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.
WE ARE AN ALL-VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION
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.
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 7:15pm, 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!
LET’S LEARN TOGETHER!
Learn about Lapidary machines, workroom safety, the process of picking a good stone, shaping, grinding and polishing a cab.
We will provide an assortment of stone slabs to pick from and students will finish making at least one cab.
Learn about common stones that you should be able to identify, on sight, for future cab making.
MUST BE A MEMBER TO PARTICIPATE
Classes will run for 3 weeks – one day a week
$65 for all three classes
Non-members will have to join the club $20 + $65 for the class
CONTACT SALLY HERE FOR SIGN UP, SYLLABUS, and DATES.
ANNUAL SAN CLEMENTE ART FAIR WAS
A FUNDRAISING SUCCESS!
To all of the members who donated their time and enthusiasm to this event!
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.
Learn to cut, polish, and engrave stones and gems for jewelry making. Members have access to the equipment and the professionals!
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.