Thursday, December 3, 2015

Christmas Party

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The Christmas party is set for Thursday December 17,  6:00PM at the Bethany United Church of Christ,  2341 West Stephenson Street,  Freeport IL.
We will have a potluck supper starting at 6:oo with Ham being the main entrĂ©e provided by the club with the club also providing the plates, silverware and glasses. So all you need to bring is a dish to pass and a wrapped gift.  
The gift exchange being if you bring a gift you get a gift  with the gift being something rock or rock related.

So wear your favorite Christmas  or rock attire and come ready for some good food, good company and good times. Hope to see everyone on Thursday evening.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Lapidary Auction

Nov. 21 & 22, 2015 (Doors open at 8 am. Auction starts both days at 10 am)
Walnut Creek Auction Headquarters 334 2nd Avenue West, Milan, IL 61264
We’re proud to bring one of the largest single estate lapidary auctions this country has seen to the auction block. More than three tons of million-year old stones, international origins & extraordinarily rare pieces as well as a large selection of stones, fossils, mineralspetrifieds and many pieces of stone working equipment. Also a very large lineup of jewelry making pieces & books. We expect a very large multi-state attendance.Call or e-mail auction company by Nov. 13 for motel discounts, inc. casinos.

Day 1 will feature 3 tons of rocks, minerals, stones. Day 2 will feature 1,000s of jewelry materials & supplies, lapidary working tools, displays, etc. and fossils/petrifieds. Do NOT miss the million-year old fossils.  
(P= packaged) Parentheses shows state or country origin. Listings are in alpha order under subheads. There are generally far more than one of each listing.

SPECIAL: 1979 Victoria Stone (man-made in Japan). Caprock imported rough boules & sliced it in U.S. No longer made or available except here.  Came in 15 colors. 
AGATES: African Swaziland, AguilaBanded, Bedortha (OR), Beach (OR), Blue Lace (Africa), Brazilian (P),Brazilian naked, Carnelian (Rio de Plata, OR) (P), Clay Canyon (UT), Clear (AZ), Cold Water, Coral (P), Crazy Lace (Mexico), Fire (AZ), Green Moss (OR), India Moss, Keegan Tube, Montana, Moss (Mexico), Lace, Laguna purple nodule (Mexico), Lake Superior jumbos polished, Lead & zinc pyrite, lots of very large agates, Luna, Mexican crazy lace, Montana, nodules (Brazil), Peanut, Petrified agates, Pink Plume (OR), Plume, polished agate sticks, sliced agate, Sow Belly, Sweetwater (WY), TerritellaWhite (SD & Mexico)Wyoming, agates marked for 10 x 12 & 30 x 40 cabochones
ROCKS, STONES, MINERALS (Many samples of most) AB 18 x 13, 8 x 10 P, Amazonite (Brazil), Amethysts, Amethysts roughs, Apache tears in perlite matrix, Aragonite (Mexico), Aragonite & smithsoniteturkey fat (Mexico), Argentite (Peru), Asbestos raw (WI), Aurichalcite copper ore (AZ), Aquamarines, Aventurine blues & greens (P), Azurite blue (AZ), Barhite collection, Barhite “glass tiff” (MO), Barhite nodules (OK), Barhite red lake (OK), Barhite roses (OK), Boron, Cacoxenite in quartz w/ yellow crystals (Brazil), Calcite apache (Mexico), Calcite w/ millerite (IN), Calcite nail head (MO), Calcite orange (Canada), Calcite phantom type dog tooth (Mexico & MO), Calcite/pyrite (OK), Carnelian (Brazil), Chalcanthite & pyrite (AZ), Chalcedony, Chalcedony w/ fire agate (AZ), Chalicdony black (WY), Chrysocola green(AZ), Cinnibar (AR), Chrysocolia & terrorite (AZ), Chrysocolia & quartz (AZ), Chrysoprase (Australia), Chrysotite asbestos (CA), Conchos, Copper native & pure (MI & AZ), Copper-99.8% pure (Blue Bird Mine, AZ), Copper ore (MI), Copper ore chalcanthite & covelite w/ chrysocolia (AZ), Coral agatized (FL), Coral geode, Corundamin mica schist (MT), Crinoids (AR, IA), Datolite (MI), Diabase porphyry (MO), Dolomite, Domokite (MI), Extrusive rocks of volcanoes, Feldspar microlineFlourite (CO), Flourite w/ quartz & calcite (IL), Galena metal ore, Galena sphalerite silver & chaleopyrite (CO), Galena w/ silver & some sphalerite & pyrite (CO), Garnet topaz in rhyolite (CO), Geodes: dozens of split tops/bottoms (IL), Geodes: dozens of very large (Mexico), Glass slag (large yellow), Goldstone, blue & regular manmade by Italian monks, Granite rib vein, Gypsum-ground (N. Mexico), Gypsum orange pencil (MI), Hematite (MO), Hematite micaceous & specular (MI), Hemimorphite(Mexico), Hornstone nodules (AR), Howlite (CA), Hydrotalcite in yellow serpentine (Norway), Jade (WY, British Columbia), Jasper (MT), Jasper orbicular (CA), Jasper picture (OR), Jasper brecciated, Jasper leopard skin, Jasper palomino picture, Jasper rainforest, Jasper red (P) all of (OR), Kaolin (AR), Labradorite, Lead Cubes, Limestone w/ worm trails, Lodestone (UT), Low grade silver (OR), Malachite, Metal ore, Mica (NC), Molybdenite & pyrite (AZ), Montana Wood, Mozarlite (MO), Muzarkite (MO), Novacolite (AR), Novacoliteon black jade, Obsidians inc. banded, black, gold sheen, gray silver sheen, green, moonstone (P), rainbow, red (OR), snowflake obsidian(P), stripes (OR), Onyx cave, Onyx silver sheen (CA), Orange Wulfenite (Mexico), PeridotsPetosky stone, Picrolite (MI), Pyrite fool’s gold, Rhodenite (MT, Australia, NJ), Rhodochrostle(Argentina), Rosasite (Mexico), Rose & Queen Jewel Tones, Seashells, Selenite (OK), Selenite cluster (TX), Selenite fishtail, Septerian nodules, Serpintine (WY), Silver Flesh Schist (WY), Silver/Lead/Zinc pyrite ore (CO), Smithsonite (Mexico), Smithstone (NM), Sodalite (S. Africa), Sphalerite (Mexico), Sphalerite blackjack (OK), Staurolite (VA), Steel balls from ball mill @ Magna Copper Co. (AZ), Sulphur (Mexico), Thundereggs(OR), Tiger Eyes-blue, gold, gold mix (Africa), Tourmaline blacks & blues & in quartz (Mexico & Brazil), Turquoise & nuggets (AZ), Ulexite (CA), Unikite (NC), Quartz crystals w/ deposits, Quartz & garnet (Mexico), Quartz red mica, Quartz rock crystal (Brazil), Quartz rose, Quartz rutilated, Quartz secret quarry, Volcanic amagduleson basalt w/ zeolite (OR), WaveliteWillemite (NJ), Witherite (IL), Zircon crystals (Malawi), Wulfenite (Mexico), Zebra stone (WI), plus dozens of small rock specimens & beautifully polished rock multi-color mixes. 

PETRIFIED & FOSSILS Algae petrified-turritella & volite (WY), Ammonite (AR), coral, Balanus barnacle fossil (FL), Belemnoid (50 million years extinction), Brachiopods, Cave Onyx stalagtiteCephalopods (AR), Cephalopods (400 million years extinction), coral fossil agatized (FL), crinoids, Eden Valley petrified wood (WY), fern fossils (IL), fish fossils, fossils in matrix, leaf fossils (AR), Haystack jasper, horn coral (OK), IA & IL fossils, Marcasite snail (IL), micraster sea biscuit fossil, mold of cephalopod (IL), pelecypods & brachiopods (IA), polished petrified wood, petrified wood (LA, TX, OR), petrified palm wood (LA), petrified wood (Sahara Desert, TX, OR, WY, AZ), seashell fossils, shell & coral fossil, snail fossilsJEWELRY MATERIALSJewelry braiding, bead boards, lots of jewelry making books, dozens of cabochons, apprx. 2,500 NEW plastic display boxes, asst’d plastic craft beads, double lens watch eye loupe, old cigar boxes, 10-drawer storage box, glass alcohol lamps, bench pin & holder, liquid acidulant, metal jewelry mounts (apprx. 1,000s), OptiLoupe, small pen lights, crystaltube, gold jewelry polishing cloths, rawhide hammers, mini vises, multi-gold K testing kits, 9” tripod stands, plastic 18-compartment display cases full & labeled, point-of-sale pieces, gold-filled & sterling ring mounts, ring samplers & sizers (100s), rock display sets, steel jewelry stands (3rd hands) w/ tweezers, wood & glass mini-displays. POLISHED JEWELRY PIECES A few pcs. of finished jewelry, penchants, lobster clasps, ring mounts, bracelets, rings, pins, clip-ons, belt buckles, 1,000s of polished & tumbled finished jewelry stones of nearly every listing here. Apache tears, Brazilian agates, Citrine cullet select, Goldstone, Goldstone blue, Goldstone blue select, Hematite, Jade, Marchasite (MI), Sage (petrified-WY), Sapphire blue, Turquoise, wood barrel beads, dozens of cigar boxes full of polished stones. Many jewelry books.  LAPIDARY EQUIPMENT& SUPPLIES Anvils, bench file block & clamp, bench file blocks & pins, bench pin & holder, bobbing & buffing compound, buffer wheels & stones, Censpan drums, ceramic pellets, chisels, clamps, Craytex wheels, dual-head buffer/polisher, elec. 2-wheel polisher, floating tumble pellets, 8” sanding discs, Lorotone expandable drumLorotone rotary tumblers, Lusterlite gem polish, magnesiam block, magnifiers, Meteor 8” diamond cutting blades, Mini-Sonic electronic gem processor, Optivisors, Perfect ™ glass mortar & pestle, polishing pads – Muslin, polishing powders for non-ferrous metals, 50,000 poly bags, portable drafting table lights, pre polish, ring solder stand, rock measuring cups, rouge powder – red, rubber lapidary drum by Lortone, sanding bands, scale (300 lb.), shining compound, silver cleaner, Simichrome polish, Smith accessory torch tips, standard saw frames, swiss style mini-hammers, third hands w/ tweezers, tumbling barrels, two Time-All timers, soldering blocks, soldering pads, steel work bench w/ elec. Dayton motor, stone scoops, tongs – copper, tweezers by  Euro Tool, ultrasonic cleaning solution, Vibra-Dry multi-step, Viking elec. tumbler, wet saw, White Diamond pre-polish, wood clamps for jewelers bench plus lots of hand tools.

Walnut Creek Auction Company, LLC
“Quad Cities Premier Auction House”
Becky Aeschliman, PresidentDavid Aeschliman, Auctioneer
To receive personal e-mailed sales inventory, e-mail
Inventory and photos at 309/558-8087
Auctioneer’s note: All descriptions and items provided by seller and apologize in advance for any miscrepancies in descriptions. We, and the seller, believe we are 99.99% accurate in our descriptions. Also note, please, the above inventory does NOT include all items nor is it a reflection of the number of items we have under each description. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Club meeting November 19th

Rock Club Meeting this Thursday November 19, 2015  7:00 PM at Bethany United Church of Christ, 2341 West Stephenson, Freeport 
The Show went very well this with the near perfect weather and a better turn out than we have had in years. Once again Steve gave us a very good line up of Speakers. Few people realize that our show has had the best speakers of any show around for years.  We will have a show report at the meeting. We will need to plan for the Xmas party and have election of officers. We are still looking for someone to take the office of treasurer so please consider helping by volunteering for the position.
The program for the meeting will be Gem Tree Construction by Barb Kinison
Refreshments will be by Donna Reese (They will be good!)
Hope to see everyone Thursday night!
Brian and Cindy

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Jewelry, Gem, and Mineral Show and Sale

Northwest Illinois Rock Club

Jewelry, Gem, and Mineral show and sale
November 14 and 15, 2015
Highland Community College Student/Conference Center

Speakers Schedule: (All talks are in Rm H127)

10:30 AM:  The Geology of Yellowstone National Park: Sleeping Supervolcano?

                       Steve Ballou, Beloit College Geology technician and former ranger at Yellowstone N.P.

1:30 PM:   Burpee Museum Discoveries in Montana

                      Scott Williams, Director of Science and Exhibits, Burpee Museum of Natural History, Rockford, IL

3:30 PM:  Mining and Fossil Treasures of the Silver State:
                    Nevada's Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park

                     Jordan Marche, Astronomer, independent scholar, and occasional adjunct instructor, University of Wisconsin,  Madison

Sunday, Nov. 15

11:00 AM:  Under Antarctic Ice: Exploring 'New' Environments on Earth

                      Dr. Ross Powell, Geology Professor and Antarctic researcher, Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, IL

2:00 PM:  Complex Geology on Pluto and other Icy Worlds: Not Just Snowballs in Space

                     Paul Stoddard, Planetary Geology Professor, Northern Illinois University, De Kalb,   IL                                               

Thank you to Steve Simpson for coordinating the speakers and Sherry Maves for sending it.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Club Meeting September 17th, 2015

Club Meeting September 17th, 2015

NWIL Rock Club Meeting this Thursday September 17, 7:00 PM at
Bethany United Church of Christ  2341 West Stephenson St. Freeport
Well it's that time once again, the summer has flown by and fall is fast approaching which means it is time once again for our Sept. meeting. 
   The program this month will be on wire wrapping by Teri Marche' . If you have any wire or tools for wire wrapping bring them along with something to wrap. Be ready to learn some wire wrapping!
  Be sure to bring along any new finds or acquisitions for show and tell for everyone to  drool over. Refreshments will be by Barb Kinison.
Hope to see everyone Thursday!


Teri Marche from Madison, WI will present a program on basic (basket type) wire wrapping at the Northwest Illinois Rock Club Thursday, September 17th, 7pm at Bethany United Church of Christ, 2341 W. Stephenson St, Freeport, IL. Guests are welcome to attend.  For additional information, contact President Tom Gitchel at 815-238-6216.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Learn About Radioactive Minerals

Please join the Rockford rock club, Rock River Valley Gem and Mineral Society, for this exciting talk on RADIOACTIVE MINERALS.
June 6, 10 a.m. Special Talk at Odd Fellows Lodge, 6219 Forest Hills Rd., Rockford, IL- Our club is honoring the memory of Norine Malhburg with a special presentation on the colorful and controversial history of radioactive minerals. The speaker, Tyrel Rouse of Madison, has had a lifelong curiosity with these minerals, which later became a collecting hobby where he traveled throughout the US, but especially in the Western US. Tyrel will share his research, travels, and the minerals themselves in this lively presentation. 
Note: The Odd Fellows Lodge is located 1/4 mile south of Riverside Boulevard on the east side of Forest Hills Road.
If you have questions, email the lovely and beautiful Mary Gahl,

Monday, May 18, 2015

Club Meeting Thursday

The program this month will be on flat lapping and tumble polishing by Brian Green with refreshments by Ronnie and Don Clock.

A lot of things went on this last month and a very busy weekend  coming up with a field trip Sat. and the Midwest Federation show in our back yard so to speak at the same time. We have the picnic in a few weeks and the is the clubs 50th anniversary this year to boot. So lots to talk about.

Hope to see everyone Thursday night!!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Southeastern Michigan Gem and Mineral Show CANCELLED

Please be advised that the 2015 Southeastern Michigan Gem and Mineral Show hosted by the Midwest Mineralogical & Lapidary Society scheduled for May 15th, 16th, and 17th, 2015 has been CANCELLED!
The Show was to be held at the Southgate Arena, 14700 Reaume Parkway, Southgate, Michigan. We have heard there are clubs advertising that our Show was being held but that is incorrect. We cancelled the Show back in November. It was posted on our website for months but somehow has been overlooked by clubs.
There will be no Show in 2015 but we are trying to regroup.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Mazon Creek Fossils

Duane Cushing, from the Rock River Valley Gem and Mineral Society will present a program from the perspective of a collector on Mazon Creek fossils, Thursday, April 16, 7pm at Bethany United Church of Christ, 2341 W. Stephenson St. Freeport, IL.
These 300 hundred year old iron concretions from Grundy County Illinois contain hard and soft bodied animals, including the Illinois State Fossil, the Tully Monster.
In addition, plans for the Saturday, April 18th fieldtrip to collect Kahokia, Missouri geodes will be discussed.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Geode 'Splode 2015!

Cracking the smaller Geodes inside.  There were plenty to chose from!

All sizes of Geodes to look at, and other rocks and minerals to look at and purchase.

Good discussions with good friends!

Sue's ready to crack a few!

                                        Food, Friends and Fun!  Looking forward to next year!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Black Hawk Gem and Jewelry Show

April 25,26:  Black Hawk Gem and Mineral Club Spring Rock, Gem and Jewelry Show, Clarion Hotel 5202 Brady St, Davenport, IA 52806   Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  The show will feature rocks, minerals, fossils, agates, geodes, tumbled stones, beads, silver and beaded jewelry, carved stones, spheres, arrowheads and much more. There will be demonstrations on Glass bead Making, Faceting, and Flint Knapping. You can learn to make arrowheads and/or Crack you own Geodes. Admission is free. For information call (563) 445-3034

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show Monroe Wi

Badger Lapidary & Geological Society, 45th Annual, Rock, Gem, Mineral, & Fossil Show 

Dates: Saturday March 28th & Sunday March 29th 2015

Hours: 9am-5pm Sat & Sun

Location: Monroe Senior High School, 1600 26th St., Monroe, WI 53566.

Description: Ten dealers, excellent speakers, many beautiful club displays, fluorescent mineral tent, lapidary demonstrations, club sales table, hourly door prizes, educational films. 
Activities for kids: Fishpond, spinner game, scavenger hunt, fossil casting, and roving rock wizard. 
Food: Full Menu. 
Free Show - Free-will donation and free parking. 
Show Contact: Terri Marche, 5415 Lost Woods Ct., Oregon, WI  53575;

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Shamrocks or fake minerals and gems will be the topic of the Northwest Illinois Rock Club program, Thursday, March 19th at 7pm.  

Wear some GREEN if you like.

Guest speaker Dave Rice, from the Rock River Valley Gem and Mineral Society of Rockford will discuss naturally occurring materials such as diamonds, alexandrite, coral, emeralds, and out-and-out fakes such as faux pearls and dyed materials.  

He will also explain the use of materials that have no natural counterpart such as Fordite, Rainbow Calsilica, Gold Stone and Victoria Stone.  Information of fakes will include how to identify fake vs. the natural stone.  Samples of real and fake stones will be available for examination.

The program will be held at Bethany United Church of Christ, 2341 W. Stephenson, Freeport. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

February 19th Meeting and Safety Training Information

February 19th Program:

Steve Simpson, Highland Community College Geology and Geography instructor will present  "Highland Community College Dinosaur Excavations:  Highlights from the Utah and Montana field sites," to the Northwest Illinois Rock Club, February 19, 7pm at Bethany United Church of Christ, 2341 W. Stephenson St, Freeport, IL.
The talk will highlight excavations and major discoveries of the last 12 years of collaboration between the Burpee Museum and Highland Community College.  Anyone interested in participating is encouraged to attend. 

*Thank you Dar Gitchel for providing refreshments.*

MSHA Safety Training Class 

The Cedar Valley Rocks & Minerals Society of Cedar Rapids, Iowa will host a MSHA Safety Training Class on THURSDAY, March 26, 2pm.  The class lasts two hours and concludes with a test required for certification. The registration fee is $10 per person.  The program will be held at the Cedar Rapids Ladd Library, 3750 Williams Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids.  Arrangements for car pooling will be discussed at our Feb 19th meeting.

The following have already registered:  Tom Gitchel, John and Sheila Harrolle, Cindy Green, Boo Schellenger, Sherry Maves, Todd and Mary Lou Sanders.  Please contact Tom if you still need to register for this opportunity.

PLEASE NOTE ATTACHMENT:  2015 NIRC Calendar, including programs, refreshments, fieldtrips and special events.  If you are unable to print the calendar, please email by Wed., Feb 18th for a printed copy.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Field Trip to Burpee Museum

Just a reminder that the Northwest Il Rock Club is having a field trip on Saturday January 24th, and we are going to the Burpee Museum to see the traveling exhibit, "Savage Ancient Seas".
The cost for this exhibit is $5.  Please bring a few extra dollars for food, or bring a lunch.

We will be meeting up at Bethany United Church of Christ at 10 am sharp for the ride share at 2341 Stephenson St. Freeport Il.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Pebble Pup Night

Pebble Pup Night at Northwest Illinois Rock Club Meeting, Freeport, Illinois
Area youth will showcase their geological interests for the Northwest Illinois Rock Club's January 15th program. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Bethany United Church of Christ, 2341 W. Stephenson Street. Chancellor Clay, age 9, of Freeport will be discussing Meteorites. 
Ethan Trampel, age 14, of Rock City will present a program on a variety of geology topics, including sedimentary, ignous and metamorphic rocks, the Mohn's Scale of Hardness and the difference between rocks and minerals.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Northwest IL Rock Club is now on Facebook!

 Hi All,

Just wanted to let you know that those of you on Facebook can now 'like' our club page and keep up to date on the goings on in the club.  I will also be sharing photo's 
of rocks, fossils, minerals, and crystals from other rock-hounding pages, and you are free to post too!  Let's all be involved, and all share the minerals we are interested in.  Take a photo of your favorite stone, or fossil, or ask what it may be if you don't know- some one might know.  
Everyone has a voice here, let's share...and learn

Even if you are not on Facebook, you can still check in and see what's happening!

If anyone in the club is interested in becoming an extra administrator on the page let me know.  You really don't have to do anything.

Thanks, and see you on the 16th at  Bethany United Church of Christ 2341 W. Stephenson in Freeport Il