Welcome to Summer at DMS! We’ll be taking a break
from our regular series
until the Fall. Please do join us for a
So, get ready for some shiny bits with this month's favorite:
another annual Mineral
Picfest summer kickoff!
We’re going ‘native’ this Summer with our Mineral Pictfests! In June, we
are honoring Gold. Then,
in July we are featuring
Tellurium. August brings our short theme to a
From the dawn of time until
modern day, Gold has enthralled us with its inherent beauty. It’s pure
and characteristic yellow hue aid rockhound’s in its immediate
There is not a lot
complicated to say about Gold. It is a native metal. It is slow
to oxidize, and reacts
mostly with Tellurium in nature. Its sheen, density, and
malleability appeal to many.
We shape it to
serve us in various forms, such as jewelry, electronics,
currency and sacred items.
In its natural form, we can appreciate the look of Gold’s
metallic and hoppered crystals or its wiry,
untarnished sculpture. For millennia, societies across the globe
have enjoyed this favored metal’s
properties. This rare, noble metal has helped to define
cultures, and artifacts crafted from Gold outlast
other materials, and sometimes the cultures that have created
Perhaps, that is
why many respect Gold as a symbol of longevity. For example,
over the last two
centuries, we celebrate a milestone ’50 Years’ with symbols and
gifts of gold. We call it our ‘Golden
Anniversary’. Long-wed couples are honored by it. Kings, Queens,
and most organizations receive
tribute on the occasion. Our club, The Delaware Mineralogical
Society, Inc., is celebrating our Golden
Anniversary in this year of 2010. Technically, the date is in
July; however, our Official Celebration Event
culminates in our June 13, 2010 gathering at the Newark Country
Club in Newark, Delaware.
In fact, we
are having a
Raffle of two wonderful, natural Gold specimens to be awarded
at our Party then.
Members, please contact Alex Kane to purchase tickets, and buy some more at the Party.
See you there!
So, without further adieu, here is our June
2010 Gold Picfest.
has so many uses. From jewelry, electronics, artifacts and currency.
Here is where DMS Members can add their
photos to share with us.
Raffle of two wonderful, natural Gold specimens (as seen
|The three photos above by Esther
|Alex Kane's Gold specimens
|Ken Casey's educational Gold Display
Until Next Time
We hope you have enjoyed our all too short visit to
Gold. Please join us next month,
for another article, and we shall journey together!
Until then, stay safe, and happy collecting.
I would like to gratefully acknowledge the generous contributions of our fellow
collectors, authors, curators, professionals, and club members who made this
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Ken is current Webmaster and President of the Delaware
Mineralogical Society. He has a diploma in
Jewelry Repair, Fabrication & Stonesetting from the Bowman Technical School,
Lancaster, PA, and worked as jeweler.
also studied geology at the University of Delaware.
he is currently a member of the Delaware Mineralogical Society and the Franklin-Ogdensburg