The Sacramento Mineral Society (SMS) is an educational & social non-profit located in Sacramento, CA which was organized in 1936 and is dedicated to increasing interest and knowledge of mineralogy, geologic sciences, and lapidary arts.
To this end, we conduct a variety of activities including our monthly educational meetings, promoting and organizing field trips (to collect specimens, study geology, as well as learn about minerals as they occur in nature), and 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.
We have educational meetings that are open to the general public and members alike.
They are currently held at the Sacramento County Cooperative Building on the FIRST Thursday of every month at 7pm.
Our Junior Rockhound Meetings are on the same evening, at 6pm.
If you are in the area, please feel free to stop by and see what a meeting is like.
The address for the Sacramento County Cooperative Building is:
4145 Branch Center Rd., Sacramento, CA 95827
We have a fully stocked workshop at the SMS clubhouse with a variety of lapidary equipment and other resources for our members.
Classes & Field Trips
We offer a variety of classes for our members as well as the general public. Join us today for access to members-only rockhounding field trips.
We do a variety of community outreach events promoting our organization and the earth sciences as well as our annual Gem and Mineral Show! The Spinning Wheel is always a big hit with kids and adults alike!
We have Educational Meetings every month with educational presentation about rocks, the earth sciences, fossils, or other topics of interest. Junior members can earn badges and specimens to grow their collections.