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 nonprofit 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, fashion, and convert Earth Science for specimens for lapidary purposes.

Each member steps up to do their share – We look to members for support of club activities, functions, and events. Membership is open to those 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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As the situation surrounding the COVID-19 continues to evolve on a daily basis the officers and board members of SOCGEMS feel it is important to protect the safety and well-being of its members and guests. We have come to the decision to cancel this month’s meeting.
THANK YOU all for your understanding as we work through this difficult time together.
Gary Martin

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March 2020 / How Exotic Gems are Changing the Jewelry Industry with Renee Newman

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 (enter on Avenida del Mar, next to the library), club meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of the month, begin at 7:00pm, are free and open to the public.
Our club serves South Orange County, CA – including Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Mission Viejo, San Juan Capistrano, Ladera Ranch, and more.
We encourage you to JOIN US!
LEARN MORE about our meetings, our club, and membership HERE.

We hope to see you at our Monthly Meeting!

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!

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!


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