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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 : August 15th Educational Meeting: How To Create a Display Case
Posted by Alyssa on Tuesday, August 06, 2019 (21:05:09) (28 reads)

This month the educational meeting will be “How To Create a Display Case” presented by Glenda Green and Toni Barry who will demonstrate how to use your personal collection to create a dazzling display. We will show you that whether you have an extensive collection, or just one fine piece, an eye catching display is easy and rewarding.

The club has upward of 25 cases for use by members and non-members alike. They have recently been painted and rewired with LED lighting. Volunteers will lug those monsters to the show and all you need to do is put your personal touch and pretty rocks inside. They are then closed and secured and ready for your beauties to be admired.

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: On September 1st we will be heading up to Black Butte Lake Recreational Area to gather agates and
jaspers. In preparation for this field trip, our next meeting will be focused around Field trip preparedness and field trip safety, which is necessary for the Field Trip badge.

We will also have a brief presentation about famous gemstones as part of a continuation for earning the "Gemstone Lore & Legend" badge. Also you don't want to miss this meeting as we will have special prize drawings at the end – you can only earn tickets by attending!

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



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News & Announcements News & Events : ANNOUNCEMENT: Lapidary Shop Closed July 28th
Posted by Alyssa on Saturday, July 27, 2019 (19:21:45) (38 reads)

Due to the extreme heat this weekend, we have decided
to keep the shop closed tomorrow, Sunday the 28th.

We will be open again on Tuesday, July 30th from 6pm to 9pm.

Our apologies for any inconvenience.

Stay cool!


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Events News & Events : July 18: Educational Meeting: Ametrines
Posted by Alyssa on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 (23:35:36) (51 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) (121 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) (202 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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