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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: www.gemandmineral.cc

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


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