Author: slowebmaster

  • April 10, 2024 Meeting

    A great showing for both the junior rockhounds program and the general program! In junior rockhounds, the kids learned about the three types of rocks: sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic. Then they learned about mineral identification: the Mohs scale, a scratch test on tile, and an acid test (which didn’t fizz as much as we hoped…

  • March 13, 2024 Meeting

    Junior rockhounds is taking off! We had nine kids join the second meeting, where they learned about jaspers and piezoelectricity m quartz. The general meeting, which was packed,  included a special presentation from the O.G. rockhound, Jim Mills, “Rockhound Nostalgia.” We had the awesome silent auction and the raffle. Join us! Everyone is welcome!

  • February 14, 2024 Meeting <3

    Today we held the very first (of many) junior rockhound programs at 6:15 pm before the general meeting! Kim led with an intro to quartz. The kids got to keep specimens in their newly gifted rock boxes. This may have been the very first meeting, but a good number of families showed up. All the…

  • January 10, 2024 Meeting

    Some great options on the silent auction table! Today was a day for show and tell. Many members brought in cool finds and things they needed help identifying! There was petrified whale bone from Santa Barbara county, Benitoite (California’s state gemstone) from Benito County, lots of quartz, UV rocks, and more! The first junior rockhound…

  • Holiday potluck meeting!

    The club met early at 6pm with an incredible potluck spread. After chatting and chowing down, it was time to pick a rock themed gift from the pile. Anyone who brought a gift could grab one and then could trade at the end. Who knew we had so many members!?! After eating and gifts it…

  • November 8, 2023 Meeting

    We had a great showing for the meeting this month, which included volunteering people for elected positions within the club. Kim and Mary have been wearing too many hats for years and were ready to hand over the reins. Dan signed up for CFMS liaison. Mary continues as show chair. Kim will cover meeting planning,…

  • 2023 Show Summary and Info

    2023 Show Summary and Info

    Thanks to everyone who helped make our show last weekend a success. Things were a lot smoother this year. Last year we had ridiculous restrictions and limited access to the building due to COVID. Also last year, there was much pent up demand for events after two years of cancelations due to the pandemic. This…

  • 2023 Dealer List for Gems By The Sea

    The 2023 Gems By The Sea show will happen in just three more weeks.  We are expecting these two dozen dealers to participate in the show. Amber Gifts Gem trees, cabs, rocks, jewelry, fossils Bruce Autolitano Beads Zone Semiprecious stone beads and findings Elethea & Cliff Brewen Jewelry, finished rock, rough rock Crystal Monster Minerals,…