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.

SOCGEMS looks forward to continuing to share our complete monthly meetings, including our knowledgeable guest speakers … let’s meet up online!

Enjoy SOCGEMS General Meetings from the comfort of your home.

For the foreseeable future, we will be sharing company via ZOOM. Please see the OUR EVENTS AND PROGRAMS PAGE for login information.

Need some more rock and mineral fix? Our YOUTUBE CHANNEL is coming along… and we are working on original content for all to enjoy. At this time, under our ‘playlist’ heading, you will find a nice selection of great work by others. Have a video you would like to share on our channel? Let us know here!

October 2020 / The Cheapside Hoard with Robert Weldon

Each month club and community members are treated to special guest speakers – experts in their fields!

Currently ONLINE ON ZOOM, club meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of the month, begin at 7:00 pm pst, 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 now since we are online … basically EVERYWHERE! We encourage you to JOIN US!
LEARN MORE about our meetings, our club, and membership HERE.

Join Us for this month’s meeting! ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED – It only takes a minute and of course, all meetings are free and open to the public. We hope you attend (and bring a friend)!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

ZOOM ROOM now opens at 6:45 pm PDT for social MEET and GREET


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.