22 episodes

Welcome to the Previously Rockhounding Podcast where we explore the world of rockhounding and lapidary from the ye olden days of the 1970s and 1980s through the lens of vintage issues of Rock & Gem magazine.

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Welcome to the Previously Rockhounding Podcast where we explore the world of rockhounding and lapidary from the ye olden days of the 1970s and 1980s through the lens of vintage issues of Rock & Gem magazine.

    Episode 21: May 1980

    Episode 21: May 1980

    We're back with May 1980 and Rock & Gem is once again trying to convince us that minerals are a good investment and also teaching us how to use up every last bit of silver to make jewelry. We probably won't be using those ideas any time soon, but we did get some good, kinky tips from the Frantic Fumbler.



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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Episode 20: April 1980

    Episode 20: April 1980

    The 1980s are here and money is on everyone's mind, or at least on the minds of Rock & Gem contributors. We read about sky-high silver prices and how to protect your dollars by investing in diamonds. The Frantic Fumbler gives us his reasons for why so few young people are getting into the hobby and we go back to a time when buying direct from a manufacturer was a new, innovative idea.

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Episode 19: The Mineralogical Record Vol. 5 #4

    Episode 19: The Mineralogical Record Vol. 5 #4

    To finish out the 1970s we take a break from Rock & Gem and read an issue of The Mineralogical Record to get a little more perspective on what the hobby was like during the decade. Although both magazines share a related subject, they could hardly be more different.



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    • 46 min
    Episode 18: December 1979

    Episode 18: December 1979

    We've made it to the end of a decade with a lapidary Christmas 1979. The 70s don't exactly go out on a bang, but current trends are thoroughly represented in this issue with another article about using diamonds for lapidary applications, an ad for a belt and disc cleaner and a field trip article in which petrified wood is found via dowsing rods. We do read about some interesting ideas for projects that we would consider making! That's right, a good project idea from Rock and Gem! It was bound to happen eventually, it only took 18 issues.

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 17: October 1979

    Episode 17: October 1979

    October 1979 promises articles on some very intriguing topics such as "Government and the Rockhound: Closing off the Backcountry" and "Are Fire Agates Really Opal?". Will the articles live up to the promise of their titles? We also read about rock-related projects we probably won't be attempting any time soon like "Rock Flower Pictures" and "Gem-set Driftwood". As always, this issue contains plenty of interesting ads and even an article with genuinely good advice.

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 16: September 1979

    Episode 16: September 1979

    In this issue some of the articles fall short of what's promised by their titles but we fill in the gaps with helpful information, such as the best ways to preserve your finds on their way from the field to home, and our experience with polishing soapstone. We also learn a great new word for lapidary enthusiasts thanks to the Frantic Fumbler, who also wrote a great article spotlighting the lapidary world's transition to using diamonds. We're getting close to the end of the 1970s and some of the articles seem to be foreshadowing trends that we'll be seeing in the next decade.  

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    • 59 min

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I have one of those Highland Park units that was bought with the cabinet underneath. I paid $400 for it and it was in nearly new condition. Had to change the bearings due to the age of the grease caused it to go bad. It sold new in 1968/69 for $395 for I was a pretty sweet deal I got.

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