(520) 322-5773

tgms@tgms.org

TGMS General Meeting
Oct
3
7:30 pm19:30

TGMS General Meeting

  • Tucson Gem and Mineral Society

Doors will be open at 7:00 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7:30 p.m.

FOR: TGMS Members and open to the public

GUEST SPEAKER: John Callahan & Ron Gibbs

John "Thunder" Callahan is a retired illustrator with the U.S. Geological Survey, collector and student of Arizona minerals, field collector, and occasional TGMS caterer.

Ron Gibbs is a retired Mining Engineer with Freeport McMoRan, collector and enthusiast of all sizes and sorts of minerals, he is best known for micromounts.

Both John & Ron are long term TGMS members and volunteers.

LECTURE TITLE: "Micromineralogy at the 79 Mine"

Refreshments served.

For more information, contact the TGMS office.

TGMS Educational Class
Oct
4
7:00 pm19:00

TGMS Educational Class

  • Tucson Gem and Mineral Society

FOR: TGMS Members Only!

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 4, 2016

DOORS OPEN: 6:30 pm

CLASS TIME:  7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

WHERE:  3727 E. Blacklidge Drive

TOPIC: “Azurite & Malachite”

There are useful tools to help identify a mineral.  Expect to find out what they are, how useful they may be, and why/when to use them.

INSTRUCTOR:  Bill Shelton

Sign-up sheets will be available at the October 3rd TGMS General Meeting.

For more information, contact the TGMS office.

Micromount Meeting
Oct
10
7:00 pm19:00

Micromount Meeting

  • Tucson Gem and Mineral Society

FOR: TGMS Members Only

WHEN: Monday, October 10, 2016

DOORS OPEN: 6:30 pm

TIME: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

WHERE: 3727 E. Blacklidge Drive

Bring your equipment and specimens to share and examine.  Or just come and learn from others.  

For more information, contact the TGMS office

Micromount Meeting
Nov
14
6:30 pm18:30

Micromount Meeting

  • Tucson Gem and Mineral Society

FOR: TGMS Members Only

WHEN: Monday, November 14, 2016

DOORS OPEN: 6:30 pm

TIME: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

WHERE: 3727 E. Blacklidge Drive

Bring your equipment and specimens to share and examine.  Or just come and learn from others.  

For more information, contact the TGMS office.

Micromount Meeting
Dec
12
6:30 pm18:30

Micromount Meeting

  • Tucson Gem and Mineral Society

FOR: TGMS Members Only

WHEN: Monday, December 12, 2016

DOOR OPEN: 6:30 pm

TIME: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

WHERE: 3727 E. Blacklidge Drive

Bring your equipment and specimens to share and examine.  Or just come and learn from others.  

For more information, contact the TGMS office.

TGMS MicroMineral Room
Feb
9
Feb 12

TGMS MicroMineral Room

  • Tucson Convention Center

2017 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®

"Mineral Treasures of the Midwest"

WHEN:  February 9 - 12, 2017

HOURS: Thursday thru Saturday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm         Sunday: 10:00am to 5:00pm

The 2017 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® will continue to host the successful MicroMineral Room for the full four days of the Show on the Galleria Level. In conjunction with the Arthur Roe Micromount Symposium, the MicroMineral Room will be open throughout the show as a meeting place for micromineral collectors. The room will feature tables and chairs, microscopes, an area stocked with give-away minerals, and an area with microminerals for sale. We encourage collectors to stop by to visit, relax, talk about microminerals, trade specimens, and make new friends in the hobby.

An area out front in the Galleria will be used for education so we can show the micromineral hobby to others and explain what our particular interest in mineralogy is all about.


You are encouraged to donate appropriate give-away material if you can. The give-away area will be replenished each day. The room will close during the Arthur Roe Symposium and reopen immediately after.


For more information, contact TGMS at (520) 322-5773 or tgms@tgms.org.

Tucson Gem & Mineral Society presents ...
Feb
9
Feb 12

Tucson Gem & Mineral Society presents ...

  • Tucson Convention Center

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®

"Mineral Treasures of the Midwest"

February 09 – 12, 2017

Open to the Public!

For days, times and discount ticket information: Click Here!

Lectures: Turquoise – Crystal Ballrooms (are free to the General Public)

Junior Education Area hours:

Friday, Feb. 10th - 2:00 - 6:00pm

Saturday, Feb. 11th - 10:00 - 6:00pm

Sunday, Feb. 12th - 10:00 - 4:00pm

 

 

 


2016 Dallas Symposium
Aug
19
Aug 21

2016 Dallas Symposium

  • The Eisemann Center for the Perforkming Arts

2016 Dallas Mineral Collecting Symposium

Annual weekend of mineral activities, including engaging lectures from world-class speakers and a chance to meet and socialize with other collectors and mineral enthusiasts.

For information on the 2016 Dallas Symposium: Click Here

The speakers for 2016 Dallas Symposium include geologists, mineral collectors, scientists, and curators.  To learn more: Click Here

 

"Have Gems Will Travel"
Aug
19
Aug 20

"Have Gems Will Travel"

Alpine, Arizona

Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show

"Have Gems Will Travel"

August 19th & 20th, 2016

Friday: 9:00am to 4:00pm    

Saturday: 9:00am to 3:00pm

Alpine Community Center

For Show Information Contact:  Vera Cassel, 928-339-1999

East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show
Aug
12
Aug 14

East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show

East Coast Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show

WHEN: August 12-13-14, 2016

WHERE: Better Living Center, Eastern States Exposition - 1305 Memorial Ave., W. Springfield, MA      01089

Hours: 10am - 6pm - Friday & Saturday        10am - 5pm - Sunday

Admissions:  $ 8 adults - Under 13 free with adult

Parking:  $5 a day

2016 Special Exhibit - Minerales Mexicanos - "The Peter Megaw Collection"

 For more information: Click here!

 For more information: Click here!

13th Annual Prescott Gem & Mineral Show
Aug
5
Aug 7

13th Annual Prescott Gem & Mineral Show

When:  August 5, 2016 @ 9:00 am – August 7, 2016 @ 4:00 pm

Where:  Prescott Valley Event Center, 3201 N Main St, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

Cost:  Admission $5.00, Seniors, Vets and Students $4.00, Children 12 & Under Free (with paid Adult)

Contact:  Melanie Capps, 208-818-2363, melaniecapps123@gmail.com

For More information: Click here

Flagstaff Mineral and Jewelry Expo & Sale
Jul
9
Jul 10

Flagstaff Mineral and Jewelry Expo & Sale

When:  July 9, 2016 @ 10:00 am – July 10, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

Where:  Flagstaff High School, 400 W Elm Ave, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Cost:  Admission is $3.00 for adults, and children under the age of 12 are free

Contact: Greg Capatch, (928) 554-4615, gregcapatch@yahoo.com

The Annual Flagstaff Mineral and Jewelry Expo and Sale will be held at the Flagstaff High School at 400 West Elm Avenue in Flagstaff, Arizona on July 9th and 10th. On Saturday the show will be open to the public from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM, and on Sunday the show hours are from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM. 

Our planet has many amazing treasures that are hidden, in many cases, just beneath our feet. Almost every country in the world has been able to unearth unique specimens specific to their locale, and the earth’s bounty from much of the world will be on display and available for sale at the show.  Vendors from across the region will be offering unique and interesting mineral specimens, crystals, gemstones, jewelry, beads, fossils, slabs and cutting material at competitive prices.  Many of our artisans have created original jewelry designs, and our gem and mineral vendors will have specimens on display in both the rough and cut-and-polished states.

An hourly raffle will be held for a chance to win one of many beautiful prizes to be offered throughout the show, and food will be available for purchase. This is a fun and educational event the entire family will enjoy. Admission is $3.00 for adults, and children under the age of 12 are free. For more information, please contact Greg Capatch of CKM Productions, LLC at (928) 554-4615.

Sedona Annual Spring Mineral & Jewelry Expo and Sale
May
28
May 29

Sedona Annual Spring Mineral & Jewelry Expo and Sale

When:  May 28, 2016 @ 10:00 am – May 29, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

Where:  Sedona Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd., Sedona, AZ 86336

Cost:  Admission is $3.00 for adults, children under the age of 12 are free

Contact:  Greg Capatch, (928) 554-4615, gregcapatch@yahoo.com

The Annual Flagstaff Mineral and Jewelry Expo and Sale will be held at the Flagstaff High School at 400 West Elm Avenue in Flagstaff, Arizona on July 9th and 10th. On Saturday the show will be open to the public from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM, and on Sunday the show hours are from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM. 

Our planet has many amazing treasures that are hidden, in many cases, just beneath our feet. Almost every country in the world has been able to unearth unique specimens specific to their locale, and the earth’s bounty from much of the world will be on display and available for sale at the show.  Vendors from across the region will be offering unique and interesting mineral specimens, crystals, gemstones, jewelry, beads, fossils, slabs and cutting material at competitive prices.  Many of our artisans have created original jewelry designs, and our gem and mineral vendors will have specimens on display in both the rough and cut-and-polished states.

An hourly raffle will be held for a chance to win one of many beautiful prizes to be offered throughout the show, and food will be available for purchase. This is a fun and educational event the entire family will enjoy. Admission is $3.00 for adults, and children under the age of 12 are free. For more information, please contact Greg Capatch of CKM Productions, LLC at (928) 554-4615.

 

TGMS Field Trip
May
6
8:30 am08:30

TGMS Field Trip

FOR: TGMS Members Only!

POLICY: Must be a TGMS Member in good standing of the Society at the regular meeting immediately preceding the special event (i.e., field trips)

Last TGMS Field Trip before the summer break!

WHEREPrism Mine, northwest of Phoenix, AZ

COLLECTING: Primarily dark blue fluorite with wulfenite on a base of amethyst.

WHEN: Friday, May 6, 2016

WHAT TO BRING/HAVE ON A FIELD TRIP:  1. Long pants and long sleeved blouses or shirts!  2. Sturdy shoes! NO flip flops or open toed shoes!  3. Must bring a hard hat!  4. Safety glasses!  5. Collecting buckets, egg cartons, back packs!  6. Gloves!  7. Hammers or other collecting tools!  8. Medications, water, sunscreen, food!

Please read the AFMS field trip collecting "Code of Ethics"

For more information on this field trip, contact the TGMS office.

FREE Lectures by Dr. Peter Modreski
May
3
12:00 pm12:00

FREE Lectures by Dr. Peter Modreski

 Pegmatites & Kimberlites | Arizona Geological Society & USGS

WHAT:  FREE Lectures!!!

1st LECTURE: The Colorado-Wyoming State Line Diamond-Bearing Kimberlite District

WHEN:  Tuesday, May 3, 2016

TIME: NOON

WHERE:  USGS Environmental & Natural Resources Building, 520 North Park Ave, (second floor) room 253, The Catalina Room

2nd LECTURE:  "Pegmatites: Mineralogy, Gemstones, Economic Geology, and maybe not quite the same Giant-Crystal Rocks you always thought they were"

WHEN: Tuesday, May 3, 2016

WHERE:  Sheraton Hotel - 5151 E Grant Rd. (& Rosemont), Tucson

TIME:  8:00 p.m.

For more information: Click Here  

AGS website:  http://www.arizonageologicalsoc.org/event-2176396

 

 

 

 

TGMS Field Trip
Apr
23
8:00 am08:00

TGMS Field Trip

FOR: TGMS Members Only!

POLICY: Must be a TGMS Member in good standing of the Society at the regular meeting immediately preceding the special event (i.e., field trips)

WHERE:  Buckskin Mountains, Bouse, AZ - Collecting: Copper minerals and beautiful hematite crystals with quartz crystals, epidot, cummingtonite, augite, wulfenite (occasional), barite, limonite cubes after pyrite, and druzy quartz, druzy chrysocolla, acicular malachite, chrysocolla pseudomorphs, fluorite, yard rocks of all colors, and many other associated minerals. 

WHAT TO BRING/HAVE ON A FIELD TRIP:  1. Long pants and long sleeved blouses or shirts!  2. Sturdy shoes! NO flip flops or open toed shoes!  3. Must bring a hard hat!  4. Safety glasses!  5. Collecting buckets, egg cartons, back packs!  6. Gloves!  7. Hammers or other collecting tools!  8. Medications, water, sunscreen, food!

Please read the AFMS field trip collecting "Code of Ethics"

For more information on this field trip, contact the TGMS office.

Twenty-Fourth Annual Symposium
Apr
15
Apr 17

Twenty-Fourth Annual Symposium

  • Quality Hotel at Phoenix Tech Center

"Minerals of Arizona" - Twenty-fourth Annual Symposium

Sponsored by the Flagg Mineral Foundation

WHEN: April 15 - 17, 2016

WHERE: Quality Hotel at Phoenix Tech Center

For More Information: Click Here!

 

Micromount Meeting
Apr
11
6:30 pm18:30

Micromount Meeting

  • Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, Inc.

FOR: TGMS Members Only

WHEN: Monday, April 11, 2016

DOOR OPEN: 6:30 pm

TIME: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

WHERE: 3727 E. Blacklidge Drive

Bring your equipment and specimens to share and examine.  Or just come and learn from others.  

For more information, contact the TGMS office.

TGMS Field Trip
Apr
9
8:00 am08:00

TGMS Field Trip

FOR: TGMS Members Only!

POLICY: Must be a TGMS Member in good standing of the Society at the regular meeting immediately preceding the special event (i.e., field trips)

WHERE:  San Carlos Apache Reservation, Peridot, AZ - Collecting: Peridot!!

WHAT TO BRING/HAVE ON A FIELD TRIP:  1. Long pants and long sleeved blouses or shirts!  2. Sturdy shoes! NO flip flops or open toed shoes!  3. Must bring a hard hat!  4. Safety glasses!  5. Collecting buckets, egg cartons, back packs!  6. Gloves!  7. Hammers or other collecting tools!  8. Medications, water, sunscreen, food!

For more information on peridot: Click Here!

Please read the AFMS field trip collecting "Code of Ethics"

For more information on this field trip, contact the TGMS office.

 

TGMS Educational Class
Apr
5
7:00 pm19:00

TGMS Educational Class

  • Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, Inc.

FOR: TGMS Members Only!

WHEN:  Tuesday, April 5, 2016

DOORS OPEN: 6:30 pm

CLASS TIME:  7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

WHERE:  3727 E. Blacklidge Drive

TOPIC: “Collection Building”

INSTRUCTOR:  Bill Shelton

Sign-up sheets will be available at the April 4th TGMS General Meeting.

For more information, contact the TGMS office.

TGMS General Meeting
Apr
4
7:00 pm19:00

TGMS General Meeting

  • Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, Inc.

Doors will be open at 7:00 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7:30 p.m.

FOR: TGMS Members and open to the public

GUEST SPEAKER: David P. Wilber

LECTURE TITLE: "The Mechanics of Mineral Collecting"

Dave has been a mineral collector for 65 years.  In that time, he has seen drastic changes in the mineral collecting hobby.   This talk will cover the changes that have taken place in our hobby.  Dave intends to give a thorough review of these changes to help educate and enlighten all collectors. 

The review will start with a verbal presentation of explaining the changes, along with slides to illustrate some of the quality specimens that made up Dave's collection.  

This presentation will cover the characteristics that define a high quality mineral and, by following Dave's expertise, he will cover how they can be obtained at a reasonable cost.

Dave believes every level of collecting minerals is important.  He especially respects field collecting of minerals as these collectors bring new material to the hobby by extensive effort in the field.

Everyone is invited.  

Refreshments served.

For more information, contact the TGMS office.

Cottonwood Gem, Jewelry & Mineral Show
Mar
19
Mar 20

Cottonwood Gem, Jewelry & Mineral Show

Annual Show and Sale

When: March 19 - 20, 2016

Where: Mingus Union High School, 1801 E. Fir Street, Cottonwood, AZ

Admission: $3.00

Free Admission for children under 12

Micromount Meeting
Mar
14
7:00 pm19:00

Micromount Meeting

  • Tucson Gem and Minerasl Society

FOR: TGMS Members Only

WHEN: Monday, March 14, 2016

DOOR OPEN: 6:30 pm

TIME: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

WHERE: 3727 E. Blacklidge Drive

Bring your equipment and specimens to share and examine.  Or just come and learn from others.  

For more information, contact the TGMS office.

Pinal Geology & Mineral Museum
Mar
12
10:00 am10:00

Pinal Geology & Mineral Museum

1st Annual Pinal Gem & Mineral Show

Co-sponsored by Pinal Gem and Mineral Society, Mineralogical Society of Arizona and Artisan Village of Coolidge.

What: Touch Outer Space and Pinal Gem and Mineral Show

Where: The Pinal Geology and Mineral Museum is located in the Artisan Village of Coolidge at 351 N. Arizona Boulevard in Coolidge, Arizona

When: Saturday, March 12 from 10 AM to 4 PM

You will be able to touch Mars, the Moon, and the asteroid Vesta.  Dr. Carleton Moore is bringing samples to the Museum.  Astronauts collected the Moon sample and the Mars and Vesta samples arrived as meteorites. 

There will be dealers set up selling minerals, fossils, and lapidary material.  

Admission to the Event and Museum is free. 

There are exhibits of rocks, minerals, and fossils.  Special exhibits include fluorescent minerals, Arizona minerals, and Arizona geology. 

There is a kid’s treasure hunt and a fossil dig where every kid can find and take home a small fossil collection. 

There's also a dinosaur-naming contest for our new allosaurus.  Come see the new dinosaur and enter the naming contest to win a prize.

For more information go to pinalgeologymuseum.org or call Ray Grant at 520-251-5419

 

 

TGMS Field Trip
Mar
12
9:00 am09:00

TGMS Field Trip

FOR: TGMS Members Only!

WHERE:  Nuevo Corral, Arivaca, AZ - Collecting: Quartz Geodes & Rhyolite

LIMITED NUMBER:  This trip is limited to 15 TGMS members

POLICY: Must be a TGMS Member in good standing of the Society at the regular meeting immediately preceding the special event (i.e., field trips)

WHAT TO BRING ON A FIELD TRIP:  1. Long pants and long sleeved blouses or shirts!  2. Sturdy shoes! NO flip flops or open toed shoes!  3. A hard hat!  4. Safety glasses!  5. Collecting buckets, egg cartons, back packs!  6. Hammers or other collecting tools!  7. Medications, water, sunscreen, food!

For more information, contact the TGMS office.

Please read the AFMS field trip collecting "Code of Ethics"

Daisy Mountain Rock & Mineral Club
Mar
12
Mar 13

Daisy Mountain Rock & Mineral Club

2016 Anthem Gem & Mineral Show

When:  March 12-13, 2016

Where: Boulder Creek High School, 4040 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., Anthem, AZ

Admission: $3.00, Students/Seniors $2.00

Free admission for children!!

For more information: Click Here!

TGMS Educational Class
Mar
8
6:30 pm18:30

TGMS Educational Class

  • Tucson Gem and Mineral Society

FOR: TGMS Members Only!

WHEN:  Tuesday, March 8, 2016

DOORS OPEN: 6:30 pm

CLASS TIME:  7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

WHERE:  3727 E. Blacklidge Drive

TOPIC: “Show Finds”

INSTRUCTOR:  Bill Shelton

Sign-up sheets will be available at the March 7th TGMS General Meeting.

For more information, contact the TGMS office.

TGMS General Meeting
Mar
7
7:00 pm19:00

TGMS General Meeting

  • Tucson Gem and Mineral Society

Doors will be open at 7:00 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7:30 p.m.

FOR: TGMS Members and open to the public

GUEST SPEAKER: Eric Fritz, FGA, DGA

LECTURE TITLE: "Emeralds (and other gemstones) of North Carolina"

As a lifelong resident and mineral collector from western North Carolina, I will share artesian mining of emeralds from one of the only localities in North America.  We will look at the beginnings dating back to the late 1800’s to the pay-to-dig finds in the 1970’s and 80’s.  The tour culminates with one of the best finds ever made by the late Terry Ledford a few years ago.  Terry participated in the Tucson shows for many years and died in a tragic mining accident, doing what he loved, searching for emeralds.  North Carolina boasts all major gem and mineral types ranging from rubies and sapphires to even a diamond or two.  And did I mention gold?  Join me for a fascinating look at the diversity this state has to offer.  

Everyone is invited.  

Refreshments served.

For more information, contact the TGMS office.

TGMS Field Trip
Feb
27
8:00 am08:00

TGMS Field Trip

FOR: TGMS Members Only!

WHERE:  Mission Mine, Sahuarita, AZ

Must be a TGMS Member in good standing in order to participate in TGMS Field Trips.

THIS TRIP IS FULL, NO MORE NAMES ARE BEING TAKEN!

For more information, contact the TGMS office.

Please read the AFMS field trip collecting "Code of Ethics"

TGMS Educational Class
Feb
18
4:00 pm16:00

TGMS Educational Class

  • Tucson Gem and Mineral Society

FOR: TGMS Members Only!

WHEN:  Tuesday, March 8, 2016

DOORS OPEN: 6:30 pm

CLASS TIME:  7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

WHERE:  3727 E. Blacklidge Drive

TOPIC: “Show Finds”

INSTRUCTOR:  Bill Shelton

Sign-up sheets will be available at the March 7th TGMS General Meeting.

For more information, contact the TGMS office.

2016 TGMS Micromount Symposium
Feb
12
9:30 am09:30

2016 TGMS Micromount Symposium

  • Tucson Convention Center

2016 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®                            

Friday, February 12, 2016

This symposium is open to the public and free of charge

9:30 AM - 6:00 PM     Arthur Roe Memorial Micromount Symposium

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM   Welcome and Scope Setup

Symposium Talks:

10 AM - 10:45 AM   Lecture by Mr. Quintin Wight - Turquoise Ballroom

10:45 AM - 11:30 AM   Lecture by Dr. Peter Richards - Turquoise Ballroom

11:30 AM - 12:15 PM   Lecture by Mr. Van King - Turquoise Ballroom

12:15 PM - 6:00 PM   "Freebie" Table, Socializing, Specimen Trading Session

2016 TGMS Lectures Series
Feb
11
1:00 pm13:00

2016 TGMS Lectures Series

  • Tucson Convention Center

Thursday, February 11th

Lectures are open to the public and free of charge

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm   Mineral Photography Seminar   

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm   “Royal Blue - Famous Blue Minerals from the United Kingdom"   

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm   Society of Mineral Museum Professionals Board Meeting  

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm   Society of Mineral Museum Professionals Membership Meeting

5:00 pm – 6:00pm    Society of Mineral Museum Professionals

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®
Feb
11
Feb 14

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®

  • Tucson Convention Center

Tucson Gem and Mineral Society presents the: 

62nd Annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show®

"Shades of Blue: Minerals of the World"

February 11 – 14, 2016

Open to the Public

Thursday – Saturday – 10:00 – 6:00 pm                

Sunday – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Lectures held in Turquoise – Crystal Ballrooms (are free to the General Public)       

TGMS General Meeting
Feb
1
7:00 pm19:00

TGMS General Meeting

  • Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, Inc.

Doors will be open at 7:00 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7:30 p.m.

FOR: TGMS Members and open to the public

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Eugene S. Meieran

Gene Meieran received his Bachelor's in Metallurgy from Purdue in 1959, and his Doctorate from MIT in 1963 in Material Science. He joined Fairchild Semiconductor R&D in 1963, and moved to Intel in 1973, retiring from Intel as a Senior Fellow in 2009. Gene has taught x-ray diffraction at the University of California, and Stanford University.  He has given seminars and talks worldwide and has about 50 technical papers. He has been awarded three international awards for his work as well as being awarded honorary an honorary Doctorate from Purdue University. Gene currently resides in Portland, OR, with his wife, Rosalind, but has recently established a part-time home in Tucson

Gene started collecting minerals in 1949 in Norway, his father’s homeland, and has continued this for the past 66 years; indeed, his studies in Materials Science are a direct result of his interest incrystals. For the past 15 years, he has assembled educational and competitive exhibits for the Tucson Gem and Mineral show, for which he's won several Lidstrom and Desautel’s trophies.  Gene has donated important specimens to many museums, including the Arizona Mineral Museum in Tucson, (where he is Chairman of the Board), Harvard, the Rice Mineral Museum of the Northwest and to the Smithsonian.  He was awarded the prestigious Carnegie Medal in 2003. 

LECTURE TITLE: "Civilization and Face Centered Cubic Crystals"

Human civilization is fundamentally related to the discovery, use and development of natural resources for armaments, agriculture, energy, coinage, jewelry, art and many other applications. Indeed, periods of civilization are named for materials; the Stone Age, the Iron Age, the Bronze Age, and what now might be called the Silicon Age. But while silica may have ushered in the start of societal growth, with flint used for starting fires and arrowheads, the real start of technology was based on a peculiar set of metallic and semi-metallic native elements; copper, iron, carbon (diamond), lead, silver, aluminum, and now silicon (refined from silica).  These materials have many features in common; they are abundant and are found in large ore bodies; they are often ductile and can be made into complicated shapes but can also be extremely hard; they each have a unique property (hardness, strength, magnetism, corrosion resistance, attractiveness, melting point, etc) that makes them particularly useful. And they all have face-centered-cubic structures; it is this crystallographic property that is largely responsible for the advancement of civilization and the subject of Gene's talk! 

Everyone is invited.  

Refreshments served.

For more information, contact the TGMS office.

TGMS Field Trip
Jan
30
8:00 am08:00

TGMS Field Trip

FOR: TGMS Members Only!

WHERE:  Silverbell Mine - "Copper Minerals, Druzy Quartz & Wulfenite"

Must be a TGMS Member in good standing in order to participate in TGMS Field Trips.

Trip information will be available at the January 4, 2016 TGMS General Meeting.

For more information, contact the TGMS office.

Please read the AFMS field trip collecting "Code of Ethics"