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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY

    George Reese 11/13 Therese Frank 11/16

    Peggie Raines 11/18 Virginia Webb 11/28

    President’s Message Greetings fellow club members, I can hardly believe how fast another year has flown by. This has been a very eventful one for me and I appreciate all the well wishes and prayers. The annual show is fast approaching and we will need all hands on deck. Despite the work and effort required this still one of my favorite and most anticipated events. This meeting is probably the most important of the year as we not only finalize preparations for the show but also elect officers for the upcoming year. This will be my last of 3 years as president and I would like to give thanks to all who have supported and given expert advise as I went through this learning experience. I have truly learned much and know my successor will do an excellent job with continuing to promote and move the club forward. I still plan to schedule classes in different jewelry making skills as time per- mits and David has also said the cabochon classes will continue if people are inter- ested. Again I'm asking all who can to participate and make this a fun event for all as we renew friendships and enjoy the fellowship of like minded people (rockhounds). Thanks, President Morning Sherrod

    Inside this issue:

    Program Corner

    Birthdays

    President’s Message

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    Meeting Minutes

    Article

    2

    Articles 2

    Field Trippin’

    Article

    3

    Articles 4

    Shows & Reminders

    Links

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    Club Information 6

    PROGRAM CORNER

    When: November 15, 2016

    Where: Mureal Crump Center, 1751 Congressman William L. Dickinson Drive, Montgomery, AL

    36109*

    Time: 7:00 P M

    What: Sign up and discussion of up coming Gem & Mineral Show

    Who:

    * Park in back. Enter through single glass door. Meeting room 1st door to left.

    MONTGOMERY GEM & MINERAL SOCIETY

    THE GOLDEN

    NUGGET

    REFRESHMENTS Please remember to bring paper plates, napkins, and cups. Ice is available at the community

    center. It is your responsibility to find another member to substitute in the event you are unable to

    fulfill a month for which you signed up. List for remainder of the year:

    Snacks Drinks:

    Nov 15 Therese Frank Jeanette Ritch

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    Individuals born in November can choose between two sunny gemstones to brighten up this chilly month.

    November’s birthstones, topaz and citrine, are both known for their calming energies, bringing warmth

    and fortune to those who wear them.

    Topaz and citrine look so similar, in fact, that they’ve often been mistaken for one another throughout

    history. They are actually unrelated minerals, and topaz occurs in a wide spectrum of colors far beyond

    yellow.

    Both of November’s birthstones are fairly abundant and affordably priced, even in large sizes, which

    means everyone can find a way to fit topaz and citrine into their budget.

    Learn more about each birthstone of November by browsing these pages:

    Topaz Overview

    Topaz History

    How to Buy Topaz

    Citrine Overview

    Citrine History

    How to Buy Citrine

    https://www.americangemsociety.org/en/november-birthstones

    NOVEMBER BIRTHSTONES

    MEETING MINUTES

    The meeting was called to order by president Morning Sherrod and our guest introduced themselves and shared their interest in the club. The minutes were approved as pub- lished in the October newsletter and Iris delivered the treasures which was then filed.The business was postponed until after the nights presentation. Chris Rutherford introduced our speaker, Stefanie Brueckner PhD. She had recently finished her doctoral in Canada and was presently at Auburn University. The presentation was on the Mineralogy of Au- bearing Volcanic Massive Sulfide Deposits. The process of mineral deposition from su- perheated fluids was discussed and explained. Some of the more common occurrences were Cu, Zn, Pb, AS, Sb, Bi, Te, Ag, Se, and Hg in various combinations and at different strata based on pressure and the temperature of the saturated fluids. The deposits in Canada and Appalachia in general happened approximately 230 million years ago with the movement of the super continent Gonwanda. A break was held for refreshments and the meeting resumed with the approval of the minutes from the September meeting and and updated treasures report from Iris. A nominating committee was approved for the upcoming selection of officers. Morning encouraged everyone to sign up as a volunteer for the December Gem and Mineral Show and corresponding lists were passed around. The time and place for turning in entries for the various hobby related categories to be judged at the Alabama National Fair. the meeting was then adjourned.

    Secretary, David Sherrod

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    THE GOLDEN NUGGET

    Ocean Jasper - David Sherrod If you love ocean jasper as much as he does to check out these items on Ebay. Hide your credit card first.

    151482915520, 281756876313, 131969387374, 221709096439, 301903933217

    https://www.americangemsociety.org/topaz-overview https://www.americangemsociety.org/topaz-history https://www.americangemsociety.org/how-to-buy-topaz https://www.americangemsociety.org/citrine-overview https://www.americangemsociety.org/citrine-history https://www.americangemsociety.org/how-to-buy-citrine https://www.americangemsociety.org/en/november-birthstones

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    Saturday November 19, 2016 Diamond Hill Mine 100 Diamond Hill Road Anterville, SC 8AM eastern 9AM central until dusk Fee 15 dollars per person regardless of age.

    Wear appropriate clothing for the weather, if it has rained then the grounds will be very

    muddy, so boots will be very helpful, a potato rake, a bucket, safety glasses, a rock

    hammer and chisel, gloves, small bags for delicate specimens like mica, and paper

    for wrapping your finds.

    REMOVING SOLDER FROM A BEZEL

    Sometimes when you solder a bezel to a base plate, you end up with

    excess solder that needs to be removed before setting the stone. My

    choice of tool for this is called an "Inverse Cone" bur used in a rotary

    tool or flexshaft. It cuts on both the bottom and the side and is

    shaped so that there's less chance of cutting into the bezel wall than

    if you used the more common cylinder bur shape. I find the 2 mm size

    useful for almost any bezel.

    See all Brad's jewelry books at

    Amazon.com/author/BradfordSmith

    Web site www.BradSmithJewelry.com

    FIELD TRIPPIN’

    BENCH TIP - BRAD SMITH

    GEM AND MINERAL SHOW IN DECEMBER

    Just a reminder that the sign up sheets will be put out at the No-

    vember meeting and everyone that is a member of the Montgomery

    Gem and Mineral club is suppose to help out in some compactly.

    So be thinking about where and what you are willing to contribute

    to the biggest money maker for our club.

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    ISSUE NUMBER

    http://www.bradsmithjewelry.com/

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    SCHEDULING A GEM SHOW John Martin

    Most rock and gem clubs sponsor annual shows. Most of them do a great deal of planning to deter-

    mine good venues and schedule them to avoid conflicts with other shows that their dealers also at-

    tend. However, over the last several years of attending many shows, I have noticed that some shows pros-

    per and others do not. There are various causes for this difference—the local economies, new rules

    and regulations imposed by the local governments, and the local clienteles. There is very little the

    clubs can do about these. But there is one thing that many clubs seem to mostly overlook—the season. There are certain times

    of the year when shows do very well and others when they do very poorly. One example is Virginia

    Beach. Ten years ago, this location had two shows—one in August and another in October. The Au-

    gust shows did very well, and huge crowds of people came. The dealers made very good profits, and

    everybody was happy. The October shows were just the opposite—poor attendance and even poorer

    sales. After a few years, many dealers quit coming. Another example is the fairground at Indianapo-

    lis, Indiana. One show is in late March (or sometimes the first week in April to avoid Easter week-

    end). It does very well. The other show in early October does very poorly. Both of these shows are

    done at the same venue by the same promoter. Both last 3 days—Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The

    only difference is the season. Why? There are certain times of the year when a large number of people have plenty of time and are

    in a good mood to attend shows. There are other times when many are too busy doing various other

    activities—vacations, outdoor work, special events, etc., so they skip them. Any club with a show during an unfavorable season could greatly improve it by scheduling it into a