Welcome and Thank You for Visiting the South Orange County Gem and Mineral Society Website

Founded in 1962, The South Orange County Gem and Mineral Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to stimulating interest in the earth sciences and lapidary arts by furthering the knowledge of its members and the public, by disseminating knowledge methods and procedures for the study, collections, and classification, of rocks, minerals and fossils, and the methods to cut, alter and fashion and convert earth science for specimens for lapidary purposes.

Each member steps up to do their share – We look to every member for support of club activities, functions, and events. Membership is open to persons with an interest in rocks, minerals, gems, Earth sciences, lapidary, jewelry making, related areas of crafts or collecting, and a general desire to spend time with other enthusiasts.

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Guest Speaker / 20 September 2017 / Curator of Mineral Sciences at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, Dr. Aaron Celestian / the science of mineral color

Each month club and community members are treated to special guest speakers – experts in their fields! Located in the multi-purpose room at the San Clemente Community Center (on Avenida del Mar, next to the library), club meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of the month, begin at 7:15pm, are free and open to the public. We encourage you to JOIN US!

Field Trips

Rock Lovers grab your hammers – let’s get out and EXPLORE!
Join us for single and multiple day field trips to educational events, rock hunting excursions, and more.

Lapidary Classes

Learn to cut, polish, and engrave stones and gems for jewelry making. Members have access to the equipment and the professionals!


Club members have access to many learning opportunities including expert guest speakers, skills demos, an extensive lending library, and more.

Friendly Members

Club Members are welcoming, inclusive, and happy to share their passion for rocks and minerals and gemstones! Held at the San Clemente Community Center, Monthly Meetings are on the third Wednesday of the month – They are open to all so stop by – we’d love to meet you!

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Pride of Membership:

Purpose of the AFMS:
To promote popular interest and education in the various Earth Sciences, and in particular the subjects of Geology, Mineralogy, Paleontology, Lapidary and other related subjects, and to sponsor and provide means of coordinating the work and efforts of all persons and groups interested therein; to sponsor and encourage the formation and international development of Societies and Regional Federations and by and through such means to strive toward greater international good will and fellowship.

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Pride of Membership:

Purpose of the CFMS:
The objective and purpose of the CFMS is to disseminate knowledge of mineralogy, the earth sciences and the lapidary and jewelry arts and to encourage study of these subjects through association of gem and mineral societies, presentation of public exhibitions and programs, field trips for exploration, study and collecting of specimens, encouragement of interest in mineralogy, paleontology, lapidary, jewelry arts and related crafts, and the establishment of museum quality exhibits of gems and minerals and other earth science related specimens and items.