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Sinkankas Symposium 2016 - Roger Merk tribute - Live Report

Last Updated: 9th Apr 2016

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

This is a LIVE report, keep this page loaded for live updates - new images will appear as they are added.

Today I'm in San Diego st a special Symposium to honour the life of Roger Merk, who was involved in the organization of the Sinkankas symposium for many years.

Reprint of article from The Pegmatite, bulletin of the San Diego Mineral & Gem Society

The first symposium in 2003 was about Quartz.

Robert Weldon & Bill Larson

Myricke - Quartz with cinnabar inclusions. Sinkankas hated names such as 'myrickite' where someone names a lapidary material after themselves.

Robert Weldon starts his presentation with a photo of Roger Merk

Myrickite sample handed around!

Quartz from Bill Larson collection

Intro to the Anahi mine, source of Bolivian ametrine.

Working ametrine in Santa Cruz

Purchasing Quartz and other gemstones in Ouro Preto, Brazil

Smoky Quartz hippo

Carving about 3 inches long

Quartz with gilalite, or if I'd left the autocorrect as it wanted "Quartz with hilarity"

Presentation about 3D design and printing for jewelry

Dale Blankenship presenting about his carvings, petrified wood with Quartz

His first jade carving - catfish!

Nephrite jade from BC Canada used as his kitchen island counter top.

His second carving in nephrite jade.

Scale of nephrite from actinolite to tremolite depending on iron content

Sleepy boy in Wyoming jade

1934 Ford tow truck in Alaskan jade about 12" long (whole carving)

Bob Kozak talking about his times with Roger Merk looking at Wyoming jade. But the main subject of Bob's talk is agate.

Agates under the table

Agate as a theme in mineral shows recently

Thomas P Shearer showing his photo of one of Bob's agates to Alberto Rey

Iris agate

Another iris agate!

Fortification agate

Tray of agates passed round!

Tube agate with euhedral Quartz

Bill Larson talking about amethyst and other forms of Quartz.

Cut amethyst

750ct rose quartz star

Dreyer carving ametrine

Smoky Quartz mouse 18ct gold tail

Jasper carving

Sumerian agate axe head 2000bc approx

Meg Berry talking about carving Quartz

Meg's cutting equipment. Her main cutter on the left has been in use since 1976

The rough



Polishing steps

Carving a $40 gem silica


Another gem silica

In progress

Some finished pieces

Tourmaline necklace

The carving in gem silica so far. Ignore the commentary about cheesecake :) wait I'll be back soon.

Some of the displays

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Hi Jolyon
Lovely pics and report
Great Iris agate pics
Will you be putting up the reprinted Jade report in Mindat articles or books? Would be nice.


Keith Compton
10th Apr 2016 12:25am

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