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Choosing Diamond Bits to Drill holes in rocks

http://maidstonejewelry.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/choosing-diamond-drill-bits-to-drill-beach-stones/

http://thegemshop.com/pages/diamond-drilling

June

Some great volcano photography - click on various images in the site to open picture displays. Video shows some remarkable photography being done in sulphur gas areas

http://www.oliviergrunewald.com/

May

How to carve eggshells

http://www.home-dzine.co.za/crafts/craft-carved-eggs.htm

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/04/intricately-carved-goose-shells-by-piotr-bockenheim/

http://www.pinterest.com/crazycarole/egg-shell-carving-amazing/

April

Organic Gemstones

Some are composed of organic materials, some are fossilized organic structures.

http://geology.com/gemstones/organic-gemstones/

March


Stone Carving Tools

http://www.thesculpturestudio.com/stone_carving_tools.html

Hardstone carving From Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardstone_carving

February

Refractive Index Chart for gemstones

http://www.gemselect.com/gem-info/refractive-index.php

January

Wire wrapping sites:

http://www.tumbleweedglass.com/cab.html

http://www.rockhounds.com/rockgem/articles/wirewrap.shtml

http://www.pinterest.com/adallen56/wire-wrapped-jewelry-tutorials/



Interesting Site of the Month - Scroll Down for 2012


January is at bottom – current month at the top


2013

December

Live Science often has earth science and fossil related articles

http://www.livescience.com/39971-amphibian-death-scene-fossils.html

November

Sci-News has sections on geology and fossils

http://www.sci-news.com/

October

Science Daily has interesting articles on fossils and earth science

http://www.sciencedaily.com/news/fossils_ruins/fossils/

September

Minerals and rocks on stamps

http://www.geostamps.eu

also:

http://www.paleophilatelie.eu/year/current.html

August

Mindat is a mineral and mineralogy database. One interesting feature is the mineral of the day

http://www.mindat.org

July

Ammolite not on the net (as far as I know), two interesting magazine articles: (1) Ammolite: An Organic Jewel, pages 12-17, June 2013 issue of Rock & Gem Magazine (2) Discovering Ammolite: Alberta's Gemstone, pages 58-61, July/August 2013 issue of Lethbridge Living. 

June

Rocks and Minerals for Kids

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/rocks-and-minerals-for-kids.html

May

Jewelry making and lapidary "tips"

http://bradsmithjewelry.com/index.html

This site has great photos of projects and techniques

https://www.facebook.com/BenchTips

April

Looking for "out of print books" on rocks, geology, minerals, fossils etc. eBay and other auction sites may be worth a try. There are rare book dealers that my offer what you want. For example:

http://www.paleopubs.com/

http://www.murrayhudson.com/antiquarian_books/geology.html

March

Ammolite, a semi-precious opal-like biogenic (organic) gemstone made of the fossilized shells of ammonites

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammolite

February

Faceting

http://theimage.com/faceting/

January

Alberta Dino Feathers – download podcast from Quirks and Quarks on CBC Radio:

http://www.cbc.ca/podcasting/includes/quirks.xml


2012

December

Alberta dinosaur hunter receives national honour:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2012/11/08/calgary-philip-currie-honoured.html

Philip Currie was given the lifetime achievement award from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society in Ottawa on.

November

Ten gemstones that are rarer than diamond:

http://io9.com/5902212/ten-gemstones-that-are-rarer-than-diamond

October

Alberta Stories in Stone:

http://www.uleth.ca/edu/currlab/handouts/geology/4c1.html

September

Cephalopod Fossils: Myth and Legends:

http://www.tonmo.com/science/fossils/mythdoc/mythdoc.php

August

Fossil Collecting in Alberta:

http://www.gprc.ab.ca/departments/sasu/palaeo/fossil-collecting.html

July

Petrified wood - Symbols of Alberta:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbols_of_Alberta

June

Basic wire wrapping for a pendant (cabochon):

http://www.mcrocks.com/ftr07/JunesseWirewrap.html

Basic wrapping for a faceted stone:

http://www.rockhounds.com/rockgem/articles/wirewrap.shtml

[Thanks to Barb Black for recommending these sites]

A cabochon is an opaque gem which has been shaped and polished (convex top with a flat bottom) as opposed to faceting which is usually applied to transparent stones.

May

Tree of life pendant pattern:

http://www.beadstudio.com/info.php?a=613

[Thanks to Barb Black for recommending this site]

April

Agates:

http://www.agates.org/

http://www.agates.eu/

http://www.agatelady.com/agate-basics.html

March

The Virtual Fossil Museum:

http://www.fossilmuseum.net/index.htm

February

Dino Directory:

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/life/dinosaurs-other-extinct-creatures/dino-directory/index.dsml?disp=gall&sort=Genus

January

Rock Tumbling Sites:

http://www.top20sites.com/Top-Rock-Tumbling-Sites


2011

December

What are microfossils?

http://www.kgg.org.uk/microf.html

November

The Science of Petroleum Geology:

http://www.geomore.com/index.html#microfossils

October

Okotoks Erratic - "The Big Rock":

http://history.alberta.ca/historicsites/

September

Japanese rock garden:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_rock_garden

http://www.nikkayuko.com/

http://www.panoramio.com/photo/3763497

August

Burgess Shale:

http://www.burgess-shale.rom.on.ca/

July

The Royal Tyrrell Museum:

http://www.tyrrellmuseum.com/

June

Volcano webcams:

http://www.volcanoupdate.com/

May

Rare Moon Mineral Found on Earth:

http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2012/01/rare-moon-mineral-found-on-earth.html

Tranquillityite: The last lunar mineral comes down to Earth:

http://geology.gsapubs.org/content/40/1/83.abstract

April

World’s largest crystal:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/11/crystal-giants/shea-text

http://www.crystalinks.com/mexicocrystals.html

March

How a Diamond Is Like a Champagne Cork:

http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2012/01/how-a-diamond-is-like-a-champagn.html

February

The World's Biggest Trilobite:

http://www.umanitoba.ca/geoscience/stuff/geoaware/suletosi/

http://www.trilobites.info/lgtrilos.htm

January

Ammolite:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammolite

http://www.gemsociety.org/info/gems/ammolite.htm

http://ammolitemine.com/index.htm