2017 RGMS Jackpot of Gems Show

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

Executive Order dealing with National Monuments

President Trump is preparing to sign an Executive Order dealing with National Monuments (NM's). It has been brought to my attention that there have been quite a few op-eds, blogs, and press releases supporting Bears Ears, North Maine Woods, and other monstrous NMs, but few opposing these designations and advocating for abolishing NMs, downsizing NMs, and abolishing or reforming the Antiquities Act. If you can help publicize the case against National Monuments (either specific ones or generally), please do so now. And send your finished pieces (including links) to info@mmacusa.org so that they can be forwarded to the right people in the White House and Interior. Sooner and shorter is better than later and longer. Pass this to everyone you know and fast. Minerals & Mining Advisory Council (MMAC) 661.724.MINE (6463) info@mmacusa.org www.mmacusa.org Follow Us; Twitter: @mmacusa Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MMACUSA

Nevada Assembly Bill on Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining

Nevada Citizens involved in prospecting, mineral, gem collecting,
Nevada club members be aware of Nevada’s Assembly Bill 101 "Assembly Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining”.  It affects negatively with the club’s ability to prospect in Nevada for minerals.  If approved by the Assembly it could reach Governor Brian Sandoval’s desk for acceptance or veto in immediate future.  Ask Governor Brian Sandoval to veto.
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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. Grab_Pack_Survival


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

New Location – Various Material

On Saturday the 14th of July we will go to a new location. Malachite, Azurite and small Garnets will be the primary collecting material. Jasper and Agate may also be found. This will be a easy one day trip.


To get to the meeting site travel east on Hwy. 80 to exit 83. This is where Hwy. 95 goes South to Fallon, and there is a rest area at that exit. Allow at least one hour from Vista Blvd./Hwy 80. (That is at speed limits with no stops). We will meet in the rest area and leave from there at 9:30. The collecting site will be about a 9-mile travel on a well-graded dirt road. Any vehicle will be able to make it.

What To Bring:

Make sure to bring water to drink, something for lunch, and there is no shade. Equipment needed will be rock hammer, pick, shovel and buckets or bags to carry material home in.


If you do not like digging there is a lot of material to just surface pick. All children must be watched and dogs tied up as there are mine adits; most have been fenced. Do not enter any mine openings. Any questions call Jim Welker 775-847-5278 or e-mail jimw@highlandswireless.net

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Membership Application

Member annual dues are $30 for an individual or $40 for a household. Children of members (under the age of 18) are free. Children are invited and encouraged to participate in all of the regularly scheduled Club activities. Membership Applications are available during the General Meeting each month. Complete application forms are submitted at the next scheduled Board of Directors meeting for approval. Membership application form