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  • 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 Mother’s Day weekend (May 11 – 13, 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.
  • National Parks Senior Pass Fee Increase

    If you go to ANY National park or Public Lands requiring an entry fee, are 62 or older, and do not already have a Golden Age Pass (Senior Pass), then PLEASE READ THIS ANNOUNCEMENT by clicking here.

    If you do not have one and are 62 or older, this is your last chance to get your lifetime Senior Pass for just $10.00. 

    Congress, under Obama, increased the pricing for this pass,  BUT you still have a chance to get one if you act before August 28, 2017.

    Click here for full details.

  • 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

  • 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.
    Please use this URL to view top level description:
    Please choose “View Bill in NELIS” to review or use this URL:
    How to email Governor Brian Sandoval:
  • 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.


  • 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

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  • 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.