Storytelling

When it’s dark and gloomy in the month of December, I like to listen to a good storyteller.   Old-Fashioned, yes.  But a good story teller brings a little humanity to this world.

One of my favorites was Stuart Mclean.  He had the Vinyl Cafe program on CBC.  I still like to sit back and listen to some of the funny situations he would come up with, especially if I have to highway drive for a long period of time.  He has several of them relating to the Christmas season.  You can call up some of his stories on You Tube.  Or subscribe to them on CBC.  Stuart Mclean passed away in 2017 but his stories are still relevent today.

Some of our friends in the rockhounding community are also good storytellers.  If you get a chance, ask them about their favorite find or adventure.

So turn off the games or TV, look up his stories on the internet, grab a hot mulled cider, snuggle under a blanket and give yourself 20 minutes of stories based on a simpler time.

Happy Holidays!

 

 

Help Us Help You!

Fresh insights and abilities keep a club active and invigorated.  We are looking for people who are willing to take on some of our Executive and Non-Executive positions.  Yes, it is a commitment to look after a position for a couple of years but it is also very rewarding.  We need to have new ideas, thoughts, perspectives in order to keep the jobs fresh and satisfying, and keep our society running smoothly.

You don’t have to wait for someone to nominate you or present you to the membership.  If you think you can do a job on the committee, talk to the President or Treasurer, or anyone on the executive and let them know you can give the club a hand, or, just put up your hand on Election night.  Don’t be shy, we are happy to help each other.

Yes, there is a learning curve–there always is with something new but in the end you have not only helped your club keep it’s mandates, you have made new friends and grown with the experience.  Once more confident, it becomes easier.

The only real requirement is that you have to care and be willing to learn.  We know we all want our society (club) to be around for another 50 years and keep having fun and learning together. If you have a particular skill or talent that’s useful, even better, and most appreciated!

If someone has been in a position for a long time, they would appreciate having a change.   You will not hurt anyone’s feelings, and hey, maybe you can think of a way of doing things differently, so please volunteer!

We will be having our Annual Elections August 27th at 6:30 pm, there will be goodies, a social, and maybe a program after as well.

Let’s get the 2019/2020 year off to a great start.   See you at the meeting!

SHOW RAFFLE!

SHOW RAFFLE FINISHED MAY 7TH 2019-SEE SHOW PAGE FOR DETAILS

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7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond BC  V6Y 1R9      604-274-4893

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IMG_26091st Prize-Petrified Wood Decor Item 
Large piece of Petrified Wood (species unknown) with an angled polished face to highlight the wood grain. The rest of the piece has been left in it’s raw state.  It can stand on it’s own-no other material/stands required.  Item measures:  19cm x 10cm x 24cm      (7 5/8″ x 3 1/4″ x 9 1/2″)

Petrified Wood Valued at:   $150.00

IMG_2650Cmp2nd Prize-Nephrite Jade Decor Item
Nephrite Jade, Polished on 5 of the 6 faces.  The 6th face has been left raw for interest and texture.   A really nice piece for your desk or bookcase. 
This piece measures:  10.6 cm x 6.67 cm x 12.7cm (4″ x 2 5/8″ x 5″)

Jade Valued at:  $125.00

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3rd Prize-Sterling Silver Bracelet 

Hand-made by one of our RGMS members.
Intricately intertwined rings of plain and twisted silver, each ring is soldered closed and immaculately finished.
It measures 7 1/2″ long and weighs 7.4 grams

Bracelet Valued at:  $80.00   

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4th Prize-Labradorite Wirewrapped Pendant

Hand-made by one of our RGMS members.  This beautifully wirewrapped pendant is made with 14K GF wire.  The labradorite mesmerises with it’s changing colors
The pendant measures 30mm x 22mm (1.18″ x  .86″)

Labradorite Pendant Valued at:    $65.00

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5th Prize-Petrified Wood Specimen from Germany

This is unique petrified wood. Formed in Bitterfeld Saxony, Germany and is a new find. The tree that has been petrified was Bald Cypress (Sumpfzypresse Taxodium Distichum) Pine-wood, and is approximately 28 Million years old.
Bald Cypress is a warm swamp dweller. When this tree lived Saxony Germany, it had to have had a climate similar to New Orleans has today. The specimen measures:  40.6 cm x 4.75cm x 5.75cm (16″ x 1 7/8″ x 2 1/4″)

Petrified Wood Specimen Valued at:  $38.00

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6th Prize:  Handmade Glass Pendant

Another example of a RGMS member’ handiwork!  Simple and fun with it’s honeybee hues, this glass pendant is ready to spice up your summer wardrobe!

Pendant measures:  1 1/8″ x 1 1/4″ x 1/4″ (2.85cm x 3.18cm x .64cm)

Glass Pendant Valued at:  $15.00

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Our Beautiful British Columbia

032We are so lucky to live in this part of Canada.  We are blessed with an environment that both nourishes and soothes body, mind, and soul and it is so important that we respect the land, the air, the animals, and each other within this environment.

img_2749Being a rockhound most of my life, it is ingrained in my being that I don’t throw trash on the ground, leave fishing lines, cans, or plastic on the ground.  If I pack it in, I pack it out (and sometimes pack out trash I find). I want to respect where I am so I and anyone else can enjoy our Beautiful British Columbia.  I encourage everyone to do the same.

So, in an effort to start the year out in the right frame of mind, I am posting a copy of the BC Lapidary Society’s  “Code of Ethics”.  Its something to always keep in the back of your mind when out rockhounding in our province.

ROCKHOUNDER’S CODE OF ETHICS

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  • I will respect private property and do no Rock-hounding without the owner’s permission.
  • I will use no firearms or blasting material in Rockhounding areas.
  • I will take garbage home or deposit in proper receptacles.
  • I will leave gates as found.
  • I will do no willful damage to materials or take more than I can reasonably use.
  • I will fill excavations, which may be dangerous to livestock.
  • I will build fires in designated places or safe places only, and make sure they are completely extinguished before leaving.
  • I will not contaminate wells, creeks or other water supplies.
  • I will not tamper with signs, structural facilities or equipment.
  • I will obey all laws and regulations of forestry and game departments in the area in which I am (rock) hunting.
  • I will appreciate and protect our heritage of natural resources.
  • I will always use good outdoor manners.
  • I will show respect to other members. (and to all people enjoying the outdoors).

Excerpt from: http://www.bclapidary.com

(I have added the areas in italics, as it makes good sense …)

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Did somebody yell “Bear!” ?

Christmas Gifts for Rockhounds

Christmas is only a few sleeps away.  If you haven’t already picked a gift for your Gem Club friend or family member, here are a few suggestions:

  • Go to your local Rock and Gem Store (like Mountain Gems, Capilano Rock & Gem, Earthtacular, and the Happy Prospector and probably others I can’t remember…) and pick up a slab for them to work on–pick a pricier one as it’s probably the one they’ve avoided but really want.
  • Safety supplies show you care — earplugs, a fresh pair of safety goggle (so the scratched up one can get tossed out), a box of nitrile gloves for those ugly maintenance jobs we have to do (like cleaning the saw).
  • A nice waterproof apron.
  • A subscription to a hobby related magazine like “Rock & Gem” or “Jewelry Artist” so they can have inspiration for the whole year.
  • Good winter hiking socks, etc. to keep them warm on winter field trips.
  • A ticket to Britannia Mines.
  • A sketchbook or notepad for drawing ideas on.

We hope everyone has a safe, warm, and happy time during this holiday season, which ever way you wish to celebrate it.

We look forward to seeing an inspired and busy workshop in January!

 

 

 

Reving up for the New Year

The Richmond Gem & Mineral society members are back from summer activities and can look forward to another creative year.

Our show chair is busy working on our Annual Show.  This year looks like it may be in early May; and, working on a new set of criteria for our Annual Cabochon competition.  Categories will be split between beginner and advanced makers so that there should be no reason to be shy in entering the competition.

If you haven’t joined yet, September is the best time to get the most membership year for your money.

Come visit us in our workshop on Mondays or Saturdays to see what we do and consider joining the fun today.

We Need You!

An Executive Position (or non-executive).  You have a month or so to think about it.   And, it’s really not that hard.  “Elections” will be held at our Annual General Meeting on August 28.

While we call it an “Election” we are really just looking for “dedicated volunteers”.  You don’t have to wait for someone to nominate you present you to the membership.  If you think you can do a job on the board, talk to the President or Treasurer, or anyone on the executive and let them know you can give the club a hand.  Then on Election night the membership can confirm the position. This speeds up our Election Night, and we can get get on with the rest of the business (munchies & coffee!).

In order for a club to keep from becoming stagnant and unexciting, it is really important that members volunteer for executive and non-executive positions.  We need to have new ideas, thoughts, perspectives in order to keep the jobs fresh and satisfying, and keep our society running smoothly.

Yes, there is a learning curve–there always is with something new but in the end you have not only helped your club keep it’s mandates, you have made new friends and grown with the experience.  Once more confident, it becomes easier.

The only real requirement is that you have to care and be willing to learn.  We know we all want our society (club) to be around for another 50 years and keep having fun and learning together. If you have a particular skill or talent that’s useful, even better, and most appreciated!

If someone has been in a position for a long time, they would appreciate having a change.  You will not hurt anyone’s feelings, and hey, maybe you can think of a way of doing things differently, so please volunteer!

 

There’s a New Bead & Gem Show in Town

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A new Bead & Gem Show, hosted by Beadsmart of Richmond, BC, will be held on

Saturday, July 7th from 12 – 6 pm, at the South Arm United Church Gymnasium, 11051 No. 3 Road, Richmond, BC.

This is a great opportunity to pick up some new materials for your summer projects, a new bauble for that summer outfit, or just browse some interesting beads, rocks & gems.

You can visit their website at:  beadandgemshow.com

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Look what you missed!

The May General Meeting had a program on the various types of jade found in BC, the US, and around the world.  Also discussed was the difference between jade and jadite.

Some collections were brought in to illustrate – so much better than just pictures.

Our meeting programs are opportunities to learn about the rocks and gems around us and/or get an insite into the gemmology industry.  Here are some pictures from that meeting:

So nice to get up close and
personal with rocks!

Oooh! River slicks!