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February 28th Meeting Featuring “6000 Years of Chinese Jade Culture” with John Messamore

Please join us on February 28th at 6:30 to hear our guest speaker John Messamore’s discussion about Jade (see description below and bio).

6000 Years of Chinese Jade Culture. Will discuss characteristics and sources of jade, working methods, typical Chinese forms, development of culture and impacts of class on early use. Will use historical and personal jade/hardstone examples to illustrate the beauty and mystery of the material.

John Messamore grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, and graduated from Vanderbilt University on an Army ROTC scholarship in 1975. He minored in Geology there and learned just enough to be dangerous about rocks.  Later he achieved Master’s degrees in Systems Management from USC and in National Resources Management from the International College of the Armed Forces.  He served for twenty-six years as an Army Air Defense Officer and Topographic Engineer, commanding units of battery, battalion, and brigade sizes and retiring as a Colonel in 2001. He next worked as a Defense contractor for thirteen years focusing on unmanned systems research and development, DOD security program management, and nuclear and conventional physical security requirements. For over thirty years John has had a keen interest in history and antiques. As a collector, dealer, student, and now lecturer on Chinese arts at the Universtity of North Alabama Institute for Learning in Retirement, John enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for Chinese material cultures, especially Jade! He is married to Col (Ret) Pamela Arias and lives in Florence, Alabama.
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February 28th Meeting Featuring “6000 Years of Chinese Jade Culture”

Please join us on February 28th at 6:30 to hear our guest speaker John Messamore’s discussion about Jade (see description below and bio).

6000 Years of Chinese Jade Culture. Will discuss characteristics and sources of jade, working methods, typical Chinese forms, development of culture and impacts of class on early use. Will use historical and personal jade/hardstone examples to illustrate the beauty and mystery of the material.

John Messamore grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, and graduated from Vanderbilt University on an Army ROTC scholarship in 1975. He minored in Geology there and learned just enough to be dangerous about rocks.  Later he achieved Master’s degrees in Systems Management from USC and in National Resources Management from the International College of the Armed Forces.  He served for twenty-six years as an Army Air Defense Officer and Topographic Engineer, commanding units of battery, battalion, and brigade sizes and retiring as a Colonel in 2001. He next worked as a Defense contractor for thirteen years focusing on unmanned systems research and development, DOD security program management, and nuclear and conventional physical security requirements. For over thirty years John has had a keen interest in history and antiques. As a collector, dealer, student, and now lecturer on Chinese arts at the Universtity of North Alabama Institute for Learning in Retirement, John enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for Chinese material cultures, especially Jade! He is married to Col (Ret) Pamela Arias and lives in Florence, Alabama.

January 24, 2017 meeting

In January we will do the first of 3 programs this year where members share their prize rocks and stones.
Sharing the Stones: Show and Tell No. 1
At our January 24th Program, we want members whose last names begin with A through H to bring up to 3 (no more than 3) of your favorite rocks, slabs, cabs, or jewelry to a Show and Tell. By limiting the number of people and objects, each person gets to tell how they got the object, what it is (or to ask what it is), and to explain why this piece is important to the person.  By allowing each person who brings something to share a few minutes to show off each piece, the club gets to know each person better as well as to ooh and aah at their pretties. Later in the year we will have 2 more Show and Tell programs where other members get their 10 minutes of fame.

HGMS Presentation ~ “Finding Gems & Crystals in the Southeast & Hogg Mine Mineral Formation” by Chris Painter

rose-quartzOn 22 November 2016, Chris Painter will present “Finding Gems & Crystals in the Southeast & Hogg Mine Mineral Formation”.

Chris’ love for rocks began at a young age. He collected rocks he found from about the time he could walk. He was hooked when he found his first quartz crystal and has been on a relentless search for gemstones ever since. Chris has dug for gemstones and minerals all over the world including Africa, Australia, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Peru, and Brazil. He has a rock business called The Crystals Empire, and he sells and trades at Gem and Mineral shows. Chris is the manager and operator of the Hogg Mine in LaGrange, GA—which is open to the public with advance reservations—as well as other claims he digs at occasionally. He is also the Vice President of Clearview Networks and has several other businesses he runs outside of the gem and a mineral world. Chris is a cutter and jewelry designer. He can cut cabochons, facet, and silver and goldsmith as well when he has time. He has a beautiful Girlfriend Jana and they both have 2 kids each. Bailey (17) Hunter (12) Brooklyn (9) Hana (9). Jana and all of the kids are exceptional rock hounds and have their own rock collections. Check out a couple of his videos at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wCk1iD-rIM and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RGNt0oMTDI.

The HGMS meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.  at the Huntsville Senior Center at 2200 Drake Ave, Huntsville, Alabama and the presentation starts immediately after.

HGMS Presentation ~ “Holography and Gemstones” by Dr. D. Brian Thompson

On 25 October 2016, Dr. D. Brian Thompson will present “Holography and Gemstones”.   Dr. D. Brian Thompson is a Professor of Physics at the University of North Alabama (UNA). He was awarded a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Kentucky in 1994. He spent five years working at synchrotron facilities in England, Italy, and the U.S., performing synchrotron (x ray) light studies on atoms and small molecules. Joining the UNA Department of Physics and Earth Science in 1999, he began a research program in laser optics. Surrounded by mineral specimens in the department, his attitude toward them has been “if it is transparent, let’s shine laser light through it and see what happens.” He has published an article on laser-excited photoluminescence in emeralds in the Gem-A journal, Journal of Gemology (2014); a follow-up article is currently under review at the GIA journal Gems & Gemology.

According to Dr. Thompson several varieties of gemstones exhibit optical properties arising from light reflections occurring inside the stone, including: play of color seen in opals and the similar labradorescence seen in feldspars such as spectrolite and rainbow moonstone, chatoyancy commonly called “cat’s eye” in many species, asterism that is the star in star sapphires, and adularescence that produces a floating blue cloud in moonstone. Static photography of these optical properties, generally referred to as sheen, presents a problem since the sheen effects change both with perspective and with lighting directions. The photographic image cannot reproduce the changing nature of the sheen exhibited by a gemstone in hand. Holography offers another imaging method that may be able to capture the changeable nature of sheen seen in gemstone. Over the past year, we have built and improved a setup that currently uses three laser colors (red, green, and blue) to create reflection holograms of gemstones. Last spring we were successful in creating a three-color holograms of an opal; to quote an industry expert “it looks as if you can reach through and touch it.” In this talk Dr. Thompson will describe the holographic process, review the opal imaging success, describe the acquisition of other specimens for holography, and provide updates on his current efforts to create holograms from these specimens.

The HGMS meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Central Time and the presentation begins promptly after.  Hope to see you there!

Bagging Party Planned for Sat., Sept. 10, at Hampton Cove Storage Unit

Mark Habercom, Mining Flume Chair, is planning a Bagging “Party” for the Flume/Gem Dig material on Sat., Sept. 10, starting at 9:00 at the Club’s Hampton Cove Storage Unit.  This is on 431S at the Eagle storage facility, about a mile south of the Wal-Mart.  The bagging process isn’t difficult, and the more who come, the more fun it will be for all.  If you have any questions, contact Mark or Lori.

2016 Show Volunteer Request

Many Volunteers Are Needed for Our Show this October

      We are busy organizing the Club’s annual Gem, Jewelry, & Mineral Show for Oct. 7 – 9 this year.  It will be at the Jaycees Community Building again at 2180 Airport Road S.W. in Huntsville (on Jaycee Way).  Our new location is better, but it still takes lots of help from all of our members to make it a good show.  It’s a great opportunity for members to get together and learn more about gems and minerals, and it can be a lot of fun.  We also get to teach others about our hobby and make money to support the club’s many activities.  So please mark your calendars now for Oct. 5 –  9 (Wed. to Sun.) and plan to help out as much as you can.

There are several different Activities/Areas to help with:

(1) Wed., Oct. 5, we’ll need a few Volunteers to mark the Show Layout on the Jaycees Building floor, and others to load up the Club’s Show Supplies at the Winchester Storage Unit and unload it at the Jaycees Building.

(2) Set-Up Day – Thurs., Oct.6, from 7:30am to about 6pm – we’ll need alot of workers to help unload Club and Dealers’ supplies and equipment at the Jaycees Building and help set them up.

(3) Set-Up Dinner – Thurs., 4:30 on.  The Dinner is at 6:00, for Dealers and Volunteers, and we’ll need workers to set it up, serve it, and clean up after it.  We’ll also need lots of Food Donations for it.

(4) Thursday we’ll need some members to bring in and set up Displays of their collections to put in cases which the Club provides.  If a few members want to combine their treasures in one Display, that’s great, too.

(5 – 10) During the Show, on Fri., Sat., & Sun., we’ll need workers for the Ticket Table, Information Booth, Mining Flume, Gem Dig, Kids’ Activities, and Demonstrations – of faceting, cabbing, carving, jewelry-making, etc.

(11) At 5pm on Sun., we’ll start our Take-Down, and it’ll take alot of workers to take everything apart and load it back up.

We’ll also need to have 1 or 2 Work Days at our Storage Unit on Winchester Road in Aug. or Sept. to repair Display Cases and other items.  And Bagging Sessions will be needed for the Flume material, and other Sessions to break up Gem Dig material and load it into the Cart.  Please watch for announcements of dates and times to help out with these.

We have some of the Chairmen we need, but still need a few more.  Caryl Nixon is Chairing the Set-Up Dinner, Deb Neis is Chairing Demos, Brian Burgess is Chairing the Kids’ Activities, Mark Habercom is Chairing the Mining Flume (and would love to train someone to take over for him), and I’ll be Chairing the Info Booth and Dinner Food Donations.  We still need Chairs for the Ticket Table, Gem Dig, and Displays, so please think about helping with these.  Feel free to ask me any questions you might have about them, and let me know if you’re interested.  If you’d like to Volunteer to help with the Show in other ways, please sign up on the Sign-Up Sheets at the meetings, noting the days or times you prefer.  Or you can contact the Chairman of the Area you’re interested in directly, or me.  Shifts during the Show are usually for 2 hours, but any help is appreciated.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask Tony Smith, the Chairmen, or me.  My phone # and e-mail address are in the back of the Newsletter and on the Website.     –Lori Willhoite, Show Volunteer Coordinator

 

HGMS Presentation: “The Joy of Tumbling” by Mike Harrison

Mike_GlamMike Harrison will be making his presentation on 23 August 2016 at the Huntsville Senior Center, 2200 Drake Avenue, Huntsville, Alabama. Mike currently works for Boeing Company and has over 40 years as an engineer in the aerospace industry. He has worked as a Design Engineer, a Productability Engineer, a Quality Engineer, a Program Manager & Scheduler for Lockheed Martin, Phillips Petroleum and the Boeing Company, designing tooling, composite components, structure, and metallic structure for airplanes, satellites, rockets, missiles, unmanned and manned spacecraft as well as wind tunnel models.  His passions are rockhounding, designing & creating, as well as pursuing minerals and precious metals in his spare time.

Mike Harrison will present “The Joy of Tumbling”. Mike will be demonstrating rock tumbling equipment and the media used to polish rocks.  This will be very informal and all are encouraged to contribute what works for them.  Bring your best and favorite tumbled specimen and share how you did it.

The HGMS meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Central Time and the presentation begins promptly after.  Hope to see you there!

2016 Huntsville Gem, Jewelry, and Mineral Show

 

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  2016 Huntsville Gem, Jewelry, and Mineral Show

The 48th annual Gem, Jewelry, and Mineral Show, sponsored by the Huntsville Gem & Mineral Society, a non-profit organization and member of the Huntsville Arts Council, will be Friday, October 7 through Sunday, October 9, 2016.  This is the largest jewelry show in the region, the only rock, mineral and gem show in the region, and a great resource for the school earth science curriculum at all levels.

Location:       The Jaycee Community Center at the old airport, 2180 Airport Road, Huntsville, AL 35801

Dates and Hours: 

Friday, October 7                  10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Saturday, October 8             10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Sunday, October 9               12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

  Offerings:     National and International Dealers with every type and quality of  gems, collector specimens, lapidary materials, fossils, finished jewelry (costume to fine), lapidary (rock and mineral) art objects, and jewelry and lapidary supplies.

Lapidary and Jewelry Demonstrations and Displays.

Children’s “gem dig”,  “gem flume”, and presentations

Hourly drawings. Food service.

            Ample, convenient, FREE parking

 

Donation suggested: $3 for adults. $1 for primary & secondary students.

  Children under 5 FREE.  $5 for adult Weekend passes

Web site:   www.huntsvillegms.org                       Contact:  256-534-8803

Past Show Pictures below –

Huntsville Gem Jewelry and Mineral Show

Huntsville Gem Jewelry and Mineral Show

fluorescent gems and minerals at the huntsville gem jewelry and mineral show

fossils at the Huntsville Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show