Facebook, Instagram and Twitter Links

We now have links to our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts available! Just click the icon corresponding to the site you’d like to follow us on and it’ll take you right to our official accounts. If you ever have questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns about the accounts or the society in general reach out to us on our Facebook site!

 

2019 Jackpot of Gems!

        

 (Click the arrow in the above box to see the commercial aired for last years JPOG on Channels, 2, 4, 8 and FOX)

USGS Quad Maps – Free Download

Great news for anyone who likes to use USGS Maps when they are out and about! National Geographic has announced a FREE site to download AND print quad maps. If you are interested, check this out: http://www.natgeomaps.com/trail-maps/pdf-quads Page one of the print is an overview of that specific quad. Pages 2-5 is the quadrant broken down for printing. The one I checked out was from 1997 but a lot of the roads we still use are on them.
The site is pretty self explanatory and you can zoom in pretty quickly. Let us know what you think.

 
National Geographic Maps makes the world’s best wall maps, recreation maps, travel maps, atlases and globes for people to explore and understand the world.
 
 

Lapidary

Welcome to the wonderful world of lapidary. In this class you will learn the basics of shaping cabochons. The process takes you through the steps of selecting a slab of stone, drawing a design, using a trim saw to cut the stone, and shaping and polishing your cabochon.  The class also covers the basics of shop safety and how to use lapidary equipment. Other topics covered may include slab selection and advanced techniques. The instructors, Barbara Hartman and Lloyd Raymod, are both well qualified and have been teaching lapidary for a long time.

What is a Cabochon?  Click here for a definition

What are the steps to create a Cabochon?

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What Equipment is available at RGMS Shop to create Cabochons?

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Slab Saw – to cut slaps from larger rocks

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Trim Saws – used to “rough out” the cabochon shape

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Grinding Stations – used to further shape Cabochon (multiple grits available)

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Polish Station (left) – used for final polishing of the Cabochon


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