Rock & Gem Programs

 

CD2  AGATE UBER ALLES - AGATE OVER ALL.  Some consider agates common and unimportant.  Look closer to see wonderful, beautiful and interesting varieties.

CD3  THOSE FABULOUS THUNDEREGGS, PART 1.  Numerous examples from worldwide locations are included, with info about how and where they form, their unique structure, and sometimes colorful materials that fill them, how to cut them, etc.

CD5  THOSE FABULOUS THUNDEREGGS, PART 2.  Typical and unusual "eggs" from open and old, closed locations in Oregon - and one Washinton site for good measure.  The geology, how to cut "eggs" and some history is also included.

CD6  SEDIMENTARY & VEIN AGATES   Can you recognize agates that developed in sedimentary environments?  What is the general geology and specific characteristics of different varieties?  Examples from locations in the US and around the world.

CD7  THOSE FABULOUS THUNDEREGGS, PART 3

CD8  GERMAN AGATES  40 minutes by Doug Moore (2006)   Starting at the 2005 Munich Mineral Show, we’re introduced to the long history of agate mining, noted collecting sites and wide variety of agates found across Germany - many we never see here in USA.  Also CD Power Point & DVD 

DVD-5. GERMAN AGATES   40 minutes by Doug Moore (2006)   Starting at the 2005 Munich Mineral Show, we’re introduced to the long history of agate mining, noted collecting sites and wide variety of agates found across Germany - many we never see here in USA.  Also CD Power Point & DVD 

DVD6.  THOSE FABULOUS THUNDEREGGS, PART III  - A Gallery Of Rare And Unusual Specimens (2006)  -- 30 minutes  by Doug Moore and Lee Kabat   A recap of information in Parts I & II - with all new specimens -- many from locations that are no longer open and others that are rarely seen types.  They are extraordinary! also available as PowerPoint on CD and VHS

DVD9 “Kentucky Agate Hunting”  -- 30-minutes prod. By Roland McIntosh (gift from AFMS)  Using a segment from Kentucky Life as a springboard, the author shows examples of this colorful gemstone; how it’s collected and how he cuts and polishes them 

DVD11  “Umoona”   -  26 minutes  The history of Australian opan hunting and an aboriginal folk tale of how opal was created.

DVD12  AGATES CLOSE UP - 40 min.  Specimens from around the world exhibit common and unusual structures in agates.  Macro views reveal how the various patterns formed and differences between sedimentary and igneous varieties.

DVD22-26,  WORLD OF AGATES – 32-120 minutes Illustrated lectures from 2009 Agate Symposium at Univ Wisconsin, Mensha   Disc 22 contains illustrated talks on Mexican Agates, German Agates, Bandad agates, agate Formation and recent agate finds    DVD23 “Lakers”, US Thundereggs, Thunder egg host rock, mining Agates & jasper   DVD24 Austrailia agate hunt, more about “Lakers”, Robert Proctor’s Keynote speech   DVD25 Sweetwater Agates, Mexican Coconuts, Agates Close-up, Fairbourne Agates   DVD26 Ribbon cutting, tribute to June Culp Zeitner, Agate exhibits from Around the world.

DVD29  VIRGIN VALLEY OPALS - 4 min  Junior rockhound's presentation of a family collecting trip.  Brief but informative for adults who have never been there.

DVD44  EXTREME IRIS  Stunning examples of rainbow colors in agates with specific structure.  Some technical info but not too technical.

DVD50  OPAL FEVER  Every aspect of Cober Pedy opals and mining them.  Several segments - can be shown separately.

DVD56  RED-GOLD AND POLISHED AGATES:  UPPER MICHIGAN'S HIDDEN TREASURES - 32 min.  A "new find" small rare agates with copper inclusions.  A bit of geology and mineralogy with hints that more treasures can be found in UP agates.

DVD60  KEOKUK GEODES  Geodes are found in a wide area around the Southeast corner of Iowa.  Many minerals are found hidden in them.

VHS8.  SMITHSONIAN GEMS & MINERALS  -- 45 minutes by Smithsonian Institution   (1989)  Rated: Very Good to Excellent   The lore / legends of famous gems including the Hope Diamond; behind the scenes at the Smithsonian Collection of Gems; an overview of the Mineral Collection, & a trip to Antarctica to recover / study meteorites. 

VHS10.  GEMSTONES OF AMERICA  --  60 minutes produced by Smithsonian and others (‘91) Rated: VGood to Excellent    See natural crystals mined at seven premier locations across USA and transformation into gemstones.  Also a visit with John White, then Curator of the Smithsonian Mineral Collection.  

VHS15.  THE MANITOU OF LAKE SUPEPIOR -- 20 minutes by Brian Schulze (1989)   Rated: Good to Very Good   See how one of the largest natural pieces of native copper was raised from Lake Superior.  There is evidence that ancient miners worked to remove bits of copper from it thousands of years ago.

VHS32.  FROM ORE TO FINISHED PRDDUCT (copper) -  50 minutes    Calumet & Heckla archive film   Rated: Good to Very Good   A 1940’s “company” movie shows historic copper mining, then modern smelting and production of copper tubing in Michigan’s U.P.

VHS44.  SPLENDID STONES  --   57 minutes produced by National Geographic    Rated: Long but Excellent   Discover the origins of precious gems – rubies, emeralds, freshwater pearls, diamonds - which have captivated men and women through the ages.  Includes mining, processing and marketing of gem materials.

VHS46.  THE GEM STATE (Idaho) -- 30 minutes from “Outdoor Idaho” series    Rated: Excellent   Jasper, opal and star garnet, agate and petrified wood are some of the gem materials found in Idaho.  Field collecting, lapidary treatments, fluorescence and crystals as healing agents also mentioned.

VHS51.  RUSSIAN GEM TREASURES  --  45 minutes by Bob Jones and Michael Leybov   Rated: VGood to Excellent   Gem treasures, old and new - Russian palace interiors, Faberge creations and precious stones in Russian Museums.  Also modern lapidary and jewelry, crystal specimens, “hard stone” sculptures, etc.

VHS52.  DIAMONDS  --   52 minutes  Discovery Channel   Rated:  Somewhat long but Excellent   How diamonds are formed, mined and transformed into sparkling gems with lore and history of note­worthy gems including the Hope diamond.  Also see workshops where these crystals are evaluated and marketed.

VHS53.  GOLD  --   52 minutes Discovery Channel    Rated:  Somewhat long but Excellent   Visit ancient and modern mining sites, see the ore processed, refined and used in even more ways today, than in the past.  It’s noted that civilizations and history has been shaped by men's passion for gold. 

VHS54.  PEARLS & AMBER  --  52 minutes Discovery Channel   Rated: Somewhat long but VGood to Excellent   Though of organic origin, pearls and amber are “gem” materials.  How they formed in nature and how they are and were recovered in the old and new worlds is included with other historical info and lore.

VHS56.  BEAUTIFUL OPALS – The Queen of Gems-  30 minutes by Paul B. Downing (Majestic Opal)  Rated: Exceptional to VGood   Travel to Australia to see how opals formed, are mined, cut and polished.  Sites include Queensland, New South Wales, Coober Pedy, Andamooka, Mintabie, Lightening Ridge, etc.  Also some legends and lore.  

VHS63.  THE STEWART TOURMALINE STORY    --  57 minutes by Millennium Inc.   Rated: Long but Very Good to Excellent   See the mine noted for it’s blue capped pink rubellite specimens; how tourmalines are formed, discovered and extracted - then processing of rough gems into finished jewels.

VHS64.  THE COLORFUL WORLD OF GEMSTONES   -  46 minutes by Gemological Inst. of America    Rated: Excellent to Very Good   Precious and semi-precious gemstones from A to Z (agate to zoizite) are shown - close up - with a wealth of information and lore about   each - how names are derived, where they are found and more.

VHS89.  Intrusive Igneous Rocks Unveils the rock forming processes of magmas that do not reach Earth’s surface but solidify underground.

VHS92.  Sedimentary Rocks: The Key to Past Environments  Sedimentary rocks hold clues – not only to past life but also to environmental conditions of the past.

VHS93  Metamorphic Rocks Causes of metamorphism and the kinds of rocks produced as a result.

VHS118.  METEORITES:  WITENSS FROM BEYOND THE TIMES - 45 min.  Delves into scientific facts, legends and myths gathered about "messengers from outer space."

VHS123.  THOSE FABULOUS THUNDEREGGS, PART 1  Numerous examples from worldwide locations are included, with info about how and where they form, their unique structure, the sometimes colorful materials that fill them, how to cut them, etc.

VHS133  AGATES CLOSEUP  40 Minutes by Doug Moore   2007 AFMS Winner   Agates from around the world are examined  to show common and Unusual formations within their structure.