Chicago Rocks & Minerals Society, Chicago, IL
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society
Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society

We Are Getting Ready For Our
65th Annual Silent Auction

Join us on Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 6PM to 9 PM
for an evening of fun, food and great deals.
Click here for the latest information on our 65th annual auction.

Club members are to start filling out their forms
for the auction and bring them to our next meeting.


Photos by: Rod Piechowski


Specimen of the Month
— Ocean Jasper —

Specimen of the Month

This jasper is found along the Northwest Coast of Madagascar near Marovato.

Specimen of the Month

This jasper can include a wide color range. More information on this month's specimens can be found in the February issue of our newsletter The Pick and Dop Stick.



Join us at our meeting April 12, 2014 to hear
Wayne Dawson's adventures at Quartzsite

Our current president, Wayne Dawson, will be speaking about his trip to Quartzsite. Every year in January the great rockhound migration takes place in Quartzsite, when there are eight major gem and mineral shows in January and February. Quartzsite's population swells to nearly a million people as rockhounds, jewelers and vendors come, mostly in RVs, to search out good buys. Find out more about Quartzsite, the ins and outs and see the unique specimens Wayne dug up at this year's event at this meeting.


heterodontosaurus keillor digital sculpture

We would like to thank paleoartist and fossil preparator Tyler Keillor for showing us his sculptures and the digital imaging techniques he uses to create his paleosculptures. In 2012, his reconstruction of a Heterodontosaurus(left picture) won the Lanzendorf Paleoart Prize, presented by the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. It was quite a treat to see how these amazing works come to be. Talk about a dream job!

Check out our Calendar of Events for more great rockhound events!

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I would like to give a special
"thanks" to Rod Piechowski
for his help photographing
many of the images in this site.

Our Purpose

The objectives of the Chicago Rocks & Minerals Society are to study, disseminate, and promote interest in the earth sciences - emphasizing the various aspects of geology, paleontology, paleobotany, mineralogy and the lapidary arts, as well as to collect minerals, fossil specimens, and cutting material. Plus, we tend to socialize alot, entertain ourselves with fabulous speakers and eat great snacks!

Meetings are at 7:30 p.m. on the second Saturday
of the month (except July and August) at:

St. Peter's United Church of Christ
8013 Laramie Ave.
Skokie, IL 60077
(At Laramie and Oakton - across from
the Skokie Public Library)

If you would like more information about our club,
please contact us at info@chicagorocks.org
or call Jeanine at 773-774-2054.

For more information about our Meetings
and their Location, please click here.

Chicago Rocks & Minerals Society is a not-for-profit organization.

Other News

This Month in The Pick and Dop Stick

  • I hope every member is seeing The Pick and Dop in its new digital format. The colors and quality of the photos are unbelievable! It is the same information and new layout as the paper version, just in color. Great job Rod!! Thanks for moving us forward digitally.
  • Read the article, "The Myth of Birthstones". Part one of a two part article on the myths behind each month's birthstone. This article covers the January through June.
  • In Bench Tips, find out how to modify pliers to improve productivity and quality.
  • In the Community Outreach column, find out how you can help others in the community. Help send children with burn injuries to Burn Camp and find out about recycling your old eyeglasses to improve the eyesight of someone less fortunate.
  • Missed the last meeting? Catch up on what went on by reading the meeting's minutes and the notes from the meeting.
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