Browsing Archive: August, 2017

FACETING THE NAMIBIAN RARITIES

Posted by Site Moderator Webmaster on Thursday, August 24, 2017, In : Faceting 

Duncan Miller

During the 1974/75 university holidays I was fortunate to work for Sid Pieters in Windhoek for several months. It was a wonderful experience, including seeing some of the most famous mineral specimens then coming out of Tsumeb, but also to encounter some very special gem materials. Through Sid Pieters’s generosity I returned home to Cape Town with a few small fragments of jeremejevite from the original Namibian occurrence at Cape Cross and some pieces of cuprite from Onganja t...


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Curling Stones

Posted by Site Moderator Webmaster on Thursday, August 24, 2017,

Lesley Andrews gave a most interesting talk on Scottish curling stones. I thought curling was a Scottish winter game played by village yokels. I was wrong! It has had Winter Olympic status since 1998. The game consists of two teams of four players each, with eight stones between them, and the idea is to slide the stone, which turns, hence the name curling, towards a target called a button. Rather like a game of bowls on ice. The origin of the game goes back into obscurity, but the oldest know...


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