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The Sacramento Mineral Society (SMS) is a lapidary club located in Sacramento, CA which was organized in 1936 dedicated to increasing interest and knowledge of mineralogy and other geologic sciences, as well as lapidary arts and crafts, and a variety of jewelry arts.

To this end we conduct a variety of activities such as educational presentations in our monthly meetings, promoting and organizing field trips (to collect specimens, study geology, as well as learn about minerals as they occur in nature), 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.




Monthly Meetings

We have educational meetings that are open to the general public and members alike, and are held at the Sacramento County Cooperative building on the THIRD Thursday of every month at 7pm.

Our Junior Rockhound/Pebble pup Meetings are on the same evening, and they start at 6pm!

The address for the Sacramento County Cooperative Building is:
4145 Branch Center Rd., Sacramento, CA 95827

Read more about our meetings » HERE «

If you are in the area, please feel free to stop by and see what a meeting is like.


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Events News & Events : Nov. 21st Educational Meeting: Board Election and Members Show & Tell
Posted by Alyssa on Wednesday, November 06, 2019 (22:38:41) (43 reads)

This month we will be electing the Board of Directors for 2020 and having a Show and Tell for our members to bring in something cool from their collections to share with us all. Please contact Aaron so that he can assist with securing a table space for you (call or email the club if you need any help in contacting Aaron).

Our monthly educational meeting will as usual start at 7pm. There is a potluck as usual followed by the Monthly Challenge, the live rockhound auction and more!

Click the link below for more details about the monthly meeting and the address and directions.

This is a great night to come and see what the club is like if you are thinking about joining SMS and if you like it, you can join right there! Hope to see everyone there! :)



Our Junior Rockhound/Pebble pup Meeting will start at 6pm!
From Glenda:
November's meetings topic is going to be learning all about Famous Gems! This will be a continuation for earning the Gemstone Lore & Legend Badge.

Some of the gems we will be learning about include the Hope Diamond, Gachala Emerald, Medusa Emerald, the Flame Queen Opal, the Galaxy Opal, Star of India, Sunrise Ruby, Black Prince's Ruby.



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Events News & Events : September 19: Nominations for BOD and Show Meeting
Posted by Alyssa on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 (07:00:08) (154 reads)

From Toni:
This month we have some club business to attend to, Nominations! As the rock year draws to a close we need to begin thinking about who is going to lead us in the coming year. Next month is all about the show so we need to start the nomination process in order to hold elections in November. The December meeting is our annual holiday potluck and we like to have it all wrapped up by that time.

Being on the Board of Directors can be a rewarding experience. Don't worry if you feel like you are too “green” to run for office. Many of the old timers are more than happy to help smooth the way. I will personally help coach the next Vice-President, for example. Your life experience is often enough to guide you and we are all united in our love for rocks. It does take commitment, but it can be as much or as little as you can contribute. We have a monthly Board meeting, the monthly educational meeting, and of course Board members are heavily involved in the annual show.

We will have job descriptions available at the meeting. Please make an effort to attend this meeting as it is your club and we need you!

As always the meeting is a pot luck. Please bring a dish to share. I have a nice selection of items for the prize drawing and the auction that you can't miss! I will be posting pictures soon, including a moss agate that is awesome!

See you Thursday!

Antonia Barry
Your Vice-President




Our monthly educational meeting will as usual start at 7pm. Click the link below for more details about the monthly meeting and the address and directions.

There is a potluck as usual followed by the Monthly Challenge, the live rockhound auction and more!

This is a great night to come and see what the club is like if you are thinking about joining SMS and if you like it, you can join right there! Hope to see everyone there! :)




Our Junior Rockhound/Pebble pup Meeting will start at 6pm!

From Glenda:
We will be doing a mineral identification game and talk about the display cases for the kids at our upcoming annual show!!




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Events News & Events : August 15th Educational Meeting: How To Create a Display Case
Posted by Alyssa on Tuesday, August 06, 2019 (21:05:09) (188 reads)

This month the educational meeting will be “How To Create a Display Case” presented by Glenda Green and Toni Barry who will demonstrate how to use your personal collection to create a dazzling display. We will show you that whether you have an extensive collection, or just one fine piece, an eye catching display is easy and rewarding.

The club has upward of 25 cases for use by members and non-members alike. They have recently been painted and rewired with LED lighting. Volunteers will lug those monsters to the show and all you need to do is put your personal touch and pretty rocks inside. They are then closed and secured and ready for your beauties to be admired.

Our monthly educational meeting will as usual start at 7pm. Click the link below for more details about the monthly meeting and the address and directions.

There is a potluck as usual followed by the Monthly Challenge, the live rockhound auction and more!

This is a great night to come and see what the club is like if you are thinking about joining SMS and if you like it, you can join right there! Hope to see everyone there! :)

Our Junior Rockhound/Pebble pup Meeting will start at 6pm!

From Glenda: On September 1st we will be heading up to Black Butte Lake Recreational Area to gather agates and
jaspers. In preparation for this field trip, our next meeting will be focused around Field trip preparedness and field trip safety, which is necessary for the Field Trip badge.

We will also have a brief presentation about famous gemstones as part of a continuation for earning the "Gemstone Lore & Legend" badge. Also you don't want to miss this meeting as we will have special prize drawings at the end – you can only earn tickets by attending!

Please bring a snack for the Kids Potluck after their activity has concluded!



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News & Announcements News & Events : ANNOUNCEMENT: Lapidary Shop Closed July 28th
Posted by Alyssa on Saturday, July 27, 2019 (19:21:45) (183 reads)

Due to the extreme heat this weekend, we have decided
to keep the shop closed tomorrow, Sunday the 28th.

We will be open again on Tuesday, July 30th from 6pm to 9pm.

Our apologies for any inconvenience.

Stay cool!


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Events News & Events : July 18: Educational Meeting: Ametrines
Posted by Alyssa on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 (23:35:36) (218 reads)

Jim Hutchings will be giving a presentation on "Ametrines - very unique gemstones, with a love story!" Ametrine, a marketing name for a natural Quartz. Variety Amethyst and Citrine. The unusual geological conditions, in only one location, in Bolivia, produces this very expensive gemstone!

Our monthly educational meeting will as usual start at 7pm. Click the link below for more details about the monthly meeting and the address and directions.

There is a potluck as usual followed by the Monthly Challenge, the live rockhound auction and more!

This is a great night to come and see what the club is like if you are thinking about joining SMS and if you like it, you can join right there! Hope to see everyone there! :)

Our Junior Rockhound/Pebble pup Meeting will start at 6pm!

From Glenda: This month we are going to learn about fluorescent and phosphorescent minerals! If you are wondering what those fancy words mean: Fluorescent means that it glows under Ultraviolet light. Phosphorescent means that it glows in the dark. A phosphorescent mineral will glow briefly even after the UV light source is removed.

Please bring a snack for the Kids Potluck after their activity has concluded!



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