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, Tucson Gem & Mineral Show in February, Pinal Gem & Mineral Show and Minerals of Arizona Symposium in Spring, and Earth Science Day events in Fall.  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

 

November 8, 2018 Program:" Cornwall: Mining, Minerals and Amazing History.” Presented by Mr. Bob Jones

Our November 8th program will be presented by our own Mr. Bob Jones " Cornwall: Mining, Minerals and Amazing History

Bob will take us on an adventure of Rashleigh and Caerhays Castle collections and other amazing things.  This will be a debut of Bob’s Cornwall program for a mineral club and we are very lucky Bob can present it for Mineralogical Society of Arizona.

 

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Bob Jones, Cornwall, England, UK;
Photo circa 2006 courtesy Bob Jones.

Rock&Gem July 2017: A Specimen's Story
Tracing the History of a World-Class Bournonite,
Cornwall, England, UK, Bob Jones Collection.

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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.

 

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: PENTAGONITE - Ca(VO)Si4O10 · 4H2O By Dr. Raymond Grant and Chris Whitney-Smith

Mineral of the Month for November is Pentagonite, a hydrated calcium vanadium silicate, Ca(VO)Si4O10·4H2O.  It is orthorhombic, has a hardness of 3 to 4, and is blue in color. It is dimorphous with cavansite and looks identical. They have the same chemistry but a different arrangement of the atoms. It was first found at Lake Owyhee State Park in Malheur County, Oregon in a volcanic tuff with cavansite, apophyllite, stilbite and other zeolites. It has also been found in India in the zeolite occurrences in the Poonah District. It has not been found in Arizona, but would be something that might be here as there are numerous zeolite localities and there is wide spread vanadium mineralization in the state.

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***

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PENTAGONITE, 2.5cm, Wagholi, Maharashtra,
India; Alex Schauss Collection, © Jeff Scovil.

PENTAGONITE, 3cm, Wagholi, Maharashtra,
India; Chris Whitney-Smith Collection, © Jeff Scovil.

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SILENT AUCTION

BRING CASH OR CHECK  AND BE PREPARED TO BID!

AND, DON'T FORGET THE TERRIFIC RAFFLE PRIZES!!!

Visiting Mineralogists & Rockhounds, please get in touch with us!

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

The Rules of Etiquette
“EYES ON, HANDS OFF”
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.


Membership Dues are Due!

Please pay at the next meeting or mail to Mineralogical Society of Arizona, 5533 E. Bell Road Suite 101, Scottsdale, AZ 85254.
Membership form & dues amounts are on website under MSA CLUB tab.



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New MSA Commemorative Pin

Designed by Chris Whitney-Smith, one of our members, in commemoration of MSA's 75th Anniversary in 2010. 

 
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5533 E. Bell Road
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Scottsdale, AZ 85254

Member of the Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineralogical Societies
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