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, 20 March 2019 at 7:15pm

The South Orange County Gem and Mineral Society is proud to welcome Guest Speaker Dennis Carey

dennis carey

Dennis Carey

One of the most abundant minerals in the world, quartz is also one of its most important minerals for use in GPS systems, oil and gas industry, watches, hearing aids, televisions and much more. Quartz is also considered a metaphysical mineral with energy for humans like an antenna for the TV. Learn more from Dennis Carey, “the Crystal Collector,” at the monthly South Orange County Gem and Mineral Society meeting, 7:15 pm, Wednesday, March 20, at the San Clemente Community Center.

Carey began collecting gemstones as a young rock hound who found tourmalines and emeralds, but his attention soon turned to collecting quartz crystals, the most abundant and well-known mineral on earth. Carey believes he has one of the most significant collections of quartz in the world with thousands of specimens, a few of which he will bring to show.

A graduate of Providence College in Rhode Island, he studied economics, and was a world class runner in marathons headed to the Olympic trials, when a freak accident sidelined his running career.

He earned a living in pharmaceutical sales, but began his passion of mining, trading and collecting quartz and learning about its physical and metaphysical properties.

He resides in Dana Point, CA.

Dennis Carey MARCH 2019
Quartz. If for some mysterious reason all quartz resonators worldwide were to suddenly stop working, the modern world as we see it would stop running. Your car, computer, cell phone, GPS, tablet, premium pressure and temperature sensors for the oil-and-gas industry, most watches and household timers, heart pacemakers, cochlear implants, CB and ham radios, TVs, and even our electrical grid and atomic frequency standards would stop working or become unusable.
Dennis Carey has given presentations at GIA and Awakenings on various stones, and he will be at our SOCGEMS meeting in March 2019 to teach us all about Quartz.
Public Welcome

Meetings of SOCGEMS are held the third Wednesday of the month, 7:15 pm in the San Clemente Community Center, 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente (next door to the library). Guests are welcome at no charge. Speaker presentation is preceded by hospitality and refreshments, a raffle and brief business meeting. SOCGEMS Members are invited to field trips, special auctions, classes in lapidary, Junior Rock hound activities and more.

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 …

FEBRUARY: Patrick Keegan, Lapis Lazuli
MARCH: Dennis Carey, Quartz
APRIL: Members Night… What Rocks You?
MAY: Annual Silent Auction and Sale
JUNE: Ron Schmidtling, Dinosaurs

silent auction
crystal quartz
the socgems gang

past events and speakers - here’s what you’ve missed ...

Each month it’s something new and interesting – we enjoy renowned speakers, field trips, and the pleasure of the company of other gem and mineral enthusiasts!