Episode 15: June 1979
We’re starting 1979 off with lots of new and interesting ads including a very unconventional ad from Lortone, lots of field trips and some surprisingly wise and useful advice from the Frantic Fumbler. We also discuss how not to give directions to a location (trash cans are not timeless landscape features), and the science behind iris agates.

Episode 14: January 1978
We’ve made it to 1978, the year the King Tut exhibit traveled around to museums all over the US, and Rock & Gem tries to convince us that it’s definitely relevant to lapidary hobbyists. This issue is filled with unconventional articles like a field trip report that is mostly about a murder and less about looking for rocks and making a one-of-a-kind chess set by hiring other people to do all of the work.

Episode 13: December 1977
December means it’s time for another Christmas issue! This issue is complete with ads disguised as a gift guide, a heartwarming Christmas story, and tales of Christmas gift procrastination! We also learn about a very interesting mineral collector’s collection, rockhounding locations in California and Montana, and too many mediocre lapidary how-tos!

Episode 12: June 1977
In this issue Rock & Gem’s field trip reporters are working overtime with reports from all over the US, including Florida, Texas, Wyoming and more! We also talk about the intricacies of providing rock identification services, and a creative casting technique that is still popular today (although it has been slightly updated).

Episode 11: April 1977
It’s here: the 1977 Rock & Lapidary Guidebook issue! This issue does not disappoint with a couple of article hitting very close to home, including the field trip writing guide that we’d like to give to all rockhounding authors everywhere. We also see a variety of upscale ads, some which seems like great deals and some much less so.