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Opal Express Table of Contents


Topic Year Month Page
Members Only Website Password 2016 8 1
Opal Show News 2016 8 1
AOS Facebook Page 2016 8 1
Important General Meeting Information 2016 8 1
AOS Aug. 24th Meeting:  Opal Cutting Seminar 2016 8 2
Lightning Ridge Opal for Sale at Aug. 24th Meeting 2016 8 2
President’s Message 2016 8 2
Pete’s Opal Surprise 2016 8 2
Photographer Fred Ward Witnessed, Captured History 2016 8 3
Chapter 59 - The Death of the VW 2016 8 4
August 2016 Gem & Mineral Shows 2016 8 6
Members Only Website Password 2016 7 1
AOS July 27th Meeting:  Cutting Black Opal 2016 7 1
Opal Show News 2016 7 1
AOS Facebook Page 2016 7 1
Important General Meeting Information 2016 7 1
Diane Lynn Nelson Obituary 2016 7 2
How America was conned into Buying Diamonds 2016 7 2
12 Most Expensive Gemstones in the World 2016 7 4
Chapter 58 - The Confession 2016 7 6
July 2016 Gem & Mineral Shows 2016 7 8
Members Only Website Password 2016 6 1
Opal Show News 2016 6 1
AOS Facebook Page 2016 6 1
Important New Meeting Information 2016 6 1
Eleventh AOS Live Auction on June 22nd 2016 6 2
AOS Live Auction Rules 2016 6 2
Cutting Virgin Valley Opal 2016 6 2
Collecting and Investing in Colored Gemstones 2016 6 3
Opal Gets a Bad Rap at Home but Definitely Not Overseas 2016 6 4
Prospecting for Opal in the Mojave Desert 2016 6 4
Chapter 57 - The End of a Ratter 2016 6 5
June 2016 Gem & Mineral Shows 2016 6 7
Members Only Website Password 2016 5 1
Speaker for the May 25th General Meeting 2016 5 1
AOS Facebook Page 2016 5 1
Important New Meeting and Show Information 2016 5 1
'Lightning Claw' Dinosaur Found in Australia 2016 5 2
The Bom Jesus: Namibia’s Ancient Shipwreck 2016 5 3
Chapter 56 – Santa’s Visit 2016 5 5
The Rainbow Serpent Opal 2016 5 6
May 2016 Gem & Mineral Shows 2016 5 7
Members Only Website Password 2016 4 1
Important New Meeting and Show Information 2016 4 1
Rare opals worth more than $1m donated to SA Museum 2016 4 2
Chapter 55 – “A Quiet Christmas” 2016 4 2
Story Behind the New Gemstone: Aquaprase 2016 4 4
Designer Spotlight: Irene Neuwirth 2016 4 6
April 2016 Gem & Mineral Shows 2016 4 7
Members Only Website Password 2016 3 1
President’s Message 2016 3 1
Important New Meeting and Show Information 2016 3 1
Opal Society Members Enter Juried Show 2016 3 2
Small Idaho Town as Landmark Opal Gem Destination 2016 3 2
Shirley Temple's Rare Blue Diamond Ring to be Auctioned 2016 3 4
A Chemistry Lesson from L.A.'s Shade Balls 2016 3 4
Hiker Finds Rare Gold Coin in Israel 2016 3 5
Chapter 54 – “The Conclusion” 2016 3 5
Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford Dazzles at Oscars 2016 3 6
March & April 2016 Gem & Mineral Shows 2016 3 7
Members Only Website Password 2016 2 1
February Speaker – Russ Madsen on Volcanic Opal 2016 2 1
Important New Meeting and Show Information 2016 2 1
$10,000 Ballpoint Pen 2016 2 2
Opalized Limb Cast from Indonesia 2016 2 2
Limb Casts – Ethiopia 2016 2 2
Precious Opal from the Virgin Valley 2016 2 2
Chapter 53 – “Plane Crash” 2016 2 6
Members Only Website Password 2016 1 1
President’s Message 2016 1 1
Mokume-gane 2016 1 2
Stone that Was Once More Precious Than Gold 2016 1 3
Chapter 52 – “The Promise” 2016 1 4
Famous Opal Lovers 2016 1 5
January 2016 Gem & Mineral Shows 2016 1 8
Members Only Website Password 2015 12 1
The Opal Show -  Resounding Success! 2015 12 1
Christmas Party Potluck this Dec. 10th 2015 12 1
Rare Blue Diamond Sells for Record $48.5 Million at Auction 2015 12 2
From Rags to Riches - Chapter 51 – “Loads of Dirt” 2015 12 2
8 Opal Jewels to Keep Us Celebrating October’s Birthstone 2015 12 4
12 Most Expensive Gemstones in the World 2015 12 6
December 2015 Gem & Mineral Shows 2015 12 8
Members Only Website Password 2015 10 1
October Speaker Recap – Stan McCall 2015 10 1
American Opal Society Calendar 2015 10 1
Sutra’s Australian Opal Doublet Bib Necklace 2015 10 2
Award to Honor Late Opal Carver 2015 10 2
Chapter 50 – “The New Claim” 2015 10 2
We Hiked the Inyo Bucket Brigade 2015 10 4
October 2015 Gem & Mineral Shows 2015 10 6
Members Only Website Password 2015 9 1
American Opal Society Calendar 2015 9 1
Great Presentation from Lothar Vallot 2015 9 1
Eye of the Jeweler’s Bench - A Day in the Life 2015 9 1
Treasure Hunter Unearths Opals 2015 9 2
Chapter 49 – “What a Disappointment” 2015 9 3
Home for Dinosaur Fossils with Extra Opal at Lightning Ridge 2015 9 5
Gemstone found in Utah Rarer than Diamond 2015 9 6
Obsidian: A Biography 2015 9 6
September 2015 Gem & Mineral Shows 2015 9 7
Members Only Website Password 2015 8 1
American Opal Society Calendar 2015 8 1
Last Month – Andamooka BBQ 2015 8 1
The Finest Opal Ever Unearthed will be Displayed 2015 8 2
Chapter 48 – No Colour – No Potch 2015 8 2
Mineral Collecting Spots Lost to Government and to Greed! 2015 8 4
What to do When a Snake Bites you on a Remote Trail? 2015 8 5
Epsom Salts Monorail Railroad 2015 8 6
August 2015 Gem & Mineral Shows 2015 8 7
Members Only Website Password 2015 7 1
American Opal Society Calendar 2015 7 1
How Dangerous Is a Broken Fluorescent Bulb? 2015 7 1
Pete Goetz on How to Treat Andamooka Matrix Opal 2015 7 1
Chapter 47 – Another Try 2015 7 2
Search for Opals in Northern Nevada's Virgin Valley 2015 7 3
Rock Hunting Along Pioneer Trails in the Trinities 2015 7 5
Tenth AOS Live Auction on June 11th 2015 6 1
AOS Live Auction Rules 2015 6 1
American Opal Society Calendar 2015 6 2
Members Only Website Password 2015 6 2
$3 Million Black Opal Goes on Sale in Las Vegas 2015 6 2
Opal-Inspired Material Changes Color When Stretched 2015 6 3
The Story of Victoria Stone 2015 6 3
Dog Discovers $18,000 Diamond While Sniffing a Bush 2015 6 4
Lorraine Schwartz Opals with the Stars 2015 6 5
Chapter 46 - The Narrow Escape 2015 6 6
June 2015 Gem & Mineral Shows 2015 6 7
May Meeting Agenda – Opal Cutting Seminar 2015 5 1
Make Your Own Opals 2015 5 1
American Opal Society Calendar 2015 5 2
Members Only Website Password 2015 5 2
Dazzled by Australia's precious opals 2015 5 2
Household Products That Can Be Used As Rock Cleaners 2015 5 3
From Rags to Riches: Chapter 45 - Claim Jumpers Reward 2015 5 4
Capt. Kidd's Treasure Found off Madagascar, Report Says 2015 5 5
Lovely Unusual Gem 2015 5 6
May 2015 Gem & Mineral Shows 2015 5 6
Terraforming Mars in 250 Years! 2015 4 1
AOS Historical Records Gone Digital 2015 4 1
American Opal Society Calendar 2015 4 2
Harold Hodges’ Opal Teeth 2015 4 2
Members Only Website Password 2015 4 2
The Bonanza Opal 2015 4 2
Trove of Gold Coins in Israel Unearthed from Ancient Harbor 2015 4 3
132-year-old Winchester rifle found against desert tree 2015 4 4
Navajo Sandstone Iron Concretions vs. Martian Blueberries 2015 4 5
Chapter 44 - Advice from the Expert 2015 4 6
April 2015 Gem & Mineral Shows 2015 4 7
Members Only Website Password 2015 3 1
General Meeting Lecture – Opal Canyon 2015 3 1
Anaheim Arts Council Fundraiser 2015 3 1
American Opal Society Calendar 2015 3 1
A Recent Discovery of Blue Opal in Western Idaho 2015 3 2
Chapter 43 - The Hunts Begins 2015 3 5
January 2015 Gem & Mineral Shows 2015 3 7
Members Only Website Password 2015 2 1
General Meeting Lecture 2015 2 1
Calculating the Value of Scrap Gold 2015 2 1
American Opal Society Calendar 2015 2 1
Trench Art 2015 2 2
Are There Gold and Opal on Mars? 2015 2 3
The Red Robin 2015 2 4
Chapter 42 - The Right Choice 2015 2 4
Thirteenth Annual Sinkankas Symposium - Opal 2015 2 6
2015 Tucson Gem and Mineral Shows 2015 2 6
Members Only Website Password 2015 1 1
January Meeting – Pamela Strong’s Book, Where is the Light 2015 1 1
American Opal Society Calendar 2015 1 1
Chinese Writing 2015 1 2
Remember, "If It Can't Be Grown, It Must Be Mined" 2015 1 2
Agate Varieties 2015 1 2
Silver Discoloration 2015 1 3
From Rags to Riches - Chapter 41 - The Dream Continues 2015 1 4
January 2015 Gem & Mineral Shows 2015 1 5
Quartzsite 2015 Show Calendar 2015 1 7
Quartzsite 2015 Show Map 2015 1 7
Opal Show was a Great Success! 2014 12 1
Members Only Website Password 2014 12 1
Christmas Party Potluck this Dec. 11th 2014 12 1
American Opal Society Calendar 2014 12 1
Beautiful Boulder Opal 2014 12 2
How Animals Hacked Rainbow and Got Stumped on Blue 2014 12 2
Wire Wrap Jewelry: A History from the Past to the Present 2014 12 3
Ethiopian Welo Opal: Cutting Tips 2014 12 5
Amateur Treasure Hunter Finds 22,000 Roman Coins  2014 12 6
Well Cut Stones 2014 12 7
December 2014 Gem & Mineral Shows 2014 12 8
Members Only Website Password 2014 11 1
The Opal, Gem, and Jewelry Show is HERE! 2014 11 1
American Opal Society Calendar 2014 11 1
2014 Opal, Gem & Jewelry Show Free Seminars 2014 11 1
2014 Opal, Gem & Jewelry Show Dealers 2014 11 2
Huge Gold Nugget Going Up For Sale in California 2014 11 3
6-pound gold chunk sells for $400K 2014 11 4
The Beautiful Fukang Meteorite 2014 11 4
Introduction to Opal Carving and Contouring 2014 11 6
Beautiful Boulder Opal 2014 11 7
November 2014 Gem & Mineral Shows 2014 11 7
President’s Message 2014 10 1
Members Only Website Password 2014 10 1
What Price Is the Right Price? 2014 10 2
Queensland Opals Still in Demand Internationally 2014 10 2
Elvo Matrix 2014 10 3
The Gem of Passion 2014 10 4
Meet Stan Ross, Maestro of the Metal Detector 2014 10 4
Dangerous Geology: Who Put the Quick in Quicksand? 2014 10 6
How to Escape from Quicksand 2014 10 7
October 2014 Gem & Mineral Shows 2014 10 7
Members Only Website Password 2014 9 1
September Meeting Agenda: Opal Cutting Seminar – PART 2! 2014 9 1
An Ancient Threat Awakens In California 2014 9 2
Where to Find Opals in Oregon 2014 9 2
Old Man, Black Opal 2014 9 3
From Russia with Jade 2014 9 3
September 2014 Gem & Mineral Shows 2014 9 8
Members Only Website Password 2014 8 1
August Meeting Agenda: Opal Cutting Seminar” 2014 8 1
Last Month’s Speaker:   Stan McCall on “Inlay with a Twist” 2014 8 1
Weekend Escape: Royal Peacock Mine, Nev. 2014 8 2
Discussion Blog – Louisiana Opal 2014 8 3
Opal Hunters in Last Chance Canyon 2014 8 6
August 2014 Gem & Mineral Shows 2014 8 8
President’s Message 2014 7 1
Members Only Website Password 2014 7 1
July Meeting Speaker:   Stan McCall on “Inlay with a Twist” 2014 7 1
Fluorescent Opal in Virgin Valley 2014 7 2
Ammolite Jewelry and Gemstone Information 2014 7 4
116 Years of Opal History 2014 7 6
Gem Profile: Vesuvianite 2014 7 7
July 2014 Gem & Mineral Shows 2014 7 8
Members Only Website Password 2014 6 1
Ninth AOS Live Auction on June 12th 2014 6 1
AOS Live Auction Rules 2014 6 1
Incredible Space Stone has a Nebula Trapped Inside 2014 6 2
Wyoming Jade Putters 2014 6 3
Diaspore or Zultanite? 2014 6 4
Popigai Crater & Impact Diamonds 2014 6 4
Ethiopia: Rough Gem Exports to Be Banned 2014 6 5
The Opal's Fire 2014 6 6
June 2014 Gem & Mineral Shows 2014 6 7
Members Only Website Password 2014 5 1
Words to Dig By 2014 5 1
Last Month’s Speaker – Jim Bowden on Rattlesnakes 2014 5 2
Lost Mule Shoe Gold 2014 5 2
Russia Pulls Huge 'Chelyabinsk Meteor Chunk' From Lake 2014 5 5
Be Different - Buy the Royal Newborn a Gemstone Rattle 2014 5 7
Million Dollar Opals 2014 5 7
May 2014 Gem & Mineral Shows 2014 5 8
Members Only Website Password 2014 4 1
Last Month’s Speaker: Welo Opals by Gabriel Mosesson 2014 4 1
A Trip to the Royal Peacock Mine in the Virgin Valley 2014 4 2
Gold-bearing Tellurides 2014 4 3
Man Unearths 2.89 Carat White Diamond at Arkansas Park 2014 4 4
Bumblebee Agate / Jasper 2014 4 4
Spinel 2014 4 5
Oscar Jewelry! 2014 4 5
Diamond No Longer Nature's Hardest Material 2014 4 6
April 2014 Gem & Mineral Shows 2014 4 7
Members Only Website Password 2014 3 1
March Speaker: Welo Opals by Gabriel Mosesson 2014 3 1
Luminescence of Opals: A Witness to Their Geochemistry 2014 3 1
AOS Calendar for 2014 2014 3 1
Geology of Opal Fields in the Lightning Ridge Region 2014 3 2
BBQ Craft Faire and Boutique on May 10 in Anaheim 2014 3 3
Opal Mining Town Faces Exodus 2014 3 4
California Couple Finds $10M Buried Treasure in Back Yard 2014 3 4
Ancient Uses of Minerals 2014 3 5
Tourists Duped in Fake Opal Scam 2014 3 6
Australian Black Opal 2014 3 6
March 2014 Gem & Mineral Shows 2014 3 7
President’s Message 2014 2 1
Travel Channel show “Gem Hunt” on Ethiopian Welo Opal 2014 2 1
Members Only Website Password 2014 2 1
AOS Calendar for 2014 2014 2 1
Last Month – Gregg Bunch on Lab Created Quartz Crystals 2014 2 2
Smoke Treatment in Wollo Opal 2014 2 2
Water Loving Opal from the Deserts of Ethiopia 2014 2 4
Synthetic Opal, Doublets & Triplets 2014 2 5
Opal Photography 2014 2 6
February 2014 Gem & Mineral Shows 2014 2 8
President’s Message 2014 1 1
Members Only Website Password 2014 1 1
January Speaker – Gregg Bunch on Lab Created Quartz 2014 1 1
Opal Mystery Shows Red Centre's Links to Red Planet 2014 1 1
The Formation of Precious Opal 2014 1 2
Grinding, Sanding & Polishing Procedures 2014 1 3
Never Buy Jewelry Cleaner Again! 2014 1 4
Man Finds a 2.95-Carat Diamond in an Arkansas State Park 2014 1 4
Would You Buy a 'Man-Made' Diamond? 2014 1 4
Carving the Commissioned Sunstone 2014 1 5
January 2014 Gem & Mineral Shows 2014 1 7
AOS Calendar for 2014 2014 1 8
Christmas Party Potluck this Dec. 12th 2013 12 1
Members Only Website Password 2013 12 1
Ethiopian Welo Opal 2013 12 1
AOS Calendar for 2013 2013 12 1
Reversible Choker Wins Opal Award 2013 12 2
Opal: Australia's Troubled Gemstone 2013 12 2
Hackmanite: A New Star Gemstone 2013 12 4
Opal Grading System Aims To Restore Confidence 2013 12 4
Gold Rush Era Discards Could Fuel Cellphones, TVs 2013 12 5
$4 Million Gemstone-Studded Christmas Wreath 2013 12 7
Biggest opal in the world. 900 plus Carats 2013 12 7
December 2013 Gem & Mineral Shows 2013 12 8
Opal, Gem and Jewelry Show a Big Success! 2013 11 1
AOS Calendar for 2013 2013 11 1
Members Only Website Password 2013 11 2
Uranium Gives Opal its Shine 2013 11 2
Purple and Blue Gold 2013 11 2
Auctioneer shows off  World's Greatest White Diamond  2013 11 2
Weird and Wonderful Ways to use Opal 2013 11 3
From Rags to Riches 2013 11 3
Which Opal is a Natural Black Opal? 2013 11 4
12-Year-Old Apex Boy Unearths 5-Carat Diamond 2013 11 5
Opal Offers Remedy for Contamination at Nuclear Sites 2013 11 5
November 2013 Gem & Mineral Shows 2013 11 7
2013 Opal, Gem and Jewelry Show Dealers 2013 11 8
Dr Brandon Browne, CSUF, Mammoth Volcano 2013 10 1
Members Only Website Password 2013 10 1
AOS Calendar for 2013 2013 10 1
Outback Opals 2013 10 2
From Rags to Riches: Ch 39 – Trapped at Boundary Rider 2013 10 4
Rare gold coin from 1880 sells for $2.75M at auction 2013 10 5
Gem's Value Sank Like a Rock 2013 10 6
The Art of Opal Cutting 2013 10 6
October 2013 Gem & Mineral Shows 2013 10 7
Jim Bowden on the History of Gold Rushes of So. California 2013 9 1
Members Only Website Password 2013 9 1
AOS Calendar for 2013 2013 9 1
Uncovered: The Truth about Opal Formation 2013 9 2
A National Travesty 2013 9 2
Far Out: Ancient Egyptian Jewelry Came from Outer Space 2013 9 3
From Rags to Riches - Ch.38 - New Claim and Directions 2013 9 4
Rough Cut Ban U-Turn in Bid to Boost Mining Revenue 2013 9 5
A Star-Shaped Piece of Benitoite 2013 9 6
Topaz, Amber, Pearls, Gold, Emeralds And Jade 2013 9 6
September 2013 Gem & Mineral Shows 2013 9 8
President’s Message 2013 8 1
August Speaker: Justin Zzyzx on So. Cal. Agates 2013 8 1
AOS Calendar for 2013 2013 8 1
Members Only Website Password 2013 8 2
Introduction to Smoke Treated Welo Ethiopia Opals. NFS 2013 8 2
From Rags to Riches: Ch 37 New Friends and Exciting News 2013 8 2
Opal Mining: A Damn Good Way to Get Yourself Killed 2013 8 4
Gold! $250K in Centuries-old Coins Found 2013 8 6
Would You Buy a 'Man-Made' Diamond? 2013 8 6
Miner's Shares Surge After It Finds 100-Carat Diamond 2013 8 7
August 2013 Gem & Mineral Shows 2013 8 7
July Speaker: Justin Zzyzx on So. Cal. Agates 2013 7 1
AOS Calendar for 2013 2013 7 1
Members Only Website Password 2013 7 2
Opal from the High Plains 2013 7 2
The Geology and Global Politics Of Rare Earths 2013 7 4
From Rags to Riches – Ch. 36 – Painted Ladies 2013 7 6
July 2013 Gem & Mineral Shows 2013 7 7
Eighth AOS Live Auction on June 14th 2013 6 1
AOS Live Auction Rules 2013 6 1
AOS Calendar for 2013 2013 6 1
Members Only Website Password 2013 6 2
Photographing Gems— A Minimalist Approach 2013 6 2
Ethiopian Opal Agony and Ecstasy 2013 6 3
From Rags to Riches – Ch. 35 A Change of Strategy 2013 6 6
June 2013 Gem & Mineral Shows 2013 6 8
Members Only Website Password 2013 5 1
Polishing Tips 2013 5 1
Bench Tips 2013 5 1
AOS Calendar for 2013 2013 5 1
All’s not Smooth at Velvet 2013 5 2
From Rags to Riches – Ch 34 – Opals Galore 2013 5 4
How Do We Know the Age of the Earth? 2013 5 6
It’s not a Collection until its Organized! 2013 5 6
May 2013 Gem & Mineral Shows 2013 5 8
President’s Message 2013 4 1
Members Only Website Password 2013 4 1
April Speaker: Justin Zzyzx on So. Cal. Agates 2013 4 1
AOS Calendar for 2013 2013 4 1
Setting Opals in a Closed Back Setting? 2013 4 2
Green Meteorite May be From Mercury, a First 2013 4 4
From Rags to Riches 2013 4 4
Dowsing for Minerals? 2013 4 6
April 2013 Gem & Mineral Shows 2013 4 7
President’s Message 2013 3 1
March Speaker: Michael Greyshock on Gold Detecting 2013 3 1
Members Only Website Password 2013 3 1
Anaheim Arts Council Annual Fund Raiser 2013 3 1
AOS Calendar for 2013 2013 3 1
How to Kill Your Club in 13 Easy Steps 2013 3 2
And How to Resurrect an Ailing Club 2013 3 2
Bernhardt Holtermann and the Gold Nugget 2013 3 2
Opal Discovery Sparks Industry Excitement 2013 3 2
From Rags to Riches 2013 3 4
Owhyee Jasper 2013 3 6
Mexican Fire Opal 2013 3 6
Drop of Water Test for Topaz 2013 3 7
More Words to Dig By 2013 3 7
March 2013 Gem & Mineral Shows 2013 3 7
New Opal & Gem Show Venue Status 2013 2 1
Free Opal And Petrified Wood Collecting in Virgin Valley 2013 2 1
AOS Calendar for 2013 2013 2 2
Members Only Website Password 2013 2 2
Anaheim Arts Council  Annual Fund Raiser 2013 2 2
You Might be a Rockhound If … 2013 2 2
Man Finds 12-Pound Gold Nugget 2013 2 3
Dangerous Dust 2013 2 4
From Rags to Riches – Ch 31  The New Equipment 2013 2 5
February 2013 Gem & Mineral Shows 2013 2 6
2013 Tucson Gem & Mineral Shows 2013 2 7
Possible New Venue for the Opal & Gem Show 2013 1 1
January 10th Lecture – Opals of the Americas – Part 2 2013 1 1
AOS Calendar for 2013 2013 1 2
Members Only Website Password 2013 1 2
Lost Blue Bucket Gold 2013 1 2
Louis Comfort Tiffany Necklace, ca. 1915 2013 1 3
From Rags to Riches:  Ch 30 - The New Direction 2013 1 3
Some Flexible Shaft Tricks 2013 1 5
January 2013 Gem & Mineral Shows 2013 1 7
Quartzsite 2013 Show Map 2013 1 7
Quartzsite 2013 Show Calendar 2013 1 8
President’s Message 2012 12 1
Three Locals Find $50,000 of Opals Gem Mining in Nevada 2012 12 2
Gem Chrysocolla 2012 12 3
Rare coin auctioned off for $430G 2012 12 4
$300,000 in Gold Found in Home during HVAC Installation 2012 12 4
From Rags to Riches – The Great Development 2012 12 5
Whangdoodle Mine Opal 2012 12 6
Geology of the Whangdoodle Opal Deposit, Owyhee, ID 2012 12 6
December 2012 Gem & Mineral Shows 2012 12 7
Show Recap 2012 11 1
Dealers for the 2012 Opal & Gem Show 2012 11 2
Seminars for the 2012 Opal & Gem Show 2012 11 2
Rock Stars 2012 11 3
Drop of Water Test for Topaz 2012 11 4
Researchers Find New Way to Mimic the Color of Butterflies 2012 11 4
From Rags to Riches – Ch. 28 – The Mine Collapse 2012 11 5
November 2012 Gem & Mineral Shows 2012 11 7
President’s Message 2012 10 1
Last Month’s Speaker:  Connie Grundke on Commesso 2012 10 1
Members Only Website Password 2012 10 1
From Rags to Riches - Chapter 27 – The Move 2012 10 2
Russia Claims to Have Found Huge Diamond Deposit In Field 2012 10 3
Orchid Digest- Setting Opals 2012 10 3
October 2012 Gem & Mineral Shows 2012 10 7
President’s Message 2012 9 1
Members Only Website Password 2012 9 1
Sept. 13 Speaker:  Connie Grundke on Intarsia 2012 9 1
Mexican Opal Mines 2012 9 2
Mexican Fire Opal 2012 9 4
From Rags to Riches – Ch. 26 The First Opal Sale 2012 9 5
Life Lessons from Rock Hunting 2012 9 6
Is There Gold in Your Backyard? 2012 9 7
September 2012 Gem & Mineral Shows 2012 9 7
President’s Message 2012 8 1
Members Only Website Password 2012 8 1
Kicked off Blackdome Mountain 2012 8 2
Tecopa Country 2012 8 3
From Rags to Riches Ch. 25 – The Party Finale 2012 8 5
How to Solder Metal Eyeglass Frame Hinges 2012 8 7
 August 2012 Gem & Mineral Shows 2012 8 7
President’s Message 2012 7 1
Members Only Website Password 2012 7 1
AOS Calendar for 2012 2012 7 1
Dunstan’s Stone - The First Famous Lightning Ridge Opal 2012 7 2
New South Wales: Mining Town Steals Hearts of Dreamers 2012 7 2
What Is Rose Gold, White Gold, And Green Gold Jewelry? 2012 7 3
Mining and Mineral staff hope for 11th-hour deal 2012 7 4
From Rags to Riches, Ch. 24 – The New Home 2012 7 5
July 2012 Gem & Mineral Shows 2012 7 7
President’s Message 2012 6 1
May’s Speaker – Pete Goetz on Matrix Opal 2012 6 1
Bill Burns Passing 2012 6 1
Seventh AOS Live Auction on June 14th 2012 6 2
AOS Live Auction Rules 2012 6 2
Why Gold Discolors 2012 6 2
Why Gold Jewelry Turns Skin Black 2012 6 2
Bench Tips for the Month 2012 6 3
Ethiopian Opal Agony and Ecstasy 2012 6 3
From Rags to Riches & Disasters Ch 23- The Party  2012 6 6
June 2012 Gem & Mineral Shows 2012 6 8
President’s Message 2012 5 1
Members Only Website Password 2012 5 1
 Mike Woodward on Gem Photography 2012 5 1
Andamooka 2012 5 2
Treating Matrix Opal the American Way 2012 5 2
How to Cut Opal 2012 5 3
Fundamentals of Lapidary - Cabochon Cutting 2012 5 5
From the book Rags to Riches & Disasters 2012 5 7
Chapter 22 – The Big Con 2012 5 7
May 2012 Gem & Mineral Shows 2012 5 8
Notes on the March Lecture: Jim Pisani on Jade 2012 4 1
March Lecture: Mike Woodward on Gem Photograph 2012 4 1
Interesting Blue Stuff at the Stoddard Wells Tailgate 2012 4 2
AOS Calendar for 2012 2012 4 2
Members Only Website Password 2012 4 2
We Lost a Ledge of Gold 2012 4 3
From Rags to Riches & Disasters – Chapter 21 2012 4 6
The World’s First All Diamond Ring 2012 4 7
April 2012 Gem & Mineral Shows 2012 4 8
President’s Message 2012 3 1
February’s Speaker – Gretchen Krutz 2012 3 1
AOS Calendar for 2012 2012 3 2
Members Only Website Password 2012 3 2
Opal Society Opportunity 2012 3 2
Burning of Troy Opal 2012 3 3
Ownership of Meteorites 2012 3 3
Abalone Mabe Pearl 2012 3 3
Facts about Gold... 2012 3 4
From Rags to Riches & Disasters 2012 3 5
March 2012 Gem & Mineral Shows 2012 3 7
President’s Message 2012 2 1
Elections on Hold 2012 2 1
AOS Calendar for 2012 2012 2 2
Members Only Website Password 2012 2 2
Largest Opal Matrix Found 2012 2 2
57,000 Carat Emerald, Called Up for Auction 2012 2 2
From Rags to Riches & Disasters 2012 2 3
Chapter 19 – Chips Galore 2012 2 3
Fire Agate 2012 2 5
February 2012 Gem & Mineral Shows 2012 2 7
President’s Message 2012 1 1
AOS Officers Elections needs Candidates 2012 1 1
January Meeting– Fred & Charlotte Ward on Opals 2012 1 2
AOS Calendar for 2012 2012 1 2
Members Only Website Password 2012 1 2
Solid Lightning Ridge Cutting Advice 2012 1 2
Precious Opal of the Virgin Valley 2012 1 4
From Rags to Riches & Disasters 2012 1 6
Chapter 18 – Finally the Dream 2012 1 6
January 2012 Gem & Mineral Shows 2012 1 7
President’s Message 2011 12 1
44th Opal & Gem Show Summary 2011 12 1
OpalSociety Group on the Internet 2011 12 3
Members Only Website Password 2011 12 3
Paperless Newsletter 2011 12 3
Opal Cutting Tips (Part 2) 2011 12 3
Ethiopian Welo Opal: Cutting Tips 2011 12 5
Rags to Riches - Chapter 17 – The Start of a New Life 2011 12 6
December 2011 Gem & Mineral Shows 2011 12 7
President’s Message 2011 11 1
Opal Show Seminar Schedule 2011 11 1
OpalSociety Group on the Internet 2011 11 2
Members Only Website Password 2011 11 2
Paperless Newsletter 2011 11 2
Opal Cutting Tips (Part 1) 2011 11 2
From Rags to Riches & Disasters - Chapter 15 – A Great Partnership 2011 11 4
From Rags to Riches & Disasters - Chapter 16 – The Miracle 2011 11 5
November 2011 Gem & Mineral Shows 2011 11 7
President’s Message 2011 10 1
OpalSociety Group on the Internet 2011 10 2
Members Only Website Password 2011 10 2
Paperless Newsletter 2011 10 2
Smoke Treatment in Wollo (aka Welo) Opal. 2011 10 2
Huge Asteroids Brought Gold to Infant Earth, Study Says 2011 10 4
From Rags to Riches & Disasters (Chapters 13 & 14) 2011 10 5
October 2011 Gem & Mineral Shows 2011 10 7
Opal & Gem Show Has Dealer Openings 2011 9 1
Opal Cutting Workshop at Sept. Meeting 2011 9 1
OpalSociety Group on the Internet 2011 9 2
Members Only Website Password 2011 9 2
Paperless Newsletter 2011 9 2
Andamooka – A Brief History 2011 9 2
Andamooka History Highlights 2011 9 3
From Rags to Riches & Disasters 2011 9 4
September 2011 Gem & Mineral Shows 2011 9 7
August Speaker: Justin Zzyzx on So. Cal. Collecting 2011 8 1
Bench Tips by Brad Smith 2011 8 1
OpalSociety Group on the Internet 2011 8 2
Members Only Website Password 2011 8 2
Paperless Newsletter 2011 8 2
From Rags to Riches & Disasters 2011 8 2
Opal: Australia's Troubled Gemstone 2011 8 4
Mica 2011 8 5
Hunting for Lost Diamonds 2011 8 6
Telling Lapis Lazuli from Sodalite 2011 8 6
Jet 2011 8 6
August 2011 Gem & Mineral Shows 2011 8 7
President’s Message 2011 7 1
July Speaker – Lothar Vallot on Simulants 2011 7 1
The AOS Live Auction Was a Success! 2011 7 1
Passing of Long-time Member Dr. John Hiller 2011 7 1
OpalSociety Group on the Internet 2011 7 2
Members Only Website Password 2011 7 2
Paperless Newsletter 2011 7 2
The Art of Opal Cutting 2011 7 2
From Rags to Riches & Disasters – Chapters 7 & 8 2011 7 2
Lost And Found:  A Ring with a Story to Tell 2011 7 4
Gem of a Find in Tip Mulch 2011 7 5
Gem Silica and Chrysoprase 2011 7 6
Opal Grading System Aims to Restore Confidence 2011 7 6
July 2011 Gem & Mineral Shows 2011 7 7
President’s Message 2011 6 1
Last Month’s Speaker: Meg Berry 2011 6 1
Sixth AOS Live Auction on June 9th 2011 6 1
Bidder Agreement 2011 6 2
AOS Live Auction Rules 2011 6 2
Members Only Website Password 2011 6 2
OpalSociety Group on the Internet 2011 6 2
Cutting Phenomenal Stones 2011 6 2
Chapter 5 – To Sydney and back to Andamooka 2011 6 5
Chapter 6 - The Disappointment 2011 6 6
Which Gems Are Of Organic Origin? 2011 6 7
June 2011 Gem & Mineral Shows 2011 6 7
President’s Message 2011 5 1
Last Month’s Speaker - Charlie Mann 2011 5 1
Members Only Website Password 2011 5 1
May’s Speaker: Meg Berry 2011 5 1
OpalSociety Group on the Internet 2011 5 2
From Rags to Riches & Disasters 2011 5 2
Chapter 3 - The Fools of Andamooka 2011 5 2
Chapter 4 - Work Starts 2011 5 3
An Opinion on Opals 2011 5 4
Illegal Opal Mining Destroys Vietnam's Rice Fields  2011 5 5
New Mineral Discovered on Antarctic Meteorite 2011 5 5
12,000 Carat Tanzanite Discovered 2011 5 6
Bench Tips - Testing for Silver 2011 5 6
Mississippi Opal at Gem & Mineral Show 2011 5 6
May 2011 Gem & Mineral Shows 2011 5 7
President’s Message 2011 4 1
Members Only Website Password 2011 4 1
April’s Speaker: Charlie Mann 2011 4 1
From Rags to Riches & Disasters – Chapter 1 – “My Dream” 2011 4 2
Chapter 2 - “Tee Tree Hill” 2011 4 3
Tullie Cornthwaite Wollaston 2011 4 4
Idaho's Spencer Opal Mine Rock Hounding Review 2011 4 5
Thunder Eggs 2011 4 6
April 2011 Gem & Mineral Shows 2011 4 6
President’s Message 2011 3 1
Buyer Beware 2011 3 1
Members Only Website Password 2011 3 1
March meeting - Bradley and McCall on Making Glass Beads 2011 3 2
Fire Opal 2011 3 2
ISG: Treasures of Tucson 2011 3 3
Farmers and Opal Miners Locked in a Turf War 2011 3 4
American Opal Society 2011 Calendar 2011 3 6
About Boulder Opal 2011 3 7
March 2010 Gem & Mineral Shows 2011 3 7
President’s Message 2011 2 1
Members Only Website Password 2011 2 1
New OpalSociety Group on the Internet 2011 2 1
Will Shaw presents his new The GemSmith Mini-Cutter 2011 2 1
Lloviznando Opal: A look above the surface 2011 2 2
Huge Gold Nugget Found in Sierra up for Auction 2011 2 4
Benitoite 2011 2 5
A Shore Thing 2011 2 5
Jewellers Warned Against Misrepresenting Gems 2011 2 6
February 2010 Gem & Mineral Shows 2011 2 7
President’s Message 2011 1 1
Members Only Website Password 2011 1 1
Cloud’s Jamboree Jan. 15 & 16 in Laughlin, NV 2011 1 1
Quartzsite Shows this Month 2011 1 1
Famous Opals - The Galaxy - World's Largest Polished Opal 2011 1 2
Promoting Your Society Attracting New Members 2011 1 2
Diamond-Wrongs 2011 1 3
The Opal in Myth and Folklore 2011 1 3
The Darvaza Well 2011 1 4
Pala’s Featured Stones: Prase Opal from Tanzania 2011 1 5
2010 Opal & Gem Show Dealers 2011 1 5
Rare Meteorite Discovered In Rural Southern Oregon 2011 1 6
January 2010 Gem & Mineral Shows 2011 1 6
Quartzsite Shows for 2011 2011 1 7
President’s Message 2010 12 1
Hello from Your Vice President 2010 12 1
Opal Show Security Summary 2010 12 1
Two Bags Found at Show 2010 12 1
Members Only Website Password 2010 12 1
Welo Opal Buying Trip Report-2010 2010 12 2
Cutting Ethiopian Welo Opal 2010 12 6
December 2010 Gem & Mineral Shows 2010 12 7
President’s Message 2010 11 1
Members Only Website Password 2010 11 1
Editor’s Message 2010 11 1
Outback Opals 2010 11 2
Everything You Need to Know About... Taking Care of Opals 2010 11 4
The Discovery of Tanzanite 2010 11 4
Gold Coin Sellers Angered by New Tax Law 2010 11 5
Mineral Identification and Acids 2010 11 6
Safety in the Shop 2010 11 7
November 2010 Gem & Mineral Shows 2010 11 7
President’s Message 2010 10 1
Last Meeting Presenter – David Kramer 2010 10 1
An Opal Journey In 2010 2010 10 2
The Painted Opal 2010 10 4
Hunting for Lost Diamonds 2010 10 5
Stabilizing Procedure for Crumbly Lapidary Rough 2010 10 5
October 2010 Gem & Mineral Shows 2010 10 8
President’s Message 2010 09 1
Anaheim Arts Council 2010 Fundraiser 2010 09 1
Special Carpet Gem of an Idea 2010 09 2
NC Farm Produces Emerald Shaped into Massive Gem 2010 09 2
Ding, Dong, SB624 Is Dead 2010 09 3
Chunk of Original Earth Found 2010 09 3
Taking Care of Opals 2010 09 4
Radiation, Heat - Improve Nature's Gems 2010 09 4
Differences Between Obsidian, Pumice, And Scoria? 2010 09 5
Minerals from Kidney Stones 2010 09 6
Professor receive prestigious  Award on Opal Nano-structure 2010 09 6
Catch a Falling Star 2010 09 7
September 2010 Gem & Mineral Shows 2010 09 7
President’s Message 2010 08 1
Anaheim Arts Council 2010 Fundraiser 2010 08 1
July Recap – Walt Lombardo 2010 08 1
Did You Know that there is an Opal Mine in Europe… 2010 08 2
Sealing Andamooka Rainbow opal with Opticon 2010 08 3
Members Only Website Password 2010 08 3
Treasures from Down Under 2010 08 3
West Texas for Rock Hounds 2010 08 5
August 2010 Gem & Mineral Shows 2010 08 7
President’s Message 2010 07 1
The AOS Live Auction Was a Success! 2010 07 1
July Speaker – Walt Lombard on Diamonds in North America 2010 07 2
Members Only Website Password 2010 07 2
Notice of a Public Listening Session on Closing Public Lands 2010 07 2
Cutting Precious Australian Opal 2010 07 3
Welo Opal Cutting Tips 2010 07 4
Opal: Delicate Beauty in a Watery Orb 2010 07 4
Synthetic Opal Synthesis 2010 07 6
July 2010 Gem & Mineral Shows 2010 07 8
President’s Message 2010 06 1
Members Only Website Password 2010 06 1
I Am a Rockhound 2010 06 1
Fifth AOS Live Auction on June 10th 2010 06 2
Bidder Agreement 2010 06 2
AOS Live Auction Rules 2010 06 2
Felton Jeweler finds 175-pound Common Opal in Idaho 2010 06 2
Knapping Juniper Ridge Opal 2010 06 5
Bates Brothers Oregon Trip - June-July 2006 2010 06 6
June 2010 Gem & Mineral Shows 2010 06 7
President’s Message 2010 05 1
Members Only Website Password 2010 05 1
April Recap – Janie Duncan on Beads from Around the World 2010 05 1
May Lecture: Jim Pisani on Fluorescent Minerals 2010 05 1
Mojave Desert Opal Diggings 2010 05 2
Collectible Specimens Litter the Mojave Desert 2010 05 5
Those Idaho Opals 2010 05 6
Occurrence of Fire Opal in A Basalt in Washington State 2010 05 6
Tourists Duped in Fake Opal Scam 2010 05 7
Woomera Mining Rules Sought 2010 05 7
May 2010 Gem & Mineral Shows 2010 05 8
President’s Message 2010 04 1
Pitfalls of Rock Tumbling 2010 04 1
Members Only Website Password 2010 04 1
Barbara a Legend in Her Time 2010 04 2
Opal Essence 2010 04 2
Lone Opal Miner Dug His Way Out Despite Injuries 2010 04 3
Gilson Synthetic Opal 2010 04 3
Cabochon Tips 2010 04 5
Evolution by the Grassroots 2010 04 5
Rockhounding near Mammoth Lakes, California 2010 04 6
April 2010 Gem & Mineral Shows 2010 04 7
President’s Message 2010 03 1
Members Only Website Password 2010 03 1
AOS Election Results 2010 03 1
AOS Opal Evaluation Kit 2010 03 1
Barbara McCondra Night Recap 2010 03 1
Slocum Stone—A New Man-Made Material 2010 03 2
Andamooka Matrix Opal 2010 03 4
New Opal Strike Reported in Nevada 2010 03 5
Egg-Sized Rough Diamond Sells for Record $35M 2010 03 5
The Leg of Mutton Nugget: 2010 03 5
March 2010 Gem & Mineral Shows 2010 03 8
Members Only Website Password 2010 02 1
AOS Election This Month 2010 02 1
Opal Evaluation Kit Rediscovered 2010 02 1
Barbara McCondra Night 2010 02 1
The Old Woman Meteorite 2010 02 2
Looking for Old Opal Express Newsletters 2010 02 2
Childhood dreams bring German wanderer to Australia 2010 02 3
Opal Fossils Reveal Icy Birthing Waters in Australian Outback 2010 02 4
How to Field Trip 2010 02 5
Consumers Comfortable With Diamond Alternatives  2010 02 6
CFMS Field Trips South - Ant Hill-February 27 2010 02 6
If a Meteor Strikes Your House, Is It Yours? 2010 02 7
February 2010 Gem & Mineral Shows 2010 02 7
Members Only Website Password 2010 01 1
Wes Roth Says Hello 2010 01 1
AOS Election Next Month 2010 01 1
Famous Honduras Opal 2010 01 1
In Memoriam – Clare Gagnon 2010 01 2
The Imperial Opal 2010 01 3
Quite the Gem Dandy 2010 01 4
The Discovery of Precious Opal at Whelan, Washington 2010 01 6
Cuttlebone Casting 2010 01 6
January 2010 Gem & Mineral Shows 2010 01 7
Rate Increase for Paper Newsletter 2009 12 1
Members Only Website Password 2009 12 1
Successful Opal & Gem Show! 2009 12 1
AOS Election Information 2009 12 1
Opal Lexicon 2009 12 2
Nevada Opal: Part II, the Rest of the State 2009 12 7
December 2009 Gem & Mineral Shows 2009 12 8
Presidents Message 2009 11 1
Membership Rate Increase for Paper Newsletter 2009 11 1
Raffle Donations Needed for Show 2009 11 1
Members Only Website Password 2009 11 1
2009 Opal & Gem Show Dealers 2009 11 2
An Urgent Request from Barbara McCondra 2009 11 2
Oklo: Natural Nuclear Reactors 2009 11 2
Nevada Opal: Part I, Virgin Valley 2009 11 3
News from the Opal Diggin’s 2009 11 5
Back to the Basics: Opal-Cutting Review 2009 11 5
Shaping and Finishing Opal 2009 11 6
November 2009 Gem & Mineral Shows 2009 11 7
Presidents Message 2009 10 1
Starfire Opal Mine, Gabbs Nevada 2009 10 1
Members Only Website Password 2009 10 2
The “Glorious Jubilee” Largest Black Opal in the World 2009 10 2
Rare 472-Carat Emerald Comes to Santa Ana 2009 10 2
500-Carat Diamond Found at South African Mine 2009 10 3
Famed and Feared Hope Diamond Goes Naked 2009 10 3
Leopard Opal – A New Type of Mexican Opal 2009 10 4
Quest for Fire at Opal Hill Mine 2009 10 4
Shirley's Opal 2006 2009 10 5
Field Trips-South - 2 Tourmaline Mines in 2 Days 2009 10 6
October 2009 Gem & Mineral Shows 2009 10 7
Members Only Website Password 2009 09 1
Sept. Speaker – Jim Pisani on Tecopa Opal 2009 09 1
Aug. Recap – LaVerne Christenson on Art Clay Silver 2009 09 1
Oregon Prospector Finds Opals in Them Thar Hills 2009 09 2
Oregon Opal 2009 09 2
More about Mexican Fire Opals 2009 09 3
Need Help with Dopping Wax Problem 2009 09 3
New Acquisitions - Opal 2009 09 4
Southern California Man Finds Gold Nugget Worth $10,000 2009 09 5
How to Care For Opal Jewelry 2009 09 5
Rockhounding in State Parks & BLM Mining-Related Fees 2009 09 6
September 2009 Gem & Mineral Shows 2009 09 7
Presidents Message 2009 08 1
Members Only Website Password 2009 08 1
August Speaker – LaVerne Christenson on Art Clay Silver 2009 08 1
Hints for Rock Collectors from The U.S. Geological Survey 2009 08 1
Synthetic Opals 2009 08 1
In Memoriam - Mike Kowalsky 2009 08 2
The Great 1902 White Cliffs Opal Robbery 2009 08 3
The New Andamooka Saga 2009 08 5
Northern Nevada - Opal; Eastern Oregon - Sunstone 2009 08 7
August 2009 Gem & Mineral Shows 2009 08 8
Presidents Message 2009 07 1
Members Only Website Password 2009 07 1
Quartz – The Most Remarkable of Lapidary Materials 2009 07 1
Photosensitive Minerals: Hackmanite and Tugtupite 2009 07 2
Broken Opal during Setting 2009 07 3
Using a Digital Camera to Photograph Slabs, Cabs, Gemstones, Minerals and Jewelry - Part 1 2009 07 6
Boy Hit by Meteorite Travelling At 30,000 mph 2009 07 7
July 2009 Gem & Mineral Shows 2009 07 8
Fourth AOS Live Auction on June 11th 2009 06 1
Bidder Agreement 2009 06 1
AOS Live Auction Rules 2009 06 1
Members Only Website Password 2009 06 1
Opal & Agate in Wyoming 2009 06 2
The Discovery of Precious Opal at Whelan, Washington 2009 06 5
A Silver Primer 2009 06 6
June 2009 Gem & Mineral Shows 2009 06 7
President’s Message 2009 05 1
Message from Gene LeVan, Show Chairman 2009 2009 05 1
Lost Opal Mine 2009 05 1
Opals along the Tequila Road 2009 05 2
New Play-of-Color Opal from Welo, Ethiopia 2009 05 4
This is Australia Calling! 2009 05 4
Black Opal Recipe 2009 05 5
Iolite – A Gemstone Used in Ancient Navigation 2009 05 5
Foundations of Opal Value 2009 05 5
Chrysoprase Jewellery – Australia's answer to Jade 2009 05 7
May 2009 Gem & Mineral Shows 2009 05 7
Opal Canyon Field Trip Recap 2009 04 1
Rockhounding in Red Rock Canyon 2009 04 1
Milt Roth to Assume Assistant Show Chairman Spot 2009 04 2
Members Only Website Password 2009 04 2
Gift Donation Request for Clubs 2009 04 2
Uranium Gives Opal Its Shine 2009 04 2
My Views on Opals with Inclusions or Cracks in Them 2009 04 2
Pair to Resolve the Great Opal Debate 2009 04 3
Types of Opal 2009 04 3
KYOCERA Unveils One-of-a-Kind Kyoto Opal 2009 04 5
Correction of Picture of Holmes 2009 04 5
What is the Hardest Metal? 2009 04 5
Harder than Diamond? 2009 04 6
Nano-Material is harder than Diamonds 2009 04 6
Digging for Opal in the Black Rock Desert 2009 04 6
April 2009 Gem & Mineral Shows 2009 04 7
Members Only Website Password 2009 03 1
Presidents Message 2009 03 1
New Venue for Opal & Gem Show 2009 03 1
LaVerne Christenson to Assume Treasurer Spot 2009 03 1
March Speaker - Daniel Toledo 2009 03 1
Opal Canyon Field Trip on March 21st 2009 03 1
A California Field Trip Fire Opals in El Paso Mountains 2009 03 3
Leo Nowak   12/24/1907 to 1/6/2001 2009 03 4
Could there be Diamonds in the Lightning Ridge Area? 2009 03 4
Opals and Their Treatments 2009 03 5
March 2009 Gem & Mineral Shows 2009 03 7
Members Only Website Password 2009 02 1
Opal Society Workshop 2009 02 1
General Meeting - February 12th 2009 02 1
Australian Opals - A Primer 2009 02 1
How History Is Changed 2009 02 2
Giant Matrix Opal Discovered on the way to Coober Pedy 2009 02 3
Rockhound Finds Ice Age tusk in Perris Flood Channel 2009 02 3
Synthetic Opals, Should I Buy Them? 2009 02 4
Fluorescent Opals Discussion 2009 02 4
Zimbabwe's Deadly Diamond Fever 2009 02 5
A Lost Opal Mine 2009 02 7
February 2009 Gem & Mineral Shows 2009 02 7
Christmas Party 2009 01 1
Members Only Website Password 2009 01 1
Opal Society Workshop 2009 01 1
850-Lb. Emerald Stolen 2009 01 1
Oiling Opal Myth 2009 01 2
How to Tell if an Opal is Real 2009 01 3
Famous Gem Heists 2009 01 3
NASA Probe Finds Opals in Martian Crevices 2009 01 4
A Highgrader's Story 2009 01 5
Synthetic Opal Called “MexiFire” and “PeruBlu” 2009 01 6
Safety 2009 01 7
January 2008 Gem & Mineral Shows 2009 01 7
Presidents Message 2008 12 1
Members Only Website Password 2008 12 1
Opal Society Workshop 2008 12 1
How to Select that Cab from that Slab 2008 12 1
A Trip through the Opal Fields 2008 12 2
The Mystery Opal Miner - Carney Jimmy 2008 12 2
New Endangered Species: The Rockhound 2008 12 3
Large Blue Diamond Expected to Fetch about $15 Million 2008 12 4
Bubble Opal 2008 12 4
A Guide to Mexican Opal 2008 12 5
Opal Lore 2008 12 7
December 2008 Gem & Mineral Shows 2008 12 7
Presidents Message 2008 11 1
Opal & Gem Show Seminar Schedule 2008 11 1
2008 Opal & Gem Show Dealers 2008 11 2
Raffle Donations Needed for Show 2008 11 2
Members Only Website Password 2008 11 2
Opal Society Workshop 2008 11 2
Featured Gemstone: Opal 2008 11 2
The Furor over Feldspar 2008 11 3
Factoids: Diamonds 2008 11 5
Hallmarking: What Are Those Stamped Marks on My Ring? 2008 11 5
Precious Opal in the Northwest 2008 11 6
Turquoise - An Ancient Gem with Modern Panache 2008 11 6
Lost Opal Mine 2008 11 7
November 2008 Gem & Mineral Shows 2008 11 7
Presidents Message 2008 10 1
Members Only Website Password 2008 10 1
Opal Society Workshop 2008 10 1
Arts Council Raffle 2008 10 2
The 10 minute Rule and CBZ (Canada's Best Zircon?) 2008 10 2
Australia: Ridge over Rubble Paupers 2008 10 3
Caring for Jewelry-What You Need to Know 2008 10 4
Photographing Opal 2008 10 5
Giant Diamond Unearthed in Africa May Set Record 2008 10 7
October 2008 Gem & Mineral Shows 2008 10 7
Presidents Message 2008 09 1
Members Only Website Password 2008 09 1
Opal Society Workshop 2008 09 1
Anaheim Arts Council Raffle 2008 09 1
Opal Cutting Workshop at Sept. Meeting 2008 09 2
Opals at Zabriski 2008 09 2
Humour and Stress Free, Opal Miners Lifestyle 2008 09 4
The 'Flame Queen' in June Auction at Bonhams & Butterfields 2008 09 5
Opal Hat Feature of Event 2008 09 5
Coober Pedy Ranked in SA Quality of Life Index 2008 09 6
How to Cut and Polish Opal 2008 09 6
September 2008 Gem & Mineral Shows 2008 09 7
Members Only Website Password 2008 08 1
Opal Society Workshop 2008 08 1
Anaheim Arts Council Raffle 2008 08 1
Pete Goetz on How to Treat A ndamooka Matrix Opal 2008 08 1
Sand - Why Take It for Granted? 2008 08 2
Lightning Ridge, Black Opal Mining Industry 2008 08 5
Museum to Observe 50th Anniversary of Hodges Meteorite 2008 08 6
August 2008 Gem & Mineral Shows 2008 08 7
President's Message 2008 07 1
Members Only Website Password 2008 07 1
Opal Society Workshop 2008 07 1
July Lecture Summary - Bob Gullage on Precious Metals 2008 07 1
Anaheim Arts Council Raffle 2008 07 1
Third AOS Live Auction on July 10th 2008 07 2
Bidder Agreement 2008 07 2
AOS Live Auction Rules 2008 07 2
The Women Who Dig For Opal 2008 07 2
A Sprinkling of Stardust Lands on UW Astronomer 2008 07 3
Gold Rush Fever Returns to the California Hills 2008 07 3
Gem Materials of Mexico and Guatemala 2008 07 4
Australian 'Nessie' Fossils Found 2008 07 6
Slab Saw Basics 2008 07 6
Beetles Light Up Computer Research 2008 07 7
Black Opal Declared as NSW's Gemstone Emblem 2008 07 7
July 2008 Gem & Mineral Shows 2008 07 7
President’s Message 2008 06 1
Members Only Website Password 2008 06 1
Opal Society Workshop 2008 06 1
New Table of Contents Webpage for Newsletter Archives 2008 06 1
State of the Opal Industry in Australia 2008 06 1
June Lecture – Bob Gullage on Precious Metals 2008 06 1
AOS is Awarded Anaheim Arts Council Grant 2008 06 1
Hunting for Jade at Big Sur 2008 06 2
Lightning Ridge: Australia's Capital of Broken Dreams 2008 06 6
Bid to Stop Mining Spread – 2008 06 7
Bozeman Trustees Name New School Hyalite 2008 06 7
Cash and Treasures: Digging for Black Opals in Australia 2008 06 7
June 2008 Gem & Mineral Shows 2008 06 8
President’s Message 2008 05 1
Members Only Website Password 2008 05 1
May Lecture – Alpha Gems & Jeweller of Australia 2008 05 1
Opal Society Workshop 2008 05 1
Last Month’s Speaker – Jack Liu 2008 05 2
Cabochons: Hints, Tips and Strategy 2008 05 2
Appraising: Stories from the Trenches 2008 05 3
American Gemstones 2008 05 4
Gems and Technology - Vision Underground 2008 05 5
How to Make Opal Doublets 2008 05 7
In Memoriam - Grahame Brown (1936—2008) 2008 05 7
May 2008 Gem & Mineral Shows 2008 05 8
President’s Message 2008 04 1
Members Only Website Password 2008 04 1
April’s Speaker – Jack Liu 2008 04 1
Last Month’s Speaker – Stan McCall 2008 04 1
Opal Society Workshop 2008 04 1
The Great Opal Hunt! 2008 04 2
How Does Nature Process Silicon? 2008 04 3
Mining at Lightning Ridge 2008 04 4
Polymer Opal Films 2008 04 6
Lapis Lazuli 2008 04 6
April 2008 Gem & Mineral Shows 2008 04 8
President's Message 2008 03 1
March Meeting Speaker – Stan McCall 2008 03 1
AOS Election Results 2008 03 1
Members Only Website Password 2008 03 1
Last Month's Demonstrator – David Kramer 2008 03 1
Opal Society Workshop 2008 03 2
Opal Formation 2008 03 2
Lost Gold of the Ada Hancock 2008 03 2
The Great Diamond Hoax of 1872 2008 03 4
March 2008 Gem & Mineral Shows 2008 03 8
President's Message 2008 02 1
February Meeting Demonstrator – David Kramer 2008 02 1
AOS Election and Ballot Information 2008 02 1
Opal Society Workshop 2008 02 2
Members Only Website Password 2008 02 2
What You Should Know About Buying Opal 2008 02 2
Rare Mummified Dinosaur Unearthed 2008 02 3
The Many Facets of Man-Made Diamonds 2008 02 4
Thomsonite 2008 02 7
Opal Cultural Beliefs and Historic Timeline 2008 02 7
February 2008 Gem & Mineral Shows 2008 02 8
President's Message 2008 01 1
January Speaker – Jim Pisani on Virgin Valley 2008 01 2
Opal Society Workshop 2008 01 2
Members Only Website Password 2008 01 2
Ultraviolet Recovery 2008 01 2
Is It Unusual for Opals to Fluoresce? 2008 01 4
Opal Chips: Photonic Jewels 2008 01 4
The Construction of the Great Pyramids 2008 01 6
Asteroid on Track for Possible Mars Hit 2008 01 7
Displaying Your Treasures 2008 01 7
January 2008 Gem & Mineral Shows 2008 01 8
President's Message 2007 12 1
Opal & Gem Show Was a Success! 2007 12 1
Be Kind to Your Dealers 2007 12 1
Grand Prize Winner of Opal & Gem Show Raffle 2007 12 2
Opal Society Workshop 2007 12 2
Members Only Website Password 2007 12 2
The Story of Stone Soup 2007 12 2
Geology of Opal Fields in the Lightning Ridge Region 2007 12 2
Gamma Glow Takes Guess Work Out of Opal Mining 2007 12 4
Opal to Shine at Big Event 2007 12 5
Artifacts Hint at Early Jade Trade 2007 12 5
Saint's Jewels on Show in Naples 2007 12 5
Signs of Slump at Myanmar Gem Sale 2007 12 6
2007 Opal & Gem Show Dealers 2007 12 7
Is That Piece of Jasper An Agate? 2007 12 7
December 2007 Gem & Mineral Shows 2007 12 8
Opal & Gem Show 2007 11 1
President's Message 2007 11 1
Volunteers Still Needed for Show 2007 11 1
Raffle Donations Needed for Show 2007 11 1
Gem Carving, Inspiration & Skills 2007 11 2
Gem Sculpture - Passion for Opals 2007 11 2
Estate Rock Sale Notice 2007 11 2
Opal Society Workshop 2007 11 3
Members Only Website Password 2007 11 3
What Is Opal? 2007 11 3
Nevada Mineralogy Iv 2007 11 5
Whitest Whites and Blackest Black 2007 11 7
Giant Red Spinel Crystal Discovered in East Africa 2007 11 7
November 2007 Gem & Mineral Shows 2007 11 8
President's Message 2007 10 1
Faye McDowell Has Passed Away 2007 10 1
Volunteers Needed for Show 2007 10 2
Raffle Donations Needed for Show 2007 10 2
Opal Society Workshop 2007 10 2
Members Only Website Password 2007 10 2
Opal Brightness Workshop Report 2007 10 2
Diving in the Opal Mines of Dubnik, Slovakia 2007 10 3
We Call It Morrisonite 2007 10 5
Bowers Museum Trip Report 2007 10 6
A Gem of a Fossil 2007 10 6
The Backus Opal 2007 10 6
The Many Uses of Gypsum 2007 10 6
Sugilite 2007 10 7
Shopper's World; Opals From the Outback 2007 10 7
October 2007 Gem & Mineral Shows 2007 10 7
President's Message 2007 09 1
Correction on Royal Rainbow Opal Mine 2007 09 1
The Bowers Museum Field Trip – Sept. 23Rd 2007 09 1
Opal Society Workshop 2007 09 2
Members Only Website Password 2007 09 2
Opal Brightness Kit Workshop 2007 09 2
Simon King on the Himalaya Mine and Tourmaline 2007 09 3
Question About Black Opal 2007 09 3
World's Oldest Meteorite Found 2007 09 6
Top 10 Misconceptions About Dinosaurs 2007 09 6
Safety 2007 09 7
September 2007 Gem & Mineral Shows 2007 09 8
President's Message 2007 08 1
Royal Rainbow Opal Mine Open for Business 2007 08 1
Opal Society Workshop 2007 08 1
Kimberley Recovers 18.5 Carat Diamond 2007 08 1
Members Only Website Password 2007 08 2
Agates 2007 08 2
Summer Vehicle Safety 2007 08 2
The Fascinating World of Opal 2007 08 3
Diamonds, Coal, and Carbon 2007 08 6
Grading and Pricing of Gemstones 2007 08 7
August 2007 Gem & Mineral Shows 2007 08 8
President's Message 2007 07 1
Opal Society Workshop 2007 07 1
Second AOS Live Auction a Great Success! 2007 07 1
Cfms Convention and Show, Lancaster, California 2007 07 1
Members Only Website Password 2007 07 2
Australian Sedimentary Opal – Why Is Australia Unique? 2007 07 2
Pipe Opal Discovery a Rare Find 2007 07 5
Treating Andamooka Color Matrix 2007 07 6
Vietnamese Mountains Home to 4000-Year-Old Opal Relics 2007 07 6
Gem Substitutes 2007 07 6
The Many Uses of Gypsum 2007 07 7
Polishing Talc 2007 07 7
July 2007 Gem & Mineral Shows 2007 07 8
President's Message 2007 06 1
Members Only Website Password 2007 06 1
Opal Society Workshop 2007 06 1
Second AOS Live Auction on June 14Th 2007 06 1
Harold Andersen Has Passed Away 2007 06 2
Welcome to Magdalena; the Land of Opals 2007 06 2
Australian Opal Exhibition – Celebrating the Passion 2007 06 4
Mars Rover Unearths Surprise Evidence of Wetter Past 2007 06 5
World-Renowned Collection of Gems at Bowers Museum 2007 06 6
New Way of Mapping Gemstones 2007 06 7
The Day in Numbers: $12,360,000 2007 06 7
Death of Royal Postpones Pearl Auction 2007 06 7
June 2007 Gem & Mineral Shows 2007 06 8
President's Message 2007 05 1
Members Only Website Password 2007 05 1
Opal Society Workshop 2007 05 1
Second AOS Live Auction for June 14Th 2007 05 1
Lambina Opalfield 2007 05 2
Scientists Discover 'Kryptonite' in Serbian Mine 2007 05 5
Determining the Township 2007 05 5
Serpentine: California State Rock 2007 05 5
The Rhodochrosite Story 2007 05 6
Freshwater Pearls From China 2007 05 6
A Look at Pearl Quality 2007 05 7
Safety - Un-Equal 2007 05 7
May 2007 Gem & Mineral Shows 2007 05 8
President's Message 2007 04 1
Members Only Website Password 2007 04 1
Opal Society Workshop 2007 04 1
O-Bay Live Auction a Big Hit!! 2007 04 1
April Presentation:  Opal Photography 2007 04 2
Clare Gagnon on Gemstone Identification 2007 04 2
Opal Fields of South Australia 2007 04 2
The History of Opal 2007 04 4
Buried? 2007 04 6
Untried Tumbling Tips 2007 04 6
Opal Fields Declining As Dollar Rises 2007 04 7
Test Your Knowledge of Mineral Terms 2007 04 7
New Opal Discussion Forum on AOS Website 2007 04 7
A Tough Break With a Happy Ending! 2007 04 7
April 2007 Gem & Mineral Shows 2007 04 8
President's Message 2007 03 1
Members Only Website Password 2007 03 1
Opal Society Workshop 2007 03 1
Len Cram Visit 2007 03 2
Mr. Len Cram 2007 03 2
AOS Live Auction for March 8th 2007 03 3
Bidder Agreement 2007 03 3
AOS Live Auction Rules 2007 03 3
Mojave Opal Hunting 2007 03 3
Is the Cufflink Dead? 2007 03 5
Mining Opals 2007 03 5
Opal Collector Retires 2007 03 6
March 2007 Gem & Mineral Shows 2007 03 7
President's Message 2007 02 1
Members Only Website Password 2007 02 1
Opal Society Workshop 2007 02 1
Len Cram to Visit February 16Th 2007 02 1
January Speaker: Opal Mining Family 2007 02 1
Deceased - Past AOS President Larry Dobrin 2007 02 1
AOS Live Auction Proposal: O-Bay!” 2007 02 2
Famous Opals: the Opalworx Collection 2007 02 2
Rocking Opal Mountain 2007 02 3
Rare Black Diamonds May Have Come From Space 2007 02 3
Fire Breath Opal 2007 02 4
Organism Produced Rocks 2007 02 5
Health Effects of Faceting 2007 02 5
Larimar, the Caribbean Gemstone 2007 02 7
Eleven Ways to Become a Fossil 2007 02 7
January 2007 Gem & Mineral Shows 2007 02 7
President's Message 2007 01 1
Members Only Website Password 2007 01 1
Opal Society Workshop 2007 01 1
Announcement - AOS Dues Increase 2007 01 1
January Speaker – Clare Gagnon on Gemstone Identification 2007 01 2
AOS Website Now Accepts Credit Card Payments 2007 01 2
Famous Opals - the Duffield Opal 2007 01 2
Woodward Ranch Adventure 2007 01 2
Book Review - Pobby and Dingan 2007 01 4
The Jades 2007 01 4
January 2007 Gem & Mineral Shows 2007 01 6
Quartzsite Shows for 2007 2007 01 7
President's Message 2006 12 1
Members Only Website Password 2006 12 1
Opal Society Workshop 2006 12 1
Woman Finds 1.30-Carat Diamond in Park 2006 12 1
Opal & Gem Show Was a Success! 2006 12 1
Famous Opals: the Grawin Rainbow 2006 12 2
Virgin Valley Report 2006 12 2
Damascus Steel's Lost Secret Found 2006 12 3
December Birthstones 2006 12 4
Curing Crazed Opal 2006 12 4
Experiencing Fluorescence 2006 12 5
Do You Know That… 2006 12 6
Movie Review - Opal Dream 2006 12 7
Confessions and Tips of a Do Or Die Cutter 2006 12 7
December 2006 Gem & Mineral Shows 2006 12 7
President's Message 2006 11 1
Members Only Website Password 2006 11 1
Opal Society Workshop 2006 11 1
November General Meeting Cancelled 2006 11 1
Volunteers Needed for the Opal & Gem Show 2006 11 1
Opal & Gem Show Dealers 2006 11 2
Opal & Gem Show Seminar Schedule 2006 11 2
Opal & Gem Show Demonstrators 2006 11 2
Raffle Donations Needed for the Opal & Gem Show 2006 11 3
Prong Setting and Opal Cutting With Contempo Lapidary Unit 2006 11 3
Opal Canyon Trip Planned for November 2006 11 3
Famous Opals: Jupiter-5 and the “Unnamed Lady” 2006 11 3
Opal Prospecting Follies 2006 11 4
Opal; Myth, Magic, and Misconceptions 2006 11 5
Woman Finds 1.30-Carat Diamond in Park 2006 11 7
November 2006 Gem & Mineral Shows 2006 11 7
President's Message 2006 10 1
Members Only Website Password 2006 10 1
Volunteers Needed for the Opal & Gem Show 2006 10 1
Raffle Donations Needed for the Opal & Gem Show 2006 10 1
October 12Th Speaker - David Kramer – Opal Cutting 2006 10 1
Opal Canyon Trip Planned for November 2006 10 1
Opal Society Workshop 2006 10 1
A Message From Our Opal & Gem Show Chairman 2006 10 2
Famous Opals: the Andamooka Opal 2006 10 2
Gems and Their Role As Elements of Animal Design 2006 10 2
Rockhounding in California 2006 10 2
Dueling Opinions: Argentium™ 2006 10 3
Safety Article:  Be Safe–Be Well 2006 10 4
A Guide to Buying Opals online 2006 10 5
Montana Agate - An American Gemstone Treasure 2006 10 6
The Trona Pinnacles 2006 10 6
The Case of the Stolen Moon Rocks: 2006 10 7
October 2006 Gem & Mineral Shows 2006 10 7
President's Message 2006 09 1
Members Only Website Password 2006 09 1
Opal Society Workshop 2006 09 1
September Speaker - Daniel Toledo 2006 09 1
Wes Roth Wins Jewelry Design Contest 2006 09 2
The Starfire Opal Mine Is Active 2006 09 2
Famous Opals: the Aztec Sun God 2006 09 2
Opal Lore 2006 09 2
August Speaker - Francis Lau on Diamonds 2006 09 3
Peruvian Blue Opals - How to Spot a Fake 2006 09 4
Precious Gems: the History of a Concept 2006 09 4
The Mystery Opal Miner - Carney Jimmy 2006 09 6
Safety Article - Sunburns and Skin Cancer 2006 09 7
September 2006 Gem & Mineral Shows 2006 09 7
President's Message 2006 08 1
Members Only Website Password 2006 08 1
Opal Society Workshop 2006 08 1
The Cat's-Eyes Have It 2006 08 1
Famous Opals: the Roebling 2006 08 2
Washington A. Roebling 2006 08 2
Faceting Fire and Crystal Opal 2006 08 2
Finding Opals in the Rough 2006 08 5
Dust in Opal Mining and Cutting 2006 08 7
Baking Soda in the Field 2006 08 7
August 2006 Gem & Mineral Shows 2006 08 7
President's Message 2006 07 1
Members Only Website Password 2006 07 1
Opal Society Workshop 2006 07 1
July Lecture – Barbara McCondra on Yowah and Koroit Opal. 2006 07 1
Famous Opals - the Red Cosmos 2006 07 1
Trip to Opal Canyon 2006 07 2
A Rockhound in Iraq 2006 07 3
Opal Mines of Nevada 2006 07 3
April 2006 Gem & Mineral Shows 2006 07 7
President's Message 2006 06 1
Members Only Website Password 2006 06 1
Opal Society Workshop 2006 06 1
The Adventures of An Opalholic Jewelry Designer 2006 06 1
Opal Canyon Field Trip on June 10Th 2006 06 1
Len Cram's “A Journey With Colour” Is Now Available 2006 06 1
Famous Opals: the Galaxy Opal 2006 06 2
Cracked Fingertips 2006 06 2
A Rockhound in Iraq 2006 06 3
Tecopa Terrific! 2006 06 4
President's Message 2006 05 1
Members Only Website Password 2006 05 1
Opal Society Workshop 2006 05 1
A Different Treasure 2006 05 1
Lora Hart on Precious Metal Clay 2006 05 3
Famous Opals:  Halley's Comet 2006 05 3
In Search of Opals in South Australia 2006 05 4
Keep Out! Old Mines Are Dangerous! 2006 05 6
A Rockhound in Iraq 2006 05 6
Hard Or Tough 2006 05 7
Lapidary Polishing Compounds 2006 05 8
May 2006 Gem & Mineral Shows 2006 05 8
President's Message 2006 04 1
Members Only Website Password 2006 04 1
Opal Society Workshop 2006 04 1
April Lecture: Precious Metal Clay Presentation 2006 04 1
Famous Opals:  Olympic Australis 2006 04 2
Surface Deterioration in Opals 2006 04 2
Opal Canyon Field Trip on April 15Th 2006 04 2
Brazilian Opal Returns 2006 04 4
Faceting Opal 2006 04 4
Iran's First Discovered Opal Mine to Be Explored Soon 2006 04 5
A Rockhound in Iraq 2006 04 6
Pyrite Suns 2006 04 7
April 2006 Gem & Mineral Shows 2006 04 7
Members Only Website Password 2006 03 1
Opal Society Workshop 2006 03 1
Famous Opals: the Butterfly Stone 2006 03 1
(The Red Admiral) 2006 03 1
Jochen Knigge on Brazilian Opal 2006 03 2
Field Trip Report: Opal Canyon 2006 03 2
Noel Lamkin Returns 2006 03 2
Opal Fakes 2006 03 2
Lost Opal Mine Information Request 2006 03 3
The Snake Head 2006 03 3
A Rockhound in Iraq 2006 03 4
Finder of Big Meteorite Says He's only Scratched the Surface 2006 03 5
New Opal Find!!! 2006 03 6
How to Find the Fire in Fire Agate 2006 03 7
Peacock Ore 2006 03 7
March 2006 Gem & Mineral Shows 2006 03 7
Members Only Website Password 2006 02 1
Opal Society Workshop Is Open!!! 2006 02 1
Louisiana Opals Open Again After Katrina 2006 02 1
Quartzsite January 28, 2006 2006 02 1
Opal Canyon Field Trip on Feb. 18Th 2006 02 2
Lapidary Lore and More 2006 02 2
Couple Comes Up With online Business Gem 2006 02 2
Famous Opals: the Colors of Heaven 2006 02 3
Safety Article - Carbon Monoxide 2006 02 4
Growing Opals 2006 02 5
The Rediscovery of Corundum Crystals 2006 02 6
Paper From Rocks 2006 02 7
The Green Flash 2006 02 7
February 2006 Gem & Mineral Shows 2006 02 7
President's Message 2006 01 3
Members Only Website Password 2006 01 3
Christmas Party Potluck 2006 01 3
Correction to Dec. 2005 Opal Express 2006 01 3
January Elections 2006 01 3
Opal Society Workshop to Open!!! 2006 01 3
Tucson Show Booth Cancelled 2006 01 4
Question on Leakey Opal 2006 01 4
A Tribute to Walter Johnson 2006 01 4
Phenomenal Opal 2006 01 4
Famous Opals: the Flame Queen 2006 01 5
How to Tell Your Adit From a Hole in the Ground 2006 01 5
An Introduction to Flint-Knapping 2006 01 6
Gold Coloration 2006 01 6
Cleaning Opal Pineapples 2006 01 7
Utah Emerald 2006 01 8
Polishing Curved Surfaces 2006 01 8
Lapidary Polishing Compounds 2006 01 8
Where Do You Put That Acid… 2006 01 9
A Rocky Mountain Mystery 2006 01 9
January 2006 Gem & Mineral Shows 2006 01 9
Famous Opals -The Aurora Australis 2005 12 1
A Message From Your President 2005 12 3
Members Only Website Password 2005 12 3
December Meeting: 2005 12 3
Christmas Party Potluck! 2005 12 3
Famous Opals - the Aurora Australis 2005 12 3
Volunteers at the Opal & Gem Show 2005 12 4
Great Seminars at the Opal & Gem Show 2005 12 4
Demonstrators at the Opal & Gem Show 2005 12 4
Volunteers Needed for Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2005 12 4
Where Did Christopher Columbus Go Wrong? 2005 12 4
Dealers at the Opal & Gem Show 2005 12 5
Opal Cracks and Crazing 2005 12 5
Google on Noodle 2005 12 6
Petrified Lightning – Fulgurite 2005 12 6
Antarctica Is a Hot Spot for Ua Scientists Hunting Meteorites 2005 12 6
Opal - the Queen of Gems 2005 12 8
December 2005 Gem & Mineral Shows 2005 12 9
A Message From Your President 2005 11 3
Members Only Website Password 2005 11 3
November General Meeting Cancelled 2005 11 3
Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, February, 2006. 2005 11 4
Famous Opals - Pride of Australia 2005 11 4
Opals & Mineral Oil – Orchid Digest 2005 11 4
October Speaker - Francis Lau - Pearl Farmer 2005 11 7
How to Knot Pearls Or Restring Pearls 2005 11 8
November 2005 Gem & Mineral Shows 2005 11 9
A Message From Your President 2005 10 3
Francis Lau - Speaker for October Meeting 2005 10 3
Members Only Website Password 2005 10 3
Noel Lamkin - Jewelry Design - Do's & Don’Ts 2005 10 4
Soft Tissue in Dinosaur Bones 2005 10 5
Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, February, 2006. 2005 10 5
Spencer Opal Deposits, Idaho 2005 10 5
Helpful Hints for Cabochon Making 2005 10 7
Toemaline Discovered in Wilmington, Ca 2005 10 7
Safety First - Hand Tool Safety 2005 10 8
October 2005 Gem & Mineral Shows 2005 10 8
Vice President's Message - By Eugene Levan 2005 09 3
Len Cram & Steven Aracic Donates Opal Books to AOS 2005 09 3
Members Only Website Password 2005 09 3
Visiting Yowah and Lightning Ridge Festivals 2005 2005 09 4
Techniques From Professional Opal Jeweler David Kramer 2005 09 4
How to Make Spencer Opal Triplets 2005 09 5
Enhanced, Treated, Heated, Dyed, Etc.: Fake 2005 09 6
The Adventures of Frank Gross in Aussie Land – Part 3 2005 09 6
Splitting Boulder Opal Seams 2005 09 8
Advise on Opal Storage 2005 09 8
September 2005 Gem & Mineral Shows 2005 09 8
Vice President's Message - By Eugene Levan 2005 08 3
August Speaker - David Kramer – Dopping Opal 2005 08 3
Members Only Website Password 2005 08 3
Report From Cfms State Show 2005 08 3
Bob Gullage on Opal Retailing 2005 08 4
Eagle Creek Precious Opal, Nw Bc, Canada 2005 08 5
The Adventures of Frank Gross in Aussie Land – Part 2 2005 08 6
Flaked Out 2005 08 8
The California Poppy: An Indicator of Copper 2005 08 8
August 2005 Gem & Mineral Shows 2005 08 8
Vice President's Message 2005 07 3
Members Only Website Password 2005 07 3
July Speaker - :  Robert G. Gullage 2005 07 3
Man Made Diamonds 2005 07 3
Tips & Hints: Work Out That Flat Spot 2005 07 3
Tips & Hints: Small Repairs?? 2005 07 3
Precious Opal: Mississippi's First Gemstone 2005 07 4
Daniel Toledo: Creativity and Originality 2005 07 5
The Adventures of Frank Gross in Aussie Land 2005 07 6
The World's Biggest Opal Festival 2005 07 7
Agates 2005 07 7
Jasper Or Agate? 2005 07 8
Agate Inclusions: Sagenite and Plume 2005 07 8
Ocean Jasper 2005 07 8
May Speaker Review- Lothar Vallot 2005 06 3
Book Review - Gemstones of the World 2005 06 3
Membership Roster Questionnaire 2005 06 3
New Updates to the AOS Website 2005 06 4
Mineral Quiz, Part 2 2005 06 4
A Field Trip to Australian Opal Country, Part 4 2005 06 4
Carving Fire Agate 2005 06 6
What Are the Sugar and Smoke Treatments of Opal 2005 06 7
Quartz Color Causes 2005 06 8
Members Only Website Password 2005 06 8
June 2005 Gem & Mineral Shows 2005 06 8
A Message From the President 2005 05 3
Members Only Website Password 2005 05 3
to Have Your Newsletter E-Mailed to You… 2005 05 3
More Pricing of Opal 2005 05 3
Update on New Opal Deposit in Wyoming 2005 05 4
Additional Comments on Wyoming Opal 2005 05 4
Mineral Terms Quiz 2005 05 5
A Field Trip to Australian Opal Country, Part 3 2005 05 5
Refurbish Your Worn Out Diamond Belts 2005 05 6
What to Do if You See a Fireball 2005 05 6
Dealers at Club Booths 2005 05 7
May 2005 Gem & Mineral Shows 2005 05 8
President's Message 2005 04 3
Opal Workshop 2005 04 3
Members Only Website Password 2005 04 3
to Have Your Newsletter E-Mailed to You… 2005 04 3
The Opal Discussion Forum 2005 04 3
John Hall Makes Contribution to Society 2005 04 3
Geologists Find Opal Deposit in Wyoming 2005 04 4
A Field Trip to Australian Opal Country, Part 2 2005 04 4
Heat Treating Agate to Improve Appearance 2005 04 5
The Truth About Gem Smuggling 2005 04 7
April 2005 Gem & Mineral Shows 2005 04 8
President's Message 2005 03 3
Stoddard Wells Swap Meet 2005 03 3
Opal Workshop 2005 03 3
Members Only Website Password 2005 03 3
to Have Your Newsletter E-Mailed to You… 2005 03 3
The Collectors Corner 2005 03 4
Louisiana Opal Question 2005 03 4
A Field Trip to Australian Opal Country 2005 03 5
Carving Rocks 2005 03 6
Jade 2005 03 7
Winter Safety - the Deceptive Killers Part 2 2005 03 7
March 2005 Gem & Mineral Shows 2005 03 8
President's Message 2005 02 3
Last Month's Elections 2005 02 3
Opal Workshop 2005 02 3
Members Only Website Password 2005 02 3
To Have Your Newsletter E-Mailed to You… 2005 02 3
Restoring Finish to Opal 2005 02 4
The Three Z's 2005 02 6
Winter Safety - the Deceptive Killers - (Part I) 2005 02 7
February 2005 Gem & Mineral Shows 2005 02 8
President's Message 2005 01 3
Christmas Potluck Dinner  2005 01 3
AOS Elections for officers  2005 01 3
Opal Workshop  2005 01 3
Members Only Website Password  2005 01 3
To Have Your Newsletter E-Mailed to You…  2005 01 3
Scott Wilson on Opal Synthesis  2005 01 4
Gems Polish Because...  2005 01 5
Shady Tales: a Dark Day in Red Mountain  2005 01 7
January Gem & Mineral Shows  2005 01 8
President's Message 2004 12 3
Opal Workshop 2004 12 3
Members Only Website Password 2004 12 3
The Opal & Gem Show Was a Great Success! 2004 12 3
Special Newsletter for November 2004 12 3
Show Dealers 2004 12 4
Rare Opal Found 2004 12 4
Caveat Emptor (Let the Buyer Beware) 2004 12 4
Rockhounds Look for Bright Side of Oregon Dirt 2004 12 5
Lake Superior Agate 2004 12 5
Disputing All Opal Cracks Theory 2004 12 6
December Gem & Mineral Shows 2004 12 8
President's Message 2004 11 3
A Tribute to Len Cram  2004 11 3
Opal Identification  2004 11 4
Cutting Boulder Opal 2004 11 5
Opal Fashion  2004 11 9
Opal, Mine!. 2004 11 14
Mining Opal: the House of Tibara's Two Opal Mines  2004 11 15
Gem & Mineral Shows  2004 11 16
Major 2005 U.S. & International Opal Related Shows  2004 11 16
Tucson Opal Seminars  2004 11 20
President's Message 2004 10 3
Opal Workshop 2004 10 3
Members Only Website Password 2004 10 3
Conrad Cone Passes Away at 94 2004 10 4
Elselil Philipps Passes Away 2004 10 4
Rainbow Matrix 2004 10 4
Need Help With Opal Repair 2004 10 4
Finding and Finishing Ammonites 2004 10 5
Hints and Things 2004 10 7
Jasper... Born of Fire and Ice 2004 10 8
Opal Fossils 2004 10 8
New Fossil Museum Set to Become “World Best'” 2004 10 9
October Gem & Mineral Shows 2004 10 10
President's Message 2004 09 3
Proposal to Make the Opal Express Newsletter Electronic 2004 09 3
Last Month's Speaker: Frank Gross in Australia 2004 09 3
Opal Workshop 2004 09 4
Members Only Website Password 2004 09 4
Disorderly Opal 2004 09 4
How to Photograph Opal 2004 09 4
A Little About Petrification 2004 09 6
Silicon, Silica, Silicates and Silicone 2004 09 6
Pearls Become Most Treasured Gem 2004 09 7
Gps Units in Rock Collecting 2004 09 8
Rocks Vs. Minerals 2004 09 9
Lapidary Tips & Hints 2004 09 10
September Gem & Mineral Shows 2004 09 10
President's Message 2004 08 3
Last Month's Lecture: Stan McCall on Making Opal Triplets 2004 08 3
Report From the Goldbug Gala 2004 08 3
Opal Workshop 2004 08 4
Members Only Website Password 2004 08 4
Catching on to Cacholong 2004 08 4
Help! Is Opalite Real? 2004 08 5
Minerals, Crystals and Their Systems 2004 08 6
2004 August Health and Safety Tips 2004 08 8
August Gem & Mineral Shows 2004 08 10
President's Message 2004 07 3
July Speaker- Stan McCall: How to Make Opal Triplets 2004 07 3
Royal Rainbow Opal Mire Directions 2004 07 3
Opal Workshop 2004 07 3
Members Only Website Password 2004 07 3
Last Month's Lecture: “Finding Opal in Coober Pedy” 2004 07 3
Cripple Creek Opal 2004 07 4
San Antonio Canyon Lapis Lazuli 2004 07 5
Opals 101 2004 07 9
Afms Code of Ethics 2004 07 9
July Gem & Mineral Shows 2004 07 10
President's Message 2004 06 3
General Meeting Lecture - How to Find Opal in Coober Pedy 2004 06 3
Opal Workshop 2004 06 3
Members Only Website Password 2004 06 3
Field Trip Report: May 15Th - Walker Jr High Rock Pile 2004 06 3
Himalaya Mine Field Trip 2004 06 4
Opalized Shells 2004 06 5
Strange Opal Experience 2004 06 6
Hey! Don’T Get Lost!!! 2004 06 7
Famous Opals 2004 06 8
The Secret Life of Rocks 2004 06 8
June Gem & Mineral Shows 2004 06 10
President's Message 2004 05 3
Last Month's Speaker: Bill Burns on Virgin Valley 2004 05 3
Opal Workshop 2004 05 3
Members Only Website Password 2004 05 3
Field Trip: May 15Th - Walker Jr High Rock Pile 2004 05 3
Lets Talk Gemstones – Opal: Part 2 2004 05 4
Cow Who Laid Diamond Eggs 2004 05 5
Opal Mosaic Triplets 2004 05 6
Lightning Ridge Opal Festival 2004 05 6
Shop and Field Trip Hints 2004 05 6
Coloring Agate Slices - Historical German Method 2004 05 7
Finishing Cabs 2004 05 9
May Gem & Mineral Shows 2004 05 10
President's Message 2004 04 3
April Speaker 2004 04 3
Opal Workshop 2004 04 3
Stoddard Wells Trip 2004 04 3
Walker Jr. High Rock Pile Field Trip Report 2004 04 4
Lets Talk Gemstones - Opal 2004 04 4
Inherent Hazards in Setting Opal 2004 04 6
The Contributions of Edsel Murphy to the Understanding of the Behaviour of Minerals and Mineral Collecting 2004 04 7
Miner Unearths a Real Gemstone 2004 04 8
Gemstone Care 2004 04 9
April Gem & Mineral Shows 2004 04 10
President's Message 2004 03 3
March Speaker – Hans Durstling on Labradorite 2004 03 3
Opal Workshop 2004 03 3
AOS Field Trip – March 20Th 2004 03 4
Walker Junior High Rock Pile 2004 03 4
Members Only Website Password 2004 03 4
Ethiopian Opal 2004 03 4
Optical Properties of Opal 2004 03 5
Getting Burned With Fire Opal 2004 03 6
Fascinating Facts About Diamonds 2004 03 6
Open Back Or Not 2004 03 7
Just a Little Dust 2004 03 9
Shop Hints 2004 03 10
March Gem & Mineral Shows 2004 03 10
President's Message 2004 02 3
February Speaker – Dr. Walt Johnson 2004 02 3
Members Only Website Password 2004 02 3
Opal Workshop 2004 02 3
The American Opal Society Meets in Quartzsite 2004 02 4
A Salute to Opal Cutting 2004 02 4
A New Artificially Reconstructed Ornamental Material 2004 02 6
Ask Rocky – Opal in Water 2004 02 7
Is It Amber Or Is It Fake? 2004 02 7
Hunting for Meteorites on the Antarctic Plateau 2004 02 8
Cutting Obsidian 2004 02 10
February Gem & Mineral Shows 2004 02 10
President's Message 2004 01 3
Members Only Website Password 2004 01 3
Opal Workshop 2004 01 3
Sedimentary Rock-Hosted Opal 2004 01 4
Is There a Safe Way to Blacken Andamooka Matrix Opal? 2004 01 5
Gambling With Chairs 2004 01 5
Meet a Future Jewel of Technology: Gem of a Beetle Which Thinks It's An Opal 2004 01 6
Life of Opal Miners 2004 01 7
No Relief for the Earth 2004 01 7
Triplet Tips and Tricks 2004 01 7
The “Art” of Finding Opal 2004 01 7
Abalone 2004 01 8
Dna Traces Found in Ancient Rock 2004 01 9
Lava Unlocks Subterranean Mysteries 2004 01 9
January Gem & Mineral Shows 2004 01 9
President's Message 2003 12 3
December Snippets 2003 12 3
Show Dealers 2003 12 4
Demonstrators at Show a Big Hit! 2003 12 4
Gem Carvers Guild of America at New Location 2003 12 4
Members Only Website Password 2003 12 4
Opal Workshop 2003 12 4
AOS Raffle at Show 2003 12 4
Final Polish on Opals 2003 12 4
Grams Per Carat - Opal Question 2003 12 7
Solder 2003 12 9
Success 2003 12 10
Zircon Not Zirconia 2003 12 10
A Shop Mini-Hint 2003 12 10
December Gem & Mineral Shows 2003 12 10
President's Message 2003 11 3
November Snippets 2003 11 3
Member Creates Masterpiece for Show 2003 11 4
“Members Only” Area on Website 2003 11 4
Opal Workshop 2003 11 5
Gem Tip - Don'T Put Opals in Glycerin 2003 11 5
Cab Bottoms 2003 11 5
A Million Dollar Game of Chess 2003 11 9
Andamooka's Etamoogah Pub 2003 11 9
Shop Tips - Old Miner's Rule 2003 11 10
Helpful Hints - Is It a Cz Or a Diamond? 2003 11 10
November Gem & Mineral Shows 2003 11 10
President's Message 2003 10 3
October Snippets 2003 10 3
Announcement: 2003 10 3
Precious Opal in Volcanic Sequences 2003 10 4
“Members Only” Area on Website 2003 10 6
Opal Workshop 2003 10 6
Fair Market Value: 2003 10 6
First Base 2003 10 8
Opal Tips 2003 10 8
Tips for Better Dopping 2003 10 8
Miscellaneous Hints From Here and There 2003 10 8
Museum Quality… 2003 10 8
Lincoln's Marble Leaks 2003 10 9
Selecting Materials for Cabochons 2003 10 9
October Gem & Mineral Shows 2003 10 10
President's Message 2003 09 3
Opal Workshop 2003 09 3
September Snippets 2003 09 3
“Members Only” Area on Website 2003 09 3
A New Era for Opal Nomenclature 2003 09 4
September Gem & Mineral Shows 2003 09 10
President's Message 2003 08 3
Addendum to June Donation 2003 08 3
Culver City Gem Show 2003 08 3
Archived Newsletters Available 2003 08 4
Queensland Opal 2003 08 4
Virgin Valley Mining 2003 08 5
Catch a Falling Star 2003 08 5
Tips & Hints 2003 08 7
Test Your Gemstone Genius 2003 08 8
July Snippets 2003 08 8
Chipped Opal (Or Polishing Opal) 2003 08 8
July Gem & Mineral Shows 2003 08 10
President's Message 2003 07 3
Addendum to June Donation 2003 07 3
Culver City Gem Show 2003 07 3
Archived Newsletters Available 2003 07 4
Queensland Opal 2003 07 4
Virgin Valley Mining 2003 07 5
Catch a Falling Star 2003 07 5
Tips & Hints 2003 07 7
Test Your Gemstone Genius 2003 07 8
July Snippets 2003 07 8
Chipped Opal (Or Polishing Opal) 2003 07 8
July Gem & Mineral Shows 2003 07 10
President's Message 2003 06 3
Newsletter Archives 2003 06 3
Dopping Opals 2003 06 4
June Snippets 2003 06 5
Search for Opal Deposit 2003 06 5
Goats Led the Way to Mine 2003 06 6
How Geodes Are Created 2003 06 7
Test for Topaz 2003 06 7
Shop Hints - Rust & Sandpaper 2003 06 7
Collecting Micrometeorites 2003 06 8
Yowah Nuts Mini-Seminar 2003 06 8
Glaciers in the Sahara Desert 2003 06 9
Beaders Beware 2003 06 9
June Gem & Mineral Shows 2003 06 10
President's Message 2003 05 3
May Snippets 2003 05 3
Opal Workshop Opens in June 2003 05 3
Healing Opal and Other Topics 2003 05 4
Factoids: the Hope Diamond 2003 05 4
Opalized Boulder 2003 05 4
Carving Gem-Quality Opal 2003 05 5
But the Rocks Are All Wrong 2003 05 8
What Is Serbian Green Opal? 2003 05 9
May Gem & Mineral Shows 2003 05 10
President's Message 2003 04 3
April Meeting Agenda 2003 04 3
Board of Directors Minutes 2003 04 3
April Snippets 2003 04 4
Donation to AOS 2003 04 4
Handy Hints 2003 04 4
Tips and Hints on Opal 2003 04 5
Tucson - February 2003 2003 04 5
Strange Mineral Tales 2003 04 6
Blast From the Past 2003 04 6
Quartz Family Seminar 2003 04 7
Opal and Hyalite 2003 04 7
La Basin Fossils 2003 04 7
Synthetic Opals  -Not Imitation 2003 04 8
Calcite Eyes 2003 04 9
Cleavage in Crystals 2003 04 9
Gem Shows 2003 04 10
President's Message 2003 03 3
Snippets From Lr 2003 03 3
A Mint's Worth of Gold 2003 03 3
Goldstone 2003 03 3
Some Aspects of Precious Opal Synthesis 2003 03 4
Opal Cutting Tips 2003 03 6
$50 Million Sapphire for Sale 2003 03 8
Strange Relics From the Earth 2003 03 9
Cutting Boulder Opal 2003 03 9
March Gem & Mineral Shows 2003 03 10
Election Results 2003 02 2
Hints & Tips for Rockhounds 2003 02 2
President's Message 2003 02 2
Snippets 2003 02 2
Cloud's Jamboree Report 2003 02 3
Opal Care 2003 02 3
Stan McCall on His Own 2003 02 3
Everything You Need to Know About Taking Care of Opals 2003 02 7
The Beilby Layer 2003 02 7
Alternative to Dopping Wax 2003 02 8
Packing Fragile Specimens for Mailing 2003 02 8
The Theory of Tumbling 2003 02 8
 Tucson Show Guide 2003 02 9
President's Message 2003 01 3
Shop and Field Trip Hints 2003 01 3
January Snippets                      2003 01 4
Ballot for Election of officers 2003 01 4
December Christmas Dinner Party 2003 01 4
How Should I Grade An Opal? 2003 01 4
Identifying Stable Opal 2003 01 5
Hardness Scale 2003 01 5
The Most Common Mineral 2003 01 6
Storing Opal 2003 01 7
Quartzsite Shows 2003 01 8
Artic Opal 2003 01 9
Gold Karat 2003 01 9
Other Shows - January 2003 2003 01 10
President's Message 2002 12 3
Dealers at the Opal & Gem Show 2002 12 4
Utah Opalite 2002 12 5
Jewelry Polishing Compounds 2002 12 5
Lapidary Polishing Compounds 2002 12 6
The Story of Cameo Carving 2002 12 6
Opal - Slovak National Stone 2002 12 7
Tips & Hints 2002 12 8
Changes in Opal Colors Over Time 2002 12 8
Trillions of Diamonds From Asteroid Collisions 2002 12 9
Some Notes on Optical Effects in Gemstones 2002 12 10
A Dopping Tip for All Y'All 2002 12 11
Brazilian Opal 2002 12 11
December Gem & Mineral Shows 2002 12 12
President's Message 2002 11 3
Bonita Chamberlin on Gemstones of Afghanistan 2002 11 3
Opal & Gem Show Program 2002 11 4
Yella Jimmy - Part 3, Conclusion 2002 11 5
Polishing Yowah Opal 2002 11 6
Origin of Desert Varnish 2002 11 7
Untried Shop Tips 2002 11 8
Weights Used in Precious Metals & Jewelry 2002 11 8
Opal Setting Philosophy 2002 11 9
Feldspar - Ubiquitous Mineral 2002 11 11
November Gem Shows 2002 11 12
President's Message 2002 10 3
Opal & Gem Show Seminar Schedule 2002 10 4
The Opals and Dinosaurs Exhibit 2002 10 4
Opal Rubs 2002 10 5
Yella Jimmy  - Part 2 2002 10 6
Crazed Opal Advice 2002 10 8
How to Shape and Polish Opals Without Machinery 2002 10 9
“Paua Shell” - New Zealand Opal 2002 10 10
Blue Opal 2002 10 10
AOS Field Trip to Spencer Idaho 2002 10 11
October Gem Shows 2002 10 12
President's Message 2002 09 3
Birefringence 2002 09 3
Another Trick for Cutting Mexican Jelly Opal 2002 09 4
Treating Andamooka Matrix Opal 2002 09 4
News From Down Under 2002 09 5
Yella Jimmy  - Part 1 2002 09 6
Spencer Opal 2002 09 8
September Gem Shows 2002 09 11
Opal Terms 2002 09 11
President's Message 2002 08 3
August Gem Shows 2002 08 4
Mineral Cleaning 2002 08 5
Opal Waste 2002 08 7
Tips on Cutting Lambina Opal 2002 08 8
Stabilizing Opal and Turquoise 2002 08 9
Safety – Safety - Safety and More Safety!! 2002 08 9
Tips & Hints 2002 08 10
The American Opal Society Roster As of August 2002 2002 08 11
President's Message 2002 07 3
More Archived Newsletters online 2002 07 4
July Gem Shows 2002 07 4
Usps Irradiation: Its Effect on Gems 2002 07 5
Tips for Cutting Boulder Opal 2002 07 6
How to Identify a Meteorite 2002 07 10
Visiting Meteor Crater 2002 07 10
President's Message 2002 06 3
The McCondra Report 2002 06 3
More Archived Newsletters online 2002 06 4
June Gem Shows 2002 06 4
In Memoriam  May 18, 2002 - John Sinkankas - Pillar of Modern Mineralogy 2002 06 5
Agates Rich in Fiber! 2002 06 5
The Tagua Nut (Vegatable Ivory) 2002 06 6
Jogger's Jewel 2002 06 6
Opal Cutting Factors - House of Tibara 2002 06 6
Finding and Finishing Ammonites 2002 06 9
President's Message 2002 05 3
Trip Report - Happy Ending for a Chicken (Morefield Mine) 2002 05 3
Opal Society Workshop 2002 05 4
More Archived Newsletters online 2002 05 4
Stephen Aracic's New Book 2002 05 4
May Gem Shows 2002 05 4
Finding Maximum Opal Value & Opal Buying  - House of Tibara 2002 05 5
President's Message 2002 04 3
Safety Report -Space in Your Suitcase Flying 2002 04 3
Newsletter Archives online 2002 04 3
April Gem Shows 2002 04 4
Streaking Minerals — Streak Testing! 2002 04 4
Extremophiles Produce Solid Gold 2002 04 5
A Petrified Wood Fact 2002 04 5
Tips & Hints 2002 04 5
Real Or Fake? Opal Synthetics, Simulants, Etc. 2002 04 6
Opal Buying Factors: Light  - House of Tibara 2002 04 8
President's Message 2002 03 3
Meeting Format Change 2002 03 3
February Speaker - Jim Pisani 2002 03 3
Opal Mining and Formation Presentation 2002 03 3
Membership Renewals 2002 03 3
AOS Opal Show Venue 2002 03 3
AOS Member Honored - Cathy Gaber 2002 03 4
Tucson Trip Report 2002 03 5
Electrical Safety 2002 03 5
New Opal Chat Forum 2002 03 5
Looking for a Few Good People! 2002 03 6
Show Dates 2002 03 6
The McCondra Report - Matrix Opal 2002 03 7
Treatment of Andamooka Matrix Opal 2002 03 7
Quartzsite Notes 2002 02 2
Election Results! 2002 02 3
Precious Opal of Lead Pipe Springs, Ca 2002 02 4
Show Dates 2002 02 6
Federation Liability Insurance 2002 02 7
Cfms Earth Science Studies - Zzyzx 2002 02 8
President's Message 2002 01 3
Trip to Idaho Blue Opal Mine 2002 01 4
Trip Report From Aussie Opal Country 2002 01 4
Rusty Nail 2002 01 4
Block of Rooms Reserved Quality Inn for Nov. Show 2002 01 5
Donations Sought for Show 2002 01 5
Show Dates 2002 01 5
President's Message 2001 12 3
AOS Holiday Dinner Announcement 2001 12 3
Opal Society Workshop 2001 12 4
Gem & Mineral Show Dates 2001 12 4
Newsletter Archives online 2001 12 4
Making Opal Doublets and Triplets 2001 12 5
Trivia on Coober Pedy Opal 2001 12 7
President's Message 2001 11 3
Announcement - November New Member Special!!! 2001 11 3
Opal Show Raffle Prizes 2001 11 4
Safety Report - Are You Ready? 2001 11 4
November Show Dates 2001 11 5
Opal Society Workshop 2001 11 5
Australian Calendar of Events 2001 11 5
Warning Opal Pox 2001 11 6
Petrified Wood 2001 11 6
Bonita Chamberlin on Afghanistan 2001 11 6
Oregon Thunderegg History 2001 11 7
American Opal Society’S 34Th Opal & Gem Show Dealer List 2001 11 8
In Memoriam - Murray Schiff 2001 10 1
President's Message 2001 10 2
Announcement - November New Member Special!!! 2001 10 2
Opal Show Prizes 2001 10 3
October Speaker - Mike Kowalsky 2001 10 4
A Message of Support From America’S Friends Down Under - 9/11/01 2001 10 4
October Show Dates 2001 10 5
Opal Society Workshop 2001 10 5
 “Danger in the Mines - Bonita Chamberlin on Afghanistan 2001 10 6
North American Opal  2001 10 7
President's Message 2001 09 3
Interview With Len Cram - His Publishing Plans 2001 09 3
Announcement - Prizes Received 2001 09 4
In Memoriam: Cliff Coan 2001 09 4
September Speaker 2001 09 4
The McCondra Report - Grawin  / Glengarry Opal Rush 2001 09 5
Newsletter Archives online 2001 09 5
Opal Society Workshop 2001 09 5
Show Dates 2001 09 5
Trip Report: Topaz Mountain Gem Mine, Tarryall, Colorado 2001 09 6
Bonita Chamberlin on Afghanistan 2001 08 1
Reserve Rooms Now for Quality Hotel for Nov Show! 2001 08 2
President's Message 2001 08 3
Newsletter Archives online 2001 08 4
Opal Society Workshop 2001 08 5
Show Dates 2001 08 5
Idaho Trip 2001 08 5
Internet Note 2001 08 5
Expansion Plan for National Training Center at Fort Irwin 2001 08 6
In Memoriam  - Phil Pearl and Len Toelk 2001 07 2
President's Message 2001 07 3
Australia Opal Supplies 2001 07 4
Opal Faud Scheme 2001 07 5
Show Calendar 2001 07 5
Reserve Rooms Now at Qualtiy Inn for Nov. Show 2001 07 7
Change of Schedule for AOS Workshop 2001 07 7
Idaho Trip Postponed 2001 07 7
2001 Election Ballot 2001 06 1
President's Message 2001 06 2
President's Message 2001 06 3
Adhesives for Doublets and Triplets 2001 06 3
All About Opals 2001 06 3
Trip to Idaho Blue Opal Mine 2001 06 4
Trip Report from Aussie Opal Country 2001 06 4
Safety Report - Rusty Nail 2001 06 4
Itemization 2001 06 4
What’S Happening? 2001 06 4
Block of Rooms Reserved Quality Inn for Nov. Show 2001 06 5
Donations Sought for Show 2001 06 5
Show Dates 2001 06 5
Workshop Information 2001 06 5
Editorial License 2001 06 5
Diamond Compounds 2001 06 6
Reprint Permission Policy 2001 06 6
Quartzsite News 2001 06 7
Dues Renewal 2001 06 8
President's Message 2001 05 2
Review of Western Queensland Opals Cd 2001 05 2
A Trip to the Himalaya Mine 2001 05 2
Safety Report- Rock and Roll - Is Your Vehicle Ready? 2001 05 4
Stone Canyon Field Trip 2001 05 5
Show Time 2001 05 5
Workshop Schedule 2001 05 6
President’s Message 2001 04 2
Danger in the Mines” Bonita Chamberlin on Afghanistan 2001 04 2
Correction! 2001 04 3
Opal and Weathering Related Research Projects 2001 04 3
Stoddard Wells Tailgate Report 2001 04 3
Opal Cutting Classes Chicago Area 2001 04 4
Blm Schedules Open House to Discuss Northern Mojave Desert Ohv Route Network 2001 04 5
Opal Doublets in Lightning Ridge 2001 04 7
Special Award to Opal Society Member - Matti Tikka 2001 04 7
Safety Report-  Maybe Later Than You Think 2001 04 8
Workshop Schedule 2001 04 8
Show Dates 2001 04 8
Workshop Schedule 2001 03 2
President's Message 2001 03 3
Meeting Format Change 2001 03 3
February Speaker - Jim Pisani 2001 03 3
Opal Mining and Formation Presentation 2001 03 3
Membership Renewals 2001 03 3
AOS Opal Show Venue 2001 03 3
AOS Member Honored - Cathy Gaber 2001 03 4
Tucson Trip Report 2001 03 5
Electrical Safety 2001 03 5
New Opal Chat Forum 2001 03 5
Looking for a Few Good People! 2001 03 6
Show Dates 2001 03 6
The McCondra Report - Matrix Opal 2001 03 7
Just In! Quartzsite Notes 2001 02 2
Election Results! 2001 02 3
President’s Message   2001 02 3
Trip Report: Precious Opal of Lead Pipe Springs, Ca 2001 02 4
Show Dates 2001 02 6
Federation Liability Insurance 2001 02 7
Workshop Schedule 2001 02 7
Cfms Earth Science Studies 2001 02 8
Safety Report: The Poisonous Trio 2000 03 2
AUSTRALIAN OPAL AT ITS BEST 2000 03 4
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS - George Butts 2000 03 4
The McCondra Report - Opal Fossils of Australias - Part 2 2000 03 5
Looking Back 2000 03 6
OPAL MINING ADVENTURES – Virgin Valley Nevada  - Part 4 2000 03 7
Notes From Lightning Ridge 2000 03 8
Fossils 2000 03 8
Ode to an Opalholic 2000 03 8
How to Find the Star in a Garnet 2000 03 8
CFMS Field Trip to Stone Canyon 2000 03 8
OPAL MINING ADVENTURES – Virgin Valley Nevada Pt. 3 2000 02 2
President's Message 2000 02 3
Workshop Information 2000 02 3
AUSTRALIAN OPAL AT ITS BEST 2000 02 4
Name Badges... 2000 02 4
Notes From Lightning Ridge 2000 02 5
FEBRUARY GENERAL MEETING - Opal Mining Video 2000 02 5
The McCondra Report 2000 02 6
Workshop Schedule 2000 02 6
BOILING WATER MAKES ROCKS 2000 02 9
AOS at Tucson! 2000 02 9
A FEW MORE WORDS ABOUT OPALS 2000 02 9
What's happening??? 2000 02 10
Safety Report: Water, water everywhere… 2000 02 10
President's Message 2000 01 3
Workshop Information 2000 01 3
Opal Mining Adventure - Virgin Valley Nevada 2000 01 4
January Meeting – Opal Video by Bob Halahan 2000 01 4
Name Badges... 2000 01 4
A special thanks to all the 1999 Opal Show dealers: 2000 01 5
Congratulations to our own Brad Smith on the success of LA-Rocks 2000 01 5
Equipment needed for carving 2000 01 5
The McCondra Report - Thong it 2000 01 6
Shop Hints & Tips 2000 01 6
Workshop schedule 2000 01 6
Notes From Lightning Ridge 2000 01 7
Dictionaries and Opal – through the years… 2000 01 7
Safety Report - Rock and Roll - Is Your Vehicle Ready? 2000 01 8
CCC Camp Restored in Virgin Valley 2000 01 9
New Club Insurance Obtained 2000 01 10
Discovery of the Hauser Geode Beds 2000 01 10
Australian Opal at its Best by Barb Whyre, and, Dues renewal information. 1999 7 2
President's message and workshop information. 1999 7 3
President's message continued, name badge information, and Book Review by Len Toelk-Discover Opals with Surface Indications. 1999 7 4
Itemizations:  CFMS Insurance, Bill Burns Guest Speaker for June, Badges, Workshop Open, Museum news, Clare Gagnon July speaker, Opal show-11/06-07, Silver. 1999 7 4
Silver continued, and Workshop schedules. 1999 7 5
AOS Help wanted, and, Australian Opal at its Best by Barb Whyre 1999 7 6
Primitive Jewelry Making from Rockorder-05/99, and, On Cooperation, Field Trips and the Internet, by Teresa Masters from San Diego Council Internet Liaison. 1999 7 7
CFMS Show information and AOS dues information 1999 5 2
President's message and workshop information; Cliff Coan's Talk:  Real World Opal Cutting, Part II 1999 5 3
Cliff Coan's Real World Opal Cutting, Part II, Badge Information, and, Special Safety Report: Dynamite. 1999 5 4
New Members info. and Itemizations:  Workshop news, Museum news, Rockhounding Field trips via Internet, Opal Polishing compounds. 1999 5 5
Conclusion Cliff Coan's Real World Opal Cutting, Workshop schedule. 1999 5 6
AOS Help wanted, and, Calendar of events 1999 5 7
The Story Cameo Carving from Mountain Gem via Rockhound News The Magic Number 33 (land use) by Carl Boucher, Toyota Trails and Blue Ribbon Magazine 01/99. 1999 5 8
McCondra Report-Potch 1999 5 9
Cutting Lambina Opal by Steve Newstrom, and, Book Review by Len Cram-A Journey with Color 1999 5 10
Article reporting Part One of talk by guest speaker Cliff Coan on subject of Real World Opal Cutting gives info about buying rough, equipment to use, is opal fragile?, always cut for quality, crazing, stabilizing 1999 4 2
Carol Bova describes progress toward new workshop arrangements, and Stoddard Wells tailgate show. 1999 4 2
Article, Humor in Mineralogy 1999 4 3
Book review The World of Opals by Allan W. Eckert 1999 4 4
Help Wanted listing various club job openings 1999 4 5
Satire on fossil search (April Fools article) 1999 4 6
Gem carving and polishing class by Harriette Breitman; fossils - article discusses dinosaur exhibit at LA County Nat History Museum 1999 4 7
Article How to Shape and Polish Opals without Machinery 1999 4 9
BLM Talk at Holtville Nov 27, 1998 article discusses BLM management of southeastern California desert areas 1999 3 1
Item announces March guest speaker to be opal cutter Cliff Coan 1999 3 2
Chatoyant Opal article about composition of cat's eye opal 1999 3 3
Resurfacing Diamond Belts discusses applying epoxy and diamond compound mixture to worn diamond belts. 1999 3 4
Lambina or Bust short tidbit about rush on in Lambina 1999 3 5
McCondra Report character profile of Gelignite Jack who carried dynamite pretty much wherever he went; item about setting proper speed for saw blade; item describing quicksand 1999 3 6
Swap Meet Opal Question response to inquiry from a novice opal lover about buying an opal ring at a swap meet. Article covers valuation, rarity, possible fake or synthetic opal, assembled opals (doublets - triplets), and advice on where to buy 1999 3 8
Gold Bugs? discusses scientific theory that a bacteria may be the source of gold dust as it takes gold out of solution from streams; Did You Know? discusses the fact that coconuts produce pearls 1999 3 9
Memoriam for Richard Barnett, owner of Opal Canyon 1999 2 1
Mexican Jelly Opals article by Noel Rowe discusses locations and cutting techniques 1999 2 2
McCondra Report The No-No Topic of cracky opal 1999 2 4
Article Tabasheer Opals by Barr L. Doty, ISA, GG discusses the occurrence of opal in nature (both plants and animals create opal as part of their structures and for a number of different uses discussed herein) 1999 2 6
Article Salability of Opals with Imperfections extracts from a series of articles in Lap Digest #195 1999 2 7
Article, Attention Desert Enthusiasts - a call to action in support of keeping open the southern California desert regions. 1999 2 8
Advertising rates for The Opal Express 1999 2 9
Request for guest speakers for the Show Symposium 1999 1 1
Opal Carving by Harriette Breitman; Cutting Mexican opal article from Lap Digest #189 1999 1 3
Itemization notes magazine for opal lovers Metal Stone & Glass; another item describes biggest field trip ever (1,800 rockhounds attended) 1999 1 4
Australian Opal Update by Barr Doty 1999 1 5
Membership roster 1999 1 6
Variety of items from Lap Digest #189 about handling small stones including cutting small opals 1999 1 8
Cutting Approaches - Opalized Clam Fossils by Russ Madsen 1999 1 9
Election ballot; Christmas party notice 1998 12 1
1998 Opal Show report listing door prizes donated and winners 1998 12 2
McCondra Report discusses rush at Lambina field; further Christmas party discussion 1998 12 3
Itemization: Clare Gagnon recognized with a lifetime membership in AOS (Walt Johnson was recipient in 1997); Bob Dixon's report on Camp Paradise including gold panning tips; Mike Kowalsky's report on touring Australia; Len Cram's new book and how to order 1998 12 4
Remember When item from June 1974 meeting report talks about a session using the AOS opal appraisal kit 1998 12 5
Special thanks to Rockhound Notes for nice article about the AOS show using our Press Release 1998 12 6
CFMS Earth Science Studies - ZZYZX Road 1999 application 1998 12 7
Article - OPALS, The Care and Feeding of by AOS member Barr L. Doty, ISA, GG 1998 12 8
Quartzite News, with event dates and the usual motel list 1998 12 9
President's message regarding 31st annual Opal Show 1998 11 2
Opal Show news discusses show dates, Opal Symposium speakers including Tim Thomas, Barbara McCondra, Walt Johnson, Harriette Breitman, and featured guest speaker Bob Jones of Rock & Gem magazine 1998 11 3
Item re next month's general meeting guest speakers will be Bob Dixon (on attending Camp Paradise Earth Studies = Zzyzx north), and Mike Kowalsky continuing re trip to Australia 1998 11 3
Egyptian soldering technique for granulation explained; item re world's largest meteorite found in China 1998 11 4
Item re use of vibratory tumblers for polishing opal preforms; item re carving workshop held by Harriette Breitman 1998 11 5
Opal - Cabochon cutting on flat laps with hand sanding – part two of two part article 1998 11 6
Pres msg discusses theft of the back board from the AOS club display. 1998 10 2
Opal Show dealers listing 1998 10 3
McCondra Report article titled Boulder Opal Splits 1998 10 4
Itemizations discuss displays at Gene Autry Museum (Gold Fever), and Rio Hotel & Casino (Russian Treasures) 1998 10 4
Short article details 1998 opal show plans 1998 10 5
Article by Larissa Williams OPAL - Cabochon Cutting on Flat Laps with Hand Sanding 1998 10 6
Opal Show, Symposium speakers detailed 1998 10 9
Article by Jay Carey, Australian Opal Journey describes recent trip down under by Jay along with Mike Kowalsky. They visit many opal sites, fossick and dig for opal and experience their share of vehicle trouble in the outback. 1998 9 2
Opal carving workshops offered by Harriette Breitman 1998 9 4
Blue Ribbon Coalition specifically mentions rockhounding as a form of outdoor recreation to be recognized as public land use 1998 9 4
Request for members to get on an AOS email listing 1998 9 4
Recognition of Lapidary Journal and Rock & Gem opal issues 1998 9 4
Show calendar 1998 9 5
Article by Pete Goetz Opals at Museums (and...) discussion of trip by board members to the LA Natural History museum to view the opal collection there. 1998 9 6
McCondra Report Phobia Retort article discusses further the issues of fear in cutting opal 1998 9 6
Article Federal Guns Protect Environment? reprint, with one-time publication permission only, of article by Dennis Casebier outlining how many land use agents are armed and authorized to make arrests. 1998 9 7
Article Opal Varieties and Variables reprinted here from a couple other newsletters, this article has interest primarily for its errors in describing opal. These errors range from slight to quite surprising in this modern day and age. 1998 9 8
Rockhound Safety discusses proper lifting techniques, then cautions against licking rocks with ones tongue. Some minerals are poisonous and a fungus may be contracted. 1998 9 8
Character profile by Barbara McCondra Nine Mile Kenny 1998 9 9
Opal Digging at the Black Rock (Desert, near Gerlach Nevada) article about their vacation trip to the area. Describes the region and what to expect, hard rock digging in basalt 1998 8 3
Spencer Opal Triplets article discusses selecting rough, construction tips, fire types/colors, triplet jewelry 1998 8 4
CFMS director's report by Harold Andersen 1998 8 4
Remember When items... using sections of auto exhaust pipe (stainless steel) for casting flasks; and the price of gold in 1972 1998 8 5
A Lightning Ridge Miner's Poem submitted by Barbara McCondra (author Mayo Hunter) 1998 8 6
Letter to the editor from Len Cram reporting about his new book and the set of 3 signed posters made from 3 of his new photographs 1998 8 7
Marie the Flying Nun, character profile by Barbara McCondra 1998 8 7
California FED page article describes website that includes links to all land use agencies of the US and California 1998 8 7
CFMS Earth Science Studies application blank (northern CA) 1998 8 8
Answer to last month's scientific quiz Hydro Melonis is (of course) Water Melon! 1998 8 9
President’s Message talks about Russ Madsen trip to the Black Rock desert opal mining area and Olive M. Colhour (gem carver and lapidary artist) celebrating her 100th birthday 1998 7 2
Article about Coober Pedy celebrating the opening of opal mining season 1998 7 2
Science quiz about hydro melonis (answer = water melon) 1998 7 3
Article The Prima Donna of Lightning Ridge by Barbara McCondra 1998 7 4
Article Making Opal Doublets and Triplets by Richard O. Martin (Richard specifically reserves any further copyright permission on this article) 1998 7 6
Opal Canyon - short field trip report 1998 6 2
Opal Identification...how to tell where it came from (part 4) (concluded with this installment) 1998 6 3
Cutting Challenges (part 5) (concluded with this installment) 1998 6 4
Itemization item this issue entirely devoted to land use noting several instances where administrative decree is being used to attempt to avoid congressional review or oversight of land closures 1998 6 4
Opal Pricing - discussion focuses on Paul Downing's prices being set very high compared to real world experience of dealers; additional comments discuss relationship between cost per gram and selling price per carat 1998 6 5
The McCondra Report - Opalphobia discusses fear of cutting opal and how to get over it 1998 6 6
Optical Phenomena in Gems article gives decent overview of where color comes from in various gem stones including opal. Phenomena discussed include: dispersion, interference, asterism, chatoyancy, opalescence, iridescence and schiller effect. 1998 6 8
Field trip to Opal Canyon set for next weekend. 1998 5 2
McCondra Report discusses a variety of ways to collect opal related materials: books, specimens of opal, types of opal mining, base colors, free form shapes, even opal personalities 1998 5 3
Reprint of item noting that the Bonanza Opal Mine in Virgin Valley will open for public fee digging in tailings 1998 5 4
White Buffalo Turquoise item describes white turquoise: where it has been found and why it got its name 1998 5 4
Item describing a fee digging date for Cerro Gordo Mine dump digging 1998 5 5
Canterra Opals article describes Mexican stones cut with matrix still surrounding the opal 1998 5 6
Item about synthetic spinel caps for doublets/triplets 1998 5 6
AFMS safety article Rotary Slingshots discusses hazards of rotating equipment such as grinders and saws 1998 5 6
eliminating flat spots hints and tips 1998 5 7
U Otter See It reprint from CFMS about entering judging contests at California Federation show. 1998 5 8
How They Did It In The Old Days article about ancient lapidary techniques for cutting, grinding, sanding, and polishing. 1998 5 8
World's Easiest Quiz? cute list of simple questions with unusual answers 1998 5 9
What to Bring In Your Opal Digging Kit 1998 4 3
Extinct trees found growing in Australia 1998 4 3
Land use: disappearing BLM 14 day camping sites 1998 4 4
The Kitchen Table Opal Triplet 1998 4 5
Buying opal triplet material discussion by Darlene Munroe 1998 4 9
Tumbling tips 1998 4 1
McCondra Report discusses new type of potch, ice cream opal out of Spencer, Idaho. Creamy white with pink swirls. No color play. 1998 3 2
researcher calls for opal chip samples from around the world for study with electron microscope. Wants to study the size and ordering of the silica spheres. 1998 3 4
Cutting Challenges (part 4) 1998 3 6
Yogo Gulch sapphires article; notes on making doublets and triplets 1998 3 7
Opal Identification-How to Tell Where It Came From (part 3) 1998 3 9
Biographical info on Conrad Grundke and father Bill Grundke, Connie was Feb guest speaker on Intarsia 1998 2 2
Item about how to sign up for Lapidary Digest 1998 2 3
Remember When article about final steps for finishing/polishing opal; shop hint - how to measure 1 oz of tumbling grit 1998 2 4
Article re opal terms for the Certificate of Assessment by the Lightning Ridge Miner's Association Opal Advisory Board; shop hint gives method for picking up excess silver solder off a project 1998 2 5
Opal Identification-How to Tell Where It Came From (part 2) 1998 2 6
Cutting Challenges (part 3) 1998 2 6
Article noting Mike Kowalsky has donated his personal showcase to the club 1998 2 6
ZZYZX Road item; Tucson Tent collapses under heavy rain 1998 2 7
CFMS item to the effect that an agreement was reached with the BLM for the Federation to adopt a road into a new wilderness area in the Cady Mountains. In exchange, collecting access will be permitted. 1998 2 8
Another item about land use discusses efforts to stop funding for biosphere reserves; to prevent the president from future outright declarations of wilderness without Congressional approval. 1998 2 8
Article noting an opal mine is again open for public digging in Spencer, Idaho 1998 2 8
Report: David Burton's January talk on Yowah opal. Included are comments about cutting, polishing, splitting nuts, fossils etc. 1998 2 9
Welcome 26 new members 1997 12 1
Workshop equipment needed 1997 12 2
McCondra Report Barbara gives book review of Oyster an adventure set in the Outback of Australia 1997 12 3
1997 Opal Show Door Prize list (44 prizes!) 1997 12 4
1997 Opal Show demonstrators thanked, and Raffle Prize winners 1997 12 5
1997 Opal Show dealers listed and thanked for being with us. 23 Dealers are listed and there are two more that will be noted next issue. 1997 12 6
Cutting Challenges by Russ Madsen, first part of a write-up of Tim Thomas' 1997 Opal Symposium talk. 1997 12 7
Lapidary Glues and Cements series of notes reprinted from Lapidary Digest (online magazine). Application - doublets and triplets. 1997 12 8
Workshop news & schedule 1997 12 9
Opal Show dealers (twenty four!) 1997 11 1
Prez message presents list of upcoming speakers. 1997 11 2
Opal Show articles by Jay Carey and Russ Madsen 1997 11 4
Opal Show demonstrators article; Opal Symposium article 1997 11 5
Opal Symposium speakers described; article about ORCHID the BBS for jewelry artisans 1997 11 6
McCondra Report, nice article about the old times and new times for Australian miners. 1997 11 7
Item OPALS OPALS OPALS reprint from 10/97 newsletter of Pasadena Lapidary Society item discusses general opal characteristics 1997 11 8
Coober Pedy item from Murray Willis describes Kent Willis dealing with equipment failures and is generally a good down to earth description of what it's like today on the fields in Coober Pedy; article about up coming Australian tour with Barbara McCondra 1997 11 9
Item about removing opal from a setting when it was glued in place with Super Glue; article about Feathering Glue used to hold sanding paper on a disc 1997 11 10
CFMS AFMS news item regarding creation of International Biospheres 1997 10 1
Workshop schedule 1997 10 3
McCondra Report touches on Yowah opal festival a little more about Aboriginal land claims, mention of Lightning Ridge Opal Expo 1997 10 4
Membership survey questions about how people want club to operate; item about needed workshop equipment 1997 10 5
Reprint of 1994 item about a high quality plastic opal fooling major, recognized dealers; another item about public lands being converted to National Parks, Monuments etc. 1997 10 6
Item about another sale of Mexican opal rough; AFMS news about 50th annual AFMS show this year, held in Mississippi; also AFMS item about lobbying activities permissible to tax exempt clubs. 1997 10 7
Article about search for opal on Mars in effort to determine if life on mars exists or existed 1997 9 1
Article about appeal factor and its role in jade pricing 1997 9 1
President Message makes reference to article by Russ Madsen published in Rock & Gem about the AOS 1997 9 2
Board meeting item noting Betty Sheffler will be made honorary member of AOS 1997 9 3
Welcome to new members lists about 19 names 1997 9 3
Item from internet via Hale Sweeney's Lapidary Digest discusses cracky opal from certain levels of Mintabie 1997 9 3
Biggest Andamooka boulder opal (8 feet 11 inches) 1997 9 4
Workshop article by Carol Bova 1997 9 4
Article about lung condition which can be fatal and which results from inhaling silica dust; polishing hint to use zinc oxide on jade from New Zealand 1997 9 4
Article about Intaglios, the large rock art pictures in the southwest desert near Blythe 1997 9 4
Desert safety precautions 1997 9 5
Workshop news notes attendance is going nicely and thanks Carol Bova for the use of a 6 trim saw. 1997 9 6
Remember When reprint of two articles one about the bad luck myth of opal, the other about treating opal with muriatic acid to enhance the color play 1997 8 1
Workshop note... Stan McCall is receiving phone inquiries to setup shop dates 1997 8 2
Betty Sheffler Day 1997 8 3
August General Meeting topic to be How To Cut Mexican Rough 1997 8 4
July meeting report about the sale of Mexican rough 1997 8 4
Items about 1997 Symposium topics from Tim Thomas and Walter Skinner 1997 8 4
News about Ross Stambler; 1997 show update 1997 8 5
Book review of Paul Downing's Opal Adventures 1997 8 6
CFMS item about creating UNESCO International Biospheres (effect is to increase the size of ALL National parks to include a buffer zone and a cooperation zone) 1997 8 7
Gasoline can safety procedures 1997 8 7
Description of July meeting to be sale of Mexican rough 1997 7 1
Helpful hints 1) polishing silver 2) chlorine bleach can damage gold  3) tumble polishing silver 4)  dishwashing detergent to clean  oil from sawed slabs 5) avoid lead solder 6) acid fumes will rust tools 7) wear eye protection when soldering platinum 1997 7 3
Lapidary Digest online email list...covers all subjects except faceting send message to <<lapidary@mindspring.com>> with words SUBSCRIBE DIGEST on the Subject line. 1997 7 3
McCondra Report discusses attending gem shows as one of the best ways to prospect for opal 1997 7 4
Barbara McCondra's report of her inaugural Australian opal tour. Describes it as a success. 1997 7 6
Russ's discussion about newsletter content and need for membership input 1997 7 7
Reprint of article in Gem Carvers newsletter about making diamond tools for sanding and polishing a carved surface 1997 6 1
Various items; 1) Mexican opal rough to be sold to members,  2) opal calendar put off too expensive,  3) show help needed  -report about May guest speaker Drew Lovett and his diamond mining experiences 1997 6 4
Opal Dopping Techniques by Russ Madsen 1997 6 5
Item by Carol Bova about the April field trip to Opal Canyon item about new AOS voice mail 1997 6 6
Membership list corrections/additions, Opal Polish article by Tim Thomas 1997 6 7
Item about BLM usage guidelines for Barstow area rockhounding 1997 6 9
Remember When presents letter to AOS dated 1987 from Barbara McCondra sent from Australia 1997 5 1
Prez msg about putting the AOS opal Show Case in the Searchers show. Other than appearing at AOS shows, this is the first time our case has been displayed to the public in at least 5 years. 1997 5 2
Item about opal found in Death Valley in early 1900's; item about production diamond mine opened in Colorado in 1996 (first large scale commercial diamond mine in North America) 1997 5 4
Article Geology With Tongue In Cheek funny piece using play on words. 1997 5 5
1997 Membership directory 1997 5 6
Various items: Mexican rough donation; AOS opal calendar; Virgin Valley welcomes AOS members to dig this season 1997 5 7
- 9 AFMS/CFMS item - conclusion of list begun last issue showing what the CFMS does for member clubs plus what clubs can do for the AFMS/CFMS 1997 5 8
Field trip report on visit to Opal Canyon 4/19-4/20/97 1997 5 9
Remember When items (1) smoke treating Mexican opal to turn it black (2) 1982 Opal Canyon field trip report 1997 4 1
Prez msg Wes Roth suggests using quartz as a lapidary material to help self-study of polishing techniques; workshop info 1997 4 2
Name badges continue to be requested; item about Russ Madsen being guest speaker at Long Beach Mineral & Gem Society; general meeting report about grading the Mexican opal rough being donated (more on this opal in future issues) 1997 4 3
Letter to Editor from Oregon member Harry Barrett who drove down to attend Len cram's talk; note from Len Cram correcting errors from last issue in reporting details of Opalton opal mining activity 1997 4 4
Field Trip to Opal Canyon, with map and particulars to expect 1997 4 5
AFMS CFMS news, listing of benefits and features to a club that belongs to CFMS/AFMS 1997 4 8
Remember When items. Listing of past presidents. Item about care of opal. Workshop update. 1997 3 1
Prez msg includes cutting tip to use quartz to learn good polishing techniques. It will show ALL scratches. Vice Prez msg from Carol Bova. 1997 3 2
McCondra Report discussion of black opal from the Ridge. 1997 3 3
Report of the Inaugural meeting of the Phoenix chapter (opal salon). Len Cram was their guest speaker. 1997 3 4
Huge garnet in Australia; opal described -Doug Mitchell; Comet Hale-Bopp -Doug Mitchell 1997 3 5
Opal Folklore and Facts -Wayne D. Hadley; Paper From Rocks? Item about paper from basalt; Fire In A Mountain item about underground coal fire in Australia 1997 3 6
GIA new headquarters opening now in Carlsbad, CA 1997 3 7
AFMS / CFMS discussion of maintaining historical club records; February guest speaker Len Cram 1997 3 9
Workshop info 1997 2 2
February guest speaker to be Len Cram 1997 2 3
McCondra Report discusses Yowah region and also includes a nice discussion of slang terms from the Australian opal fields. 1997 2 4
Item about new Fred Ward book on opal. 1997 2 5
Item from the internet about fluorescent opal found in the US 1997 2 6
Discussion about the potential donation of a quantity Mexican opal rough; general meeting for February was devoted to sorting and grading the material 1997 2 8
Memoriam for Walt Lentz; 1997 field trip plans underway 1997 1 1
Workshop item discusses ongoing negotiations 1997 1 3
McCondra Report field reports/items, anecdotal discussion about Yowah's Living History 1997 1 4
The Perfect? Light Weight First Aid Kit -Chris Rylands 1997 1 5
Coober Pedy news from Murray Willis 1997 1 6
Quartzite News 1997 1 7
How to Save Money Time & Grief When Buying Opal -Tim Thomas 1997 1 8
McCondra Report discusses the Mehi Field's recent increase in production, also some discussion about production levels generally 1996 12 4
Article about the new workshop plans 1996 12 5
Origin of Opal and Its Colors reprinted from the Northwest Opal Association Newsletter of 9/96 1996 12 6
Cold dopping technique; new opal groups forming around the US 1996 12 7
Opal reminisces by John Hall, a nice piece by John about some of the past personalities and events of the AOS 1996 11 1
Item about the Eclectic Lapidary e-magazine published by Carol Bova; item about use of computers in rockhound newsletters 1996 11 2
Item about the upcoming 1996 OPAL & GEM Show 1996 11 3
Carving tips and hints from a visit with Edith Ostrander 1996 11 4
Hint on cleaning and reusing saw oil by adding water, heating and then freezing; hint to prevent scratches on silver using clear self-adhesive shelf paper; article about German researchers making diamonds with a new process 1996 11 5
Article about Bill Judd founder of AOS being honored (note the dates are wrong, AOS was formed in 1964, California chapter was formed in 1967); listing of past presidents by John Hall. 1996 11 8
Note that more dealers than ever have signed up for show tables 1996 11 9
Remember When - second/final part of That Fickle Dame Opal  1996 10 1
The McCondra Report-Barbara discusses recent efforts of aboriginal people to take back the out back. If these are legally enforceable they will virtually close much of the opal bearing lands of New South Wales. 1996 10 3
Remember When = first of two part reprint That Fickle Dame Opal from Nov 1990 Opal Express 1996 9 1
Presents results of AFMS CFMS newsletter and article contests. In New Editor category, Russ Madsen selected second in California and 9th nationally. Also selected 5th in California's article contest for item titled Opal Fact or Fancy 1996 9 3
1996 Opal Show news 1996 9 3
Item about diamonds mined in Australia; CFMS item regarding interesting metalsmithing and rock work of ancient societies; letter to editor from John Hall sharing some thoughts about opal formation on the inner surface of a jar of Cowden mine opals. 1996 9 4
Name badge reminder, suggestion to plan field trips to Opal Canyon 1996 9 9
Opal What Is It Worth??? (...And Why?) seventh installment of article by Russ Madsen 1996 8 1
New name badges ready, Prez msg notes AOS will have an opal display case in the Diamond Daze show. 1996 8 2
Letter to editor from Harriette Breitman detailing her latest opal carving in a piece of lavender base color crystal; article That's Not My Job; cowboy poem The Cowboy's Sililoquy 1996 8 3
Hints and tips for working with Yowah Nut opal from Barbara McCondra and Len Cram 1996 8 4
July general meeting report gives tips and hints about buying, valuing, and cutting rough 1996 8 6
Note that Russ Madsen is stepping down as club secretary, Stan McCall taking over; Diamond Daze AFMS/CFMS show is next weekend 1996 8 7
Remember When item Getting The Most Out of Opal... article by Marvin Wilson about selecting rough and alternate approaches using carving techniques to avoid grinding away good areas with the bad (continued on Page 6 1996 7 1
Upcoming meeting topic to be opal evaluation... pair of articles about May and June guest speakers...in May Stan McCall on fire agate (gem limonite): tips for cutting and selecting rough; in June Bob Gullage on marketing opal and colored gem stones 1996 7 3
Diamond Daze show ad, Opal What Is It Worth... to return next month; note of thanks to newsletter contributors; more on name badges 1996 7 4
CFMS AFMS news...reprint of article about record keeping requirements, hints and tips 1996 7 5
Diamond Daze Opal Symposium schedule 1996 7 9
Letter from Len Cram introducing article New Australian Research which he wrote for the German LJ. The article begins, then continues on pgs 5 & 6 1996 6 1
Desert survival article by Russ Madsen 1996 6 3
Note that Shirley Barnett passed away; Lyle Backus donates library items; name bade reminder; Opal Show and Diamond Daze notes; hint to use plastic shopping bags as rock hounding sacks 1996 6 4
Growth of online rockhounding via BBS, internet and email 1996 6 6
Legislative letter writing, how to lobby for rockhounding; May field trip report 1996 6 7
Reprint of article about the significance of bulletin editors; article about erroneous opal statements in magazine articles [corrections]pneumonia resulting from breathing fumes of heated epoxy 1996 6 8
Show calendar; two poems sent in by members-(1) Bob Dixon; (2) Cathy Gaber; article about the theft of opals from Michael Ferguson's collection ($400,000 value!). 1996 6 9
Remember When reprint of Opal Express 1987 discussion of Dealer Customer Relations 1996 5 1
Library News...note listing items missing from library; index of library video tapes; name badges ongoing 1996 5 3
AFMS CFMS News...August show details; land closure laws to affect Quartzite 1996 5 4
Welcome new members; Field Trip for May to Opal Canyon; report of Barbara McCondra's talk at April meeting 1996 5 5
Library index of all published items except videotapes(books, magazines etc). 1996 5 6
Note that The Opal Express has been selected among top 3 bulletins in California 1996 5 7
Opal What Is It Worth??? (...And Why???) sixth installment discusses the fact that there is no retail market for finished opal stones. 1996 5 8
Remember when reprints from March 1973 newsletter: (item 1) comments about upcoming guest speaking Clarence Rudd; (item 2) note about opal rush to Angledool 1996 4 1
Letters from Murray Willis about murder in Coober Pedy and invite to go to his/Kent's mines; JFF first aid kit reviewed in MCN 1996 4 3
AFMS CFMS news...AFMS letter to editor about opal flaking apart in jars (???); Each Year-Each Club-One Rockhound our first nominee Jay Carey; Fossil Preservation Act of 1996 HR 2943 1996 4 4
Guest speakers...upcoming Barbara McCondra for April, Stan McCall for May; report of Harriette Breitman's talk on carving and polishing opal 1996 4 5
(Harriette Breitman continued); hand polishing opal 1996 4 6
Show calendar; The McCondra Report; short installment of Opal What Is It Worth? series 1996 4 7
Polishing Tips by Harriette Breitman...additional comments by Russ Madsen 1996 3 3
Remember When reprint from April 1971 newsletter about carving 1996 3 4
4th installment of Opal...What Is It Worth? (...And Why?) series 1996 3 5
Letter to editor from John Hall about beginnings of AOS; tips for lapidary saws 1996 3 6
February board business overview: election results, library open now, name badges; report of February guest speakers (1st) Kent Willis on Coober Pedy, (2nd) David Burton on the opal scene at Tucson/Quartzite this year 1996 3 7
(guest speakers continued); upcoming speaker for March - Harriette Breitman to discuss carving techniques); note that Barbara McCondra will speak in April; Feed Back and Questions-request for input from members about what they want in the newsletter 1996 3 8
Coober Pedy news from Murray Willis 1996 3 9
Remember When reprints of items from July and August 1973 AOS newsletters about (1) a talk by Dr. Don Hudson in laymen's terms about opal's structure and where the fire comes from; 1996 2 1
1996 field trip to Opal Canyon and Barnett Opal Mine plans; Internet listing of fee digging sites described and our participation providing description of US opal sites such as Opal Canyon and the Virgin Valley 1996 2 3
Calendar of events/shows; election reminder; various other items 1996 2 4
Opal...What Is It Worth??? (...And Why?) third installment 1996 2 5
Completion of triplet making instructions 1996 2 6
Note about Virgin Valley opal presentation at Foothill Gem & Min 1996 2 7
Virgin Valley opal talk by Bill Burns at Foothill GMS. First meeting at new location. 1996 1 1
Prez msg Rod Griffin to speak at January meeting. Workshop closed until mid-March due to schedule conflict with Quartzite and Tucson 1996 1 2
Opal...What Is It Worth??? (...And Why?) second installment 1996 1 3
Reference to letter to editor in January AFMS newsletter cautioning readers NOT to use glycerin to store gem opal as glycerin is hydroscopic (attracts water molecules). 1996 1 5
Triplet making, article from Idaho Opal Mines, first installment 1996 1 6
Election ballot and election info; field trip notice; actions taken at the January special board of directors meeting 1996 1 8
Photo of Opal fossil plate from show (owned by Lapidary Intl) 1996 1 9
1996 Membership renewal form 1995 12 1
Pres msg, December Christmas party details, workshop info 1995 12 2
Opal Show report from Walt Lentz, Opal Seminar report from Jay Carey 1995 12 3
Welcome to New Members (total of 25 for the period from April through and including the Opal Show); Opal Show Door Prize winner list 1995 12 4
Opal...What Is It Worth??? (...And Why?) Article (by rgm) I sort of spaced and forgot to put my name on the article before going to the printer...oh well, it's to be continued next issue 1995 12 5
General Meeting info...new meeting location, Opal Theft in southern California, another opal article from Murray Willis; explosion destroys Mintabie miner's house, Dues notice 1995 12 6
What's Happening event calendars. 1995 12 7
Quartzite schedule/map 1995 12 8
Diamond Daze ad 1995 12 9
Opal show info, demonstrator list, show dealer list 1995 11 1
Pres msg, meeting info, workshop notice 1995 11 2
Walt Johnson talk on jewelry techniques specific to opal. 1995 11 3
Letter to editor about the Lorralai opal carving 1995 11 5
Opal Canyon field trip report and anniversary couple who found nicest stone 1995 11 5
Visit with Richard Barnett about nature and structure of Kern 1995 11 6
County opal 1995 11 6
AFMS CFMS News...issue of not getting exhibit competition entries 1995 11 7
What's Happening calendars; 1996 dues due notice; opal articles from Murray Willis 1) Effort to have opal named Australia's official national gem, 2) Coober Pedy fencing of fossicking areas 1995 11 8
Advertising rate chart for newsletter ads 1995 11 9
Opal seminar info/flier 1995 10 1
New meeting location for 1996; field trip to Opal Canyon reminder; opal show reminder 1995 10 2
Article re: AOS Opal Evaluation Kit/Instructions introducing the remaining Pages 1995 10 3
AOS Opal Evaluation System instructions; article about the Paul Downing Kit the AOS has acquired 1995 10 4
AOS Opal Appraisal Form (tm) 1995 10 9
Field trip reminder; reprint of Coober Pedy Times article about opal production shortages in Australia; In Memoriam for Edith Ostrander 1995 9 1
Note that David Burton is away in Australia; Nov Show update; September guest speaker to be Walt Johnson; workshop reminder 1995 9 2
Write up of Opal Evaluation session at August meeting 1995 9 3
Show calendar; Article History Of Opal 1995 9 5
Candy Copeland letter to editor about Robert Genis article; my response 1995 9 6
Text of opal section of Robert Genis article; my further responses 1995 9 7
Len Cram letter about Robert Genis article 1995 9 8
Len Cram letter continued; excerpts of letter received by Len Cram; my final responses; article noting release of Paul Downing's new Opal Market Calculator software (DOS based) 1995 9 9
Gem silica limonite, CFMS news 1995 8 1
Prez msg, August meeting info 1995 8 2
Field Trips to Opal Canyon this fall; Letters to editor (note about Candy Copeland letter to be in Sept issue, letter from Murray Willis 1995 8 3
1995 Opal Show info update; Opal Show door prize donation request; 45 year accumulation of rocks for sale; 1995 8 4
Mine flier for Royal Rainbow north of Gerlach Nevada (Max & Suzy Berchtold) 1995 8 5
,Opal Matrix treatment (to turn it black) 1995 8 6
Article about Eric the opalized pliosaur found in Coober Pedy 1995 8 9
Third and final in series reporting on David Kramer's April talk on retailing opal. 1995 7 1
Write up of Murray Willis' visit. Honduran polishing tips. 1995 7 1
Spencer Opal Mine to close due to insurance expenses. 1995 7 1
Membership directory available. 1995 7 1
Opal Fact Or Fancy... article. 1995 7 1
Fourth part of Opal Cutting Simplified by Tim Thomas. 1995 7 1
Note that Russ Madsen has donated a copy of The International Opal Journal to AOS library. 1995 7 1
Another tip on working Honduran. 1995 7 1
Article about lapidary classes for adults to benefit children's classes. 1995 7 1
Article about stabilizing porous stones. 1995 7 1
Note about I.C.E. Industries nice catalogue. 1995 7 1
Second in series reporting David Kramer's April talk on retailing opal. 1995 6 1
Note that Murray Willis will guest at special June meeting. 1995 6 1
Appraising Opal article by Paul Downing. 1995 6 1
Report of Drew Lovett's presentation about diamond mining in Africa. 1995 6 1
Third part of Opal Cutting Simplified by Tim Thomas. 1995 6 1
First of three in a series of reports on guest speaker David Kramer's talk about retailing opal. 1995 5 1
Note that AOS will share a room with the Faceter's Guild at the 1996 AFMS show. 1995 5 1
Second part of article by Tim Thomas about various opal lots he has for sale. Discussion includes evaluation system Tim uses and how it varies from Paul Downing's. 1995 5 1
Second part of article by Tim Thomas Tips on Selecting and Cutting Opal. 1995 5 1
Article describing the Mojave Flame. 1995 5 1
Page x Remember When Elmer Reed discussing selection of rough. 1995 4 1
Page x First part of article from House of Tibara Opal Cutting Simplified. 1995 4 1
First part of article from House of Tibara Thank You discussion of general overview regarding opal. 1995 4 1
Write-up of March talk about diamond cutting and polishing techniques by Ross Stambler. 1995 4 1
Russ' response to letter from new member about hand-polishing and working Yowah material. 1995 4 1
CDPA issue 1995 3 1
Russ' article about BLM geologist Rob Waiwood's talk at Searchers meeting. 1995 3 1
Reprint of articles from CFMS newsletter about PM-10 particulates. 1995 3 1
Two desert news articles. 1995 3 1
Article on desert tortoise protection plans. 1995 3 1
Review of Feb 1995 Rock & Gem opal article about how it forms in the Virgin Valley. 1995 3 1
Fee digging in Lightning Ridge not happening after all 1995 3 1
Articles on how to visit both Opal Canyon and the Virgin Valley including maps to each. 1995 3 1
Double issue due to deadline complications. 1995 1 1
Quartzite map and article. 1995 1 1
Jay Carey reviews 1994. 1995 1 1
Remember When reprint of letter from Peter Lewis about impact of drought in Australia on opal production. 1995 1 1
Note of thanks to Carla McCague on her year as president. 1995 1 1
Article about digging for opal at Virgin Valley by Jane. 1995 1 1
Remember When Brian Franks discusses yield from rough. 1994 12 1
Mention of trying to set up a field trip to Virgin Valley in 1995. 1994 12 1
Opal Show report by Jay Carey. 1994 12 1
Jane Madsen's response to the show as a non-opalholic. 1994 12 1
Report on Barbara McCondra's talk at Nov meeting. 1994 12 1
Gold colloidal solutions article from Metal-smith magazine. 1994 12 1
Reprint of Forest Service shove it up your nose article which first appeared in ICMJ. 1994 11 1
Herman's Rock Shop in Last Chance Canyon 1940. 1994 11 1
Russ' description of hand-working opal kit. 1994 10 1
John Tidball's presentation on difficulty of evaluation of rare and unique items such as opal. 1994 9 1
The Liquid Harlequin opal story. 1994 9 1
Remember When discussion of the AOS evaluation system 1994 9 1
Remember When, Russ' discusses movement of light within an opal and how this results in play of color. 1994 8 1
Write-up of second Len Cram talk to Searchers meeting. 1994 8 1
Write-up of David Burton's presentation at July meeting of their vacation trip to Australia, includes some details of how to go about visiting down under 1994 8 1
Remember When reprint of discussion by Brian Franks on cutting Mintabe opal. Mention of Royal Rainbow mine near Gerlach NV. Report by Carla and Gary McCague of their trip to the Virgin Valley. Mention of library containing videos now. 1994 7 1
Remember when reprint of Dr. Don Hudson's report on the reason why opals show play of color. Review of Len Cram's talk. Jay Carey reports on visiting with Paul Downing in Colorado. Report on May field trip to Opal Canyon 1994 6 1
invitation to dig at Opal Canyon 1994 5 1
Discussion about going to Opal Canyon to dig. Explanation about formation theory of volcanic opal (such as is found in opal canyon). 1994 4 1
Article about the future of the Opal Society; Dealer News and reminder to sign up for show tables before June 1, 1993 to get 10% discount (thus my conclusion that this may be the April issue) 1994 4 2
Nice introduction of themselves by Dennis and Debbie Deno 1994 4 3
Article by Debbie Deno about colors of opal. Describes various locations and sites where background colors are found... e.g. White base, crystal, pink, blue etc 1994 2 1
Message from Debbie Deno noting guest speaker for January meeting will discuss opal jewelry fabrication techniques and silversmithing. 1994 1 1
No name of speaker given (Walt Johnson perhaps?) 1994 1 1
President's message from Jay Carey gives overview of year and notes 1994 1 1
Resurgence of the Society 1994 1 1
reprint of Rock Chips article about opalized mussel shell fossil valued at $5 million 1993 12 3
3000 year old dentures made by Etruscans 1993 12 3
Prez msg from Jay Carey noting new officers for 1994 include new and old representation of membership. Two goals cited for new year: 1) new location for workshop; 2) monthly guest speakers 1993 12 1
Jay also includes a 1993 show review noting it was a financial success. Also lists individuals who helped out. 1993 12 1
Note about November meeting and that guest speaker was Hector Verdugo who mines Honduran opal. 1993 12 1
mention of plan for trip to Tecopa opal deposits 1993 12 1
nice article by Debbie Deno about her experiences with the opal show from the inside out as it were. 1993 12 1
article by Carla and Gary McCague about going to Tecopa (same as article in July 1993 issue) 1993 12 1
short article by Gary and Carla McCague about Mexican opal being unstable, hydrophane; includes a note of info from Jewett Pattee about cotton balls in Mexican growing outward to encompass the entire stone. Jan-Feb 1992 1993 12 1
OC Gem & Mineral Council schedule of activities 1993 12 1
Anecdotal biography of David Burton's background in lapidary 1993 9 1
Prez msg from Jay Carey emphasizing the benefits of membership in AOS. 1993 9 3
Membership application 1993 9 4
List of 1993 opal show dealers 1993 9 5
Continuation of Tim Thomas' Opal Cutting Simplified 1993 9 6
Bibliography of the AOS library!!! 1993 8 1
Prez msg from Jay Carey; Jay's background biography 1993 8 2
Continuation of Opal cutting simplified 1993 8 3
Show listings 1993 8 6
Editor's note...includes mention that Ross Stambler's dinosaur bone was purchased at an airport auction for $50! (yes this is the same opal fossil for which Ross recently refused $2,500-rgm 8/22/95-). 1993 8 7
Tecopa opal deposit article by Gary and Carla McCague. 1993 7 1
Mexican opal article, noting cotton balls that will grow continuously outward if not cut away 1993 7 1
Begin reprint of Tim Thomas opal cutting simplified 1993 7 2
Opals, Good Luck Or Bad...article (author unknown, perhaps Debbie Deno?) discussing the history of opal's bad luck reputation and refuting it. Also notes the good reputation opal enjoyed until the dark ages and the black plague. 1993 7 3
Prez msg from Jay Carey noting the next guest speaker, Ted Gurssing will talk about Virgin Valley opal. Additional reference to need to help from members. 1992 3 1
Very interesting listing of opal finds around the world presented by Majestic Gems & Carvings (Paul Downing's company). Also description of cutting and valuation classes Paul offers. 1992 3 2
Full page ad for the Searchers annual show 1992 3 4
Article about John Hall giving a cutting and valuation presentation in Ruidoso, NM 1992 3 5
Article about diffraction gratings commercially available 1992 3 6
Opal Queen of Gems article...actually a question and answer session with John Hall, this discussion includes a terse and almost non-understandable explanation of opal as a diffraction grating; paragraphs on 'where does opal come from? 1992 3 7
The Beginnings of the AOS by John Hall 1991 8 2
Large version of conversion chart (would work well to get fax) 1991 8 4
Reprint of letter from Todd Schowalter (Prez of OC Gem & Min Council) asking AOS to continue as a member organization 1991 8 5
Beautiful Australian Opals by Len Cram 1991 8 7
Valuing Cut Opal by Paul Downing (with disclaimer that this is not the AOS system) 1991 8 9
Cracks and crazing; Len Cram's newest book; Idar-Oberstein and the Orient 1991 8 18
Reprint of Carvin' Marvin's description of dealing with a difficult piece of flawed opal rough 1991 8 19
History of Opal article 1991 8 21
Single issue covers these several months 1991 8 1
Pres msg notes new meeting hall in bank building in Paramount, that workshop is open and in use, and that the society is still not fully viable in the sense that some members have joined, learned something about cutting in 6 months and are dwindling away. 1991 6 1
article from Colored Stone March/April 1991 titled Australia, Thy Name Is Opal by Richard W. Wise.  -Good discussion of current (1991) production of Australian opal in various regions. Also a little history of opal, types of opal (with prices listed). . 1991 6 2
Article from Colored Stone March April 1991 titled Black Opal Surfacing In Brazil by David Stanley Epstein. 1991 6 4
Letter to the pres about opal valuation from Nicholas S. Souef 1991 6 5
Letter from writer on page 5 (above) to the AGIA (Australian Gem Industry Association) about valuation. 1991 6 6
Letter from above writer about proper setting and valuation of opals including request that Opal Society assist in keeping gemologists updated about current opal price trends. 1991 6 7
Another letter from above which he suggests be given by retailers to opal buyers whenever a stone is sold. 1991 6 8
Article about appearance of plastic opal simulant that sold for $3,000 as genuine opal 1991 4 2
Reprint of article Varieties of Mexican Opal from LJ Aug 1984 1991 4 3
Note that workshop is set up and available 1991 4 1
Orange County Gem & Mineral Council schedule of events again 1991 4 1
Pres message notes Harold Anderson and Jay Carey joined now 1991 3 1
Listing of pertinent metalsmithing terms defining many precious metals. 1991 3 2
Maps of 4 opal sites in Mexico 1991 3 3
Article about these four opal sites (Location, opal types, etc). 1991 3 4
A list of various types of fire is noted under Mexican Opal on 1991 3 5
Full page ad for Pasadena Lapidary Society annual show. 1991 3 6
Reprint of Nov 1971 LJ article about where the fire comes from (note author is from Pekin, IL!); very dry and scientific article that provides little definition of scientific terms which are used throughout. 1991 2 2
Reprint of Oct 1986 article about various opal sties in Australia 1991 2 8
Article about how things have changed since 1945 (uh huh!) 1991 2 10
Prez message about Peter Lewis sending over two people to sell rough and how they didn't fare too well because of cracky material from Coober Pedy and Mintabe 1991 2 1
Depressing Prez message notes monthly meetings cut to every other month due to lack of interest. 1991 1 1
Reprint of Paul Downing article in his Oplaholics newsletter about Journey to Queensland discussing handling and working Yowah nuts; another reprint from Opalholics about opal and oil prices 1991 1 3
Corny notes about gross etiquette practices; also another reprint of the tables of conversion and weights 1991 1 4
Listing of Orange County Gem and Mineral Council schedule of weekly events around the county 1991 1 5
Reprint of extract from LJ article about Japanese manmade opals (plastics) 1991 1 7
Prez msg from Dick Koch noting that the 1990 show was a success in that it broke even financially. Also noted that general meetings are to be held BI-MONTHLY (every other month). 1990 12 1
Membership renewal form 1990 12 2
White Cliffs And The Lure Of Opals article by Patsy Kovac from LJ March, 1982. 1990 12 3
Letter from 1990 board of directors stating the club will need immediate rejuvenation and additional volunteers or it is going to die a very sad and lonely death. 1990 12 6
Advertising rates Page for dealers etc. 1990 12 7
Article That Fickle Dame Opal by S.A. Broom reprinted from the 1970 issue of Lapidary Journal 1990 11 1
Misc items, sayings, note about a dopping session to precede the annual show so stones for cutting will be ready at the HANDS ON booth. 1990 11 6
Reprint of article Treating Opal Matrix by A.G. Noel in the October 1970 issue of LJ...very good, thorough and complete discussion. 1990 10 2
Reprint of article Karats, Carats, Carrots, and Ounces by F.D. Joesting in the October 1981 LJ. discussion of distinctions among above terms. 1990 10 5
OPAL CUTTING CONTEST HELD BY AOS!!! Listing of rules. 1990 10 6
President's message a few comments about the upcoming show THEN...several comments about a goodly parcel of rough bought by Michael Coppersmith for less than $30,000 evaluated by Luky Olah (of Australia) at $239,500!!! 1990 9 1
Child geology, list of cute terms and geological expressions by children (e.g. Limestone is a green tasting rock). (Credited to PLS Bulletin of July '90 via Smoke Signals-no date) 1990 9 2
Third part of Larry Dobrin's story about A Desert Lesson 1990 9 3
Opal Terms excerpt from Paul Downing's book Opal Adventures 1990 9 5
Word search puzzle using opal related words, 44 in all 1990 9 7
General meeting review...Luky Olah selling rough at 1/2 the wholesale price Dick Koch was paying a year ago. Note that dental tools are frequently desirable for working opal. 1990 8 2
Article A Desert Lesson (part 2 of 3) about being stranded in the desert without proper supplies and equipment by member Lawrence Dobrin 1990 8 3
Reprint of article from Australia about Millionaires with holes in their pockets 1990 8 7
Mention in President's msg that Mark Lasater was responsible for locating the Quality Inn as a show site. Also that Luky Olah to be selling the Olympic Field material noodled out of mullock heaps. 1990 7 1
,Article A Desert Lesson (part 1 of 3) about being stranded in the desert without proper supplies and equipment by member Lawrence Dobrin 1990 7 5
,Reprint of July 1984 LJ article How To Buy Opal by Monica Yue (Gem Consultants -Taiwan- Ltd.) discussion ranges from description of various opal types (white, black etc), selection parameters (thickness, weight), to doublets, triplets and simulants. 1990 7 7
Reprint of article about large fossil dinosaur bone found in a Coober Pedy mine. 1990 7 9
Comment in Prez message about declining membership attendance at meetings. 1990 6 1
Reprint of article from May/June 1990 Colored Stone Market News From Down Under by Dave Unwin, Opex Opals, Australia. Discussion includes current prices of chrysoprase, sapphires. 1990 6 2
Meeting presentation about dopping by Dick Koch 1990 6 5
Article by Paul Downing Opal News from Opalholics Volume 8 No. 2 - 1990). Comments on various aspects of Australian mining areas. 1990 6 6
Health hazard of 100,000 mesh diamond entering blood stream through lungs 1990 6 6
President message discusses conditions of Australian opal fields, including pricing and availability of material from Coober Pedy to the Ridge. 1990 5 1
Article from February 1980 LJ, Opals Can Affect You That Way by Zoltan and Dennis Berta, Berta Opal Co. Ltd., Sidney, Australia...article describes Yowah and other fields. Talks about what it's like on the fields. 1990 5 2
Article from the March/April 1990 Colored Stone, Gemology Play-of-Color Imitation Plastics...discusses using brightly colored transparent thin sheets of plastic in a transparent colorless medium to create an opal imitation. 1990 5 6
President message discussion about pricing various combinations of color play colors and intensity...also notes faulting stones equally for only having a percentage of their face showing color: e.g. color on 50% of face gives 50% of Evaluation Kit value. 1990 4 1
Evaluation Kit Appraisal Form (Rev 3-3-90). 1990 4 2
From book Opal Adventures by Paul Downing...The 'Art' of Finding Opal. 1990 4 3
Reprint of a February (1990?) Rock & Gem article Step-By-Step Carving Opal by Wayne Hadley. Discussion focuses on changing plans when a partially finished carving was dropped and broken. 1990 4 4
President message hints around about bad feelings among the membership and he almost offers to resign (???). Discussion about board of directors perhaps ignoring suggestions from the membership. 1990 3 1
Chapter report of session using Evaluation Kit Appraisal Form and applying it to stones already professionally graded in Australia. 1990 3 3
Letter from Jake and Laurita Schmidt resigning their membership due to ill health and old age...a month after this the board took action to make them honorary life members. 1990 3 4
Reprint of article from Nov/Dec (1989?) Colored Stone, Idaho The Gem State. Article shows map of Idaho and lists sites of 24 gems and mineral species to be found there. 1990 3 5
Ad noting publication of Paul Downing's latest book, Opal Adventures 1990 3 7
President message notes lack of January issue because pages were lost in the mail to the printer; also that board voted to disband chapters and merge into a single unit 1990 2 1
Opal Buying Tips from the House Of Tibara 1990 2 3
Article from Sept/Oct 1989 Colored Stone OPALS,  Discussion of opal  (1) the myths of bad luck; (2) where the word opal comes from; (3)  electron microscope; (4) good description of distinguishing valuation ; (5) discussion of various  opal fields 1990 2 5
News from Lightning Ridge series of interesting short items 1990 2 6
Editor's message...front page was written by editor Jewette Pattee, not president...discussion centers on recognition of show helpers.  1989 12 1
Memoriam to Dela Judd who passed away on the weekend of the Opal Show (Nov 14th, 1989) 1989 12 3
President msg more thanks to show helpers and note that seminars went well. Show was at Cal State Long Beach, and apparently wasn't a totally satisfactory location. 1989 12 4
Description of seven new GIA jewelry arts classes 1989 12 5
Two items of interest re opal reprinted from LJ, November 1989 issue:  (1) dopping techniques; (2) new Lightning Ridge field Coocoran red-black stones sold for $6,800/carat. 1989 12 6
Proposal to combine and dissolve AOS chapters by deleting Article 12 of the By-Laws and making Article 13 the new Article 12. This was subsequently passed in early 1990, according to board minutes and the newsletter. 1989 12 7
Small note of interest describing how to cut black opal 1989 11 1
Letter from Barbara McCondra 1989 11 1
Tiny mention of copies of the videotape all About Opal being available at the annual show 1989 11 1
Extensive article reprinted from Rock & Gem detailing a fossil, diatom and opal site east of Fallon NV. Description of opal is that it's highly fractured but show potential of having some good material. 1989 11 1
Editor's msg...show items...including fact that members get in free. Seminars revived too. Note that Jewette is quitting as editor and that no one has volunteered to take over, therefore Opel Express may go out of print as of December 1989 issue. 1989 10 1
President message...good discussion about proper cabbing/cutting shapes and cutting errors to avoid 1989 10 2
Opal show, Jewelry Design Contest Rules 1989 10 3
Article History Of Opal was exerpted from OPAL, SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S GEMSTONE by L.C. Barnes, and I.J. Townsend...a publication of the Australian Department of Mines and Energy. 1989 10 4
Discussion of various club activities/meetings etc. Note that workshop is going very well with up to 15 members attending at a time! 1989 10 5
Rules of jewelry contest to be held in conjunction with the annual opal show (NOTE: reference to a perpetual trophy for the professional category winner...where is it?) 1989 9 2
Article about the finding of the complete opalized pleosaur skeleton in Coober Pedy; cute poem by Ogden Nash about extinction; 1989 9 4
Listing of monthly opal birthstones (IMO corny!) 1989 9 5
Treating opal matrix using silver nitrate (by Andrea Bree Gem Co); also a reproduction of weight conversion chart and estimation of carat weight based on shape of cut stone 1989 9 6
dues reminder noted dues are half price as of July 1st!!! 1989 9 8
Prez message notes need to recruit new members as attrition to aging has taken it's toll; 1989 9 1
Prez message note about field price of black calibrated stones up to $10,000 a carat from $5,000. 1989 9 1
Show info, and dealer listing (note Rainbow Ridge Opal Mines is listed as a dealer at the show=Keith Hodson). 1989 8 1
President msg, discusses current Australian conditions (weak field prices on cut stones, drying of ground at Coober Pedy) 1989 8 2
List of Suggested Security Measures dealers might want to take when preparing and displaying at the Opal Show. 1989 8 3
Letter from the fields from Rod Griffin...explains why they must wait for dry ground: so the heavy equipment doesn't bog into the mud. 1989 8 5
Mention of Harold Andersen as new member at July meeting 1989 8 6
Listing of seminar topics: elements of jewelry design; opal mining in Australia; purchasing opal rough and cut stones; types of opal and famous opals; orienting for color; evaluating and pricing cut opal. 1989 8 7
Editor's msg reprint of Where the Color Comes From Don Hudson article first printed in 1978 AOS newsletter. 1989 7 1
President msg: discussion of Australian rains/flooding; mention of Dick Koch having rough and finished stones for sale from Luky Olah; further comments and interesting anecdotes generally about the opal fields. 1989 7 2
Reprint of LJ article, date not cited) on opalized plesiosaur and further efforts to dig it out 1989 7 7
Opal poem by Margaret McEwin taken from The Opal Book by Frank Leachman 1989 6 1
Nice president's message from Dick Koch about being in Australia mentions the high grade crystal that rarely gets to the US 1989 6 1
Message from member Peter Lewis in Australia discussing serious rain fall and flooding 1989 6 1
Extensive article by Paul Downing about the Opal Cutting Straight Jacket of trying to always cut calibrated stones 1989 6 1
Cute poem titled The Cave In 1989 6 1
Ad for 1989 Opal Show 1989 5 1
Reprint of ad Page Opal Gem News for a company called Opal Creations Ltd. in Hong Kong 1989 5 2
President's message mentions flooding in Coober Pedy in March 1989 1989 5 3
Mention of world class opal first displayed at the International Jewelry show in Basel Switzerland is owned by AOS member Jeanne Rivard, owner of Australian Opal Consolidated Mining Corporation 1989 5 4
Extensive article by Kevin Lane Smith reprinted from Gems & Gemology (GIA magazine) about opal from Opal Butte, Oregon. Much of this material is 1989 5 5
Contra luz and this is the same material Kevin carves. His work with Opal Butte opal was featured in LJ in the early 1990's. 1989 5 1
President's message about the AOS being a one stone club. Note that jade and opal are about the same hardness. 1989 4 1
From the president piece about being in love with a mistress (opal) 1989 4 2
Field trip Buffalo Canyon Opal (Nevada east of Fallon) for opals and fossil leaves reprinted from Rock & Gem September 1988 1989 4 3
Note mentioning the opal show to have seminars at $10 per person. 1989 3 1
Bill Judd's garage (& opal club materials) tossed around severely by the Whittier Earthquake 1989 3 1
Terrible photocopy of a nice chart showing various stones and their characteristics such as response to torch heat, acid baths, steam etc 1989 3 1
Note stating total of 14 presidents including current (Dick Koch), and mentioning details of how club began when Hugh Leiper (then editor of LJ encouraged Harry and Laura Condo to start the club). Bill and Della Judd were members number 0001 and 0002. 1989 3 1
Article discussing how to handle opal and asking is it a bad luck stone? 1989 3 1
President Message numerous tips and reasons to stay involved in the AOS over a period of years 1989 2 1
Comment on opal prices reflected in The Guide. Black opal up 30-40% in three months.   -Further comments on world wide wholesale pricing, note that prices on white and crystal have reached $500 per carat for top material. 1989 2 3
Article reprinted from booklet titled Gemstones discusses reason for colors in opal diamond and labradorite. Note, this article states smaller silica spheres produce only blue and violet color play. 1989 2 4
Poem The Black Opal 1989 2 5
Advertising rates Page with blocks and prices 1989 2 6
Note about a mine open for fee digging in Idaho-$125 per day! *(with editorial discussion about size of silica spheres)* 1989 2 1
News that show location will now be Cal State Long Beach with expanded jewelry design contest, and opal seminar 1989 1 1
Board meeting report: news of elections, show report, new dues of $20 1989 1 2
Tale of looking at items in sale displays 1989 1 3
President's message 1989 1 6
Election ballot 1988 12 1
Jewett Pattee was president (13th) 1988 12 1
Article titled Opal Report describing how Australian opal exporting dropped from 95% of production to 50% 1988 12 1
Small notes about value of Australian and Mexican opal 1988 11 5
President message noting election comes in December 1988 11 1
OC chapter news written by chapter Prez Brian Franks noting Noel Lamkin gave presentation on wax modeling for casting 1988 11 1
Mention of wire wrapping demo at general meeting by Linda Rau 1988 11 1
Gilson synthetic article by Earl Spendlove extensive discussion of efforts down through time to create synthetic opal and a fair amount of detail on how to work with the material-(this article reprinted from Rock & Gem 9/88 issue) 1988 11 1
Article from the Pegmatite-San Diego newsletter about the opal show held in September...notes 14,000 guests (Is this for real!?) and 30 dealers.  List of opal sites notes new Honduran black. Demos included 1988 11 1
Vince Jarrell carving and Brian & Jolen Punches wire wrapping 1988 11 1
President's message notes show was OK, but that September was a poor month in which to hold it 1988 10 1
Excerpt of article in Gems and Gemology the publication of the GIA. Article deals with where color comes from in gemstones, specially dealing with diffraction effects. 1988 10 3
President's message gives rundown of upcoming show and final details (note that there are 30 dealers and 63 tables reserved) 1988 9 1
Excerpt from a National Jeweler article (July 6, 1988) about rising prices of opal in both Idar Oberstein and the US attributable mainly to Japanese demand 1988 9 3
President's message discusses club activity at various other club's shows both display cases and demonstrating 1988 8 1
Article about Mexican opal Fire opal: Pride of Mexico 1988 8 4
Article Everything You Wanted to Know About Caring for Silver Jewelry lists numerous tips for protecting fine silver 1988 8 5
Poem by Frank Leechman Heart Of Opal; excerpt from the Curious Lore Of Precious Stones about the beauty of opal noting that the bad luck rumor started in the 19th century 1988 8 6
Article charting A Classification And Description Of Australian Opal which gives several interesting categories 1988 7 4
Story The Birth Of An Opal (dedicated by the author to the late Ernest G. Sherman) by Leila C. Redshaw 1988 7 5
Table showing approximate weight of cut opals by finished size of stone; also table of equivalent weights in various measures 1988 7 5
Excerpt from Curious Lore Of Precious Stones suggesting that the bad luck reputation of opal may have come from old times when stone setters had to pay for opals if they broke during the setting process 1988 7 1
Opal: The Queen Of Gems article describing opal mythology 1988 6 1
Picture (nice grey scales) of 7 Outstanding Women Gemologists two of whom (Ruth Gold and Hazell Neefus) are AOS members. All 7 are being honored by the Association of Women Gemologists in their Woman Gemologist Of The Year contest. 1988 6 1
Discussion of a cutting session at the meeting including tip do not overheat the opal 1988 6 2
Board of directors’ actions note that it was voted to discontinue seminars at the annual show! (No explanation, maybe see board minutes) 1988 6 3
Article Unique & Colorful Opal by Nancy K. Hays of GIA lengthy discussion of all aspects of opal: lore, mine sites around the world, types of opal, care of opal, evaluation of opal 1988 6 3
President's message describes a number of opal fee digging sites (Virgin Valley and Opal Canyon) 1988 5 1
Further discussion of fee sites (USA) Spencer Idaho, Virgin Valley are detailed, several others are listed 1988 5 2
Tips on carving techniques from Vince Jarrell 1988 5 3
Good discussion of Appraisal Kit instructions and example of completed Appraisal Form applying instructions to a sample opal 1988 5 5
Reprint of letter from Phil Pearl 1988 5 8
President's message discusses historical background of opal and compares to today's circumstances where even the average citizen on the street can own one 1988 4 1
Reprint of March 1988 LJ article Flashes In Black Opal by Ted Themelis, A.G. discusses diffraction and color play, generally weak. 1988 4 2
Paul Downing's Valuing Cut Opal article concluded 1988 4 5
First installment of Paul Downing's article Valuing Cut Opal 1988 3 5
How to Speak Strine listing of Australian terms from National Geographic; 1988 2 5
Also notes Paul Downing is published in Dec 1987 Rock & Gem article on evaluating cut opal-note this Opal Express article claims Paul uses the AOS evaluation system; 1988 2 5
Treasurer report showing outstanding balance at year end of 1987 as $3,093.98 to the good; Page from the founding chapter listing their separate activities 1988 2 1
Orange County chapter page notes separate talk and dues; 1988 2 1
Press release dated 1/15/88 for an opal find and black knobbies for sale in a price range $50 to $2,000 each from Rod Griffin based USA in San Francisco; 1988 2 1
Gemstone carving article about Marvin Wilson (poor photocopy will not reproduce from this version). 1988 2 1
Extensive article discussing how to select areas of rough for finished stones and proceed with cutting by Marvin Wilson 1988 1 2
Pres msg states 1987 saw new members and creation of Orange County chapter 1988 1 1
Pres msg also mentions refining appraisal kit and falling dollar against international currencies will raise price of opal 1988 1 1
OC chapter to work on subject of opal photography sharing successes and failures 1988 1 1
Opal Vocabulary listing from LJ June 1986 1988 1 1
Note about more opal still coming from Coober Pedy - reprinted from Jeweler's Circular-Keystone Nov 1987 1988 1 1
Be a Show Off article from LJ June-1986 1988 1 1
Note about new claims being staked and miners in new clothes/cars etc 1987 12 1
Other Page of Carvin' Marvin's article on solutions to cutting flawed rough using carving 1987 12 1
Reproduction of front Page from the Coober Pedy Times dated august 1986. 1987 12 1
Show report...attendance about same but less business transacted. One incident of suspicious persons. 1987 11 1
One Page of the Carvin' Marvin solutions to cutting a flawed piece of rough (continued in next month issue) 1987 11 1
Listing of show dealers for 1987 show 1987 10 1
Mention in show article about having a silent auction at the show 1987 10 1
Review of last meeting where opal photography was the topic 1987 10 1
Printing of opal evaluation form 1987 10 1
Article by Brian Franks discussing selection of rough in terms of valuation and yield. Same page notes the A. Goodman opal video and Paul Downing's Opal Cutting Made Easy video and book. 1987 10 1
Item by item discussion of buyer - dealer relationship. Also advice to buyers both wholesale/retail on what constitutes a fair price. 1987 10 1
Show update...problem with table layout mentioned 1987 9 1
Chapter reports 1987 9 1
Chart showing opal carat weight by measured dimensions of cabs 1987 9 1
President’s report of going to a private gem show featuring tourmaline and a suggested field trip to dig at the Pala Mines 1987 9 1
Reference to a new videotape for beginning opalholics called All About Opal by A. Goodman...AOS help with this video is recognized in the credits 1987 9 1
Letter from Phil Pearl at the Ridge 1987 9 1
Continuation of John Hall's History of the AOS (this installment includes the events leading to the formation of the AOS including Hugh Leiper's-LJ Managing editor-encouragement) 1987 9 1
Article discussing Coober Pedy and Mintabie production 1987 9 1
Reiteration of jewelry contest rules 1987 8 1
Description of general meeting where everyone brings their hobby and demonstrates it. 1987 8 1
Article about noodling the tailings for tourmaline in Pala Mines 1987 8 1
Article on making triplets from Spencer Idaho rough 1987 8 1
Comments on Noel Lamkin's jewelry techniques and use of opal in baroque settings 1987 7 1
Article about the Hayricks boulder opal mine 1987 7 1
Letter from Barbara McCondra from the Ridge dated 5/21/87 1987 7 1
Note that list of dealers for Oct show has been closed and all tables reserved already! 1987 6 1
Various notes from other publications about opal prices rising rapidly (like 6% a month in Australia). New lab opal from Inamori Jewelry. From JCK note of new black opal finds in NSW Australia, and new finds of white in Coober Pedy and Mintabie. 1987 6 1
Another note about various countries trying to stop export of rough material in favor of cutting locally. 1987 6 1
Excellent long article about opal mining in Mexico... 1987 6 1
Nice article about Red Rock Canyon by Larry Dobrin 1987 6 1
President’s message discusses trend toward treated stones versus synthetics. Also notes GIA can detect plastic synthetic opal in minutes with new process and equipment. 1987 5 1
Second installment of John Hall's History of the AOS 1987 5 1
Letter from Phil Pearl in Australia discussing recent price increases at the Ridge and describing the buying/selling frenzy going on 1987 5 1
Mine report about Rainbow Ridge in Virgin Valley 1987 5 1
Mine report about Spencer Idaho Opal Mines 1987 5 1
Listing of relative hardness of various gems/minerals 1987 5 1
Attachment questionnaire asking member to respond about what they want for the club 1987 5 1
President’s report of Jewett Pattee on going to Tucson. 1987 3 1
Discusses lack of opal rough available, some buyers getting taken by treated opal. Also a comment about triplets coming out of Australia. 1987 3 1
First installment of John Hall's History of the AOS 1987 3 1
Note about annual opal show, price of tables raised $30 to $175 as of the 1987 show. 1987 3 1
Listing of advertising rates for newsletter..., Full  Page $40 per month, 1/2  Page  $20 per month, 1/4  Page  $10 per month, business card $5 per month. 1987 3 1
Creation of Orange County Chapter and report of first meeting held date not mentioned but looks like it was February 1987 1987 3 1
Note that February Founding Chapter meeting had talk and slide show presentation by Peter Lewis (now in Australian Parliament), and noted Barbara McCondra to speak at March Meeting 1987 3 1
Rules and request for entries into the Jewelry Design competition being held in conjunction with the annual Opal Show 1987 3 1
Show info noting dealer contracts have already been sent out! 1987 3 1
Reprint of LA Times article detailing opal in Australia, Coober Pedy. 1987 3 1
Show results items including jewelry design contest winners, and raffle winners 1986 12 1
More show news; and item regarding possible formation of an Orange County chapter 1986 12 2
More show biz news including notes about the financial results ($1,000 in the red) at the end of the show. 1986 12 4
Impregnation (continued from last issue) discussion about gemstone treatments listing patented processes etc (from the June 1986 issue of Modern Jeweler) 1986 12 5
Some High Moments discusses the various people who attended the show from distances. 1986 12 1
Bottom of Page paragraph...Dr. Opal column with questions and answers about how to handle opal. This one asks how to maintain an opal's brilliance...three suggestions are given 1986 3 2
Andy Guerette article One Person's Opinion asking for input for the newsletter 1986 3 6
Note that this month marks the 19th anniversary of the founding 1986 3 1
Chapter (therefore the society as a whole?) and Larry Dobrin (past 1986 3 1
President and current show chairman) to give March general meeting presentation about California opal specifically Nowak Mine. 1986 3 1
Listing of presidents down through the years 1986 3 1
Description in pres msg about using the appraisal kits at last meeting with Dick Koch, Ross Stambler and John Hall helping members evaluate their stones. 1986 3 1
That's Not My Job quote 1986 3 1
Note about show stating all dealers were given memberships 1986 3 1
fairly clear copy of the weight conversion table (this may photocopy or FAX clearly enough to get a clean result for a .PCX file) report on Board of directors meeting 1986 3 1
Good suggestions about getting newsletter input * 1986 3 1
Also discusses annual election procedure of putting nominees in newsletter with request for others to be mailed from members. 1986 2 2
Invitation to start a local chapter anywhere with 10 members nearby 1986 2 2
description of the Hong Kong opal simulant which looks very close to real at first glance. Is very inexpensive and is polymer resin 1986 2 2
Mention that Bill Judd conducts regular workshops every Monday and Tuesday, call for a spot on the list to be there 1986 2 4
(Original Pages, prior to print run) 1986 2 1
Invite to opal appraisal session at meeting...mention of grand premier of 'new' opal appraisal chart 1986 2 1
January meeting included discussion of revising the by-laws and setting up of chapter by-laws 1986 2 1
Pres message explains new by-law changes that make it easier to create chapters. 1986 2 1
January board meeting minutes… 1986 2 1
NEW BY LAWS adopted Chapter By Laws approved 1986 2 1
Last Chance Dues reminder 1986 2 1
Financial statement for year end (shows $14,000+ in activity with a net income of $136) 1986 2 1
Description of next show's jewelry contest rules including that only members may enter 1986 2 1
special issue dedicating the 1984 Opal Show to Marvin Wilson 1985 10 1
Listing of member names who helped with the show, including a note that they had over 1200 visitors to the show! 1985 10 2
Picture collage of the dealers/members at the show with complete listing of their names on  1985 10 3
Note that Bob Halahan will be November guest speaker on the subject of the Virgin Valley 1985 10 5
Items about Opal books recently published or reprinted, plus donation by Phil Pearl of book to the library 1985 10 6
Upcoming general meeting speaker, Bob Halahan to discuss Virgin Valley digging; previous general meeting topic was triplet making 1985 9 1
How To Cut Triplets From Spencer Opal - article by Doyle Haight (former husband of Claudia Haight) of the Spencer Opal Mines 1985 9 2
Second part of Opal & The World Supply by Wayne D. Hadley; article reprinted from Rock & Gem with permission (see 8/85 Opal Express). 1985 9 3
NOTE this article is probably where Robert Genis got his misinformation about black opal production because this article states there is almost NO great black opal being found in Lightning Ridge anymore!!!  Wrong! 1985 9 1
Next month's guest speaker Clifford Coan to discuss triplet making; last month's talk by Brian Franks on opal cutting and polishing 1985 8 1
Letters to the editor from around the world. Bob Halahan writing from Virgin Valley, Tony Dabdoub from Louisiana about Honduras, Phil Pearl from the Ridge, Gan Bruce also from the Ridge 1985 8 2
Board meeting items-includes comment about starting national chapters 1985 8 3
Article Opal & the World Supply by Wayne D. Hadley reprinted from Rock & Gem (also continued in 9/85 Opal Express). This article has a lot of assertions which are not supported and may be questionable about opal production levels, pricing etc. 1985 8 4
Discussion of cutting techniques. Mentions going from a 220 grit wheel to 220 & 600 grit wet/dry and HAND sanding for final shapes! 1985 5 1
Map and instructions for opal field trip to Nowak Opal Mine 1985 5 3
A Survey Of Opal Available For Purchase article reviews opal sourcesh...Australia, Brazil, Spencer Idaho, Honduras, Mexico, Virgin Valley NV, Red Rock Canyon (Opal Canyon) CA, Little Joe Mine NV, common opal from various sources 1985 5 4
Is It A Precious or Semi-Precious Stone article puts forth argument that the distinction between these terms is meaningless. Suggests instead the use of the term gemstone to encompass all valuable gems. 1985 4 1
Description of March meeting presentation of a tour to Australia by Walter and Joan Abramson 1983 4 1
Demonstration of wire wrapping to make solderless jewelry and mention of a follow-up session where members will make their own 1982 11 1
Jack Smothers talking about cooking matrix opal; mention of having the June meeting be an appraisal session; 1982 6 1
Article by Pat Smallwood about going to the Nowak mine 1982 6 1
Article Look What's Cooking In Opal by D.M. Smothers full two page article about cooking Andamooka matrix 1982 6 3
Srticle Silversmithing Explained for the Beginner by Retha Eaton. Nearly full two Pages covering many hints and pointers about working with silver  1982 6 5
Full page ad from the Royal Peacock for Virgin Valley opal fee digging ($25 per day to dig in the bank, $10 for the tailings pile) 1982 6 7
Mention that members receive the opal bibliography 1981 11 1
Note that associate memberships are starting to come in (beginning of growth in the society) 1980 11 1
Appraisal form included in newsletter for use at next meeting's appraisal session. 1978 4 1
Julius Lippa is president, discussion of his comments re impact of world monetary conditions on value of opals. Mention is made of honey onyx selling for $7 a ton and in a relatively short time the price climbed to $52 a ton. 1978 1 1
Speaker was AOS member Jimmy Sgro on topic of opal jewelry requirements: (1) must protect the opal; (2) must have balance/appeal; (3) must be durable. 1978 1 1
Mention is made of two other members bringing in finished stones for show-n-tell enjoyment of club at the meeting 1978 1 1
Discussion about casting methods and supplies...list of dealers who stock waxes and how to modify them easily to fit baroque stones. 1978 1 1
Ice Casting: pour molten casting wax over small pieces of crushed ice to get various interesting pieces of solidified wax 1978 1 1
Dues notice indicates dues rate was         $12 for charter chapter         $ 6 for associate members 1978 1 1
Report from the Seattle-Northwest chapter notes their membership has grown to 61 persons 1978 1 1
Report from the Phoenix chapter notes they are as of now a chartered chapter as a result of the efforts of founder Josie Griffith 1978 1 1
Bill Judd's message on the cover states the Phoenix group is Chapter Number FOUR! 1978 1 1
Report on dinner marking 10th anniversary of AOS 1977 4 1
FIRST APPRAISAL FORM published!!!! Also note of explanation 1977 4 1
Single Page only 1977 3 1
Discussion about Cutting Brazilian Opal -Clarence Rudd 1977 3 1
Report on subject of selecting rough...good one! (reprinted in the April 1995 Opal Express) 1976 5 1
Comments on presentation about Spencer Idaho opal. How to dig and work it. 1976 4 1
Nothing much here 1975 11 1
Reference to Magdalena Mexico opal and AOS field trip there. 1975 7 1
Mention of next meeting presentation being a talk about gem identification and valuation by GIA staff member. 1975 7 1
MAP of opal mines in North America 1975 7 1
Mention of synthetics gaining popularity, also copy of article in OC Register about Gilson synthetic coming onto the market. 1975 7 1
Spencer opal below, again somewhat vague but might be usable in it's own right especially in conjunction with an article on the Spencer mine 1975 4 1
Opal Superstitions, and How they are Generated -Vic Mayo (NOTE: this may be Vic Mayo's final piece of writing as editor of The Opal Express) 1975 2 2
item regarding itinerary of a field trip to Mexico 1975 2 6
Vic Mayo says thank you and goodbye as editor 1975 2 7
May be incomplete, Pages loose - any missing (?) on a loose Page that MAY be from another month is the following good article (type face looks like this is a Vic Mayo Page) 1975 2 1
Discussion of WOODDELL Scale of Relative Hardness leading into nice article about how to protect opals in jewelry 1975 2 1
General discussion of Bill Judd's very successful steam casting methods. Reference to working with Lyle Backus on a set of slides depicting his approach (where might these slides be now?). 1974 12 1
Mention of organizing national chapters not being within the budget of the society due to travel costs for Charter Chapter reps to go around the country helping with the startups. 1974 12 1
Reference to the Gryphon Diamond Micro wire saw asking of anyone has experience using it. 1974 12 1
Good stuff on the issue of opal's hardness/softness * 1974 11 1
Discussion of polishing a scratched opal while still in the setting. Then discussion of the Mohs hardness scale and opal's place on it. THEN discussion of the Woodell hardness scale (diamond 42.4, corundum 1974 11 1
still 9.0) which clearly illustrates the logarithmic nature of these scales. 1974 11 1
Discussion of the Opal Show and seminar successes. Not of much interest except that it's another well written article by Vic Mayo. 1974 11 1
appraisal session comments.  (NOTE!!! This is different from the one in the December 1974 Opal Express and the seminar materials from 1972 Show) 1974 6 1
Another appraisal session description with good comments on why and wherefore, plus mention of viewing rough 1974 6 1
Good discussion of Mexican opal 1974 6 1
Discussion of Marvin Wilson's carving skills, with a little about technique. Well written. 1974 4 1
John Sinkankas' letter to AOS requesting comments on US opal sites as background for the second volume of his book Gemstones of North America. 1974 4 1
Note that a program Member & His Opal involved someone discussing what they're doing and showing what they have 1974 4 1
Considerable discussion of lost wax casting presentation including prices and designs of both commercially available and homemade systems. 1974 3 1
Show recap...mention of visitors from all around the world, thanks to the workers etc. 1973 11 1
9/5/94 Note...an aside, the newsletter is NOT called The Opal Express yet... 1973 11 1
Mention of last month's talk by Elmer Reed about sales strategies for the Opal Show. Less busy settings, 6x8 and 8x10 most popular cabs, and price range of $35 to $75 sells most. 1973 9 1
Remainder concerns upcoming show details 1973 9 1
Mention of John Hall's trip to dig Spencer ID opal (rhyolite matrix). 1973 8 1
Next meeting to discuss appraisal of finished stones. 1973 8 1
Mention of encountering opal for sale at a swap meet...opal from the Nowak Mine...one stone 2.3 carats was $300! 1973 8 1
Mention of putting AOS business cards on counters at various rock and lapidary shops 1973 8 1
Something about selling Opal Show tickets at .25 each or 5 for $1 1973 8 1
Mention of the Laguna Art Festival with it's jewelry displays. Also same at the Sawdust Festival. 1973 8 1
Reference to The Mineralogical Record Nov/Dec 1971 1973 7 1
Issue containing technical and comprehensive discussion of opal structure and play of color. 1973 7 1
Mention that subject of next meeting will include concurrent demonstration of cabbing with diamond equipment, doublet/triplet making, and dopping techniques. 1973 7 1
note about request from around the country for copies of AOS presentations Cutting and polishing Opal and Dopping Opal. 1973 7 1
Good item on making casting flasks * 1973 6 1
Presentation of a member (John Ruskis) about trip to Coober Pedy complete with a 45 minute film. Of particular note was news that Australia was establishing a control of opal exports with the intent to prohibit all rough from leaving the country. 1973 6 1
Great quote from Vic Mayo (editor) about Don Hudson's talk and obituary where everyone died in alphabetical order. 1973 6 1
Note on price of gold, market was $113, Handy  & Harmon 14K casting gold was $363!!! 1973 6 1
Description of using auto exhaust pipe to make casting flasks. 1973 6 1
First issue by Vick Mayo with graphics 1973 5 1
discussion of opal treatment techniques from the general meeting, emphasis is on treating the matrix surrounding opal to enhance the background for the play of color  1973 5 1
Mention that John Ruskis will be speaker at next meeting 1973 5 1
Long discussion of the opal show and how it is organized 1973 5 1
Mention of Bill Judd's offer of his workshop for member use and learning techniques 1973 4 1
Discussion of Clarence Rudd's talk at the general meeting discussing classification... 1973 4 1
Reference to a number of books on fire pattern, base color etc. 1973 4 1
Mention of next month's presentation of methods to treat opal as a round table discussion of everyone's experiences 1973 4 1
Reprint of an article on the price of gold and an extensive discussion of how it is fixed in London 1973 4 1
Discussion of carving techniques by Carvin Marvin Wilson 1973 4 1
Report of Mark Stetler's talk about his Spencer Opal Mine 1973 3 1
Mention and bio. of next meeting speaker to be Clarence Rudd on the subject of Classification and Identification of Opal 1973 3 1
Mention of Elmer Reed speaking to the Leasure World Rock and Mineral Club on the subject of What Would You Like To Know About Opal. 1973 3 1
Reprint of article from California Mining Journal about an opal rush in the town of Angledool, Australia 1973 3 1
Gold price rises 1973 3 1
Mention of another book... on diamonds 1973 3 1
Mention that the first showing of the Elmer Reed/Ross Stambler slide show presentations (Dopping of Opal) & (Basic Handling of Opal) drew a large crowd of 48 members and 12 guests. 1973 2 1
Mention of Don Hudson scheduling Mark Stetler of Spencer opal mines to be guest speaker. 1973 2 1
Comments about a more preliminary slide show to precede the two about dopping and handling...something that will introduce opal generally showing rough and finished stones, jewelry etc. 1973 2 1
Mention of several books on gems and jewelry with fine art work and photos 1973 2 1
Comment on the value of rough opal appraisal sessions 1973 1 1
Mention of the slide presentation created by Elmer Reed and Ross Stambler on preparation and cutting of opal being shown for the first time. 1973 1 1
Reprint of an article by one J.C. Humphries regarding the bad Luck myth of opal 1973 1 1
Mention of opal being treated to enhance it's color with reprint of article on treating opal with muriatic acid from Gems & Minerals magazine circa 1965. 1973 1 1
Reference to an opal talk column in Rock & Gem Mag 1973 1 1
Notes greeting new members 1973 1 1
Mention of February 1973 issue of Rock & Gem scheduled to have a special section on Opal… 1973 1 1
How to buy it, Tips from experts, Australian report, How to work it, Shop techniques, and Special projects 1973 1 1
Mention of treatments of opal including a smoke treatment used on Mexican opal. 1972 12 1
Welcome note to guests who came to meeting after attending the opal show 1972 12 1
Note that December meeting will be a workshop on evaluating rough 1972 12 1
Reference to Marv Wilson being Technical Editor with respect to having a column for the opal society in Rock & Gems magazine 1972 12 1
Mention of market price of 14k casting gold at $50 to $53 per ounce  being high [my how times have changed!] 1972 12 1
Are you one of those who casts their own rings?... through text approximately $8.00 cheaper) 1972 12 1
Discussion of addresses for buying casting gold in general; (Note, the above predates abandonment of the govt gold standard in '76 or thereabouts) 1972 12 1
Note on using automotive exhaust pipes (which are stainless steel) for casting flasks 1972 12 1
Price list of red velvet lined gift boxes 1972 12 1
Elmer Reed on subject of smoke treated black Mexican opal. 1972 12 1
Discussion of October meeting...misc ramblings 1972 11 1
Mention of one Brain Lingham possible speaker for next meeting on subject of opal mining in Australia. 1972 11 1
list of winners of prizes at opal show 1972 11 1
Kudos to show workers (editor Vick Mayo) 1972 11 1
Discussion of July meeting appraisal session (reprinted excerpts in Sept 1994 newsletter). Includes valuation comments and note about appeal factor being a multiplier. 1972 8 1
Letter from Bill Whittle about appraising opal jewelry at the August meeting. 1972 8 1
Letter from Phil Bass about purpose of opal show is for members to exhibit their collections 1972 8 1
Comment that a rumor is about of an eastern firm producing artificial opal 1972 8 1
Description of the Laguna Festival of the Arts, in particular the opal jewelry on display. Also mentions the sawdust festival. (Vick Mayo editor) 1972 8 1
Mention that June meeting was Don Hudson's presentation on how light becomes play of color (note this isn't the issue with the Where the Color Comes From article) 1972 7 1
Mention that July and August meetings will be appraisal sessions. 1972 7 1
July on finished stones, August on opal jewelry. 1972 7 1
5th annual show to be Oct 14-15, 1972 1972 7 1
Mention that the society makes the display cases to be used at the opal show 1972 7 1
Report from show prize committee (decision to abandon collecting blue chip stamp books from members) 1972 7 1
Invitation to associate members to try and make it to the general meeting if they're in town on vacation, business etc 1972 7 1
Listing of current board of directors 1972 7 1
Mention that copies of the club by-laws are always at the meetings for members to review, and that anyone wishing a copy may request it be mailed to their address 1972 7 1
Mention of viewing the book Australian Precious Opal by Dr. Kalokerinos with an Optivisor. Made the opal pictures appear 3-D. 1972 7 1
Copy of appraisal form (3-25-71 revision) (editor Vick Mayo) 1972 7 1
Mention of the Society having a sales booth at the annual opal show. 1972 4 1
Note (with no details) that the last presentation related to the subject of determining/estimating how many cut carats a rough parcel might yield. 1972 4 1
Mention that next month's presentation will be on the history of opal from oldest Hungarian to newest Brazilian 1972 4 1
(editor Tom Alexander) 1972 4 1
Carving explanation not bad although very vague when taken alone 1972 4 1

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