Pebble Pups Meeting

The next meeting is Thursday, March 28th, 6:30p.  

Meeting Location:  South Conference Room at the HGMS Ed Center, 7901 Bailey Cove Road SE, Huntsville.

Welcome to March!  We have a great program scheduled for the Pups!  Again we will have three activities:  Theresa will lead a lapidary arts project, Dee Dee and Eric will talk about the upcoming April 8th Solar Eclipse, and Angela will talk about the two March birthstones and fossil ammonite.

If you were not yet aware, the March birthstone is aquamarine!  It is a variety of the mineral called beryl. Beryl is a relatively rare silicate mineral with a chemical composition of Be3Al2Si6O18.  It is found in igneous and metamorphic rocks in many parts of the world.  It is found in a range of color from greenish-blue to blue and range from a very light, almost imperceptible color to stones with a rich vibrant color.  The color is usually more intense in larger stones, and darker blue stones are very valuable.  The name aquamarine is derived from a combination of two Latin words:  aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea – the color of the sea.  Aquamarine is harder than simple quartz coming in at 7.5 to 8.0 on the Mohs hardness scale.  Also, it is mined mainly in Brazil, but it is also found in Nigeria, Madagascar, Zambia, Pakistan, and Mozambique.

The traditional birthstone for March is bloodstone.  Bloodstone is a dark green variety of chalcedony adorned with a spatter of bright red.  It has been a popular gemstone for at least two thousand years and has served as the modern birthstone for the month of March since 1912.

So attend the March Pups meeting and take home some really cool collectable minerals and fossils!

Meeting Schedule

We’ll meet at the Ed Center in the South Conference room every 4th Thursday through October 2024 with alternate dates for November and possibly December 2024.  If you are half as excited as I am about Pup Power in 2024, I know that you will make every effort to attend every meeting and add to your mineral, gem and fossil collection!

Your Pebble Pups Team – Mike, Angela, Dee, Theresa, Scott, and Bill

About Pebble Pups

The Pebble Pups is a program for youngsters to learn more about the world around us, concentrating on rocks, minerals, fossils, and geology.  We offer field trips, too.  Interested children and grands of members, ages 8 to 18 years old are welcome to come join us to investigate and discover rocks, minerals, gems and fossils.  For contact information, please email hsvgems@gmail.com.

More information about the Future Rockhounds of America program can be found at AFMS Juniors – FRA Badge Program (amfed.org).