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Norcross, GA 30093-3059


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4138 Steve Reynolds Boulevard
Norcross, GA 30093-3059

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Julian C. Gray

Date: February 1, 2021
Social Time: 7:00 pm
Meeting Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Remotely via video conferencing
Speaker: Julian C. Gray
Topic: "The World of Micro-Mineral Collecting"

Our February presentation for the general membership meeting will be about micromount collecting. Mineral collectors often begin collecting just about everything, but then narrow their collecting focus into one or a few sub-specialties: a single mineral species; gems; minerals from one mine, country, or state; or minerals of one size like micromounts. Micromounts are tiny mineral specimens that must be viewed with a microscope to be fully appreciated. They are often some of the most beautiful and well-crystallized minerals making this tiny world one of the more interesting areas of the mineral collecting hobby. Guiding us on this exploration of the world of micro-mineral collecting is Julian Gray.

Julian Gray is a mineralogist who specializes in micro-minerals or micromounts. He co-authored the chapters related to Georgia mineral localities for the 2008 book American Mineral Treasures. Julian is co-author of the 2016 book, Minerals of Georgia with Bob Cook, edited by Jose Santamaria. He has shared his extensive knowledge and experience with others using his photography and through many lectures, symposia, and articles.

Julian Gray is former curator of Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Georgia and the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, in Hillsboro, Oregon. Julian also served as Executive director of the Rice Museum. A Georgia native, Julian studied at Georgia State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in geology. Julian has worked with the U.S. Geological Survey and several commercial laboratories and environmental consulting firms. Julian is founder of Focal Point Mineralogy, a private mineralogy and collection management consulting company based in Hillsboro, Oregon.

Juergen Poppelreuter
Vice President of Programs

General meetings are usually on the first Monday of the month. If this date falls on a holiday, the general meeting will be on the SECOND Monday of the month. In June, the annual picnic and auction replaces the general meeting and is held on a Saturday.

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