Celebrate Gem & Mineral Society’s 50th Anniversary At Gem, Mineral, Bead, Jewelry, & Fossil Show November 19-20

Celebrate the Gem & Mineral Society’s 50th Anniversary at their mega exposition on November 19 and 20th at the Expo Center of the South Florida Fairgrounds.  Over 80 national dealers will 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 more.  The highlight this year will be a guest lecturer form the Smithsonian Museum who will be speaking on Pegmatites as well as bringing a showcase of new specimen acquisitions for the Museum! The Rickie Report shares the details and some images form last year’s event.  Bring the whole family – The show is well timed before Christmas for plenty of opportunities for shopping for all budget levels, limited to unlimited!

 

 

 

 

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Gem & Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches, Inc.

Presents:

Golden Anniversary 50th Annual

Gem, Mineral, Bead, Jewelry, & Fossil Show

November 19-20, 2016

 

Saturday, November 19th   9AM—6PM

Sunday, November 20th  10AM—5PM

Expo Center East South Florida Fairgrounds,

9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach, Florida 33411

www.southfloridafair.com

 

 

 

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HIGHLIGHTS:

Guest lecturer from the Smithsonian Museum!

Learn about Pegmatites!

See the newest specimen acquisitions for the museum!

 

 

 

 

~Demonstrations~

~Hourly Door Prizes~

~ Guest Speakers~

~Kids Activities~

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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, a show Grand Prize drawing 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. Guest speakers will present a variety of educational topics.

 

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The Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches was founded in 1966 as a club for like-minded individuals who shared a passion for gems, minerals, the lapidary arts and geological sciences. 50 years later it still serves residents of Palm Beach County with those interests and more. At the clubs workshop one can find a variety of work being done – from silversmithing to cutting and polishing precious and semiprecious gemstones.  At meeting, members spread knowledge and fellowship for members of all ages. The youngest of the club members are mentored in the junior rockhound program with activities specially crafted just for them.

 

 

 

For more information:

gemandmineralsociety.org

 

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Caren Hackman Interviews Nancy Bernardeau, Of Smokehouse Pottery

Nancy Bernardeau is a clay artist who specializes in creating one-of-a-kind decorative ceramic forms utilizing the raku process and other associated alternative firing techniques, such as horsehair and saggar firing.  The Rickie Report has admired Nancy’s creations at Artisans On The Ave in Lake Worth.  Caren Hackman shares an interview with Nancy, not only exploring her artistry, but explaining more about different firing techniques.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

Nancy Bernardeau, Smokehouse Pottery

Talks About

 

“The Magic Of Raku”

 

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Glass Embedded Celadon Box by Nancy Bernardeau

 

 

 

Nancy Bernardeau tells The Rickie Report, ” I am constantly drawn to the magic of Raku firing! It is so dramatic to open up a kiln when it is glowing red hot at around 1832 degrees fahrenheit. Of course there is danger involved, making it even more exciting and adrenaline producing! So I gear up with my respirator, high temperature gloves, and clothing that completely covers and protects me from the intense heat. Raku firing gives me the “instant gratification” of seeing my results a lot more rapidly than waiting hours for a kiln to fire and then cool down. I’m directly involved in the firing and reduction process, as I place each piece in a container with combustibles, set it up in flames and put a tight cover on it so it smokes and smolders. This reduction or deprivation of oxygen is what creates the dramatic blacks and crackles, a signature of Raku pottery. The magic continues when the pot is taken out of the container and scrubbed clean under water. The beautiful colors then reveal themselves in sometimes unexpected ways”!

 

 

 

Caren Hackman shares, ” Nancy Bernardeau is a clay artist who specializes in creating one of a kind decorative ceramic forms utilizing the raku process and other associated alternative firing techniques, such as horsehair and saggar firing. It is always a pleasure to visit Nancy and see what new forms, materials and techniques she is incorporating into her work”.

 

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Horse Hair Raku by Nancy Bernardeau

Understanding Raku Terminology:

Raku firing involves opening up a kiln when the pot is glowing red hot at around 100 degrees C (1832 F) and removing each piece with tongs and placing it into a reduction container with either newspaper or sawdust. The pot catches fire and a tight lid is placed onto container, creating smoke which blackens any of the unglazed areas. Thermal shock usually produces an overall crackle on the glazed areas.

 

 

Horse hair raku is removed from the kiln at a lower temperature and is not put into a covered bin. The decoration occurs when strands of horse hair are laid across the hot ware leaving a swirling linear smoke design on the surface.

 

Saggar firing is a type of smoke firing in which each unglazed pot is enclosed and fired in a lidded container. Combustible materials and minerals are added to the container and the piece gets fired, getting the colors from the burning off of these materials creating a soft marbled look on the surface. Polishing with wax adds sheen.

 

 

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Nancy with her kiln

 

 

CH:  Why do you do what you do?

NB:  

Creating with clay offers me the opportunity to satisfy my tactile and visual needs. It also provides constant challenges with infinite learning experiences.

 

 

 

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One of a kind Ceramic by Nancy Bernardeau

CH: How do you work?

NB:

I am not a prolific production potter, although I am in awe of people who are able to do that. I concentrate on creating a few unique pieces at a time. I “nurture” these pieces from conception through fabrication and decoration, finally releasing them to share. The development of each clay piece is like raising a child. I do what I can for it to reach its potential. A great deal of thought, love and care is involved.

 

CH: What’s your background?

NB:

 

I was an art major in college and was exposed to many different art forms. I dabbled in painting, printmaking, jewelry, ceramics and specifically photography. Upon finishing my studies, I worked in commercial photography, and then fashion styling. I then moved to Florida with my husband and eventually became an art teacher certified to teach grades K-12. Upon retiring, I felt compelled to rekindle my love for clay and to dedicate myself to exploring it as an art form.

 

CH: What’s integral to the work of an artist?

NB:

Discipline, desire, PATIENCE, and the curiosity and willingness to explore and experiment. Risk-taking is important and not being afraid to fail.

 

 

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Jar with Jeweled Shoulder by Nancy Bernardeau

 

 

CH: What role does the artist have in society?

NB:

For me the role of the artist is to provoke emotion and stimulate the senses by making people stop, think, perhaps question and, as a result, see things with a new perspective.

 

CH: What has been a seminal experience?

NB:

 

Combined with getting my own pottery wheel and kiln, I took a couple of wonderful and inspiring Master workshops. The first one was with raku master Steven Branfman. It was a transformative and inspiring experience. I started to incorporate glass embedded into my work and started to really enjoy glazing as if it were an abstract painting. Working this way gives me the joy and freedom to work more spontaneously and instinctively. I also participated in a formative workshop with Linda and Charles Riggs, masters of saggar firing, and other techniques that I love, such as naked raku, and horsehair firing.

 

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Horsehair Fired Vessel by Nancy Bernardeau

 

 

CH: How has your practice change over time

NB:

My biggest change was to concentrate on making an attractive form that can be used more decoratively, and also one of a kind, rather than concentrating on making many functional pieces with perfect craftsmanship.

 

CH:  What art do you most identify with?

NB: 

I love art that is vibrant and colorful, energetic and abstract. I enjoy different textures and I also appreciate art that is more monochromatic. I was always attracted to abstract landscape. My favorite artists are Picasso and Matisse.

 

CH: What work do you most enjoying doing?

NB:

I really enjoy making boxes that are embedded with glass. These pieces incorporate wheel throwing, hand-building, as well as the texture and color that the glass creates. The glass enables me to incorporate glaze around it, giving me an opportunity to add contrast and color. I usually finish these boxes off with an interesting wood handle found in nature. When searching for the perfect wood handle, one usually calls out to me because it has a “personality” or a soul. As much as I love color, I also enjoy, appreciate, and create more monochromatically. The monochrome pieces are created using naked raku, horse hair, and saggar fired techniques.

 

 

Nancy’s work can be seen at:


ARTISANS ON THE AVE
630 LAKE AVENUE   LAKE WORTH, FL 33460

561-762-8162 or 561-582-3300

Gallery Hours: Open 7 days a week

Monday thru Saturday 11am – 9pm
Sunday 11am – 6pm

 

 

 

For more information about Caren Hackman:

Caren Hackman is a graphic designer and fine artist living in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. and author of a book about Graphic Design and Good Business practice: http://www.carenhackman.com/book/.

Be sure to check out Caren’s wonderful artwork – Caren is a talented artist in her own right! She is a founding member of the Artists of Palm Beach County.

www.carenhackman.com

 

 

 

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

 

49th Annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show Will Offer Delights For All Ages

The 49th annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show is a mouthful, but there really is a lot to see and do at this two-day indoor event!  On November 21st and 22nd, the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center will be transformed into the largest culturally stimulating event ALL AGES can enjoy. Over 80 dealers will offer gems, jewelry, loose beads, specimen collections, geodes,rocks, tools, fossils and more than we can list!  The Rickie Report highlights the Show here and reminds you that the Society holds monthly meetings.  We’re giving you a discount coupon plus some sneak peeks!

 

 

 

 

 

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GEM AND MINERAL SOCIETY

 

The Gem and Mineral Society offers many types of educational and cultural experiences.

  • We operate a full lapidary shop open to our members.
  • Classes in lapidary
  • Classes in jewelry making for adults
  • Classes in jewelry making for children.

 

Our monthly meetings are held at the West Palm Beach Garden Club in Dreher Park on the 3rd Thursday of each month and feature guest speakers or demonstrations that are educational as well as entertaining. Visit our web site for more information, photos from past shows, membership forms and $1 discount coupons for the show. Membership applications are available at the show or on our web site: www.gemandmineralsociety.org.

 

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Raffle item (Photo Courtesy of GMS)

 

 

Our show is run totally by our member volunteers, who are eager to share their enthusiasm and knowledge with everyone! Proceeds from the show provide the operating budget for the Society for the following year.

 

 

 

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Fine Jewelry (Photo Courtesy of GMS)

 

 

Seeing actual fossils, touching gem stones and finding the rocks where they are found is an exciting experience!

 

 

 

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Fossils (Photo Courtesy of GMS)

 

 

Sluicing at the Mine and Junior Rockhound Activities 

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Photo Courtesy of GMS

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Photo Courtesy of GMS

 

 

Jewelry makers will find loose beads, strands, pearls, gemstones, glass, wood, semi-precious stones and findings.

 

 

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Photo Courtesy of GMS

 

For more information about this Show or the activities of the Gem and Mineral Society of The Palm Beaches, please visit: www.gemandmineralsociety.org

 

 

 

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

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

48th Annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show Offers Classes, Activities, Shopping for the Whole Family

The 48th annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show is coming to the South Florida Fair & Expo East. The title is a mouthful, but there really is a lot to see and do at this show!  The Rickie Report is giving readers a preview of this not-to-be-missed event! It’s not too early to save November 22nd and 23rd on your calendars!  Use our special coupon for discount admission.

 

 

Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches

Presents

48th Annual

 

Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead & Fossil Show

 

November 22nd   9 am – 6 pm

November 23rd   10 am – 5 pm

 

The South Florida Fairgrounds

 

Expo Center East 9067 Southern Blvd. West Palm Beach

 

 

 

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Gibeon Meteorite

 

 

 

 

Jeff Slutsky, President of the Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches tells The Rickie Report, “We strive to provide a family oriented, culturally stimulating show each year. Proceeds from this show provide the operating budget for the Society for the following year. Our show is run totally by our member volunteers.”

 

 

 

 

Demonstrations and Classes will be Part of this Year's Show

Demonstrations and Classes will be Part of this Year’s Show

 

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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.

 

 

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Gem, Mineral and Fossil Hunters from 2013 Event

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Huge selection from beads, pearls and gemstones world wide.

 

 

 

Monthly meetings are held at the West Palm Beach Garden Club in Dreher Park on the 3rd Thursday of each month and feature guest speakers or demonstrations that are educational as well as entertaining.

 

 

 

 

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Ancient Fossils

 

 

For more information and Membership applications please 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

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show Offers Variety of Merchandise and Artistry

The Rickie Report is looking forward to this years’ 47th Annual Gem and Mineral Show presented by the Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches.  This show has something for everyone in the family!  Kids will love seeing fossils or have a geode cut in half as they watch and wait to see the mother nature magic that will be inside.  The natural artifacts dug from the earth will fascinate even the most “jaded” among us.  For those who are renovating, you may even find sinks made from fossilized wood!  And here you can shop for jewelry made from magnificent beads or the beads themselves to make the jewelry!  

 

 

 

Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches

Presents

47th Annual

Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, Bead and Fossil Show

 

November 23rd  9am-6pm  

November 24th  10 am – 5 pm

 

The South Florida Fairgrounds

 

 Expo Center East   9067 Southern Blvd.  West Palm Beach

 

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Brought to You by Mother Nature

 

 

A group of like-minded mineral and jewelry enthusiasts gathered at different homes to discuss their interest in these fields. In January, 1966 the Society was officially chartered as a Florida corporation, with its stated purpose being to provide a place for gem and mineral collectors to gather and share in their hobby.  The Society has shared its vast knowledge in our community. This was achieved by presenting a series of hands-on mineral lectures to various Palm Beach Schools.

Beads, Stones, Minerals!

Beads, Stones, Jewelry, Minerals!

 

The Society’s largest public outreach is its annual show.  Each year, for the weekend before Thanksgiving, the Gem and Mineral Society takes over the Expo East Building of the South Florida Fairgrounds to hold its Gem, Jewelry, Bead and Fossil Show.  The show features a wide array of dealers who carry merchandise from all over the world.  Additionally, Society members come out to spread the word and educate visitors about the Society and the hobby. The show features a Demonstration Area, where members showcase the many classes offered to members of the Society.

 

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Cuff Bracelet made with Cabachon

In the past, the Society has had special exhibits that greet visitors upon entering the Expo building.  Past attractions have included: a Moon Rock from Apollo 17, two Ruby statues weighing several thousand carats each, and a life-size photo of a Mastodon skeleton (as well as actual bones from the dig) that the Society helped unearth in Palm Beach County.

 

Mining Flume

Mining Flume

One of the Show’s biggest attractions is the Mining Flume.  This is a running water flume where guests can buy buckets containing filler materials and rough mineral specimens.  Sitting at the flume, visitors sift through the materials in the buckets, guided by Society members who help visitors identify what they find.  Visitors can keep anything they find in the bucket, and kids love taking home their beautiful stones.

 

Rocks and Fossils!

Rocks and Fossils!

 

There is also a Fossil Dig!  Kids love digging in the sand to find and keep real Florida fossils.  Again, guided by members, the kids learn about the fossils they are finding, and are always thrilled to leave with a bag of treasures!

 

Sink fabricated from Fossilized Wood

Sink fabricated from Fossilized Wood

Gem Society members love to share their knowledge with the public and generate new interest. Within the Society, classes are always ongoing for members who want to further their skills.  Classes include cabochon cutting, faceting, wire wrapping, chain maille, beading, enameling and so much more. Scholarships are also awarded to members to attend one of two lapidary schools; Wildacres or William Holland.  

 

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Copper Art

The Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches remains a thriving organization that aspires to share knowledge and join people together through a common interest.  Whether out in the community or attending small classes within the Society, our members love to swap information and skill sets with anyone willing to learn.  The Society, celebrating its 50th birthday in 2016, is still going strong and sharing a love of stones with the world!

 

Join the fun at the the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center on November 23rd and 24th.  For more information visit:  www.gemandmineral.cc   or call  561-585-2080.  

 

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

Gem and Mineral Society Members’ Show and Sale!

The Rickie Report knows you will want to see what the members of the Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches have been creating this year.  Their next meeting on April 18th will showcase their newest work and a lot of it will be for sale!  This is also a great time to stop by and  just see what the group is all about.  Bring the kids, this is a family friendly event!

 
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Public is Invited

Semi-Annual Members’ Show and Sale

Thursday

April 18, 2013

7:30 PM

 

South FL Science Museum  

4801 Dreher Trail North  W. Palm Beach  33405

 

The April program will be or semi-annual member’s show and sell. Our members will be out in full force showing off their talents in jewelry and lapidary arts, many of which are learned at Society classes. Items will be for sale! Come join us and see what the Society has to offer.

IMPORTANT:  Starting in January 2013, we will be meeting at the South Florida Science Museum NOT the Garden Club. The Museum is across the street from the Garden Club.

Mineral of the Month- Do you know what it is?

Mineral of the Month- Do you know what it is?

This is a large, double terminated assemble of Quartz-crystals.  They are semi-lustrous with some glossy faces.  Perched on the Quartz is a huge Fluorite-crystal!  There is blue, some lavender on the edges, a dark green zone in one corner and a green phantom in the lower right corner.  Location: Yaogangxian, Chenzou,Hunan, China.  Specimen, photo, & © viamineralia.com

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For more information please 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

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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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Rhodacrosite

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

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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.

 

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Petrified Wood

GEM & MINERAL SOCIETY OF THE PALM BEACHES, INC.

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