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Welcome to the online home for the Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem Society. The object of this society shall be to unite and associate those persons who are interested in the study and collecting of minerals and gemstones; for the mutual improvement in the art of cutting and polishing gem or semi-gem material; and for increasing the knowledge of its members about the various earth sciences. Welcome!


Organized May 1949

Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Live Oak Grange Hall , 1900 17th Avenue in Santa Cruz (Live Oak).

The general meetings involve a short board meeting including public announcements and open discussions. An organized educational presentation is given after a short social break and raffle. Junior participation is encouraged and guests are always welcome.

Applications for membership may be made after attending three meetings. Dues are $20 for single, $25 for a family. Dues are due October 1st of each year.

Our monthly newsletter, "The Lapidarian", includes announcements of field trips and other club related events, shows to see, interesting and informative articles on geology, lapidary and other aspects of our hobby, upcoming presentations, committee reports and more fun than you can shake a petrified wood stick at.

In addition to our annual show, field trips, and rock shop (follow the links at the top of the page) there is available for member checkout, a variety of literature featuring  Geology, Paleontology, Jewelry fabrication, Gem Encyclopedia and more.


Educational Activities

An important objective of SCMGS is supporting and fostering education regarding geology, lapidary arts, jewelry making, and earth sciences. We do this in many ways:

A primary source of funding for educational activities is the "Pick Your Prize" at the annual SCMGS gem and mineral show. Pick Your Prize typically has one grand prize choice and several other prize packages. Participants purchase tickets, which they place into boxes corresponding to a particular prize they wish to win. The grand prize is usually a choice between two large display specimens, typically an Amethyst or Citrine Cathedral and a large fossil display. Examples of other prize packages, each offered as a whole set, are:

  • Gold Country Get Away: lodging, meals and slot-play certificates at Black Oak Casino, along with other Black Oak Casino gifts;
  • Santa Cruz Fun Pack: Santa Cruz Boardwalk ride certificates, Roaring Camp Gift Certificates, Seymour Center at Long Marine Labs Certificates;
  • Mineral Package: a collection of high end minerals from around the world;
  • Jewelry Package: a collection of high end hand made jewelry, beads and pearls;
  • Rockhound Field Trip starter kit: rock pick, collecting bag, goggles, spray bottle and other goodies for the starting rockhound;
  • Adult's night out package: Wine, wine tote, Santa Cruz Symphony tickets and dining gift card.

These packages are items the Society purchases wholesale, and donations from members, show vendors, and other agencies and companies. We would like to thank our many donors and highlight a few with links below.


   Board Officers


    President - Dale Bruce

    Vice President - Randy Harris

    Treasurer - Joanne Meyer

    Secretary & Editor - Mike Cox

    Directors
      Pat Cultera
      June Harris
      Karen Welder



Contact Information - Club Business mail address: PO BOX 343, SantaCruz, CA 95061