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    “Well, I’m a standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona…”

    Tony & Sandie Fender somewhere(?) in Arizona

    General Meeting Program

    “Ken Roger and Gemstone Beads”

    Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 PM

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    The Rockhounder April 2016

    Whittier Gem & Mineral Society

    Elected Officers and Committee Chairmen

    2016-17 Elected Officers

    President: .............. Jerry Turner ....... ([email protected]) .................. (562) 696-3222

    1st Vice President: ... Frank Winn ........ ([email protected]) .......... (626) 912-0404

    2nd Vice President: .. Art Ragazzi ....... ([email protected])

    Treasurer: .............. Jay Valle ............ ([email protected]) ................ (626) 934-9764

    Secretary: .............. Yvonne Morton . ([email protected]) (562) 895-8667

    Federation Director: Tony Fender ....... ([email protected]) .................. (626) 798-3913

    Directors: ................ Joe Goetz ........... ([email protected]) ............... (626) 914-5030

    ................................ Marcia Goetz ..... ([email protected]) ............... (626) 914-5030

    ................................ Kathy Valle ........ ([email protected]) ............ (626) 934-9764

    Appointed Chairmen

    Budget/Finance: ........

    Bulletin Editor: ......... Jay Valle .................. ([email protected]) ........ (626) 934-9764

    Bylaws & Rules ........ Jerry Turner ............. ([email protected]) .......... (562) 696-3222

    Claim Secretary: ....... Art Ragazzi ............. ([email protected])

    Community ............... Kathleen Turner ....... ([email protected])........... (562) 696-3222

    Relations: ......... Jenny Lizarraras ...... ([email protected]) ................ (562) 908-8707

    Displays: ...................

    Door Prizes: .............. Loretta Ogden .......... .............................................. (909) 598-2456

    Field Trips: ................ Joe Goetz ................. ([email protected]) ....... (626) 914-5030

    Librarian: ..................

    Rockgabbers: ............ Tony Fender ............ ([email protected]) .......... (626) 798-3913

    Show Chairman:........ Frank Winn .............. ([email protected]) .. (626) 912-0404

    Social Secretary: ....... Kathy Valle ............. ([email protected]) .... (626) 934-9764

    Regular Monthly Meetings: 7:30 PM 4th Thursday each month, 3rd Thursday in

    November & December. No regular meetings in July & August. See Map on

    cover for meeting place.

    Board of Directors: To be announced.

    Rockgabbers: To be announced. See pages 4 & 5.

    Field Trips: Monthly except July & August. See inside bulletin for details.

    Annual Dues: Adults – $15.00; Married couple – $25.00, Junior – $5.00

    1-time initiation fee - $5.00

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    ROCKHOUNDER The Prez Sez:

    T hose of you who attended the March general meeting know that Ernie Lizarraras resigned as president of the Whittier Gem and Mineral Society. In accordance with the WGMS by

    Laws, the Board, at a special meeting, appointed me to serve the

    remainder of the term as president.

    As my first official act I wish to thank Ernie for his service and

    pledge to pursue those activities that he set in motion.

    We will have a show in October, and I trust that all of you who

    have signed up for show positions will continue to actively

    pursue those tasks. Ernie’s absence has upset the joint show

    chairmanship set up at an earlier meeting. The general consensus

    of the Board is that we need an independent Show Chairman to

    monitor and coordinate activities. Frank Winn has generously

    agreed accept the position. I know that all of you will support

    Frank to produce an excellent show.

    Enough said for now. I look forward to a successful term as your

    president and for the success of the Whittier Gem & Mineral

    Society as a whole.

    Jerry Turner

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    The Rockhounder April 2016

    WGMS General Meeting

    Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 7:30 PM

    “Gemstone Beads”

    The Changing of Gemstone and Bead Industries:

    New Finds, Fakes, Created, Dyed & Enhanced.

    By Ken Rogers (Synopsis via LARocks )

    J oin us for an evening with Ken Rogers who will speak on the changes in the gemstone and gemstone bead industry, plus how they affect jewelers, beaders, lapidary enthusiasts and jewelry buy-

    ers. On February 17, 1972 Nixon went to China, opened trade, and

    in doing so, woke up the "Sleeping Dragon". While China expanded

    its industrial growth it looked to its own natural resources, including

    historic and craft industries. China opened and expanded their

    mines, including Turquoise and many other gem stones. They re-

    trained their craftsmen and developed new, modern, bead and gem

    cutting and carving facilities.

    As time went on, the Chinese started designing and manufacturing

    new

    gemstones in their factories. The Chinese went as far as buying up

    gem mines in its neighboring countries and territories. Soon, the

    Chinese were able to control much of the world’s gem and bead

    market. In his illustrated talk, Ken will discuss what has happened

    in Asia, where it is going, and how it will affect us, here in the U.S.

    Then, Ken will go on to expose and discuss some of the new, dyed,

    enhanced and misnamed and factory manufactured gemstones.

    Ken Rogers has been recognized as one of the "go to" people when

    someone, or firm, had questions about gemstone beads. Ken has

    been a rockhound since he was 10, cut his first gemstone cabochon

    at age 15, and learned silversmithing and jewelry making in his high

    school art class. Ken had a 30 year career as a photojournalist,

    working for the world's top magazines and corporations. When the

    photographic world converted from film to digital media, Ken re-

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    WGMS Board Meeting Scheduled Thursday, April 21 at 7:00 PM

    at Jay & Kathy Valle’s House

    All Members Welcome

    For directions, etc.

    Call (626) 934-9764

    Rockgabbers

    R ockgabbers for April was well attended. We made Tony’s “double infinity” pendant. Everyone came away with the pendant complete or nearly complete. This was followed by a

    wonderful potluck.

    Rockgabbers for May has been cancelled, due to the fact that we

    will be at Whittier’s Founder’s Day Celebration.

    For June, the 4th, we will be making Fold Forming leaves and

    other shapes. For this project you will need light weight copper

    or aluminum, shears, small anvil or something to hammer on, and

    a planishing hammer, torches are optional. FYI we will be

    working outdoors for this project as it can be noisy. As usual this

    will be followed by a potluck dinner.

    Tony and Sandie

    turned to the gem and jewelry world to manage a Beverly Hills jew-

    elry store and several gem bead companies. Since then Ken has re-

    turned to creating his own gem bead jewelry, consulting, lecturing,

    and helping friends with their businesses. Ken has been a member of

    the Bead Society L.A. for the past 15 years and the Culver City

    Rock & Mineral Club for 10 years.

    Frank Winn

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    The Rockhounder April 2016

    Mineral of the Month, by Jim Hooper.

    (Images provided by Mindat and Wikipedia and are offered

    copyright free for educational purposes)

    Presents……

    ‘Hop in, Lets go for a Spinel’, or, ‘Is that you, Ruby?’

    N o, it’s not Ruby. Spinel can refer to at least three areas in mineralogy and gemology. It is a gemstone in its own right and has the chemical formula MgAl2O4. It’s also used to

    name of a group of Oxide family minerals known as the Spinel

    Group. The ‘gemmy’ Spinels where elements can be substitut-

    ed within the same atomic structure produce a variety of colors

    and characteristics. The chemical formula points to a Magnesium-Aluminum

    oxide mineral. And thirdly its given its name to a crystal forming process

    called ‘twinning’ under the rigid guidance of the Spinel Law.

    Spinel has a hardness factor of 7.5 – 8 making it a highly facetable gemstone

    possessing global prestige in the jewelry world. When found in crystal form it

    can be of various colors depending on the elements mixed in. It may be

    colorless, but is more often shades of red, blue, green, yellow, brown or black.

    The highly sought after red Spinel has often been confused with Ruby and

    sometimes shares a Ruby