Facebook, Instagram and Twitter Links

There’s been some small but mighty new additions to the right column of our website, renorockhounds.com.

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. Twitter is still getting up and running but our Facebook and Instagram are well-established and ready to go. If you ever have questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns about the accounts or the society in general reach out to us on one of these sites or use the Contact Us form on renorockhounds.com and we’ll be happy to hear from you!

 

Artisan Craft Fairs – 2018

Twice a year we have a wonderful event called the Artisan Craft Fair, featuring items sold by our members.  We have the fabulous “Wheel of Fortune” for the younger crowd, where everyone is a winner!  Our next fair is November 9th, 10th, and 11th, 2018 at the Reno Town  Mall! 

Please pass on this invitation to all your friends and come to our Fair.  We’ll be selling unique jewelry and pendants, fossils, mineral specimens, faceted gems and cabochons, just to name a few of our items to keep or give as gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day, and all the gift-giving holidays.  Looking forward to seeing your smiling faces at our booths!
 
As always, free parking and no admission charge.
 
 

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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