SOCGEMS is BACK TO LIVE MEETINGS at the San Clemente Community Center

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

Enjoy SOCGEMS General Meetings in person with your fave rock friends.
We meet at the San Clemente Community Center on Avenida Del Mar.

Enjoy SOCGEMS General Meetings from the comfort of your home.
We will continue to share company via ZOOM.
Please register in advance for login information.


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SOCGEMS Monthly Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, at 7:00 pm PST.

Wednesday, 17 November 2021, at 7:00 pm PDT
The South Orange County Gem and Mineral Society is proud to welcome Renée Newman, GG

Renée Newman developed her interest in gems while conducting tours to Asia, South America, and the South Pacific. Her passengers wanted information about the gems that were displayed in hotels and stores so she signed up for a colored stone grading course at the GIA in order to be able to answer their questions. The teachers there inspired her to complete the GIA colored stones and diamonds program.

After receiving a graduate gemologist diploma from the GIA, Renee was hired as a gemologist at a diamond wholesale firm in downtown Los Angeles. It provided hands-on experience grading diamonds and selecting colored gems and pearls for their jewelry. Armed with trade experience and gemological credentials, Renée decided to create books that showed readers how to visually evaluate the quality of gems. Her first book, the Diamond Ring Buying Guide, was published in 1989. Since that time, she has written thirteen more books on gems and jewelry, including the Diamond Handbook geared to trade professionals and her new book Diamonds: Their History, Sources, Qualities, and Benefits.

Renee’s books are used as consumer guides, gemology course textbooks, sales training tools, and appraisal references.

For more information about Renée and her books go to