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Concord, New Hampshire


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President - Bill Brown, PO Box 646, 3 Melody Lane, Raymond NH 03077, Phone 895-4157
Vice President - Howard Ewing 10 Judith Ave, Nashua, NH 03060, Phone 888-0835
Secretary - Vince Valade, 35 Plimpton Rd., Goffstown, NH 03045, Phone 497-3935
Treasurer - Don Dallaire, 829 Candia Rd., Chester, NH 03036, Phone 483-8467

September 2002

Volume 3 Issue 1

Capital Mineral Club News

Inside this Issue:    


May Minutes                   Pg 2

New Members


Hope Diamond                 Pg 3

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NEFTA Field Trips          Pg 4



President's Letter            Pg 5

In Memoriam:

John Sinkankas

Carl Krotki and 

Sybil Churchwell

Other Mineral Clubs and 

Meeting Dates


39th Annual CMC Min-  Pg 6

eral Show at Mt. Sunapee


White Mt. National For-  Pg 7

est Plan Revision


Silent Auction                   Pg 8

Calendar of Events

The September meeting of the CMC will meet Saturday, September 14th, at 7:30 pm at the Salvation Army Building on Clinton Street in Concord, NH.

Our guest speaker for the September meeting will be Fred Wilder. He will be giving a presentation on the technique of water-color painting and of special interest to the club, how he applied it to the beautiful illustrations presented in a publication describing the minerals of NH. The author being none other than our own, Bob Whitmore!

The club would like to thank Bob Whitmore for his presentation on his trip to Madagascar at the May club meeting.

Volunteers are needed for our annual Gem and Mineral Festival at Mt. Sunapee. Please contact John McCrory, Chairman, at 603-796-2152 to help with this event. Efforts are truly appreciated! See more info on page 6.



*See page 8 for info on the CMC Silent Auction!*



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Diamonds Part III

Hope Diamond

The history of the stone which was eventually named the Hope diamond began when the French merchant traveler, Jean Baptiste Tavernier, purchased a 112 3/16-carat diamond. This diamond, which was most likely from the Kollur mine in Golconda, India, was somewhat triangular in shape and crudely cut. Itís color was described by Tavernier as a "beautiful violet."

Tavernier sold the diamond to King Louis XIV of France in 1668 with 14 other large diamonds and several smaller ones. In 1673 the stone was recut by Sieur Pitau, the court jeweler, resulting in a 67 1/8-carat stone. In the royal inventories, its color was described as an intense steely-blue and the stone became known as the "Blue Diamond of the Crown," or the "French Blue." It was set in gold and suspended on a neck ribbon which the king wore on ceremonial occasions.

King Louis XV, in 1749, had the stone reset by court jeweler, Andre Jacquemin, in a piece of ceremonial jewelry for the Order of the Golden Fleece (Toison D'Or). In 1791, after an attempt by Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette to flee France, the jewels of the French Royal Treasury were turned over to the government. During a week-long looting of the crown jewels in September of 1792, the French Blue diamond was stolen.

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