November Waldo Library Display

Show-Me Rockhounds – show-off some of their activities and display specimens of rocks and minerals.  Credit for the display and arrangement goes to Steve.  He put together two very nice posters showing some club activities including wire wrapping, field trips and related photos of interest.  One poster asks it you might be a rockhound.  All specimens are from Steve’s and other members collections.  What a great variety!  Something for everyone.   Photos by Connie Snow



Wire Wraping Class

First timers get a lesson on how to wire wrap a cabochon or other polished stone.   Club member Linda Nemechek has been making wire wrapped jewlery for some time.  She graciously offered to have a class for club members interested in learning the craft.  We may have another class in the future.  All participants had a great time.  Here are some photos of the event.


Club members show their finished wire wrapped pieces.   Photos by Dan Snow


Calendar of Events

May 10-12 Columbia, Missouri:  Rock, gem, mineral and fossil show by the Central Missouri Rock and Lapidary Club.  Friday noon-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. -4 p.m.  Knights of Columbus Hall, 2525 N Stadium Boulevard (Route E).  For more information check the club’s website, cmrlc.org.

May 17-19, Joplin, Missouri:  Show by the Tri-State gem & Mineral Society.  Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. -5 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Joplin Museum, 504 Schifferdecker.  For more information contact Chris Wiseman, jmccwiseman@sbcglobal.net.

May 18, Kansas City, Missouri:  Monthly meeting of the Show-Me Rockhounds at 11 a.m. Waldo branch of the K.C. Public Library, 201 E. 75th Street.

June 1, Monroe City, Missouri:  Show by the Gem City Rock Club.  Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Boudreaux Visitor Center, Mark Twain Lake.  For more information, contact Brad Fanning, bfanning58@yahoo.com.

June 1-2, Springfield, Missouri:  Show by the Ozark Mountain Gem & Mineral Society, Saturday 10 a.m. -5p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Institute of Natural Science, 2327 W. Farm Road 190.  For more information, contact Larry Lillich, omgms.57@gmail.com.

June 14-16 Park Hills, Missouri:  Mineral Area Gem and Mineral Society show.  Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Missouri Mines State Historic Site, 4000 State Highway 32.  For more information contact Boneta Hensley, mojellybean63@yahoo.com.

June 28-30, Eldon, Missouri:  Osage Rock & Mineral Club  show.  Friday 2-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Community Center, 309 E. 2nd Street.  For more information contact Steve Rudloff, srudloff@fastmail.com.


Lesedi La Rona Diamond Sells

hand holding largest uncut diamond from Lucara

Photo by Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Sotheby’s

In the fall of 2015, a 1,109 carat white diamond was found in the Lucara mine in South Africa. The diamond is called the Lesedi La Rona, which means “Our Light” in Setswana. They tried to sell it at a Sotheby’s auction last year (July 2016), and we even wrote about it on Show Me Rockhounds, but no bidder met the reserve. Now, it has finally sold.

On September 26, 2017, Graff Diamonds announced that they bought the Lesedi La Rona for $53 million in a private sale. The CEO of Lucara says $53 million is higher than the highest bid they got at the auction last year, but he wishes he could have got a higher price. (Don’t we all!)

What will they do with it? Lawrence Graff, the founder of Graff Diamonds, says, “The stone will tell us its story, it will dictate how it wants to be cut, and we will take the utmost care to respect its exceptional properties. … I am privileged to be given the opportunity to honor the magnificent natural beauty of the Lesedi La Rona.”