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Caption: Spessartine from Amelia, Virginia.
Caption: Spessartine from Amelia, Virginia.

I noted the excellent summary article on spessartine in the Connoisseur's Choice column in the January/February 2010 issue of Rocks & Minerals but was disappointed that among the many photographs there were none of an Amelia, Virginia, specimen. People tend to forget that these were found there at one time. Clearly this is one of the best two or three spessartine localities in the United States, and so I have enclosed a photograph of what I consider to be one of the best from there. I acquired it from Bill Larson some years ago, and he acquired it from the American Museum of Natural History in the 1970s. He thought that the 2-inch crystal ranked with the top specimens from that locality. It now resides in the collection of Brooks Britt, a friend who specializes in Virginia classics.

Robert Lavinsky
The Arkenstone
Dallas, Texas


The thirty-second annual Friends of Mineralogy symposium will be held in conjunction with the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show and will take place on Saturday, 12 February 2011. It is sponsored by the Friends of Mineralogy, the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, and the Mineralogical Society of America. The symposium theme is the same as the show theme: Minerals of California. Presentations on descriptive mineralogy, paragenesis, classic and new locations, and related subjects are welcome. An audience of amateur and professional mineralogists and geologists is expected.

Anyone wanting to present a paper should submit a 200–300-word abstract to Julian C. Gray, Tellus Science Museum, PO Box 3663, Cartersville, GA 30120; email; phone 770/606-5700, ext. 415; fax 770/386-0600. Presentations will be twenty minutes in length, followed by a period for questions. Abstracts must be submitted by 1 October 2010.

Julian C. Gray
Tellus Science Museum
Cartersville, Georgia

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