About The San Francisco Gem and Mineral Society
The San Francisco Gem & Mineral Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education and enjoyment of it's members and the community at large with respect to rocks, minerals, gemstones, lapidary arts and all things related. We have monthly meetings, at the club's own clubhouse in San Francisco, featuring speakers across the spectrum at every level, from dedicated hobbyists to world-renowned experts. The general public is always invited to attend free of charge.
For members, the club offers well equipped facilities for lapidary, jewelry-making, metal-work and related crafts six days per week. We have a stable of "instructors," covering almost every facet of the hobby. Someone is always scheduled to be at the clubhouse to help, one-on-one, with anything you need. Many of the club's members are quite accomplished in their areas of interest and are very helpful when asked. We also schedule periodic classes dedicated to specific areas of interest to members. We also have an extensive library of excellent reference materials and information, much of it available for lending for in-depth study at home. Members are encouraged to come in, take advantage of the facilities, catch up or keep abreast of club news and activities and socialize with other members. There's always an assortment of rough materials - minerals, rocks, slabs and etc. available on a first-come first-served basis.
Each year, in August, We hold our annual gem and mineral show to showcase just a tiny amount of the many fantastic skills developed and materials collected or crafted by club members and the local community over the years. There's always new and exciting things to see - and lots of vendors offering for sale, everything from rocks to gems, books to jewelry-making tools, crystals to grit. We also have several annual club functions throughout the year with great food, gem and mineral auctions, and great camaraderie. Scroll down the page for a little more history of the club.
To further promote and perpetuate our interest in all things gem & mineral, The San Francisco Gem and Mineral Society maintains membership with other organizations that have similar goals, and from which affiliation all parties gain mutual benefit. These include:
A Little History...
The San Francisco Gem & Mineral Society was organized in 1935 by a group of 16 persons interested in the educational study of minerals. They met in a private home to form the Northern California Mineral Society. The following year, in 1936, the Society was one of eight charter societies that planned the formation of the statewide organization that became the The California Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc.
In 1954 the organization changed it's name from Northern California Mineral Society to The San Francisco Gem & Mineral Society, because of the formation of other societies in Northern California, who also were involved with this rapidly growing hobby. The SFGMS was formed as an educational non-profit society, organized to create, develop and encourage a general interest and appreciation of the earth sciences and the lapidary arts and to provide a gathering place and workshop for those who were interested.
In 1957, increasing membership made possible the purchase of our building at 4134 Judah Street, and by 1963 the mortgage was paid in full. With a larger area, there were more and better facilities to conduct classes in the workshop. Then, as now, mineral collecting was encouraged, and all lapidary arts were taught, with outstanding results in carving, faceting, intarsia, jewelry, lapidary, and silver. Special events - social, educational and fund-raising, as well as Board meetings and committee meetings are still held here.
San Francisco hosted the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies' Convention and Show in 1938, 1955, and 1976. The jade clock, a SFGMS project, was first exhibited at the Federation Show on June 16, 1959 at San Mateo. A jade train was the club project for the "Spirit of '76" show at the Cow Palace in 1976.
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