SOCGEMS Monthly Meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of the month, at 7:15pm in the multipurpose room at the San Clemente Community Center, at the corner of Avenida del Mar and Calle Seville – next to the library. They are free and open to the public – we encourage you to participate!

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 at 7:15pm

The South Orange County Gem and Mineral Society is proud to welcome Guest Speaker Eric Brooking

eric brooking turquoise april 2018

Eric Brooking will discuss “Turquoise, A Vanishing American Treasure,” at 7:15 pm at San Clemente Community Center, as part of the monthly speaker series presented by South Orange County Gem and Mineral Society.

Brooking explained in a recent interview that American mined turquoise is highly desirable and is a uniquely American stone. “The tradition of the American Indian using turquoise and silver created a mystical appreciation of turquoise and popularized it. But now, many of the mines are played out and it’s very hard to find.”

Brooking began mining at an early age when his father leased a tourmaline mine in the early 1970’s. They discovered fire agate and Brooking, “got the mining bug.” Today, he and a partner have a turquoise mine in Nevada and he sells stones and makes jewelry from this American turquoise.                                                   “So many stones today are enhanced or stabilized. I will talk about that and how it affects the value and beauty of natural turquoise,” he said. Brooking will bring samples for sale.

He is also a vintner and owner of Brooking Vineyards the only estate winery in Vista, CA.

Speakers, Field Trips, and More!

Join our resident Rock Hounds on one of our monthly field trips! Check here and (probably more up to date) the SOCGEMS facebook page for upcoming rock hounding field trips!

Andy Koch
Excursions Director

Andy Koch Excursion Director
Andy on a field trip


South Orange County Gem and Mineral Society members pursue our hobby with responsibility.
Code of Ethics per The American Federation of Mineralogical Societies:

*   I will respect both private and public property and will do no collecting on privately owner land without permission from the owner.
*   I will keep informed on all laws, regulations and rules governing collecting on private lands and will observe them.
*   I will to the best of my ability, ascertain the boundary lines of property on which I plan to collect.
*   I will use no firearms or blasting materials in collecting areas.
*   I will cause no willful damage to property of any kind, such as fences, signs, building, etc.
*   I will leave all gates as found.
*   I will build fires only in designated or safe places and will be certain they are completely extinguished before leaving the area.
*   I will discard no burning materials – matches, cigarettes, etc.
*   I will fill all excavation holes, which may be dangerous to livestock.
*   I will practice conservation and undertake to utilize fully and well, the materials I have collected and will recycle my surplus for the pleasure and benefit of others.
*   I will support the Rockhound Project H.E.L.P. (Help Eliminate Litter Please) and will leave all collecting areas devoid of litter, regardless of how found.
*   I will cooperate with Field Trip Leaders and those in designated authority in all collecting areas.
*   I will report to my Club or Federation Officers, Bureau of Land Management or other proper authorities, any deposit of petrified wood or other material on public lands which should be protected for the enjoyment of future generations and for public educational and scientific purposes.
*   I will appreciate and protect our heritage of Natural Resources.
*   I will observe the ‘Golden Rule’, will use Good Outdoor Manners, and will at all times conduct myself in a manner which will add to the stature and Public Image of Rockhounds everywhere.

Save the Date!

Guests and visitors are welcome at all General Assembly Meetings.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR here’s what’s coming up …

MAY: 33rd Annual Gem and Mineral Silent Auction and Sale

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gem and mineral silent auction

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