The San Francisco Gem & Mineral Society's

The 54th Annual Golden Gateway to Gems

August 2-3, 2008

Was Dedicated in Fond and Loving Memory to

Ida Kawaguchi

In honor of the SFGMS and it's 2008 show, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom,
through official proclamation, declared the first week of August as
Gem and Mineral Week in the city of San Francisco.

Click here to see exhibitor show cases from the 2008 show.

A display of just a few of Ida Kawaguchi's many wonderful creations and mementos.

Ida enjoyed every area of our hobby and gave generously of her time and talent, to the benefit of all in the club.

Intrepid Show Committee Chairwoman Ellen Nott enjoys her coffee on-the-run as she oversees all facets of show set-up on Friday afternoon.

Mary Sue Bucher, who teaches the Tuesday Night beading classes at the club house, demonstrates techniques and styles to show goers.

Skip Strange demonstrates carving techniques on jade. Here, he shows how a piece is marked up to establish the design.

Carleen Mont-Eton jovially demonstrates the new art-form of precious metal clay, which can make designer jewelry an option for almost everyone.

Nerve central - the information desk. Membership, t-shirts, magazines, door prizes, raffle tickets, lots of information - and general fun.

An exceptional array of raffle prizes were offered this year - a wonderful "bead crochet" necklace by Mary Sue Bucher; a delicate free-form rose quartz ring made by Joe Dempsey and Robert Andrini; a fine benitoite specimen from Ben & Ellen Nott; an intricate patterned fine bead bracelet by Jennifer Mack; a silver pendant with hand faceted smokey quartz by Robert Andrini and Joe Dempsey; and the grand prize, a huge Chatham Ruby crystal uniquely mounted in a silver pendant by Robert Andrini.

Si Frazier gave a typically engaging slide presentation and talk on collecting in California and the local geology that makes california what it is, mineralogically. Mike Burkleo gave a fine talk on California jade, including the subtleties and changing values of nephrite and jadeite.

Mandy Flowers does a security gig and models a lost-wax casting in silver that she made at the clubhouse. Past President Ron Bernardi comes in from the mother ship to help out with the show.

An active crowd peruses the many fine vendor offerings in the dealer's room. This year there was an exceptional selection of gems, rocks jewelry, supplies, books, and particularly fine mineral specimens - and many excellent bargains.

The San Francisco Gem & Mineral Society is educational and fun. Its activities provide many opportunities to socialize and learn about rocks, minerals, gems, jewelry making, and lapidary arts through classes, field trips, presentations and events, such as our annual Gem & Mineral Show every August. Gem and mineral people are an unpretentious lot who love to learn and share their knowlege and experiences. If you are fascinated by the wonder and diversity of the world beneath your feet, you should consider joining the club!

Click here for membership information.

Click here to view exhibitor show cases from the 2008 show.

The San Francisco Gem & Mineral Society, Inc.

4134 Judah Street

San Francisco, CA 94122


Guests and visitors are welcome at all meetings which are usually held
on the first Friday of each month, 8 pm at the clubhouse.

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