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  • 2017 Jack Pot of Gems
    2017 RGMS Jackpot of Gems Show

    The Reno Gem & Mineral Society Announces our 52nd Annual “Jackpot of Gems” Rock, Gem, and Mineral Show

    Post expires at 7:59am on Monday May 8th, 2017

  • 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.
  • October 2015: Gary Atkins on Field Trip Emergency Survival

    Our guest speaker for October was Gary Atkins. Gary is a member of our Society and also an experienced field trip participant. Gary spoke on preparation of materials we all should think about taking with us into the field.

    Gary brought one of his “emergency” backpacks he carries when with him at all times.  Attached is a suggested “list” of survival items to thing about for your “survival” pack.


  • USFS Obsidian Collection Policy

    USFS Warner Mt Obsidian Management Policy – Comment Below

    usfsAttached is the simple 2-page Policy that basically says the Modoc makes obsidian as a mineral material available as provided by law, regulation and policy. The real nuts and bolts of putting the policy into practice are in the management plan, also attached, which is fairly extensive. I will send a complete copy with all appendices to you via USPS. We would like to have responses to us by March 1st if you could possibly manage it. You are welcome to make responses by email which is probably the quickest.

    At any rate, here is the Policy and the Plan with a complete copy being sent USPS today. Thank you for your interest and please feel free to share widely the information I’m sending. We very much want to hear from the public who uses or has interest in the obsidian collection offered on the Warner Mountains.

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    Post expires at 2:00am on Friday April 10th, 2015

  • 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?


    What Equipment is available at RGMS Shop to create Cabochons?


    Slab Saw – to cut slaps from larger rocks


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


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


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

  • RGMS History

    In the 1950’s there were two gem and mineral societies in the Reno area. First formed was the Washoe Gem and Mineral Society, Inc. Then the Pyramid Gem and Mineral Society formed. In the mid 1960’s, the two societies merged and became the ‘Reno Gem and Mineral Society, Incorporated’.

    Until 1976, the Societies held their meetings, classes, etc. in homes, garages and basements. In 1976 the Society moved to its’ present location at 480 S. Rock Blvd., Sparks, Nevada.

    The Society was given non-profit status by the IRS in 1984 under code 501 (c)(7). In March 2012, the non-profit status was changed to code 501 (c)(3). We are now classified as a public charity and can provide statements to donors of more than $250.00 so they can claim a tax deduction.