NFMS JUNIOR DISPLAY EDUCATION TRAINING
The idea for this training originated from the
concern that our NFMS Junior members are not learning about
displaying or participating in competition. Displaying the
material they have collected, whether self collected or purchased
from commercial dealers, can be accomplished with this simple set
of guidelines designed for Juniors. These guidelines are meant to
be used at the Club level for local show displaying.
It is believed that this stepping stone or
training facilitation needs to be different and not completely
based on the current Uniform Rules. What matters is that Juniors
of all ages have a chance to learn about competition outside the
AFMS Uniform Rules in a structured environment that will
eventually lead the Junior into competition. The highly detailed
and refined AFMS Uniform Rules now in place are too complex for
most Junior members to begin using with confidence.
What is desired is that our Federation Clubs will
use these general guidelines to hold a simple and fun
competition where any Junior can participate. The
point here is not to dumb down the element of
competition, but rather to facilitate interest in making the best
possible display. The guidelines are designed with display
categories, age grouping, judging, points and ribbons. Displays
must be a Junior's own work and effort, with coaching from a
parent, guardian, or sponsor. Rules of participation are kept
simple and aimed at the Junior level. Simplicity will prevent
intimidation and permit the Junior to be more confident and hence
be more likely to begin competition. Juniors can participate as
often as they want to practice. These guidelines are not intended
to distract or prohibit any Junior from entering formal NFMS Show
competition under the AFMS Uniform Rules any time they wish to
Judging will be education centered so the Junior
will have written feedback for points taken off. If there are no
experienced judges available at the Club level in local shows,
then adult members who have display experience plus the ability
to have patience and communication with Juniors or appointments
by the Club President would be doing the local judging. Literally
all judging criticisms would need to be fully explained so the
Junior will have a primer to improve and work from. The main
point will be the creation of a continuum of "soft"
facilitation into the AFMS Uniform Rules now in place. People
have fun when they are supported, but will usually not perform
when there is negativity or fear that creates insecurity, even if
it is just their hobby! This practice should build
confidence in the Junior displayer to enter competition at
Northwest Federation Shows.
NOTE TO PARENTS
We hope that you will work with your child or
children if they have an interest in displaying their material.
These guidelines are to assist you in understanding the process
of entering a non-competitive display in your local club show. It
is very important to have your support. Please ask questions and
learn how to create an excellent display for the public to
PART 1. GENERAL GEM & MINERAL
NON-COMPETITIVE SHOW DISPLAY GUIDELINES
1.1 Decide what you want to display:
a. What do you like to collect?
b. Specimens from a special field trip?
c. What is the show subject or theme?
d. What will make your display special?
best quality, complete collection, dramatic specimen, favorite).
e. Examples of your lapidary skills? (carving, cabs, faceting).
f. Have you made jewelry or gem trees?
1.2 Communications from your display:
a. Present your display as if
you are speaking to a new friend that you have not met yet.
b. Purpose of your display is sharing
the art of nature, public education and promoting your interests
and club hobby.
c. Keep it simple without too much wording.
d. Coordinate colors that are pleasant to your eye & highlight
e. Avoid use of excess props (feathers,
sticks, photos, glass or plastics, wood, metal) in your case
because they steal attention from specimens.
1.3 Specimens you
decide to display:
a. All same material or different types of gems
b. Size may be large, small, uniform or mixed.
should always be the very best you can provide.
d. Number of
specimens should be just enough to make your display easy to
and not look too busy or over filled.
e. Large specimens
in back of display case, smaller in front.
f. Always wash/clean your
specimens before placing in case.
1.4 Labeling your display:
a. Always have accurate names, correct spelling, punctuation and
To help avoid mistakes, proof read twice, then ask
someone to read labels.
b. Use uniform size of lettering on the
labels and make letters large enough to read
at about two feet
from the front of case.
c. Individual labels for each specimen
should include correct name of mineral
and origin or where found.
When found is optional if personally collected.
Also can include
chemical composition, but difficult to print on labels.
d. If all
material in case is the same, identify on label at back or floor
e. All lettering should be typed or laser printed on
durable cardstock type paper
rather than hand written. Plastic
covered labels are too reflective.
f. Include your name & age in
case UNLESS using AFMS Uniform Rules.
1.5 Display case for your
a. Good cases are hard to find so begin by borrowing a
club case for the show.
b. Typical cases are the Federation Model
which are about two feet high, two feet deep
and four feet wide,
with glass front. Dimensions vary slightly
because there are
c. Your case should always have a liner that is
lighter color (white or pastels are
best) than the dominant
colors of your specimens. Dark or flashy liners will
distract from the color effects of the displayed specimens.
hands before installing liner in case to prevent finger prints.
e. Best lighting is clear, incandescent bulbs or tube fluorescent
bulbs that are
cool white type, not to exceed 150
watts total per case.
f. After you have arranged and labeled the
specimens, be sure to clean the inside
of the front glass before
securing to front of case.
PART 2. DISPLAY AGE GROUPS
2.0 Age 4,
5, 6 & 7
2.1 Age 8, 9, 10 & 11
2.2 Age 12, 13, 14 &
15; Above 15 use AFMS Uniform Rules. AFMS Junior defined
having reached 8th birthday & not yet reached your 18th
PART 3. DISPLAY CATEGORIES
3.0 Self Collected
Specimens--any type, size or location. (must include name and
location found. Date helpful if available)
fluoro or any size, type or location. (must include name and
3.2 Educational--any relevant to rockhounding or rock
uses. (brief, to the point wording is best)
polish, slice, faceting or carving. (must include name of
3.4 Jewelry or Gem Trees. (must name stones, enamels or
3.5 Fossils--any type, size or location. (identify
name (genus & specie), location, age, or era if available)
PART 4. JUDGING CATEGORIES AND POINTS
appearance, detail, arrangement 30 points. (Will your display
stand out amongst the others?)
4.1 Workmanship-- lapidary,
jewelry, specimen preparation 20 points. (How neat and distinct
is your work?)
4.2 Labeling--individual labels, one label, group
labels 10 points. (Accuracy? Deduct up to 2 points per error)
Quality--color, size, rarity, definitive/classic specimen. 20
points. (Are your specimens the best you can find?)
Educational Value--maps, graphs, print, history, uses 20 points.
(Will the viewer learn something from your display?)
5.0 Blue Ribbon 90-100 points.
5.1 Red Ribbon 80-89
5.2 White Ribbon 70-79 points.
60-69 points. No ribbon,
but a thank you for participating note along with the judging
sheet of detailed explanations that are "soft". Below
60 points. Would not be judged, but the displayer would need
counsel from judges or judging director/assistant along with the
parent or guardian or sponsor all at the same time to insure that
they would try again with support rather than hard feelings.
There will be no trophies awarded until the Junior participates
in competition under the AFMS Uniform Rules at the Northwest
Federation Show. The points used for this program are for
training only and are not equivalent to the points system used
with AFMS Uniform Rules. Remember, this program is designed for
beginners training, when you enter your display in competition at
a Federation Show, be sure you ONLY use the current updated AFMS
Uniform Rules that are available from your NFMS Supplies
PART 6. REFERENCES - SOURCES FOR CORRECT NAMES,
SPELLING AND COMPOSITIONS 1. AFMS Mineral Classification List (most recent update)
2. AFMS Approved Reference List of Lapidary Material Names (updated)
3. AFMS Approved Reference List of Classifications and Common
Names for Fossils (most recent update)
(Available through your NFMS Supplies