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.

Shigley gia july 2019

July 2019 /GIA Fellow Dr. James Shigley

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!

Dr. Shigley




National Rock Day, Rock Hunt
Jul 13, 2019, San Gabriel Field Study
South Orange County Gem and Mineral Society Meeting

The South Orange County Gem and Mineral Society is hosting a Field Trip to Heath Canyon, with stops along the way, where we will look for Rhodonite, garnets, black tourmalines and other gems and minerals. The group will meet Saturday, July 13, at 8:30 am at San Clemente Community Center and at 9:15 am at the Laguna Hills Community Center, to caravan to the geology and rock hunting sites along the way.

The field trip is open free to members of SOCGEMS, members of California Federation of Mineralogy Society members, or to the general public for $20 per person or $30 for a family. Cash or checks will be accepted at the meeting location and the fee includes an annual membership with SOCGEMS. An insurance waiver will be available for all attendees to sign prior to leaving on the trip.

The Rock Hunting field trip is led by geologist Richard Birt and will travel to Cajon Pass, Mormon Rocks, San Andreas Fault, Wrightwood and Heath Canyon, where the group will stop for lunch. Along the way we will see ancient California fault lines and the geological history of the region. The collecting site at Heath Canyon is rich with many collectible rocks and minerals and it should be an enriching experience for experienced and beginner rock hounds.

Attendees should bring plenty of water, food, sunscreen and hats, rock hammer, pry bar and rock sack. Wear clothes appropriate for sun and heat, and comfortable hiking shoes. Carpooling may be available at the meeting sites, and normal vehicles will be fine for use on the route.

To reserve a place on the rock hunting trip, please contact Mike Holbert at (949) 226-4077 to be put on the list and to let the leaders know at which location to meet you.

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. For more information visit www.SOCGEMS.com or follow it on Facebook.com/SOCGEMS to receive information on upcoming programs. The 56-year old nonprofit club serves the entire South Orange County community.

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.