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The Sacramento Mineral Society (SMS) is a lapidary club located in Sacramento, CA which was organized in 1936 dedicated to increasing interest and knowledge of mineralogy and other geologic sciences, as well as lapidary arts and crafts, and a variety of jewelry arts.

To this end we conduct a variety of activities such as educational presentations in our monthly meetings, promoting and organizing field trips (to collect specimens, study geology, as well as learn about minerals as they occur in nature), a club house / lapidary shop run by our members. We provide the Sacramento community a resource by offering on-going education and practice in lapidary techniques and the related arts.

Our Annual Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show attracts vendors from all over the western United States.

We also award geological scholarships each year to individuals from local colleges.

Members volunteer their time throughout the year for community service-related events, gem shows, and other activities.




Monthly Meetings

We have educational meetings that are open to the general public and members alike, and are held at the Sacramento County Cooperative building on the THIRD Thursday of every month at 7pm.

Our Junior Rockhound/Pebble pup Meetings are on the same evening, and they start at 6pm!

The address for the Sacramento County Cooperative Building is:
4145 Branch Center Rd., Sacramento, CA 95827

Read more about our meetings » HERE «

If you are in the area, please feel free to stop by and see what a meeting is like.


Posted on Saturday, December 29

Summer Hours Now In Effect!
From June 22nd to September 29th the SMS lapidary shop will be open
from 10am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday to help beat the heat.


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Events News & Events : July 18: Educational Meeting: Ametrines
Posted by Alyssa on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 (23:35:36) (13 reads)

Jim Hutchings will be giving a presentation on "Ametrines - very unique gemstones, with a love story!" Ametrine, a marketing name for a natural Quartz. Variety Amethyst and Citrine. The unusual geological conditions, in only one location, in Bolivia, produces this very expensive gemstone!

Our monthly educational meeting will as usual start at 7pm. Click the link below for more details about the monthly meeting and the address and directions.

There is a potluck as usual followed by the Monthly Challenge, the live rockhound auction and more!

This is a great night to come and see what the club is like if you are thinking about joining SMS and if you like it, you can join right there! Hope to see everyone there! :)

Our Junior Rockhound/Pebble pup Meeting will start at 6pm!

From Glenda: This month we are going to learn about fluorescent and phosphorescent minerals! If you are wondering what those fancy words mean: Fluorescent means that it glows under Ultraviolet light. Phosphorescent means that it glows in the dark. A phosphorescent mineral will glow briefly even after the UV light source is removed.

Please bring a snack for the Kids Potluck after their activity has concluded!



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Events News & Events : June 20th Educational Meeting: Rock Tumbling Basics
Posted by Alyssa on Wednesday, June 05, 2019 (02:00:03) (73 reads)

This month our speaker is Inga Holmquist, who is doing a presentation on "Rock Tumbling Basics" - her tumbled rocks are just exquisite and she gives such a fantastic presentation and directions on how to get that extraordinary polish that she gets on her tumbled rocks

There is a potluck as usual followed by the Monthly Challenge, the live rockhound auction and more!

This is a great night to come and see what the club is like if you are thinking about joining SMS and if you like it, you can join right there! Hope to see everyone there! :)



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In Memoriam In Memoriam : A moment of silence in SMS for Greg Tidwell
Posted by Alyssa on Thursday, April 25, 2019 (18:17:27) (161 reads)

I have just heard that one of our members, Greg Tidwell, passed away on April 22, 2019.

We at SMS all send our deepest condolences and prayers to Greg's family at this time. He will be DEEPLY missed by his wife and two children, and all that knew him. Binx his daughter was also involved in the club for a little bit as well.

Greg was a member that had recently come back to the club and he really loved working with rocks, he was one of those that had a natural gift for working rocks and had a great eye for detail, and made lovely jewelry as well.

As we learn of any services being held for him - we will let everyone know.

So at this time please take a moment of silence for another rockhound that has left us all too soon.

Hug those you love close to you and tell them you love them.

heart beat

~Alyssa


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Events News & Events : April 18th Educational Meeting: Gold Mining with Rich Hussy
Posted by Alyssa on Tuesday, April 02, 2019 (19:44:25) (154 reads)

This month our speaker is Rich Hussy from the Mother Lode Goldhounds, who is doing a presentation on gold mining. Rich has been panning since 1998 and will tell tales and maybe some secrets!

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Our Junior Rockhound/Pebble pup Meeting will start at 6pm!
Please bring a snack for the Kids Potluck after their activity has concluded!

From Glenda: It was so wonderful to see so many of you at the March meeting! We talked about the mineral of the month, Wulfenite, and I enjoyed learning about and making miniature rock collections with you. I hope you are inspired to continue to collect miniature and thumbnail specimens in the future. When it comes to rocks, remember, bigger isn’t always better!

This month we will be learning about GOLD!
Join us for an activity with Justin Ferrell where we will learn the techniques of gold panning, using pyrite as our material. You will even get to keep the pyrite!

April is here and spring is in the air... which means warm weather that will be perfect for going on rockhounding field trips. Hooray! Spring is also a great time to go rock hunting because the rain can wash away sediments and reveal new layers of minerals. Alyssa and I will be planning some field trips just for you, to be announced at the May Jr. Rockhounds meeting.

Please make sure your membership is up-to-date so that you can join in on all the fun!

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After the presentation there is a potluck as usual followed by the Monthly Challenge, the live Rockhound Auction and more!

This is a great night to come and see what the club is like if you are thinking about joining SMS and if you like it, you can join right there! Hope to see everyone there! :)



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Events News & Events : March 21st Educational Meeting: Fossils for Fun
Posted by Alyssa on Thursday, March 07, 2019 (08:14:37) (246 reads)

This month our speaker is Debbie Bun from the Sacramento Fossils for Fun club, who is doing a presentation about fossils!

This is a potluck as usual followed by the Monthly Challenge, the live rockhound auction and more!

This is a great night to come and see what the club is like if you are thinking about joining SMS and if you like it, you can join right there! Hope to see everyone there! :)



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