Snoopy Gems

Snoopy Gems
Volume 37
Number 10
October 2011
Official Publication of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Gem & Mineral Society, Inc.
Ocean Springs, MS
Mississippi Gulf Coast Gem & Mineral Society Meeting
MGCGMS Established in 1974
Minutes (emergency meeting 9/24/2011)
The President’s Message
A meeting was called to attention by President, Buddy
Shotts on Saturday, September 24th at the library in
Ocean Springs at the workshop. As you recall, the September 11th meeting was cancelled due to problems
with the alarm at the library.
Greetings All,
It has been quite an ordeal trying to have a
meeting and a workshop due to a faulty
alarm at the library. But, the meeting finally
came to pass before the September’s workshop.
A nominating committee was appointed including Patt
Gilly, John Clinard, and Gloria and Stuart Weir. Buddy
will not be a part of the committee. (Since that time Buddy has clarified that the group is John C., Gloria, Jerry and
Patt were the Members of the nomination committee.)
I was able to get the nominating committee
appointed in the proper month and they are
Patt, Gloria, John C. and Jerry, with Patt
serving as chair for the group.
Show News: Jim Darnell said he has 21 dealers for the
show. Four of the dealers will have a half booth this
Jim said ads will be placed in the Sun Herald and the
If anyone has a desire to serve the club as
an officer be sure and let one of these four
The siigns purchased are black and yellow, undated, at
a cost of $5.00 each. They will be placed in the Jackson
County area with more signs at and around the fairgrounds than last year. An area map will be done for the
October meeting so members can be designated to certain territories. The members who take the signs will be
responsible for putting them up one week before the
show and taking them down after the show in their designated area. Vicki Reynolds volunteered to do Ocean
Springs on Highway 90; John Clinard volunteered to
cover Biloxi, and Jim Darnell said Vernon David would
take care of Pascagoula. Businesses that allow posters
in their shop windows will be allowed two free passes for
the show.
Also, In our brief pre-workshop meeting Jim
gave his report on the show progress.
Things with the show are really picking up
steam, The upcoming meeting will be the
last regular meeting before the show. It will
take each of us to make the show a success, so let’s all work together with Jim and
Vicky to make sure it happens.
The nearness of the show and the things
that need to be done make it very important
for each of you to be at the October 9th
Flyers will be placed in numerous areas and Patt Gilly
volunteered to take some to the Welcome Center on the
Eastbound Mississippi side of I-10. The flyers serve as a
coupon that gives $1.00 off of admission for an entire
group. Children under the age of 13 will be admitted free
with a paid adult.
I will see You at
the meeting!
B u dd y
Schools will place ads on their website for the show, but
flyers are not allowed. Barbi Beatty will contact and work
with the schools.
Raffle tickets may be sold before and at the show for
$1.00 each. Members may be asked at the October
meeting to take some tickets to sell before the show.
Jim’s goal is for the club to sell at least 1,000 tickets.
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October Birthdays
Barbi Beatty
Jim Darnell
Lynette Brady
Rene Geraldi
Opals-Traditional Birthstone
Jim’s Opal Pendant
The birthstone for October is tourmaline.
Featured on Website:
There are 14 officially
recognized varieties of
tourmaline. These varieties vary in color from
black, yellow, green,
pink, light blue, dark
blue, and colorless.
Some crystals of tourmaline actually have
one end that is green
and the opposite end
being pink to red. This variety of tourmaline is called the
watermelon tourmaline. Chemically, tourmaline is a silicate
of aluminum and boron with several common trace impurities. Each different impurity results in a different color of
tourmaline. Some pink tourmaline are irradiated to help enhance the red color of the gemstones.
Jim cut this opal about
four years ago.
Details: 24.48 cts. Mintibee
Black opal triangular in
shape, mounted in 14 kt
gold. Stone has uniquely
characteristic distinguishing gray line through middle and has color skin to
Setting done by Jerry Shirey of the Mobile (Alabama)
Rock and Gem society.
Kitchen Gem of the Month
Tourmaline has a hardness of 7-7.5 on the Mohs hardness
scale. This makes tourmaline about the same hardness as
sand and dust and for this reason, tourmaline is probably
unsuitable for use in rings and bracelets for everyday wear.
Hang on to Your Hat Hot Dip
* Cook time:350 degrees for 20 Min.
* Preparation time: 5 minutes
* Yield: Approximately 4 Cups
Be sure to visit this super site if you have not( Above Credit).
All credit goes to:
Mix the following ingredients in a deep baking /serving dish to go from oven to table to
save time and clean-up.
WigJig web pages is provided as part of WigJig University - College of
Jewelry Making Techniques. We try to provide interesting jewelry making
techniques using beads, jewelry wire and other jewelry supplies. We hope
that the jewelry making skills taught on these web pages will provide you
enough information for you to incorporate these techniques in your own
jewelry making projects. For beginners, we suggest that you start with a
visit to our Beginners Jewelry Making pages. These pages discuss the skills
necessary for making jewelry in the detail that beginners need. We also
suggest that beginners to jewelry making might need to visit the WigJig
University College of Jewelry Making Designs for jewelry making projects
using the skills and techniques shown here. Most, but not all of the jewelry
supplies shown here can be purchased in our WigJig store. We try to have a
complete selection of jewelry supplies in our store including chain, wire,
glass beads, findings, watches, tools, etc. The jewelry making projects
shown here do not use Sterling Silver. The reason for this is simple, it is
harder to get good pictures of Sterling Silver wire components than with
colored wire including gold-filled, copper, or brass wire. Any project shown
in colored wire can be made in Sterling Silver wire.
ounce package of cream cheese,-room temperature
2 cups cooked or canned chicken breast
4 fl oz or 1/2 cup of hot sauce
4 fl oz or 1/2 cup bleu cheese salad dressing
1/2 cup of crumbled bleu cheese
Use fresh vegetables and/or crackers of choice
for dipping and ,
Hang on to you hat, lest it blow off!
by Brad Smith
The American Indian wasn't fussy about what he used to make
an arrowhead as long as the material would suit his need.
Throughout the ages, the Indian’s choicest material for arrowheads was flint and flint related rocks , such as calcedony, gate,
novaculite, jasper, opal, etc. He liked obsidian, too. There are
silicon dioxide glass rocks of nature and like glass, they flake
beautifully in conchoidal fractures and shape easily into sharp
cutting edges.
If you've forgotten to use dental floss and got
your stone caught in a bezel, there's one thing you
can try before starting to pry. Find some sticky
wax or beeswax. Roll it into a pencil-sized cylinder
and stick the end onto the top of the stone. Mold it
onto the stone very well and yank to remove it.
Quartzite, which is more granular silica, was used extensively,
but was more difficult to shape. The Indians of the eastern seaboard were starved for good flint-like rocks and their arrowheads
are the ugliest of all since they are made of slate, quartzite, trap
rock, schist’s and other forms of rocks which a Wyoming Indian
would have written off as junk. There are rumors of Wyoming
jade arrowheads, but they probably aren’t true. The Indians of the
Valley of Mexico made beautiful jadeite sacrificial knives, but
they weren’t flaked. The Indians abraded, honed and polished
them into shape.
If all else fails, you either have to very carefully
pry open the bezel with a sharp knife blade or drill
a small hole in back of the stone and push it out
with the point of a scribe.
Ever think about making your own mokume?
Here's a link to the detailed steps in the sequence
as done by a professional. Look for mokume on
Probably the most spectacular arrowhead ever found was a fabulous fluted early-man Clovis Point, struck out of a large quartz
crystal. This diamond clear point was found by a farmer in
North Carolina, who then took it home and used it strike against
steel to start kitchen fires. The now damaged point rests in the
A quick and easy way to suspend a Foredom
over your jewelry bench is to use some steel pipe
components from your local hardware store. It attaches with a couple screws and costs a little over
Some arrowheads ands pear points were made of wood, especially the stunning arrow. Many were made of bone, antler and
tusk. The Indian tribes bordering the Gulf of Mexico used Garfish scales extensively. Everywhere bottles, insulators and other
glass articles were also popular.
Best of all, Indians liked the white man’s iron. Barrel hoops
were a favorite source. The Indians also traded fur pelts to the
white man for steel arrowheads.
I use 1/2 inch galvanized pipe and fittings. To
build a stand that attaches to the top of your
bench, all you'll need is a flange and a thirty inch
length of the pipe. If you prefer a stand that attaches to the side of your bench, you'll need a little longer pipe, three foot, a flange, and a 90 degree "street elle".
Source: Rock Chips May 2011 via “Pineywoods Rooter” – January
2008 VIA “Cutting Remarks”, Vol. 2011, Issue 6, June 2011; Published monthly by the Old Pueblo Lapidary Club:via Monrovia Rockhounds, “Morocks,” newsletter, October 2011 page 6.
Finally, make a hook that goes into the top of the
pipe to hang the motor from. You can use heavy
coat hanger wire or better yet, a 1/8 steel rod
from the hardware store.
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There may be a separate raffle for a tanzanite ring worth
$500.00 which will be discussed at the October meeting.
The club has spent $500.00 for raffle prizes.
Tomsey Westermeyer has volunteered do a wire wrapping
demo during the show.
Acknowledgement to be included with each publication: More
BenchTips by Brad Smith are at
The Masons will be the food vendor for the show, offering
hot dogs, hamburgers, and French fries on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Jim is to check to see if tables and chairs
will be available for the people eating.
Vicki asked that she be contacted on food for the dinner to
avoid waste.
Dealer door prizes will be drawn approximately every 30
minutes depending on how many prizes we have.
The meeting ended and the workshop continued until late afternoon.
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A whitish to cream color area visible within your opal's surface
is often called 'clay,' 'silk,' or 'sand.' These are grains of clay
present when the opal was forming. A 'Matrix' opal that has
precious opal surrounded by visible rock or clay it formed
within will be less valuable than a solid opal or most quality
constructed doublets.
Base Body Tone Guide
The base body tone guide is the best kept secret for buying
opals on the internet, as most internet sellers give a fairly accurate description of the stones body tone that they are selling.
Potch lines across the color face are acceptable provided they
aren’t contrasting with the stones appearance .Most black gems
have some potch in the face which doesn’t stand out but grey
potch on a black stone would so it would decrease its value.
The opal association is marketing a body tone guide with opal
stones and doublets so all buyers and sellers can have a uniform
guide to gauge opal. These will help buyers compare opals between sellers. You should always buy from a seller who guarantees his product and grading so if you disagree you can return it.
Sometimes a line inside the opal is just how the opal naturally
formed and not a crack or flaw. Hold it close to a lamp shape to
see it you can see a fractured reflection. If large areas of your
opal have no precious Play-Of-Color (sometimes called
'potch'), that will reduce the value of the opal.
The base body tone refers to the darkness or lightness of the
opal ignoring the play of color and brightness of the stone. The
base color can only be determined by looking down on the top
of the stone and ignoring the material on the back of the stone.
Only those stones ranking N1 to N4 are considered black opals.
The opal price is determined by body tone, brightness, color,
play of color, size and allowing for faults and imperfections.
If there are visible scratches on the surface of the opal, its value
will increase after the opal has been professionally polished to
remove them. Cracks that go through the thickness of the opal's
surface will reduce its value. To save a damaged valuable precious opal keepsake, cracks can sometimes be repaired and no
longer will be visible to the unassisted eye.
The brightness of a stone is one of the most important factors in
a stones beauty and value. On the Australian opal fields you
don’t hear the words” fire” used when miners talk about how
bright a stone is. The term is however used a lot on the internet
to describe a stone’s brightness, and to gauge opal brightness
evenly over different stones.
Any seller of precious opals should always tell the customer if
an opal has been repaired, stabilized or otherwise treated.
Viewing an Opal
Brightness Scale: 1 Faint, 2 Dull, 3 Bright, 4 Very Bright, 5
Brilliant which is Gem Quality
With the opal in your hands, viewing in direct sunlight or
12”-16” from a bright tungsten or halogen light source:
• rock the Opal side-to-side and top-to-bottom
• - pivot the Opal gemstone
• - rotate it 90 degrees clockwise and repeat,
• - and then again.
This is the brightness chart you will see on most internet auctions with 5 being the brightest. Currently the Opal association
is working on a chart which will have seven levels of brightness
with number ONE being the BRIGHTEST.
Check on listings to make sure which chart is being used.
Opal Colors are affected by Light
Your Opal will look different in different kinds of lighting.
What color are seen, in what shape or pattern and from which
viewing angles depends, in part, upon the viewing light used.
Sunlight and tungsten bulbs and warm bulbs lighting will tend
to bring out more warm tone colors - reds, oranges, yellows
magentas and purples. 'Cooler Light', like viewing your Opal in
the shade, will tend to bring out the cooler greens and blues.
Change the angle between the light source, the opal and
your eyes and repeat. Rock the opal side to side or top to
bottom to change the viewing angle.
Harlequin Patterns
Light source: For viewing we suggest 12" to 16" from a bright
tungsten light bulb. The best method is to have your back to a
window on a sunny day with the sunlight coming over your
Harlequin opal is the most sought after pattern in opal due to
its rarity and beauty.
On the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) website, it
states: “Harlequin or mosaic - broad, angular, close-set patches
of color”.
Visible Opal Flaws
Listed here are some of the natural imperfections that can reduce the value of your precious opal. If you can accept these
natural imperfections, you may be able to purchase an opal you
otherwise couldn't afford. And, the 'natural imperfections' are
proof that the opal is not manmade!
Originally rounded or floral shapes were not called harlequin
but this is now common practice.
On some unscrupulous internet sites many stones are listed as
harlequin as the seller believes this will increase its value.
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October 27th
Meteors Delivered Gold to Baby Earth,
New Study Hints
From the Website on Brad Smith’s hints this month:
A bright Geminid meteor pierces the night sky over California's
Mojave Desert in 2009.
For those who may have wondered how the earth got
gold, You may want to check out the National Geographic and article.
Aluminum Wire Chain Maille
By Barbara Saavedra
Barbara will demonstrate the techniques necessary for
the projects shown above and will provide kits needed
for $7.00 each.
You will need the following tools: round nose pliers; two
sets bent nose pliers; and a work pad or mat of some
sort to lay out the open jump rings to have them ready
for use.
All information is fully credited to
Show Prizes for the Magnolia State GM show
November 11-13, 2011
At the Fairgrounds in Pascagoula, MS
Making Jewelry from Natural and Found Objects
by Anita Westlake
Humans have been making jewelry for at least 75,000 years.
Evidence of this ancient art was found in a cave in Africa,
where a crude necklace had been made from animal teeth.
Thousands of years ago, humans used ornamentation in 3 ways,
as jewelry, as a protective amulet, and as a symbol . Today,
only 2 of those ways are still common. It is said that humans
are the only animals that seek to adorn themselves. Minus some
fish that use kelp to camouflage themselves, and some flamboyant birds that dance with straw in their beaks, this is mostly true.
There are hundreds of objects in Nature that can be used for
Natural Objects
Amber, bamboo, horn, bone, stone, hardwood, silver, bronze,
gold, fossilized ivory, teeth, insects, plants, shells, vines, sticks,
leaves, pearls, pinecones, seeds, feathers. Can you think of
Man-made Objects
Coins, beach glass, various metal objects: washers, nails,
screws, etc., broken glass, watch parts, pieces of chain, recycled
jewelry parts, china, bits of cloth. What else? The point is,
don't limit yourself to stones, gemstones and glass. Watch
where you're walking and pick up anything that piques your
interest. Look in flea markets, garage sales, etc. for some eclectic piece of color, texture or shape.
Tips and Trips, Vol/XLTen: Georgia Mineral Society ,10/2011
(continued from page four)
Sound Like Pure Delight to Me!
Many of these stones would not be called harlequin on
the opal fields. However, they can still be beautiful and
valuable in their own right. It is always important to buy
from an opal expert.
Paint Rock Agate
In my 20 years experience of selling thousands of
stones, I have only had three opals which I consider to
contain a true harlequin pattern.
Inclusions or Fracture
Sometimes stones have natural inclusions that look like
fractures. The best way to determine if a stone is fractured is to hold the stone up to a base of a lamp shade
and roll the stone in your fingers keeping the stone in the
light and not the shaded area. If there is a fracture you
will see the light reflect off the fracture like a chip in your
Lets go dig for crystals! Dixie Euhedrals has just the
right place for rockhounds to dig for gemstones! We offer trips to collect Jackson's Crossroads amethyst crystals in Wilkes County, Georgia as well as Paint Rock
Agate in Alabama, We announce the crystal & agate
digging dates right here, so be sure to add this page to
your favorites! See website below:
Natural or Synthetic Stones
Some synthetic or imitation opal can confuse customers.
Things to watch for:
♦ Usually they have no inclusions or potch backing
behind them
♦ The pattern appears to be even through the stone
which is rare except for top gems.
♦ If viewed from the side the line of color is in the lower areas.
♦ Unnatural look and fire to them.
The Crystal Empire Gem and
Mineral Specimens
Synthetic opal is sometimes used in triplets and is much
harder to spot. Generally they are very bright with a regular pattern that looks too constant to be natural. It is best
to become familiar with a few man made opals (usually
advertised as synthetic or manmade) so it is easier to
recognize them.
October 8- Scheduled Dig. This is an open dig just show up
at the meeting place (Stevens Store) Before 9AM.
October 22- Scheduled Dig. This is an open dig just show up
at the meeting place (Stevens Store) Before 9AM.
Ethiopian Opals are valued for their bright flashes of fire
color. Ethiopian Opals are nobby-formed rather than
seam-formed and have characteristically brown or darknodule potch. These opals are not considered as structurally sound as Australian opals but have incredible fire
colors and patterns, but their vivid green and red flashes
are prized by collectors. Ethiopian opals have been
mined in Mezezo and the new opal field discovered at
Gondar (Welo) is producing top pattern opal crystal.
November 11, 12, and 13- MAGMA Dig! This is an event
you will not want to miss.
Fishing appears to be included!
Situated on the property along with the Hogg Mine is a 25 acre
lake. This lake boast some of the best fishing in the state. Its
an awesome place to bring the kids for a day of fun. Maybe
your spouse would rather fish instead of mining? Either way
we have you covered. If you are an adult and have paid to dig
at the mine the $35 fee covers the fishing too. Children under
16 pay $12 to fish. This is a catch and release for all Bass
caught over 13" in length. We want to remove the Bass that
are 13" and under so please take them home for dinner!!
This article is a collection of information collected by our
own Jim Darnell from numerous sources regarding advice
before buying opals.
Fees Charged
Adults-$35 perday Children 16 and under- $12 per day
If you have paid to dig you are covered for fishing.
If an erupting volcano creates distinct layers of lava,
does this mean it burst into tiers?
A mid life crisis happens when you finally reach the
top rung of the ladder and realize only then, that you
put it against the wrong wall.
You will never plow a field by turning it over
in your mind.
Old Irish Proverb
Paraphrased from the Sun herald cryptograph puzzles during the
week of 9/25-10/1 found daily in the Advertisement section.
Sites you will definitely want to
Meeting Second Tuesday of the Month at
the Mobile Clubhouse. Located at 1324 Forest Dell Rd,
Mobile, AL 36695-4906
Check out their website.
Crater of Diamonds Home Page
209 State Park Road
Murfreesboro, AR 71958
Field trips are open to all members of clubs
associated with the DMC program of the SFMS
Field Trip Committee and to all members of
SFMS clubs/societies who provide their
membership with SFMS liability insurance.
Because of insurance requirements, members of
the general public are NOT invited to these or any
DMC program field trips.
Email: crater of [email protected]
Phone: 870-285-3113
National Geographic News
Harrison County Gem and Mineral Society
Workshop and Meeting Third Saturday of each
Meeting is held at 4470 Hancock Street just south
off Pass Road or just north of Hwy 90-easiest way
is to take Courthouse Rd either from the Hwy 90
or Pass Rd. Turn at the Hancock Bank onto 33rd
St. proceed west and turn onto Hancock St. You
will see the Wilson Recreation Center-almost in
front of you.
Please wear your Name tags at the meetings. It will
help the new folks learn who we are
If you do not have one please let someone know.
Meetings YEAR 2011
(Please choose your month and let the refreshment group know. It will be published each month as a reminder.)
—Pot luck to follow
Patt Gilly & Barbara Saavedra
Vicki Reynolds
Beaded Bracelet-PJG
Summer Meal
Wire wrapping VR
Wire wrapping
Barbara Saavedra
Show Time
Holiday Dinner
Vendor Dinner
Holiday Dinner
Holiday Dinner
This organization is created for (a) pursuing interests in the
lapidary arts and crafts; (b) educational and scientific purposes; (c) aiding and assisting individuals, associations and
other groups engaged in furthering one or more of such
purposes and; (d) in general, to promote education and popular interest in the subjects of rocks and gems with special
emphasis upon the cultural values of such projects and to
sponsor and provide means of coordinating the work and
effort of all persons and groups interested therein.
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Buddy Shotts
[email protected]
Club meetings are held the
Second Sunday of the month,
(except May and November) at the
Ocean Springs Library, Dewey Avenue, at 2:30 PM.
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[email protected]
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Barbara Saavedra
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Liz Platt
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Patt Gilly
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Member at Large (1 year)
Member at Large (2 year)
(228) 818-5412
Visitors and Guests are always welcome!
We are an Active Club. Come Join Us!
(228) 255-0606
2011 Official address of this Society is:
Kathy Riddle
(228) 900-8250
MS Gulf Coast Gem and Mineral Society
Patsy Premeaux
(228) 374-7549
PO Box 857
Ocean Springs, MS 39566
Once the LLC is complete our name will change to:
Billie Wright
[email protected]
(228) 875-9192
Bente Paul
(228) 769-8763
Bill Cassady
(504) 240-3105
Mississippi Gulf Coast Gem and Mineral Society, LLC.
Show Chairman James Darnell
[email protected]
Until next time I
will be watching
for news to bring
to you!
Silent Auction Vicki Reynolds email
[email protected]
(228) 872-9286
AFMS John Wright
John Wright
Boundaries Chair (228) 875-9192
Snoopy G
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SFMS John Wright
Conservation, Legislation & Past
(228) 875-9192
SFMS Buddy Shotts
Long-range Planning &Past Presi(601) 508-6746
Annual dues are:
Single- $10.00,
Family - $15.00,
Subscription only - $10.00
Scheduled Meeting and Workshops for
The Mississippi Gulf Coast Gem & Mineral Society
Meeting Dates 2011
October 9th
**November 13** December 11th
Don’t forget to choose the month you prefer for refreshments and demonstrations.
**November meeting is the Thursday evening of the gem show set-up dinner for the dealers and the
time for our regular November meeting. December 12th is our Christmas Party/Installation of Officers.
Our Meetings are held at the Ocean Springs, Library meeting room and start at 2:30 PM except for the
November meeting at the Jackson County Fairgrounds Civic Center Building following the Dealers
Workshop Dates
(**TIMES: 1:00-5:00PM (except FEB and MAR will meet from 3-6 PM** )
Some will undoubtedly change as we near the holiday season-so stay posted.
2011 Workshop Dates
October 29th
**December 31st**
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