August -Scott Steward – My presentation will be a discussion of the most common causes of coloration in gems. It will cover the five most common causes: self coloration, impurities, physical structure, color centers, and electron charge transfer.
September 3rd Tuesday – Joe Jelks the Gem Stone guy returns.
October 3rd Tuesday – Cyd Rowley – I have a very large collection of vintage, antique and ethnic pieces of jewelry / adornment from Africa, Europe, China, and elsewhere that I have amassed over the last 25 years during my travels abroad and on ebay. For example I have a collection of Kingfisher feather pieces from China which I bought in London that were used in headdresses etc prior to the Maoist regime. Also I have a pair of Moroccan fibulae from turn of the last century which I didn’t buy in Morocco though I did go there. I have Danish pieces from the 1930s-40s. I have a collection of victorian Chatelaine pieces etc etc. I think they would be interesting to our members from an historical, technical, and cultural standpoint. They are often very inspiring to me as I design pieces. Also, many of my pieces contain a personal story – such as the necklace my sister made when we were kids which she gave me after she died as well as my personal journey with jewelry which started when I was very young.
November – Open
December – Annual WGG Holiday challenge & get together.