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DAISY MOUNTAIN ROCK & MINERAL CLUB

 

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LOCATED IN ANTHEM, ARIZONA, THE PURPOSE OF DAISY MOUNTAIN ROCK & MINERAL CLUB IS TO PROMOTE AND FURTHER AN INTEREST IN GEOLOGY, MINERALOGY AND LAPIDARY ARTS, THROUGH EDUCATION, FIELD EXPERIENCES, PUBLIC SERVICE AND FRIENDSHIP.

Photos by RICK JACKSON

 

Beginning in 2010, Daisy Mountain Rock & Mineral Club was organized as a non-profit corporation to further the interest and educate the public in the many geological features of the terrain located in the mid-deserts located around Phoenix, Arizona.

Our founders,  geologists and educators Herb Jacobson, Robert Salter, Keith Martin and Jay Yett were joined by "rock-hounds" Dan Janko, Edward Winbourne and Joan Jamtass in 2009 to create a non-profit corporation dedicated to sharing their knowledge and experience in geological formations.

 

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The Daisy Mountain Rock and Mineral Club

 

Phone

Ed Winbourne, President

(978) 460-1528

 

MAILING ADDRESS

P.O. Box 74215

Phoenix, AZ  85087

 

MEETING LOCATION

Anthem Civic Building

3701 W. Anthem Way

Anthem, AZ  85086

1st Tuesday of each Month

6:30 - 8:30 pm

At each monthly meeting we enjoy a Speaker.

(No meetings July & August)

                      WIRE WRAPPING CLASS       

                                                           Class Size is Limited  

 Anthem Civic Building                                                                                           

3701 W. Anthem Way                                                                                              

Anthem, AZ  85086                                                                                                 

1st Tuesday of each Month     (No meetings July and August)                                                                         

4;30-6:30 p.m

PLEASE BRING THE FOLLOWING MATERIALS

  • 20-24 gauge wire and a rock/cabochon to wrap.
  • Tools for jewelry making.
  •   Supplies are available if needed.
  • Hope to see you there!
Our Rock Club Members with their beautiful pendants they made in class.

Our Rock Club Members with their beautiful pendants they made in class.

Jennifer Gecho teaching our Wire Wrapping Class.

Jennifer Gecho teaching our Wire Wrapping Class.

Some examples of our wire wrapping done in class.

Some examples of our wire wrapping done in class.

MINERALOGY: THE STUDY OF MINERALS

 

 

 

 

A mineral is naturally occurring, inorganic (it has not lived), crystalline solid, with a definite chemical formula (or formula range). In contrast, a rock is generally a combination of minerals or organic remains, and therefore does not have a unique, specific, or consistent chemical composition.

There are over 5,421 known mineral species. Over 5,208 of these have been approved by the International Mineralogical Association (IMA). It is worthy of note that since silicon and oxygen constitute approximately 75% of the Earth's crust, the 1000 silicate minerals comprise over 90% of the minerals of the crust-- the two most common being quartz and feldspar.

Minerals are identified by their physical and chemical properties:

    *crystal structure (there are 7 systems --isometric, tetragonal, orthorhombic, hexagonal, rhombohedral, monoclinic, and triclinic)

    *crystal form (cubic, tetrahedral, rhombohedral...)

    *habit (blocky, arborescent, acicular...),

    *color,

    *luster (how a mineral reflects light--adamantine, vitreous, resinous, greasy, metallic...,)

    *hardness (a measure of a mineral's scratchability),

    *cleavage (a flat, repeatable break determined by the atomic structure) or

    *fracture (irregular, non-repeatable break characteristic of minerals with bonding equal in all directions),

    *tenacity (a description of a mineral's resistance to breaking or deformation-- brittle, malleable, ductile, sectile, elastic, plastic)

    *diaphaneity (how a mineral transmits light-- transparent, translucent, opaque),

    *specific gravity (a comparison of a mineral's weight to that of an equal volume of water) , and

     *special characteristics: magnetism, reaction to acid, taste, smell, radioactivity

     *chemical composition (there are 6 basic chemical classes of minerals - native elements, sulfides, oxides, halides, carbonates, silicates, phosphates)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stan Celestian who is Vice President of our club has shared his AZ Geology You Tube Channel. Please click the link below to view many of Stan's Videos. They are all great learning tools!

https://www.youtube.com/user/ArizonaGeology

Stan also has shared several of his Flickr collections. Please click on the links below to view

Geology Albums   https://www.flickr.com/photos/usageology/collections/72157687141398622/

Rock Albums   https://www.flickr.com/photos/usageology/collections/72157686872928745/

Minerals           https://www.flickr.com/photos/usageology/collections/72157677953688463/


 

 

 

Doug Duffy (a member of our club) taught  SilverSmithing to a few of our members at another location located in Phoenix.  Our members were very proud of their finished pieces. Thank You Doug for sharing your knowledge!

 

Beautiful pendants and rings designed by our members. Our members went to Doug's location a few sessions to learn how to make these fabulous creations. Well done!

Beautiful pendants and rings designed by our members. Our members went to Doug's location a few sessions to learn how to make these fabulous creations. Well done!

Our proud members!

Our proud members!

2017 DMRMC Scholarship Award Goes to Jacqueline Shea of Boulder Creek High School in Anthem, AZ.

On May 16, 2017 Daisy Mountain Rock and Mineral Club was proud to award Jacqueline Shea a $1,000.00 scholarship. She will continue her education at ASU in Sustainability. She was thrilled to receive the scholarship from our President Ed Winbourne. 

 

Left to right: Cynthia Buckner member of DMRMC;  Jacqueline Shea, Boulder Creek Senior; and Ed Winbourne President of DMRMC

Left to right: Cynthia Buckner member of DMRMC;  Jacqueline Shea, Boulder Creek Senior; and Ed Winbourne President of DMRMC

 

                2018 Anthem Gem & Mineral Show

                           March 24, 2018   Saturday 9am - 5pm

                           March 25, 2018   Sunday 10am - 4 pm

                                  Boulder Creek High School

                   40405 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy Anthem, AZ 85086

             Sponsored by the Daisy Mountain Rock & Mineral Club

For All Inquiries

Please send us an email   DMRMClub@gmail.com