SiC for 10 hours. Clean. Reload and repeat for a second 10 hours. Then proceed as usual.

     There's no point in faceting star garnet, since the material is usually too dark and additionally, won't yield a star. At shows, you may find that many star garnet cabs have a high-domed top and a curved back. The curved back doesn't improve the star, it merely increases the weight of the stone, so that the dealer will receive more $$ per carat.

Federation Representatives

By Dee Clason - Show Dates Chair

     Please give your SHOW PUBLICITY CHAIR the Show Dates Form so it can be used to send in the information for your club show. Your cooperation is very much appreciated. Of course, there is a Show Date Form on the website which is fine for those with computers. The forms list the information in the same order as listed on these pages, which makes it easy to list. Thank you for your cooperation. In the past few months there have been some problems with the Show Pages for which I apologize. I think that is taken care of now, and hopefully all works nicely again. I keep learning more about this machine.



     Correction: The item "English is a Crazy Language" (June Newsletter) was an excerpt from the book, Crazy English, written by Richard Lederer.