Monday, January 1, 2018

The Del Air Rockhounds Club Welcomes You!!





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The Del Air Rockhounds Club was founded in 1952 with members mostly residing in the San Fernando Valley area of California. Our club is a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing knowledge of the lapidary arts and techniques, geology, mineralogy and related fields. We own our own lapidary equipment with members available to teach and demonstrate lapidary techniques to other members. Our members enjoy lapidary related programs, demonstrations, exhibitions, displays and lectures. We also take monthly field trips to our local deserts & mountains for exploration and the study and collection of lapidary and mineral specimens.

Member of the California & American Federation of Mineralogical Societies

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7618, Van Nuys, CA 91409 - Phone # 818-714-0321



Thursday, October 26, 2017

Nov 2017 Del Air Calendar of Events

November 2017 Calendar
     02: General Meeting: 7:30 pm in our regular meeting room.
05: Daylight Savings Time Ends: Remember set your clocks back one hour.
11: Veterans Day: Honor & remember our nations veterans!
16: Board Meeting: At Keri Dearborn & Michael Lawshe’s home.
23: Thanksgiving Day: Remember all we are thankful for.
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General Meeting: Thursday Nov 02, 2017
The meeting begins at 7:30 pm in our regular meeting room at:
         Northridge United Methodist Church 9650 Reseda Blvd, Northridge            Guests are always welcome at our meetings and events however our annual Holiday Party in December requires a prepaid reservation in advance.
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Nov 2017 Program:
“21st Century Jade: Why it’s Prized and How It’s Tested and Valued”
by Renee Newman 
Jadeite and nephrite prices are continuing to reach record highs at jewelry auctions. Before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, nephrite was viewed more as a trinket than as a worthy jewelry material. However, that changed when the Olympic medals were inlaid with nephrite and people learned that nephrite jade was the original Chinese “stone of heaven.” Since then, jade prices have risen rapidly and the allure of nephrite jade in China has soared.

Well known designers in the West like Todd Reed and Roberto Coin are using nephrite jade in high-end jewelry.
When gem materials go up in value and popularity, the desire to imitate and treat them increases. Some fakes are obvious, while others aren’t. In addition, treated jade, may be worth less than some fakes.

In her presentation to our club, Renee Newman will give practical tips on how to distinguish fake and treated jade from natural jade using examples of modern jade jewelry and carvings. She will not be showing images of antique jade pieces or discussing the history and mining of jade. Her presentation will help you:

● Understand why jade is so prized
● Tell the difference between jadeite and nephrite
● Determine which types of jadeite and nephrite are most valued. Their value factors are not the same.
● Detect fake jade using visual, tactile and auditory non-technical clues
● Recognize when to be suspicious that jade has been treated with chemicals
● Appreciate contemporary jade.

Renée will be available before and after her presentation to autograph books. Bring cash or a check if you would like to purchase copies of them. Her Exotic Gems: Volume 4 is the fourth in a series that explores the history, lore, evaluation, geographic sources and identifying properties of non-traditional gems. It describes with text and photos how to evaluate jade quality and detect imitations and dyed jade. More information about Renée's books is available at ReneeNewman.com/books.htm.
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Support our Hobby....Attend a Local Show
 
November 3, 4 & 5: EUREKA, CA
Humboldt Gem & Mineral Society
Redwood Acres Fairgrounds
3750 Harris Street
Hours: Fri 9 - 6; Sat 9 - 6; Sun 10 - 5
Contact: Toni L Tyson, (707) 502-9574
email: bluiis911@msn.com

November 4 - 5: ANAHEIM, CA
American Opal Society
Business Expo Center
1960 S. Anaheim Way
Hours: Sat 10 - 6; Sun 10 - 5
Contact: Veronica Purpura, (714) 501-9959
Email: info@opalsociety.org
Website: www.opalsociety.org 

November 4 - 5: CONCORD, CA
Contra Costa Mineral & Gem Society
Centre Concord
5298 Clayton Road
Hours: 10 - 5 daily
Contact: Mary Hicks, (925) 779-0698
Email: maryhicks@comcast.net

November 4 - 5: RIDGECREST, CA
Indian Wells Gem & Mineral Society
Desert Empire Fairgrounds
520 South Richmond Road
Hours: 9 - 5 daily
Contact: John DeRosa, (760) 375-7905
Email: jfrocks@dslextreme.com

November 11 - 12: YUBA CITY, CA
Sutter Buttes Gem & Mineral Society
Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds - Franklin Hall
442 Franklin Avenue
Hours: Sat 10 - 5; Sun 10 - 4
Contact: Karen Horita, (530) (916) 677-6696
Email: horita@comcast.net

November 18 - 19: LAKESIDE, CA
El Cajon Valley Gem & Mineral Society
Lakeside Rodeo Grounds
12584 Mapleview Street
Hours: Sat 10 - 5; Sun 10 - 4
Contact: Mary Ness, (619) 449-0759
Email: ecvgms@gmail.com
Website: www.ecvgms.org

November 18 - 19: OXNARD, CA
Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society
Oxnard Performing Arts Center
800 Hobson Way
Hours: Sat. 9 - 5; Sun. 10 - 4
Contact: Stephanie Hagiwara, (805) 394-8002
Email: webmaster@oxnardgem.com
Website: http://oxnardgem.com

November 18 - 19: SANTA CRUZ, CA
Santa Cruz Mineral & Gem Society
Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange
1900 17th Avenue
Hours: 10 - 5 daily
Contact: Michael Cox, (831) 459-0572
Email: scruzmgs@gmail.com
Website: www.scrockngem.org