Arizona Governor Ducey signed HB2092 into law on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

The bill amends Section 1, Title 41, chapter 4.1, and article 5 of the Arizona Statutes, by adding section 41-860.04, to read: Wulfenite is the Official State Mineral.

Alex Schauss spearheaded this effort in 2016 and with a mountain of support from across Arizona and a Wulfenite Is Love campaign by Mineralogical Society of Arizona, Arizona has a beautiful mineral to add to official symbols of Arizona.

It has been a pleasure partnering with Alex Schauss and collaborating with Rep. Mark Finchem, Bob Jones, Evan Jones, Lithographie, Don Boushelle, Sen. Gail Griffin, Les Presmyk, Peter Megaw, Bryan Swoboda, Jeff Scovil, Bob Downs, Rob Lavinsky, Paul Harter, Phil Richardson, Bill Yedowitz, Tony Occhiuzzi, Molly Busby, Wyatt Busby, Sam Busby, Jennifer Campbell, Maggie Lyons, John Tibbits, David Tibbits, Stan Keith, Frank Sousa, John Lucking, Mark Hay, Dick Morris, Carole Lee, Pam Wilkinson, Will Wilkinson, Keith Wentz, Danni Sotomayor, Jason New, Imelda Klein, Jim Klein, Anna Domitrovic, and many many more that I apologize if I missed you, but rest assured, Wulfenite would not be Official Arizona Mineral without you and your support. Thank you one and ALL!!!

I shared with Alex and I'll share with you, I will always treasure our journey in igniting a successful Wulfenite Is Love campaign across Arizona, Mineralogical Society of Arizona members visit to Arizona Capitol, installation of historic Wulfenite Exhibition at 2017 Tucson Gem & Mineral Show(R), and a featured segment in 2017 What's Hot in Tucson ... all in awesome support of Wulfenite.

Official Arizona Symbols:
COPPER                  - State Metal
TURQUOISE            - State Gemstone
WULFENITE            - State Mineral

Warmest Regards,
Chris Whitney-Smith
President Mineralogical Society of Arizona


Welcome to the Mineralogical Society of Arizona!

MSA, along with a Coalition of Rock & Gem Clubs, offer several fun and unique Field Trips throughout the year. We host many interesting Programs & Speakers and you are certain to meet new friends among our Rock and Mineral membership.

Refreshments are served at all MSA meetings and attendees have an exciting opportunity to win Great Mineral Raffle Prizes awarded to one Junior, one Adult, and one Visitor. Members who wear their MSA Name Badges to general meetings are also eligible for an additional raffle.

MSA participates in the annual Flagg Gem and Mineral Show in January, Arizona State Fair and Earth Science Day event in October. We look forward to Exploring, Sharing, and Inspiring your participation in our hobby.

Check out the NEWSLETTER for information on meetings, field trips, and other events of interest to Mineralogists and Rockhounds of all ages.

ALERT!!! Be sure to check out MSA website under MSA CLUB for meeting location and time details. Click here for a printable meeting schedule. Meetings are held the second Thursday of the month, except as noted in the meeting schedule at Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale‎ AZ‎ 85253.

New Meeting Format

Junior Members should arrive by 6:40 PM for Junior Education program starting at 6:45 PM.
All other Members can arrive at 7:00 PM with presentation starting at 7:30 PM.
Meetings are held the second Thursday of the month, except as noted in the meeting schedule.
Brief business meeting and raffle after the program, with Refreshments, Silent Auctions, and Buy/Sell/Trade Event.

Contact us via Email: MSAClub1935@msaaz.org


April 13, 2017 Program: “Russia Gem Treasures.” Presented by Mr. Bob Jones.

Our April program speaker is the great Mr. Bob Jones about “Russia Gem Treasures.”  The program will cover Bob’s two trips to Russia.  Bob visited five museums and government buildings so he could write a script and host a video "Russia Gem Treasures".  Bob’s program will show huge objects of art made of lapis, rhodonite, 50 foot malachite columns in Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, visit inside The Kremlin, see Russian charoite, diamonds, marvel at a 20 foot lapidary map, and highlights from Hermitage Museum and even a dead mouse. 

Bob is an MSA Milestone Life Member, MSA President 1964, generous donor, volunteer and oldest founding member of our sister organization Flagg Mineral Foundation. He is a world renowned collector, lecturer, host and author. He authored Nature's Hidden Rainbows Fluorescent Minerals of Franklin, NJ 1964, The Collector's Book of Fluorescent Minerals 1983, Twenty-Fifth and Fifth Year History of the Tucson Show, The Frugal Collector, Volume 1 2011 and over 1800 articles in The Mineralogical Record, Rocks and Minerals, Rock & Gem, Lapidary Journal, Monde et Mineraux and Arizona Highways. Bob is co-host for BlueCap Productions DVD series of “What’s Hot” filmed at premier gem and mineral shows in Tucson, Arizona and Munich, Germany.


St Isaac's

Bob Jones in front of Russian Gem Map;
Photo courtesy Bob Jones.

.Saint Isaac's Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Russia;
Photo courtesy Bob Jones.

Bob earned his MS in Science from New Haven Teacher's College, taught Science for 32 years, and is Senior Consulting Editor of Rock and Gem, 1992 inductee into National Rockhound and Lapidary Hall of Fame, 1998 Carnegie Mineralogical Award recipient, honoree of mineral species: Bobjonesite, recipient of Flagg Mineral Foundation 2012 A. L. Flagg Lifetime Achievement Award and Mineralogical Society of Arizona 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee.





Mineral of the Month KUTNOHORITE
Dr. Raymond Grant

Mineral of the Month for April is kutnohorite.  Kutnohorite is CaMn(CO3)2 and a member of the dolomite group of minerals. The calcite group of minerals has minerals like calcite, CaCO3, rhodochrosite, MnCO3, smithsonite, ZnCO3, and magnesite, MgCO3. There can be some substitution of the elements in these minerals for example manganocalcite which is not a mineral but a variety name used for calcite that has some manganese substituting for the calcium. This substitution is random in the crystal structure. The dolomite group has minerals like dolomite, CaMg(CO3)2, ankerite, CaFe(CO3)2, kutnohorite, CaMn(CO3)2, and minrecordite, CaZn(CO3)2. In these minerals there is an ordered layered structure where one layer is calcium atoms and the next is manganese in the case of kutnohorite (see diagram below).

Minerals in the calcite and dolomite group are all hexagonal and commonly form rhombohedral crystals. Kutnohorite is usually found as spherules and aggregates of crystals.  Its color is white to pale or dark pink and the hardness is 3.5.

There is only one recorded locality for kutnohorite in Arizona, the Iron Cap Mine in Graham County (see this month’s Arizona Mineral Collector for more on the Iron cap Mine). We have lots of calcite and lots of manganese in Arizona so there should be more kutnohorite, but it takes the ability to determine the alternate layer (dolomite) structure to identify it for certain so there could be more just not recognized.
Members are invited to bring one sample from their collection of the mineral of the month and give a brief story about where they collected it or something about the specimen.

***Unknown minerals for identification can still be brought to the meetings***


KUTNOHORITE, 6.6cm, Wessels Mine, Hotazel, Kalahari Manganese Field, Northern Cape, South Africa; © Rob Lavinsky & The Arkenstone. ”La Madonna de Wessels”

KUTNOHORITE, calcite, 5.8 cm, N’Chwaning II Mine, Kalahari Manganese Field, Northern Cape, South Africa;
Dawn Boushelle Collection and Photo.







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Trade Minerals
Members please feel free to bring minerals for trade to next MSA meeting.

The Rules of Etiquette
From Rockhound Record 1942

At the risk of seeming impertinent, exhibitors of minerals will provide good insurance to specimens if they will display, in a prominent place on their exhibit, the rules of etiquette:

1. Never pick up a piece of material unless it is handed to you by the owner.

2. Always handle carefully – as many specimens are valuable and cannot be replaced.

3. If you cannot see the specimen well, ask the owner to show it to you.

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