Free USGS topo maps for the entire United States
The U.S. Department of the Interior’s BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT -learn where to go, how, and why
The USGS provides science about the natural hazards that threaten lives and livelihoods; the water, energy, minerals, and other natural resources we rely on; the health of our ecosystems and environment; and the impacts of climate and land-use change. Their scientists develop new methods and tools to supply timely, relevant, and useful information about the Earth and its processes.
The Anza-Borrego Desert Paleontology Society, as an entity under the direction of the Colorado Desert District (CDD), Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (ABDSP), is an organization where volunteer researchers develop the knowledge and skills needed to build, support and maintain an internationally significant paleontology program. It ensures that members can participate actively and responsibly in discovering, protecting, preserving and interpreting the fossil resources from the ancient past in this unique environment.
A Tradition of Science and Education – Established in 1931, GIA is the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. A public benefit, nonprofit institute, GIA is the leading source of knowledge, standards, and education in gems and jewelry. Located in Carlsbad, CA.
THE AMERICAN OPAL SOCIETY– promoting the interest and knowledge of Opals
GEM CUTTERS DOT ORG – a lapidary resource and guide
MINDAT.ORG is a non-commercial online mineralogical database, claiming to be the largest mineral database and mineralogical reference website on the internet. It is used by professional mineralogists and amateur mineral collectors alike and boasts over 45k mineral names and half a million photos.
The mission of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is to inspire wonder, discovery, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds.
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
- protects over 35 million specimens, dating back 4.5 billion years.
- is a resource for Southern California teachers.
- is an authority on the “big picture” of the planet, the natural and the cultural world.
- tracks the Earth’s biodiversity, because knowing what is out there is the first step to conservation.
Located in San Clemente, CA, Designs by Nature is a LOCAL’S FAVORITE. A unique nature gallery of one-of-a-kind mineral specimens, crystals, amber, fossils, carvings, sculptures, birthstones, gems, beautifully designed jewelry, and new and used lapidary equipment. Owners Sheila and Gary Martin are SOCGEMS Board Members.
Located in Orange, CA, the Nevada Mineral & Book Company boasts the largest selection of Earth Science publications and objects in North America. Owner Walt Lombardo is a SOCGEMS speaker.
Custom, handmade malas, created with intention and love.
Located in Madrid, NM, the Silver Day Trading Company offers reputable, expert restoration and repair of all old and new silver and turquoise jewelry, specializing in Vintage Indian Jewelry. Owner Dayton Simmons is a SOCGEMS speaker.
Specializing in quality beads, findings, and such … unlike any other bead store anywhere … a vast selection of diverse and unique products including natural stones, pearls, coral, Czech glass, sterling and gold-filled beads, cloisonne, wood, bone, and more. Offering classes and jewelry repair. Parking is in the back.
renowned jewelry maker and teacher
Beads and gemstones from around the world, sterling silver jewelry, chains, beach art, pendants, wind chimes, singing bowls and sage. An attractive selection of rocks and stones and a local love
In Orange County for over 30 years, the Bead Station offers beads, findings, tools, and classes for all skill levels.
Galatea USA features hand-carved pearls and jewelry that is truly a work of art, by Master Pearl Carver Chi Huynh.
White Pelican Gallery in Dana Point, CA is a “Jewel in Southern California”, the store is brimming with silver and 14k jewelry from Navajo, Zuni, Santo Domingo (Tewa), and Hopi artists.
Renee Newman‘s goal is to provide consumers and jewelry professionals with unbiased, affordable information on how to buy, evaluate and appreciate gems and jewelry.