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Chips from the Quarry

GOLD & SILVER: Denver has chosen the shimmering theme of Gold & Silver as the focus of its upcoming fiftieth anniversary show, 15–17 September. Not only will this add plenty of glitz and sparkle to the event, but it does the same for this issue, which has gold as the subject of three feature articles and silver the topic of one.

As an added bonus, we've included the photo shown here. How often do we get to do a side-by-side comparison of important specimens that call opposite sides of the globe home? Here we offer just such an opportunity with two of the world's finest wire gold specimens. The one on the left resides in the Harvard Mineralogical and Geological Museum in Boston, Massachusetts, and the one on the right is in the MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon. The Harvard specimen measures 11.5 cm long and weighs 263 grams, and the MIM specimen, at 11.9 cm, weighs 327 grams. The similarity in their size is striking. Each is pictured separately in this issue's Connoisseur's Choice column that focuses on wire silver and wire gold.

A handful of gold! And what spectacular golds these world-famous specimens are. The one on the left is in the Harvard collection, the one on the right in the MIM collection. Although often photographed separately, it's rare to see them in the same photo.

A handful of gold! And what spectacular golds these world-famous specimens are. The one on the left is in the Harvard collection, the one on the right in the MIM collection. Although often photographed separately, it's rare to see them in the same photo.  Photo by Ian Bruce (Crystal Classics).

MORE GOLD IN THE NEXT ISSUE: Planned for the September/October issue is an article titled “Gold Crystals from the Lena Goldfields, Bodaibo Area, Eastern Siberia, Russia” by John Rakovan, Volker Lüders, Andreas Massanek, and Gert Nolze.

MINING IN MINIATURE: There're authentic in detail and enchanting in appearance. They are also tiny. We're talking, of course, about the mining scenes created in narrow-necked bottles that were themselves the talk of the 2016 Munich Show. Beginning on page 374 in this issue, coauthors Susan Robinson and Peter Huber tell the story behind these collectible bottles and provide photos of a sampling of this historical artistry from the Huber collection.

AUGUST EVENTS: Among the many summer attractions vying for the attention of mineral collectors, two stand out. The first is the annual East Coast Show in West Springfield, Massachusetts, this year being held on 11–13 August, and also this year featuring the collection of Paula and Les Presmyk of Chandler, Arizona.

Les and Paula Presmyk, featured exhibitors at this year's East Coast Show.

Les and Paula Presmyk, featured exhibitors at this year's East Coast Show.

Les has been collecting for fifty-five years, since the age of ten. His wife, Paula, took over the thumbnail collection some forty years ago and has expanded it significantly. Les began specializing in Arizona specimens in 1980, and together they have built one of the best Arizona collections in existence. In addition he began collecting worldwide sphalerites in 1999 and has amassed about 350 specimens. The Springfield Show will feature more than fifty displays of highlights from their collections. There will even be one case titled “Hey, nice specimens, but I had no idea they came from Arizona!”

Next on the not-to-be-missed calendar is the annual Dallas Symposium, a proven winner in the realm of symposia. As always, attendees can expect a weekend packed with great talks, elegant social activities, and the chance to see magnificent specimens. Save the dates, 25–27 August, and make your reservations.

PRETTY AS A PICTURE: The winning entries in famed mineral photographer Jeff Scovil's photo competition were announced this past February at the awards banquet held in conjunction with the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®. Laszlo Toth won in the microspecimen category and Matteo Chinellato in the macrospecimen category.

Above: Grossular and clinochlore from Bellecombe, Aosta Valley, Italy, by Matteo Chinellato, won first place in the macromineral category of the 2017 photo competition with this photo of his own specimen. The grossular crystal is 5.1 mm.

Above: Grossular and clinochlore from Bellecombe, Aosta Valley, Italy, by Matteo Chinellato, won first place in the macromineral category of the 2017 photo competition with this photo of his own specimen. The grossular crystal is 5.1 mm.

Left: Cuprian adamite with conichalcite from Kamariza, Lavrion, Greece, by Laszlo Toth, won first place in the micromineral category with this photo of a Vasilis Stergiou specimen. Field of view is 1.6 mm.

Left: Cuprian adamite with conichalcite from Kamariza, Lavrion, Greece, by Laszlo Toth, won first place in the micromineral category with this photo of a Vasilis Stergiou specimen. Field of view is 1.6 mm.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: The Houston Gem and Mineral Society, in memory of Arthur E. Smith, and the Cincinnati Mineral Society underwrote color costs associated with the Connoisseur's Choice column. Laura Delano of LLD Productions, Inc., did the same for the Museum Notes column. Donors to the Color Fund and to the Dallas Symposium's benefit auction, held in August 2016, contributed toward color in the remaining articles. All are thanked for partnering with Rocks & Minerals to enhance the publication with color photographs. 

M.E.H.

 

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