Welcome to the online home for the Santa Cruz Mineral and Gem
Society. The object of this society shall be to unite and associate
those persons who are interested in the study and collecting of minerals
and gemstones; for the mutual improvement in the art of cutting and polishing
gem or semi-gem material; and for increasing the knowledge of its members
about the various earth sciences. Welcome!
Organized May 1949
Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month
at 7:00 PM at the Live Oak Grange Hall
, 1900 17th Avenue in Santa Cruz (Live Oak).
The general meetings involve a short board
meeting including public announcements and open discussions. An organized
educational presentation is given after a short social break and raffle.
Junior participation is encouraged and guests are always welcome.
Applications for membership may be made after attending three
meetings. Dues are $20 for single, $25 for a family. Dues
are due October 1st of each year.
Our monthly newsletter, "The Lapidarian", includes announcements
of field trips and other club related events, shows to see, interesting and
informative articles on geology, lapidary and other aspects of our hobby, upcoming
presentations, committee reports and more fun than you can shake a petrified
wood stick at.
In addition to our annual show, field
trips, and rock shop (follow the links at
the top of the page) there is available for member checkout, a variety of literature
featuring Geology, Paleontology, Jewelry fabrication, Gem Encyclopedia
An important objective of SCMGS is supporting and fostering education regarding
geology, lapidary arts, jewelry making, and earth sciences. We do this in many ways:
in-school presentations and donations of related educational material;
scholarships to local area students.
A primary source of funding for educational activities is the "Pick Your Prize" at the
annual SCMGS gem and mineral show. Pick Your Prize typically has one grand prize
choice and several other prize packages. Participants purchase tickets, which they
place into boxes corresponding to a particular prize they wish to win. The grand prize is
usually a choice between two large display specimens, typically an Amethyst or Citrine
Cathedral and a large fossil display. Examples of other prize packages, each offered as
a whole set, are:
Gold Country Get Away: lodging, meals and slot-play certificates at Black Oak
Casino, along with other Black Oak Casino gifts;
Santa Cruz Fun Pack: Santa Cruz Boardwalk ride certificates, Roaring Camp Gift
Certificates, Seymour Center at Long Marine Labs Certificates;
Mineral Package: a collection of high end minerals from around the world;
Jewelry Package: a collection of high end hand made jewelry, beads and pearls;
Rockhound Field Trip starter kit: rock pick, collecting bag, goggles, spray bottle
and other goodies for the starting rockhound;
Adult's night out package: Wine, wine tote, Santa Cruz Symphony tickets and
dining gift card.
These packages are items the Society purchases wholesale, and donations from
members, show vendors, and other agencies and companies. We would like to thank
our many donors and highlight a few with links below.