The Gem & Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches

Filed under: Club Rollcall (hello's),Coming Events — Gary November 16, 2011 @ 12:10 am

A shout out to the Gem and Mineral Society of Palm Beaches.  They have been around since the 60′s and going strong!

The Gem & Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches has a rich history starting from 1966. This rich history is documented in
scrapbooks and photo albums from the beginning to present. The “Big Book” along with several photo albums are
available for viewing at the club meetings.

Show info:

The Gem and Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches will hold its 45th Annual Gem, Mineral, Bead, Jewelry, and Fossil Show November 19-20th at the Americraft Expo Center East on the South Florida Fair Grounds 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach.  Hours are Saturday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Dealers from all over the country will offer merchandise ranging from fine jewelry, southwestern Indian jewelry, beaded jewelry, loose beads, rocks, minerals for specimen collecting and cutting, loose precious and semi-precious gemstones, settings and findings, fossils, meteorites, tools, books, and more.
The show offers a wide range of educational activities and exhibits.  A number of classes are being offered and students will be able to take home a finished product in these beginner’s classes.  Demonstrations by society members include faceting, cabachon making, chain making, and bead stringing.  Hourly door prizes will be awarded and a Scholarship fundraising raffle will be held.   Attendees will be able to dig for fossils, mine for gemstones and have geodes cut.
For more information and a money-saving entrance coupon go to:

The Gem & Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches holds regular
meetings on the third Thursday of each month.

We hold our meetings at the Palm Beach Garden Club,
located at 4800 Dreher Trail North, West Palm Beach, FL 33405
It’s directly across from the South Florida Science Museum in
Dreher Park.

Meetings begin at 7:30pm, and usually last until 9:30.

Our meetings include a business session and a program on a
subject relating to our earth science hobby, with a break for
refreshments in between. The program may include
demonstrations, slide shows, videos, auctions, show & sell, or
lectures on various subjects.
Past programs have included

  • Florida Black Coral
  • The Ancient Art of Chainmaile
  • Ruck’s Pit
  • Crystalography
  • Flourescent Minerals

Everyone is welcome to attend the monthly meeting, but if you want to
take advantage of all the club has to offer, you should become a member!
As a member, you will have access to:

  • A fully stocked lapidary workshop including:  3 different sized rock
    saws, full range of cabbing and polishing wheels, faceting equipment, a
    flat lap and more! (Certification needed to use some machines.)

  • Classes taught by skilled club members.

  • Monthly newsletter, “The Rockhound”.
  • Check out some issues on the newsletter page.

  • Informational programs at our monthly meetings

  • Social picnics, member show and sells

  • Field trips to collecting sites

Rockhound Movies!

Filed under: Coming Events,Rockhound Movies — Gary November 15, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

The Culver City Rock and Mineral Club invites you to join them at their next monthly meeting and presentation “Bryan Swoboda, Blue Cap Productions”.

Bryan Swoboda, president of Blue Cap Productions, will be our speaker. Bryan literally grew up with mining in California and remembers “running in the pitch-black tunnels of the Queen Mine” which belonged to his father, Edward Swoboda. Bryan produces mineral-related films like “What’s Hot in Tuscon 2011″ and was recently in Munich filming. His new series of films “The New Crystal Hunters” shows kids how exciting and rewarding mineral collecting can be. The series currently has three episodes: Pala, CA; Arkansas for Crater of Diamonds and quartz; and Smoky Hawk, Colorado for smoky quartz and amazonite.

Culver City Rock and Mineral Club
Multi Purpose Room in the back of the Veterans Memorial Building
4117 Overland Avenue at the Corner of Culver Boulevard.
General Meetings are free and open to non-members
November 14, 2011 7:30pm – 9:30pm

For more information visit the Club’s website at

Please check out this great cause.  They are giving away dvd’s to kids who are interested!

With this new DVD we’re hoping to show other kids how exciting and rewarding mineral collecting can be. Our goal is to put a FREE copy of this DVD into the hands of every kid who wants one but we need your help. Please consider helping out by making a generous donation of DVDs to help our next generation.

Free rockhound DVD's

Geology DVD's

The New Crystal Hunters was created out of an idea Bryan Swoboda, President of BlueCap Productions, had to create a kid-centric video program that would get kids excited about mineral collecting.

“Everyone I talk to seems to say the same thing. That this hobby desperately needs an infusion of new blood – the next generation – to keep it going.” says Bryan.

“I was incredibly fortunate when I was a kid because I got to grow up with one of the grand-daddies of the hobby – my father Edward Swoboda. I remember running through the pitch-black tunnels of the Queen Mine when I was a child with nothing more than a candle and the certainty that I was about to find Tom Sawyer’s treasure. That sense of adventure, searching and discovery is one of the things that makes this hobby so great. We can’t let that slip away. Sit in a room with a bunch of passionate collectors and just listen to the stories they share. It’s better than any adventure show on television especially because you know it’s real!”

“The more I got involved in putting together mineral-related films, the more I kept hearing about the lack of new kids in this hobby. I’ve spent a lot of time working with kids and putting together special programs for them so I figured that maybe there was something I could do. That’s when I decided that if BlueCap Productions is going to be working in this hobby, it needs to do its part in helping to fix this problem.”

Prior to starting BlueCap Productions, Bryan started and ran a non-profit organization that helped kids fighting cancer. This organization put together, financed and filmed international, nature-based, adventure trips that would be taken by young cancer survivors. These young survivors would use the film to reach out to kids currently facing cancer, share their stories of survival and give them hope for the future

Bryan’s passion for empowering kids has never left him and it was with great excitement that The New Crystal Hunters was born.

Bakersfield California’s 11th Annual ROCK AND GEM RENDEZVOUS 2012

Filed under: Coming Events — Gary November 14, 2011 @ 10:40 am

Bakersfield California’s 11th Annual
Kern County Shrine’s
700 South P. Street
Bakersfield, California
Friday , Saturday and Sunday
March 16th , 17th and 18th 2012
Friday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Saturday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Sunday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Demonstrations through out the show on sphere making, cabochon
making, silversmithing ,wire wrapping ,mining, gold panning , knapping, Hands on geology and much more for children and adults to do.
Grab Bags , Wheel Of Fortune,
End of Show Raffle for great Prizes
Tickets$1.00 each
We will have a silent auction, with many great pieces of material
The General Store with many unusual gifts
Dealers from all over the U.S. & abroad selling many unique and unusual gifts from Mother Earth.
Dry Camp Available for club and visitors Indoor bathroom .***
For information about the Rendezvous or our becoming a vendor
Please call Lewis M. Helfrich
(661)323-2663 or e-mail me at or
We have a variety of out door spaces available to meet your needs from 12‘x 12‘ to 50‘x 50‘ and larger. There are dry camp facilities available or you prefer or special rates have for our show at a motel .

American Opal Society- 44th Annual OPAL & GEM SHOW

Filed under: Coming Events — Gary October 19, 2011 @ 10:11 pm

The American Opal Society proudly presents its:

44th Annual OPAL & GEM SHOW

Come visit the Biggest Opal Show in the USA!!!

Opal and Gem Dealers from around the USA and Australia
Rough and Cut Opals and other gemstones; jewelry & supplies
Hugh Raffle with prizes of gemstones, jewelry, tools
Free Gem Seminars with Paid Admission
Free Demonstrations on gemstone cutting, jewelry making

Saturday, 10am-6pm, November 5, 2011
Sunday, 10am-5pm, November 6, 2011

White House / West Wing Event Center

White House / West Wing Event Center 1238 S. Beach Blvd. Anaheim, CA 92804

Located within the Hobby City / Adventure City complex,
at the southeast corner of Beach Blvd. and Ball St.

Plenty of Free Parking

Admission $3.00, children under 15 FREE.
One FREE raffle ticket is included with each paid admission.



Click here for Google Directions

Contact: Pete Goetz (714) 530-3530

Dealer Inquiries welcome

The American Opal Society is a 503(c)3 educational non-profit organization, whose primary purpose is promoting interest and knowledge of the precious gem opal.

National Fossil Day

Filed under: Coming Events — Gary October 12, 2011 @ 10:57 pm
National Fossil Day

National Fossil Day

Happy National Fossil Day !

Go here for the official website-

October 12th, 2011

MISSION: National Fossil Day is a celebration organized by the National Park Service to promote public awareness and stewardship of fossils, as well as to foster a greater appreciation of their scientific and educational values.


Filed under: Coming Events — Gary August 22, 2011 @ 2:49 pm

August 26-28, 2011

Lecturer: Walt Wright, Paleobotanist

ABOUT THE SEMINAR: This is an opportunity to learn about the complex and beautiful world of petrified wood. Become more knowledgeable about the woods in your own collection and about what and where to collect and buy. Learn about the fossilization of wood: it’s age, origin and occurrence. Learn how to identify different kinds of petrified wood yourself with simple tools. The intensive 2 1/2 day seminar will emphasize identification of petrified wood, with samples from Walt’s extensive collection as well as those brought in by
participants. You may bring a few pieces of petrified wood for Walt to
identify. You should plan to bring a good 20X magnifying lens.

Recommended reading includes the following book: Bruce Hoadley: “Identifying Wood: Accurate Results with Simple Tools.” Walt will bring a selection of books on petrified wood as well as 20X lenses for purchase at the seminar. There is much to learn about Petrified Wood: more than can be covered in just one seminar. Each of Walt’s seminars is a little different. Each one contributes more to your understanding. So, even if you have attended prior seminars, you will improve your knowledge of this fascinating subject.

ABOUT THE LECTURER: Walt Wright, a renowned paleobotanist, has probably identified more petrified wood than anyone else in the world. For the past 20 years he has been conducting Petrified Wood Identification Seminars. Walt’s career has included being an educator, naturalist, geologist, botanist and paleobotanist.

Dates and Times: (May run later depending upon participants.)
August 26Friday 6:00 pm. To 9:00 pm.
August 27Saturday 9:00 am. to 9:00 pm.
August 28, Sunday 9:00 am, to 5:00 pm.

Ventura Community Service Center
420 E. Santa Clara St., Ventura, CA 93001
Cost $85.00
Contact: Ron Wise

ADA, OKLAHOMA- Mineral & Fossil Club- Show- “A Festival of Gems, Minerals & Fossils”

Filed under: Club Rollcall (hello's),Coming Events — Gary March 21, 2011 @ 9:45 am

OKLAHOMA Rockhound Club

March 25-27


A Festival Of Gems, Minerals & Fossils 2011 !!!


Swap, Show and Sale

March 25,26 & 27 2011

Free Admission.

The show will feature various demonstrations and displays of fluorescent rocks, minerals, fossils, lapidary and jewelry. Silent auctions of materials donated by dealers and members will be held  hourly.

** A raffle Drawing on Sunday Afternoon at 3 P.M. For all Ticket Holders, need not be present to win**

Special Kids’ Event: Fossil Dig.

Petting Zoo

Hours: Friday 10 AM till 6 PM.

Saturday 9 AM till 5 PM,

Sunday 10 AM till 4 PM.

Admissions & Fees: Free

Dealers: Dealers from the surrounding states (Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, & Texas & Indiana).

Event Location: Pontotoc County Agri‑Plex, Ada, Oklahoma

Main Building #1 (Western Side of Agriplex)

At the N.E. Corner of the intersection of State Highway 99 (U.S. 377) and the Richardson Bypass (SHwy 1 & 3E)

Information Mailing Address:  Ed Vermillion, Show Chairperson

P.O. Box 782

Purcell, Ok 73080


Show Committee:

Bill Rushlau

Melody Ulanowski

Ovetta Vermillion

Web site:

**Check out their field trip gallery!  One pic from there…

Dogtooth Calcite

Dogtooth Calcite

SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA: Rock Show & Sale. OrangeBelt Mineralogical Society

Filed under: Coming Events — Gary March 15, 2011 @ 8:54 pm



Orange Belt Mineralogical Society (OBMS) – established in 1933.  A non-profit club of rock enthusiasts who hunt for rocks, develop their lapidary skills, and fabricate jewelry and rock artifacts in a workshop in San Bernardino, California.  We organize hunts for rocks and teach lapidary, wire wrapping, silversmithing, and lost wax casting skills.
You can make a cabachon on your first visit.


March 18 – 20, 2011   Fri., Sat., and Sun.

Western Regional Little League Ball Park

6707 Little League Drive

San Bernardino, CA.  92407

There will be Crafts, Rocks, Jewelry, Tools,

Books, Food, Drinks and More. 9 a.m to Dusk

Children Activities: Fun for all ages

FREE Admission and Parking !



Come join us at our workshop in San Bernardino, California.

205 Benedict St. #8

San Bernardino, California

(909) 381 – 0089

Shop Hours:

Monday – Thursday 5 – 9 p.m.

Saturday 10 – 3 p.m.

We will teach you:

Where to look for rocks.

How to make spheres and cabachons.

How to make carvings.

How to make jewelry by

wire wrapping,

silversmithing and lost wax castings.




OBMS members have a BBQ on the 2nd Saturday of every month. This is a good time to come on down and work on one of those nice pieces of jewelry or that rock you’ve been meaning to cut and enjoy some good food.

Bring that favorite dish you know everyone will love to eat and maybe even a friend so they too can share our warm and friendly atmosphere. Like Always, all donations are welcome.


Fresno FGMS

Fresno FGMS

Most months the club plans field trips to the coast, desert, and other interesting places where fascinating stones and minerals can be found, collected and or worked for tumbling, cutting and polishing. We offer day trips and overnighters for both the novice and experienced rockhound. Our field trips are great fun for the entire family.
Times and dates are posted in our monthly newsletter.


Saturday, March 12, 2011
Quartz Mountain, Coarsegold, Madera County

Come and join us for a day of Quartz Crystal collecting behind the Casino in Coarsegold.  Quartz Mountain is a small BLM area, featuring smoky to clear quartz crystals.  It’s also the site of the historic Narbo Mine, a late 18th century gold camp.  Unfortunately (for the investors and miners) there wasn’t enough gold found to keep the mine open for long.

The crystals found here aren’t as big or flashy as Arkansas quartz, but the collecting is relatively easy, with mine dump, surface & pocket digging.

If you attended one of our digs there last year, you will remember the “trudge” up the Mountain. It wasn’t bad, but FGMS member Paul has improved the road up the Mountain, and it’s now passenger car accessible.

Quartz Mountain

Quartz Mountain

We will meet at the Chevron Station at Hwy 41 & Picayune Road at 9:30, and proceed to the dig site at 10 am. Please be prompt, since we’re required to close the gate after entering and I prefer digging to running up and down the Mountain.

Be sure to bring lunch with you, so I don’t have to open the gate repeatedly. The Chevron MiniMart has plenty of deep fried junk food, burgers & chips!  Dogs are welcome as long as they’re friendly and able to stay on a leash if necessary.

This event involves requires only very minimal hiking from the hilltop destination point. We will assemble at the Chevron mini mart. If you’re running late, CALL ME so we know you’re coming.

Sorry, no early departures. Departure time from the site is approximately 3 pm at this point, so be prepared to relax if you have your fill of digging.

The amount of hiking you do is up to you. Once at the hilltop gathering area, you’ll be able to start collecting within a few yards of your car. Collecting ranges from surface scratching to hard rock, vein “pocket” mining. We will be doing some (semi) organized mining, and there are plenty of tailings for those who wish to screen for smaller points.

We�re look forward to having a great time! Feel free to contact Kris or Bob with any questions.

Click here for the Google Maps link.

Field Trip Co-Chairman – Kris Rowe – 559-250-5057   Bob Coates – 559-313-0440

Delaware RockHound Gem and Mineral Show

Filed under: Coming Events,Rockhound Travel,field trip reports — Gary February 19, 2011 @ 11:35 pm

Delaware Rockhound Club

Saturday March 5, 2011 and Sunday March 6, 2011

The Delaware Mineralogical Society, Inc. will hold its 48th Annual Earth Science Gem and Mineral Show @  Delaware Technical and Community College @ I-95 Exit 4B, Churchmans Road (Rt 58) Newark (Stanton), DE 19713. Hours Saturday are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. The show features educational exhibits of mineral, lapidary and fossil specimens, displays from regional and university museums, a roster of fine dealers of minerals, fossils, gems, jewelry and lapidary supplies, door prizes, demonstrations of gem cutting and polishing and a children’s table, where youngsters may purchase inexpensive mineral and fossil specimens. Admission is $6.00, $5.00 for seniors, $4.00 for youngsters between 12 and 16, and free for children under 12 accompanied by an adult. The Delaware Mineralogical Society is a non-profit organization, affiliated with the Eastern Federation of Mineral Societies, and dedicated to learning and teaching about the earth sciences, rocks, minerals, fossils and the lapidary arts. Membership is open to all who are interested in these areas. Info and Coupons at or contact  Or call Wayne Urion (302) 998-0686.


Delaware Rockhounding

Check out all their past field trips!

Arundel Quarry, Havre de Grace, MD
Big Brook/Ramanessin Brook, Holmdel, NJ
Binkley-Ober Quarry, East Petersburg, PA
Burkholder Quarry, Eprata, PA
C & D Canal, Delaware City, DE
C. K. Williams Quarry, Easton, PA
Cornwall Mine, Cornwall, PA
Deer Lake, Schuykill Co., PA
Inversand Mine, Sewell, NJ
J T Dyer Quarry, Gibraltar, PA
Martin Limestone’s Kurtz Quarry, Denver, PA
Lee Creek, Aurora, NC
Libertyville Mines, Sykesville, MD
Meckley’s Quarry, Mandata, PA
Mud – Grubb Lake, Lancaster Co., PA
National Limestone Quarry, Mount Pleasant Mills, PA
Penn-MD Materials Quarry, Fulton, PA
Prospect Aggregates Quarry, Landisville, PA
Purse State Park (Liverpool Point, MD
Ramsey Run, Woodlawn Quarry, Wilmington, DE
Red Hill Fossil Area, Hyner, PA
Silver Hill Quarry, Narvon, PA
Teeter Quarry, Gettysburg, PA
University of Delaware Mineralogical Museum, Newark, DE
Bus Trip to Smithsonian, Washington, D. C.