The Reno Gem & Mineral Society is a non-profit group organized for the purpose of creating, developing, and encouraging interest in the earth sciences, gem and mineral hobbies.
We ask that perspective members attend a monthly meeting to meet and talk with other members about our society. Membership applications are available at the monthly meeting. Membership costs are about $50 per year for a family, less for individual memberships.
Our Club House:
480 South Rock Boulevard
Sparks, Nevada 89431
Our activities include:
All are welcome at our monthly general meeting held the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at:
Baldini’s Sports Casino
865 South Rock Boulevard
Sparks, Nevada 89431
The program is usually educational and relating to some aspect of the hobby or a related subject.
Board meetings are held every second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m.
Field trips for the purpose of learning the location and identification of various materials. Trips are normally scheduled at least once a month except in the winter. They are a combination of one day and longer overnight trips.
Classes are held in the workshop during the fall, winter and spring months. Members can further their knowledge of lapidary, silver-jewelry (hand crafted and casting), carving, beading, wire wrap jewelry, basket weaving, etc.
Class offering depend on the availability of experienced members to undertake the instruction of students.
Additional time for qualified persons to independently work their material is made available in our well-equipped workshop.
RGMS holds a “Jackpot of Gems” show and two craft fairs each year. Members, and others, are encouraged to exhibit the materials they have made and/or collected. There are dealers selling items such as jewelry, polished and faceted stones, jewelry findings, tools and minerals.
RGMS is a member of the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies and exhibitors are encouraged to enter their displays in competition under the California Federation rules.
Several functions are held each year, including potluck suppers, an annual picnic, and a Christmas party. A fund raising rummage sale and a craft fair are also usually held.