Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show Has Something For Everyone November 17th and 18th. Rickie Report Readers Get Discount Coupon

The 52nd annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show takes place November 17th and 18th at the South Florida Fair Grounds.  This is a family oriented, culturally stimulating show. Proceeds provide the operating budget for the Gem & Mineral Society for the following year. Get more information about this wonder-filled organization in the article!   The show is run totally by member volunteers.The Rickie Report shares the details plus a coupon for reduced admission charges, which may be duplicated as often as you like.

 

 

Gem & Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches, Inc.

Presents:

 

The 52nd Annual

Gem, Mineral, Bead, Jewelry, & Fossil Show

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

 9 am – 6 pm

&

Sunday, November 18, 2018

 10 am – 5 pm

 

Adults/Seniors 1 day $9.00 or 2 day pass $14.00
Children under 12 are FREE.

 Visit our website for more details:

www.gemandmineralsociety.org

 

 

 

Expo Center East

South Florida Fairgrounds

9067 Southern Blvd.,        West Palm Beach, FL 33411

www.southfloridafair.com

 

 

Over 80 dealers from all over the country offer a wide range of merchandise—fine jewelry, southwestern Indian jewelry, bead jewelry, loose beads, rocks and minerals for specimen collecting and cutting, loose precious and semi-precious gemstones, settings and findings, fossils, meteorites, tools, books, and much, much more.

 

Geodes!

 

 

The show offers a wide range of educational activities and exhibits. Visit the demonstration area where society members will be showcasing skills learned in club classes. Demonstrations will include faceting, cabochon making, chain making, and bead stringing just to name a few. Hourly door prizes awarded both days and a show Grand Prize Drawing and several other drawings will be held. We have also invited several local education based clubs to display at our show, as well as the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium. We will also have speakers.

 

Great Shopping, Geode Cracking, Fossil Dig, Gemstone Mining, Spin-the-Wheel Game, Face & Rock Painting, Grand Prize Drawing, Door Prizes!

 

 

 

Learning is Fun!

 

 

Decorative Items For the Home and Office

Demonstrations

Hourly Door Prizes

Guest Speakers

Kids Activities

 

The Society offers many types of educational and cultural experiences. We operate a full lapidary shop open to our members. We also offer classes in lapidary and jewelry making for adults as well as children.

Learning Is Fun!

Our monthly meetings are held at the building across from the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium in Dreher Park on the 3rd Thursday of each month and feature guest speakers or demonstrations that are educational as well as entertaining.

 

 

DISCOUNT  ADMISSION  COUPONS:

 

 

 

Mother Nature At Her Best!

 

 

Club Purpose:

To associate persons of the Palm Beach area of cutting, displaying and studying of rocks,

shells, artifacts, and any kind of scientific objects of interest to the individual and the

organization to promote community interest in these objects.

The society is a member of the Eastern Federation of
Mineralogical & Lapidary Societies Inc. and the
Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies,
Inc., which are affiliated with the American
Federation of Mineralogical Societies. Our members
are able to participate in activities sponsored by
these organizations.

 

 

 

 

 

Membership applications are available at the show or on our web site, www.gemandmineralsociety.org

Visit our web site for more information, photos from past shows, membership forms and $1 discount coupons for the show.

 

 

 

 

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Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

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Gem and Mineral Society Offers Silversmithing Classes By Don Norris

When an expert comes to town, people take notice.  The Rickie Report is suggesting that you pay close attention, because The Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches is bringing Don Norris to teach silversmithing!  Norris has written books, made videos and cds to teach his craft.  But isn’t it better to learn in person?  We think so.  Check out this post for class information!

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General Meeting

February 21, 2013

7:30 PM

Please note: Starting in January, we will be meeting at the South Florida Science Museum NOT the Garden Club.  The Museum is across the street from the Garden Club.

Don Norris teaching a class

Don Norris teaching a class

Don Norris, nationally known silversmith,will teach basic Silversmithing class plus two intermediate classes, a solid band ring class, and basket setting/step bezel class.

Norris’ website is filled with stories, tips and information about his amazing talent as a silversmith.  How fortunate we are to have him here in Palm Beach County, instructing on different levels.

 When registering, be sure to tell Don you are a member of the Society to receive a $30 discount on the class fee.

1)  Beginning Silversmithing Class

All stones, silver, supplies and tools furnished. You do not need to bring anything to the class.

You will learn all the basics of Silversmithing and jewelry making.

You will learn how to solder sterling silver.
You will design a pendant or a ring including a 3 wire ring band, make a bezel, solder it together, set the stone, and polish your project.

Three Beginning Classes available to fit your schedule!

Thursday and Friday Class, February 28 and March 1 Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3 Monday and Tuesday, March 4 and 5

Gem & Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches, Inc.   www.gemandmineral.cc

9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday

Cost: $330.00

A $30.00 discount is available for all members of the Gem & Mineral Club

Class is limited to 6 students.

Taught by Don Norris, Professional silversmith and teacher for over 30 years.

Register now:  1-303-517-1068 to talk to Don Norris  dnorris@frii.com or LearnSilver.com

Each student will receive a FREE copy of the Beginning Silversmithing Class on CD!  Over 500 of these have been sold over the internet and it has been compared to 3 years of jewelry making school!

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Silversmithing Class!

You will learn all the basics of Silversmithing and jewelry making.

This class will be taught from the following view points:

1. It will be taught as a metals class not an art class.
All the basics of metal smithing for the creation of jewelry will be taught with Mr. Norris’ unique techniques he has learned over the past 30 years of studying and teaching silversmithing.

2. Soldering: You will taught to use nothing but hard solder for all solder joints on new construction. It is easier, faster, and makes better jewelry!  Learning how to be an expert with a torch is the secret and it is not that difficult!

3. That everyone in the class will want to do Silversmithing to make a living. An emphasis will be placed on designing, making and selling jewelry for a profit. If you wish to do Silversmithing as a hobby, that is fine, but after taking this class you will be able to make nearly any type of silver jewelry and it will be good enough to sell. How to sell your jewelry will be discussed and taught!

4. Below are some other unique, even controversial, techniques that will be taught. You will be taught to spray on your flux and use it as a temperature gauge for soldering. You will be taught what flux does, and that flux does not “clean” the silver.
You will be taught that you can not use too much flux

You will be taught to use nothing but strip (sheet) solder in large snippets, not those silly little tiny snippets, and for sure not to use wire and paste solders!

You will be taught how solder works on a physics level so that you fully understand why and how to solder correctly.
You will be taught to use a $10.00 torch from Ace Hardware. It will make you thousands of dollars worth of jewelry so that you can purchase more important tools and equipment. The best torch for silversmithing will also, of course, be shown and discussed.

You will be taught that if you are doing repairs, YOU ARE LOOSING MONEY!
You will be taught that every time you pick up a jeweler’s saw, YOU ARE LOOSING MONEY!
You will be taught never to use rouges.
You will be taught to never worry about “fire coat” or “fire scale” and why.
You will be taught a way to make a bezel that will forever change the way that you make them. FAST AND PERFECT!!!! You will be taught why you should never use any thing but serrated bezel.
You will be taught why you will never want to use a “jeweler’s bench”.
You will be taught that you only need two files to do all your filing on sterling silver.
You will be taught the difference between working with silver and gold.
You will be taught that if you are a beginner you should not even work in gold and why, if you do, you will loose money! You will be taught many unusual ways to sell your jewelry, and for a good profit.

This is not a “project class”, you will only make one “Southwestern” or “American Indian” styled ring. By making it you will learn all the basics to make just about anything!

“If you are a beginner, I will teach you everything you need to know to become a successful, profitable Silversmith!  If you are an experienced silversmith, I will teach you to work quicker, make better jewelry and make more PROFIT!” Don Norris

 

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2) Intermediate Solid Band Ring

Silversmithing Class

All stones, silver, supplies and tools furnished. You do not need to bring anything to the class.

You will learn all the basics of Silversmithing and jewelry making.

You will learn how to make a solid band ring and several small projects. All projects give you an opportunity to learn many more skills
and practice the soldering skills that you may already have.

Thursday and Friday, February 28, March 1

Gem & Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches, Inc.   www.gemandmineral.cc

9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday

Cost: $300.00
Class is limited to 8 students.

Taught by Don Norris,Professional silversmith and teacher for over 30 years.

Register now:  1-303-517-1068  to talk to Don Norris  dnorris@frii.com Visit: LearnSilver.com

Visit my web site for more examples and go to Intermediate Silversmithing Class. You must have taken my Beginning Silversmithing Class before taking this Class.

 

 

3) Stepped Bezel and Basket Setting

Intermediate Silversmithing Class

All stones, silver, supplies and tools furnished. You do not need to bring anything to the class.

You will learn all the basics of Silversmithing and jewelry making.

You will learn how to make a solid band ring.
You will learn many more skills
and practice the soldering skills that you may already have.

Thursday and Friday, March 2 and 3
Gem & Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches, Inc.  www.gemandmineral.cc

9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday

Cost: $330.00
Class is limited to 8 students.

Taught by Don Norris, Professional silversmith and teacher for over 30 years.

Register now: 1-303-517-1068  dnorris@frii.com Visit: LearnSilver.com

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Visit my web site for more examples and go to Intermediate Silversmithing Class. You must have taken my Beginning Silversmithing Class before taking this Class.

For more information Visit: www.gemandmineral.cc

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

From Under the Earth to Jewelry Worthy: Intarsia and Cabachons

Once you understand how a piece of rock from the earth becomes a shiny, polished part of a piece of jewelry, you will appreciate the expertise it takes to create it.  The Rickie Report admits to being a lover of mother nature and it most awestruck when an everyday rock becomes a magnificent ring, earring, or part of a necklace.  We asked Jeff Ursillo, a past President of the Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches to share some information with us. Intarsia is a geometric design, similar to marquetry.  Check out this post to see some incredible examples!

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General Meeting

January 17, 2013

7:30 PM

Please note: Starting in January, we will be meeting at the South Florida Science Museum NOT the Garden Club.  The Museum is across the street from the Garden Club.

Congratulations to the Newly Elected Officers for 2013:

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Barbara Ringhiser – President
KC Foster – 1st Vice President
Jen Ursillo – 2nd Vice President
Deb Slutzky – Secretary
Marv Berkowitz – Treasurer

 

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The Society would like to extend congratulations and thanks to the “Rockhound” Editor, Jeff Ursillo for his induction into the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical Society’s Decade Club.  This Club recognizes newsletter editors who have served their clubs for over TEN years!

 

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Malachite

 

TRR:   How did you get interested in being a “rock hound”?

JU:  A customer at the print shop I work at told me about a gem and mineral show that was coming up and I took the family to it as a fun “family” event. I had never been exposed to minerals before and was amazed at the colors, shapes and overall beauty of the mineral world. I was hooked!  We joined the Gem & Mineral Society at their next meeting (December 1995)

 

TRR:  What types of things does the Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches do  at their meetings?

JU:  A typical meeting consists of a short business meeting (15-25 minutes) a break for refreshments and then our program for the night. We have door prizes and raffle items at all the meetings. Our programs are always “hobby related”. We usually have speakers, but occasionally do demonstrations, show DVDs, and have member “Show & Sell” nights.
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TRR:  What if I don’t know anything about gems or minerals but I just appreciate “mother nature” and the beautiful formations I see in rocks?
JU:  The Society is full of helpful people who are willing to share their knowledge or identify a mineral specimen.We have a large library that is available to members to withdraw books or DVDs.
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Intarsia

TRR:  Please share how you take a natural rock and make a cabochon out of it, ready to be set as a piece of jewelry.

JU:   If I’m starting with a rough piece of material, the first step is to cut slabs about 1/4 inch thick using a diamond bladed rock saw. Once the slab is cut, an area is marked off and using a smaller diamond saw, the desired area is trimmed out to the approximate shape or “blank”.  The blank is then taken to a series of grinding wheels where it is formed to the final shape. Using a series of finer and finer sanding wheels the stone is polished to a brilliant shine.
TRR:  The Gem, Jewelry, Bead and Mineral Show is your big fundraiser.  Tell us more about how that has grown over the years.
JU:   When the show first stared in 1966 it was held is a side room at the Auditorium, also known as

Intarsia

Intarsia

the Leakee Teepee. There were seven dealers from the West Palm Beach area. As the years went on and the show became more popular, it moved out onto the main floor of the Auditorium and hosted  20 dealers. Display cases, which featured members work or collections of minerals were added to the show. A demonstration area was added where the public was introduced to the art of lapidary.

When the Auditorium was sold, the Society moved west to the South Florida Fairgrounds. The larger area allowed us to add more dealers, expand the display and demo areas. The show now features over 65 dealers, a large demonstration area and a children’s area with a Carolina style flume mine, fossil dig, geode cracking and so much more!
The Society is a great place to learn about minerals, fossils, jewelry and many related areas. We offer over 25 classes, ranging from Cabochon cutting, beadwork, wire wrapping, and chain making, to name a few.
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Silver Onyx Box

The society is a member of the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical & Lapidary Societies Inc. and the Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc., which are affiliated with the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies. Our members are able to participate in activities sponsored by these organizations.

 

Petrified Wood

Petrified Wood

GEM & MINERAL SOCIETY OF THE PALM BEACHES, INC.

PO Box 18095, West Palm Beach, FL 33416-8095 www.gemandmineral.cc

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

***PLEASE PRINT CLEARLY***

Name 1:_____________________________________ B’day 1:_____________Month only

Name 2:_____________________________________B’day 2:____________    Month only

Address: ________________________________________________________ City:_____________________________State: _______________Zip: __________________ Summer Address: ______________________________________________________________________ Summer City, State, Zip

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On what committee or committees are you willing to work. If you are not sure what is involved, please feel free to ask any of the Society’s officers. Remember, A MEMBER IS A VOLUNTEER!!

*************************PLEASE READ CAREFULLY****************************

To qualify for membership, you MUST be willing to participate and take an active part in the Society’s activities such as attending monthly meetings, display, demonstrate or serve on various committees at the annual Show or other Society functions, and to subscribe to the Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation, which are included in the Membership Roster. YEARLY DUES ARE TO BE PAID BY DECEMBER 31 OF EACH YEAR

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SOCIETY POSITIONS

___ Greeter at meetings R
___ Teaching Classes U
___ Refreshments at meeting S
___ Newsletter V
___ Program Committee T
___ Shop Maintenance W ___Other AC__________________

SHOW COMMITTEES

___ Ticket Takers at door X
___ Set Up/Take Down Y (skirting tables, setting up display cases, loading and/or unloading the club truck)

___ Demonstrations Z (faceting, cabbing, jewelry making, bead work, etc.)

___ Scholarship Auction AA (outgoing personality a PLUS!!)
___ Security AB (unarmed, observe and report only)
___ Other AC ___________________________________________

MEMBERSHIP LEVEL

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Single $15.00 Family (with children up to 18) $25.00 Signature___________________________________________Date___________________

Junior(to age 18) $10.00
Society name tags are available for $12 from the Membership Secretary.

FOR SOCIETY USE:

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For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291