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.
Our activities include:
The program is usually educational and relating to some aspect of the hobby or a related subject.
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.