Rock & Gem Newsletter
Editor: Rose Kapp (firstname.lastname@example.org)
R O C K & GE M
President: Drew Rekunyk
Vice President: David Albert
Past President: Geoff Cameron,
Secretary: Gail Mawhinney
Treasurer: Chandra Collett
Membership: Sonja Stubbings
Workshop: Ken Ayres,
Cecil Smith, Stormy
Refreshments: Diane Rekunyk
Newsletter: Rose Kapp
Society Delegates: Ken Ayres (Sr)
Gary Richards (Int)
Drew/Diane Rekunyk (Jr)
Club Mailing Address:
Port Moody Rock & Gem
c/o Kyle Centre, 125 Kyle St.
Port Moody, B.C., V3H 2V7
General Meetings: 7:30 PM
Last Thursday of every month
(except July & August)
at the Arts Centre.
Check "Next Meeting" column
for list of 2005 meetings dates.
www.lapidary.bc.ca (BC Society)
(Rock & Gem Magazine)
If life is merely a
joke, the question is:
for who's amusement?
MINUTE HIGHLIGHTS of February 24, 2005
• The club has 62 current members
• Donations for Spin & Win prizes needed as well as
tumbled stone. Grab bags are also needed.
• Tuesday night workshops have been busy and most
Thursday nights have been busy.
• Accommodations for Logan Lake filling up fast.
Each club must submit number of those members
interested in going by May 1st so dinner can be booked.
• New updated notice for Yukon tour in workshop.
• Pumps in workshop have been cleaned and Ken to
buy more hose.
• Motion to purchase one bucket of rock from Frank
Tierney was carried.
• Discussion and motion to purchase a brick from
Rotary Club for Queen Street Plaza. Motion was not
carried. Need further information.
• Two faceting kits have been returned.
Meeting adjourned at 8:45 followed by treats provided
submitted by secretary Gail M
SHOP TIPS BY CECIL
• If your tumbler drum starts slipping, wrap the shaft
with soft electrician's tape.
• The polishing pads are getting ripped up through
improper use. Remember that you should be polishing
your stones on the right hand side as the pad is turning
downwards (clockwise). Make sure any pointed stone
is polished with the point down to avoid ripping the
pad or hurting yourself. There's nothing more
frustrating than getting your stone to the polish stage
and then having it flip out of your hands and breaking
on the floor.
submitted by shop supervisor, Cecil Smith
Maple Ridge Silversmithing
Gary Richards reported that Walt Pinder at the Maple
Ridge Rock Club will hold silversmithing courses for 6
to 8 people at a time. It is a 6 hour session held on a
Saturday (no date is set yet). Course costs $75 and all
supplies are included, even silver and stone! If you are
interested, contact Diane Rekunyk (604-941-6724 or
email@example.com). A list of interested people is being
set up and when we get enough people for a class, we
will let you know.
Texturing Metal in Richmond
The Creative Jewellers Guild of BC is holding a
"Texturing Metal" workshop with instructor Sara M.
Sanford. It will be held Saturday & Sunday, April 9th
& 10th, 2005 from 10 AM to 4 PM both days, in the
Library Room (second floor at back) at the Richmond
Cultural Centre, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond. Cost
for non-members is $135.00 with a lab fee of $5 US to
be paid to the instructor. For course details and the
registration form, see the workshop bulletin.
Next meeting: Thurs.,
Mar. 24th, 7:30 PM,
Arts Centre, 2425 St.
Johns Street, PoMo.
Because we ran out of time
during the Feb. meeting, we
will be showing the video of
the Luray Caverns in
Virgina's Shenandoah Valley
at the beginning of the
meeting. Gary will be
bringing examples of
epidote crystals that can be
found on the Four Brothers
Mountain field trip.
Here's a list of this year's meetings so you can mark
your calendar in advance. All meeting are on a
Thursday evening, except the Pot Lucks.
• March 24th • April 28th • May 26th
• mid June Pot Luck (date to be announced)
• July & August, no meetings - Rockhunting Season!
• September 22nd • October 20th • November 17th
• mid December Pot Luck (date to be announced)
Interested in learning to facet
stones? The good news is that
we have 3 faceting kits
available. To learn how to facet,
contact Bill McCracken (see
workshop schedule for phone
number), and he will see what
he can do for you.
"Looks like the neighbours are back
from another rockhound trip."
via Rock Chips 2/94
MON. Lapidary 8:30 AM - 12 noon
TUES. Lapidary 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
WED. Faceting 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
THURS. Lapidary 8:30 AM - 12 noon
THURS. Lapidary 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
For faceting, contact Bill McCracken at 604-469-1726
Rock of the Month
Epidote, while not
general known for
can produce some
unique green color
which is often described as "pistachio", is quite striking in
well colored specimens. In fact, sometimes it is called
"pistacite". The name epidote may come form the Greek
epidosis, meaning increase, referring to the fact that one
side of its crystal is longer than the other. When rotated,
translucent prisms of epidote display strong dichroism - the
colour is dark green in one direction and brown in another.
Here's some more information if you are going on The Four
Brothers Mountain Field Trip (see side bar for field trip
information). Gary Richards will be bring in some samples
of Epidote to the March 24th meeting.
• Color is "pistachio" green to yellowish or brownish green,
also brown to black.
• Luster is vitreous.
• Transparency crystals are transparent to translucent.
• Crystal System monoclinic; 2/m
• Crystal Habits include long, somewhat prismatic or
tabular crystals with a typically dominant pinacoid that the
crystal is often flattened against. The terminations are
wedge shaped or tapered pyramids. Many clusters show
grooved slender crystals or acicular sprays. Also massive,
fibrous or granular.
• Cleavage good in one direction lengthwise.
• Fracture is uneven to conchoidal. • Streak white to gray
• Hardness is 6-7 • Specific Gravity is 3.3-3.5
• Associated Minerals calcite, biotite, hornblende,
actinolite, andradite garnet and other metamorphic
• Other Characteristics: striated to the depth of grooves in
• Notable Occurrences Untersulzbachtal, Austria; Italy;
Baja, Mexico and many localities in the USA.
• Best Field Indicators only one direction of cleavage,
crystal habit, color and hardness.
• Chemistry: Ca2(Al, Fe)3(SiO4)3(OH), Calcium
Aluminum Iron Silicate Hydroxide.
• Class: Silicates • Subclass: Sorosilicates • Group: Epidote
• Uses: mineral specimens and rarely as a gemstone.
Epidote is a structurally complex mineral having both
single silicate tetrahedrons, SiO4, and double silicate
tetrahedrons, Si2O7. The formula of epidote could be
expressed in a such a way so as to reflect this organization;
Ca2(Al, Fe)Al2O(SiO4)(Si2O7)(OH). The two aluminums
represent the parallel chains of AlO6 and AlO4(OH)2
octahedra that are the heart of the epidote structure. The
silicate groups and extra ions connect the chains together.
Since the chains are parallel, the crystals tend to be
prismatic. The chains are arranged in parallel planes and
the perfect cleavage breaks the bonds between these planes.
Researched by Rose Kapp
• "Rocks and Minerals", Discovery Books, New York
BC GEM SHOW
April 1st, 2nd & 3rd, 2005
Friday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Ag-Rec Building, Central Fraser Valley Faigrds,
32470 - Haida Drive, Abbotsford, BC
Admission: Adults - $5
Students(6-17) - $2
Under 6 (with an adult) - Free
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the British
Columbia Lapidary Society the BC Gem Show is
featuring Jade, the official gemstone of the Province.
There will be many displays of the creations of B.C.
artists that work with jade. Deborah Wilson of Vernon
will be displaying some of her very imaginative carvings
as well as demonstrating jade carving.
Deborah Wilson teaching at a workshop
As always, there will be a great variety of displays of
gemstones, crystals and minerals from member clubs.
Many cases will contain collections of hand-crafted
jewelry and silversmithing.
Throughout the show, members will be demonstrating
techniques of lapidary, sculpting, faceting, silversmithing,
flint knapping, wire wrapping, and enameling. The gold
panning is a very popular demonstration.
Among the many features of this, Canada's largest gem
show, will be 30 dealers carrying supplies for the hobby
along with specimens of crystals, minerals, cut stones,
cutting material and many gift items.
For more information, check the club board or the BC
Society web page: www.lapidary.bc.ca/rocks
Octopus sculpture by Deborah Wilson
Four Brothers Mountain
Field Trip, March 27/05
Leader: Gary Richards
Meeting place: 9 am, Bridal
Falls coffee shop
Material: Epidote & quartz
crystals. Contact: Gary
Harrison Lake Fossils
Leader: Gordon & Walt Pinder
Meeting place: 9 am,
Sasquatch Inn Material:
Buchia, belemnites, &
possibly trigonia fossils.
Contact: Gordon Pinder,
604-870-4779 or Walt
or E mail: Walt Pinder
RENDEZVOUS MAY 20-23/05
Logan Lake Rec. Centre
321 Chartrand Dr., Logan Lk, BC
Hosted by the High Country
Rockhound Club and the British
Columbia Lapidary Society.
Logan Lake is situated in the heart
of the Highland Valley, 60
kilometres south of Kamloops via
Highway 5, 24 kilometres west of
the Coquihalla Highway and 47km
NW of Merritt via Hwy. 97C. Logan
Lake sits at an elevation of 1067m.
Late Fri. afternoon and evening -
registration & setting up of display
cases, Sat. - Field trips, Rock
Auction at 7:00PM, Sun. - Field
trips, Bucket Raffle - 4:00PM
Sun. 6 pm - Catered dinner followed
by the Annual General Meeting of
the BC Lapidary Society
Mon. morning - Pancake breakfast
Club members are invited to display
their treasures and demonstrate
PUNTZI LAKE Aug 1 to 5/05
This will be an exploration camp.
The geology of this area is very
interesting and there are reports of
agate, jasper & obsidian in the
area. Puntzi Lake Resort is located
in the Central Chilcotin district of
BC, a 2 hour drive (180 kms.) west
Puntzi Lake Resort, Chilanko Forks,
B.C., PO Box 65
Chilanko Forks, BC V0L 1V0
Toll free 1-800-578-6804
For more information, check the