These are the topics for the talks at the fall Wildacres retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
EFMLS (Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies)
24th through the 30th of August 2015
Speaker-in-residence: Denise Nelson, G.G. (Gemological institute of America), NAJA (National Association of Jewelry Appraisers),
Member Gemmological Association of Great Britain
Gemstone Enhancements: Ever-changing Technology and Discoveries
Diamonds from the “Forbidden Zone” (Namibia & South Africa mines): Plus additional insights into the future of Diamonds
Precious Heirlooms, a Message from the Past: The jewelry version of genealogical sleuthing.
The Mines and Gems of Minas Gerais: Brazilian Treasures
Tucson 2015: New and exciting rocks, surprising prices and how lots of money has transformed mineral collecting
World’s best Stone and Gem Carvings: History of Materials, Art, Tools and People
A hands-on pearl identification work shop one evening.
Here are the classes which are offered during the fall session:
Gem Identification–Jay Bowman
Gem Trees—Basic–Suzie Milligan
Gem Trees—Advanced–Suzie Milligan
Polymer Clay–Barbara McGuire
Wildacres “Wild”–Virginia Meador
Roadside Geology–Virginia Meador
Soapstone Carving–Sandy Cline