2020 Jackpot of Gems Show – CANCELLED

“Jackpot of Gems” Show

The  Reno Gem and Mineral Society, Inc. “Jackpot of Gems” Show previously scheduled for April 4th and 5th, 2020 at the Reno Convention Center has been cancelled for this year.

In addition, the April RGMS General Meeting is also cancelled. 

Classes for March at the Rock Building are also cancelled.  


Field Trip Report – April 2020

We now have a date for our trip to the Otteson turquoise mine. This trip is planned for Sunday, June 28th and is located just outside of Tonopah. This is a fee dig. The cost is $150 dollars per person or $250 per couple. This is a half day dig and they say you will get a bucket of material. I will have a sign-up sheet at April’s meeting* or you can email me at rgms.fieldtrips@gmail.com and I can put you on the list. There is a limit on the number of people that can attend, and I’ll pass that information on as soon as I get it. I know it is at least 20. 
Rockhounding takes us to all kinds of locations, and it is YOUR responsibility to know where you are. Is it private, blm, or a claim? There are many resources, especially with the technology we have today, to know where you are at all times. One that I use on my phone is called onX hunt. It runs $30 dollars per year and it’s like having a gps. It also shows who owns the land, you can mark your vehicle location, and it will track you while you hike. Another resource to view claims is called Thediggings.com and shows mining claims for several different states including Nevada. Just click on Nevada, then click on the map, and all the claims show up. You can look at just the active claims by clicking on filter, then click disposition and click active. I also like to change the map to satellite; that way you can see the terrain better. When you click on the claim, you will get information about the claim and the owner. With these resources and others there is no reason not to know where you are, and who owns the land or the claim. 
Our other scheduled trips are :
May 15th-17th Gabbs
June 6 Lovelock (day trip)
June 28 Tonopah turquoise dig. 
August 14th-16thBlackrock Desert 
Look for more information on these trips in upcoming issues of the Conglomerate. If you would like to lead a trip or make suggestions please reach out to me at rgms.fieltrips@gmail.com
That’s all for now. Happy hounding!

*ED: April meeting is cancelled. Best to email Rob ASAP.

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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.


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

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