AFMS Endowment Fund Items for 2004
Fabulous Prizes Offered in the 2004 AFMS Endowment Fund Drawing Tickets will be sold throughout the Combined AFMS/EFMLS Convention and Show . Drawing during the Convention Award Banquet, Saturday, July 11 2004
Note: Items will be added to this page as they are received by the Endowment Committee.
To obtain tickets or more information, contact the person listed below in your Regional Federation:
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Engraved glass vase. Pattern designed and cut by B. Jay Bowman, AFMS Uniform Rules Chairman, of Ponca City, OK (RMFMS and EFMLS). Value $125 - $150.
Case of Eocene Fossil Sharks teeth and vertebrae from Lee Creek, North Carolina donated by George Powell, Jr., President of the American Fossil Federation, Falls Church, VA (EFMLS) Value $150 - $200.
Tennessee Spider Web Agate polished free-form cabochon set in a sterling silver setting with a filigree bezel, on a sterling cable necklace chain. The spider web agate is extremely rare. The value of the stone alone would be $200. The piece was created especially for this year’s drawing by Will Smith, master teacher and silversmith, of Antioch, Tennessee. (SFMS). The agate is from Greasy Cove, on the Alabama/Tennessee border. Value $250-$300.
Turquoise cabochon 28mm x 50 mm. Cut and donated by Marion Roberts, Modesto, CA. 1st Vice-President of CFMS. Wire wrapped in 14K gold wire by Anna Christianson of the Mother Lode Mineral Society of the Turlock/Modesto Area. Turquoise is from the extensive area of Arizona and Nevada. Valued at $125.
Two opal pendants set in 14K Gold settings. The cabochons measure 10x10 mm and 7 x20mm in size, and both show red and green fiery sparkles throughout. The stones were in the inventory of the Endowment Fund, and were cut, finished and set by Shirley Leeson, CFMS, and Dee Holland, NFMS. Each is valued at $200.
Louisiana Opal Cabochon This spectacular, fiery-blue and green, 40x50 mm Louisiana opal cabochon is the result of a “team effort” donation coordinated by Ike House, SCFMS Bulletin Aids Chair. Involved in the project were the Ark-La-Tex Gem and Mineral Society, which "commissioned" the stone; club members Joe and Lee Beasley, who procured the stone, and SCFMS Executive Vice-President and AFMS Director, newsletter editor Hall of Fame member and good friend, Bill Alcorn, who crafted the finished cabochon. Included with this prize are copies of two articles, each focused on this spectacular and rare material, from “Rock & Gem” magazine. Value, $200-250. (Show price - probably would sell for much more at retail, as it has so much fire.)
Faceted 12mm oval citrine pendant. A sparklingly beautiful red-orange citrine slightly offset in a silver cinch-ring setting to capture maximum light. Donated by Sue MacInnis, EFMLS Uniform Rules Chair, who won this prize at Moab, but wished to return it to again benefit the Endowment Fund in the 2004. Originally donated by AFMS Past President Lewis Elrod,, SFMS for the 2001 Drawing. Value $125.
Baroque Chinese freshwater pearl pendant, stunningly beautiful in glowing shades of peach and cream. Set in a 14k gold lost-wax casting created by Bural LaRue, CFMS. The overall mounted pendant measures 30mm x 8mm. Donated by Pat and Bural LaRue. Pat is CFMS executive secretary/treasurer and AFMS Past 4th Regional vice president. Valued at $225.
Triple Herkimer "Diamond" Pendant, 14k gold wire-wrapped by master craftsman, Jim Fowler. The pendant contains three clear sparkling Herkimers, from the famous Central NY Herkimer Diamond mines. Each stone is uncut, and naturally polished to perfection. Each measures approximately 10x12mm. Overall measurements of the drop is 65mm. Commercial cobra chain. Donated by Frances Sick, EFMLS "Each One Teach One" Chair, who selected them from her personal collection, and commissioned the wire-wrapping. Value $150-$175
A truly magnificent adamite specimen from the Ojuella Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico. This is an old piece, and material of this quality is no longer found. Donated on behalf of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA by Marc L. Wilson, Collections Manager and Head, Section of Minerals. Marc was the AFMS Scholarship Award Honoree named for EFMLS in 2001. The specimen is valued at $250.00.
A gorgeous Opal gem tree. This lovely decorator accent features a 14k gold wire trunk and branches, with foliage of beautiful free-form polished opal.s.. The base is a 3"x 4" section of a citrine vug - overall approximately 7"+, diameter roughly 5" and has approximately 140 opal chips. The tree was crafted by Marie Zigler of the Three Rivers Gem and Mineral Club of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Donated by AFMS President Marve and Kitty Starbuck. Estimated value $100.00.
Authentic replica of Plains Indian Axe, circa 1790-1840. Crafted by master-knapper, Bill Metcalf, who created and furnished the axe which was in last year’s drawing. Here’s a second chance for those of you who were disappointed not to win that one! Value $175.00.
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