Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society

Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society The museum is located at 123 W. Alvarado Street, Fallbrook, California 92028 (760) 723-1130. Our museum is open Fridays 11-3 & Saturdays 10-4.

Free admission. Minerals, fossils, gems, and jewelry

Operating as usual

❤️Best wishes to Michelle Shearer, our outgoing administrator, who has been the keystone of FGMS through some crazy time...
10/16/2021

❤️Best wishes to Michelle Shearer, our outgoing administrator, who has been the keystone of FGMS through some crazy times. She’ll still be around as a Board member and volunteer. Michelle plans to work on growing her business https://wiremoonjewelry.com Wire Moon Jewelry and attend classes at GIA in addition to other adventures!

❤️Best wishes to Michelle Shearer, our outgoing administrator, who has been the keystone of FGMS through some crazy times. She’ll still be around as a Board member and volunteer. Michelle plans to work on growing her business https://wiremoonjewelry.com Wire Moon Jewelry and attend classes at GIA in addition to other adventures!

Thank you South Orange County Gem and Mineral Society for having a booth at this year's Fall Festival of Gems! So glad y...
10/12/2021

Thank you South Orange County Gem and Mineral Society for having a booth at this year's Fall Festival of Gems! So glad you had a great time.

South Orange County Gem & Mineral Society – A Club dedicated to Rocks, Gems, Minerals & Fossils
10/12/2021
South Orange County Gem & Mineral Society – A Club dedicated to Rocks, Gems, Minerals & Fossils

South Orange County Gem & Mineral Society – A Club dedicated to Rocks, Gems, Minerals & Fossils

OUR PURPOSE Founded in 1962, The South Orange County Gem and Mineral Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to stimulating interest in the Earth Sciences and Lapidary Arts by furthering the knowledge of its members and the public, by disseminating knowledge, methods, and procedures for the st...

Tomorrow is the big day! Gems, minerals, fossils, geodes, jewelry, raffle items and more can be found at tomorrow's Fall...
10/09/2021

Tomorrow is the big day! Gems, minerals, fossils, geodes, jewelry, raffle items and more can be found at tomorrow's Fall Festival of Gems!

When: October 10th. 9am – 4pm
Where: Across the street from the Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Museum 123 W. Alvarado St, Fallbrook, Ca. In the parking lot. Free admission. Free parking.

Masks are strongly encouraged outdoors during the event and are required inside our free museum.

Tomorrow is the big day! Gems, minerals, fossils, geodes, jewelry, raffle items and more can be found at tomorrow's Fall Festival of Gems!

When: October 10th. 9am – 4pm
Where: Across the street from the Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Museum 123 W. Alvarado St, Fallbrook, Ca. In the parking lot. Free admission. Free parking.

Masks are strongly encouraged outdoors during the event and are required inside our free museum.

Our gem show is only 10 days away! When did that happen?! Our amazing volunteers are all a buzz getting minerals cleaned...
10/01/2021

Our gem show is only 10 days away! When did that happen?! Our amazing volunteers are all a buzz getting minerals cleaned, fossils priced, and tables cleaned for the big day!

What are you looking forward to at the Fall Festival of Gems?

Learn more about the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/331059405111590

Any shares are greatly apricated!

Our gem show is only 10 days away! When did that happen?! Our amazing volunteers are all a buzz getting minerals cleaned, fossils priced, and tables cleaned for the big day!

What are you looking forward to at the Fall Festival of Gems?

Learn more about the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/331059405111590

Any shares are greatly apricated!

Our 2021 Fall Festival of Gems raffle is here! Choose from six beautiful items. 1. Large fluorite mineral from Cady Moun...
09/17/2021

Our 2021 Fall Festival of Gems raffle is here! Choose from six beautiful items.

1. Large fluorite mineral from Cady Mountain, CA. 12"x9.5"x3" Donated by FGMS
2. Cat's eye green tourmaline pendant in 14kGF. 11.78ct Himalaya Mine, CA. Cabochon cabbed and donated by Meg Berry. Wire wrapped by Michelle Shearer.
3. Brazil Shaped Agate from Brazil. 12.5"x7.25"x1". Donated by Nancy Wilson
4. Natural Fossilized Wood. 7"x5"x4".
5. $100 cash prize.
6. Tourmaline, Moonstone, & Rose Quartz Jewelry Set with sterling silver findings. 20-22" adjustable necklace.

Thank you for supporting our non profit!

Purchase tickets here: https://fallbrookgemandmineralsociety.wildapricot.org/Shop
or you can buy tickets at our event!

Our 2021 Fall Festival of Gems raffle is here! Choose from six beautiful items.

1. Large fluorite mineral from Cady Mountain, CA. 12"x9.5"x3" Donated by FGMS
2. Cat's eye green tourmaline pendant in 14kGF. 11.78ct Himalaya Mine, CA. Cabochon cabbed and donated by Meg Berry. Wire wrapped by Michelle Shearer.
3. Brazil Shaped Agate from Brazil. 12.5"x7.25"x1". Donated by Nancy Wilson
4. Natural Fossilized Wood. 7"x5"x4".
5. $100 cash prize.
6. Tourmaline, Moonstone, & Rose Quartz Jewelry Set with sterling silver findings. 20-22" adjustable necklace.

Thank you for supporting our non profit!

Purchase tickets here: https://fallbrookgemandmineralsociety.wildapricot.org/Shop
or you can buy tickets at our event!

That reminds us of the amazing talk that the one and only George R. Rossman presented to us not long ago. Missed the mee...
08/24/2021

That reminds us of the amazing talk that the one and only George R. Rossman presented to us not long ago. Missed the meeting? No worries! Here is the recording: https://youtu.be/S8qDyQMrcac

Ametrine, which contains both amethyst and citrine in the same crystal, is a rare gift of nature. The only commercial source of natural ametrine is the Anahi mine in Bolivia. The color zoning of natural ametrine is caused by different oxidation states of iron during crystal formation, although ametrine can also be artificially created by heat treatment of amethyst, sometimes combined with irradiation.

Ametrine can be used creatively in both gem carvings and faceted gems, as seen here in the rooster carved by Gerd Dreher and a fantasy cut trilliant gemstone. All of the pieces seen here are natural ametrine from Bolivia.

(Rooster) Photo: Robert Weldon/ GIA. Courtesy: Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. (Trilliant) Photo: Robert Weldon/ GIA. Courtesy: Minerales y Metales del Oriente, Bolivia, SA. (Rough crystal) Photo: Orasa Weldon/ GIA

Ticket proceeds are going to support some great mineral organizations:  mindat.org, Mineralogical Record, Rocks & Minera...
08/19/2021

Ticket proceeds are going to support some great mineral organizations: mindat.org, Mineralogical Record, Rocks & Minerals, and the Tucson Gem & Mineral Society! Join us! Great lectures!

The 2021 Dallas Mineral Collecting Symposium is coming up fast!

Join the livestream on August 21 from 10AM-4:30PM CT for presentations by worldwide mineral experts.

Metals as Minerals: A Cosmic View - Dr. Terry Wallace

Capillitas Rhodochrosite from Argentina - David Stoudt

Red Gold and Tarnished Silver: Michigan’s Copper Country - Paul Brandes

Peru Pyrite Mines and Travels in the Andes *Pre-recorded* - Thomas Nagin

The Mineralogy of Mexican Silver Deposits - Dr. Peter Megaw

Modern Gold Mining in California *Pre-recorded* - Dave Varabioff

Tickets available on dallassymposium.org. All ticket proceeds benefit Mindat.org, TGMS, Mineralogical Record, and Rocks & Minerals!

Tonight's meeting has been canceled. Unfortunately, our speaker for tonight, Cynthia Renee, has fallen ill and will not ...
08/12/2021

Tonight's meeting has been canceled.

Unfortunately, our speaker for tonight, Cynthia Renee, has fallen ill and will not be able to conduct tonight's meeting. We hope you get well soon, Cynthia!

Tonight's meeting has been canceled.

Unfortunately, our speaker for tonight, Cynthia Renee, has fallen ill and will not be able to conduct tonight's meeting. We hope you get well soon, Cynthia!

08/05/2021

Don’t miss our free Zoom meeting about behind the scenes of emerald mining! Register on our SOCGEMS website and receive the login information.

Photos from GIA Education's post
07/09/2021

Photos from GIA Education's post

Timeline Photos
07/07/2021

Timeline Photos

Perhaps the largest known geode in the world, the Pulpí Geode was discovered inside an abandoned silver mine in Almería Province, Spain in 1999. It is an egg-shaped cavity measuring roughly 25 feet long by 7 feet wide and 5 feet tall. It contains gypsum crystals, some over six feet long, that formed between 60,000 and two million years ago. Courtesy: Javier Trueba/MSF/Science Photo Library

We raised over $15,000 at yesterday's Rough N' Cut Sale! Thank you to everyone who showed up to support us!
06/29/2021

We raised over $15,000 at yesterday's Rough N' Cut Sale! Thank you to everyone who showed up to support us!

Come on down to our Rough N' Cut! TODAY ONLY! Noon - 4pm. Minerals, rocks, gems, fossils, and more!In the lot next to th...
06/27/2021

Come on down to our Rough N' Cut! TODAY ONLY! Noon - 4pm. Minerals, rocks, gems, fossils, and more!

In the lot next to the Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society 123 W. Alvarado Street, Fallbrook CA 92028. The sale is outside. Yes, it will be 86 tomorrow but there will be popups with shade scattered all over!

Just a small sample of minerals for sale at our Rough & Cut June 27! See you there from 12-4
06/24/2021

Just a small sample of minerals for sale at our Rough & Cut June 27! See you there from 12-4

A beautiful California piece uncovered by Bill Larson! This stunning tourmaline on quartz is on display at the Smithsoni...
06/22/2021

A beautiful California piece uncovered by Bill Larson! This stunning tourmaline on quartz is on display at the Smithsonian in Washington DC and believe me when I say it is even more stunning in person!

Although the tourmaline group includes dozens of related minerals, one mineral, elbaite, accounts for nearly all gem-quality tourmaline. Elbaite occurs in all colors of the spectrum, sometimes with single crystals showing multiple colors, either as bands along the length of the crystal or as rings changing colors from the inside out. Popular varieties of gem elbaite include rubellite (pink to red), indicolite (blue), Paraíba (neon blue to green) and watermelon tourmaline (pink surrounded by green). The specimen seen here, nicknamed "Candelabra," is a prime example of elbaite tourmaline. It was thus named because this specimen looks like three tourmaline candles sitting in a quartz candelabra. The banded color in this magnificent specimen was caused by a change in growth solution from manganese-rich to iron-rich, creating a blue cap on top of each pink candle. This specimen was found in the Tourmaline Queen mine in Pala, California in 1972. Photo: Duncan Pay/ GIA. Courtesy: The Smithsonian Institute

Happy Father's Day!
06/20/2021

Happy Father's Day!

In Dr. Rossman’s presentation, we will hear of one such study of ametrine, a colored gem-variety of the mineral quartz t...
06/19/2021
An Ametrine Adventure - Meeting Presentation by George R. Rossman

In Dr. Rossman’s presentation, we will hear of one such study of ametrine, a colored gem-variety of the mineral quartz that began with rumors of misrepresentation and undisclosed treatment.
Rumors led to a damaged industry. To get at the facts, it was necessary to make trips to gem mines in Brazil and remote eastern Bolivia as well as a trip to Russia to a laboratory where the process to synthesize gem ametrine was developed.
Is ametrine a totally natural gem?

https://youtu.be/S8qDyQMrcac

This video is a recording of the Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society's membership meeting that occurred on June 17th, 2021In Dr. Rossman’s presentation, we wil...

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06/18/2021

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FGMS Membership Meeting - June 17, 2021
6:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
6:30 pm Social Hour - Time to say hi to everyone!
7 - 7:15 pm FGMS Business
7:15 pm George Rossman - An Ametrine Adventure - Is it a Natural Gem?

MEETING IS ON NOW!
Join Zoom Meeting
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FGMS Membership Meeting - June 17, 2021
6:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
6:30 pm Social Hour - Time to say hi to everyone!
7 - 7:15 pm FGMS Business
7:15 pm George Rossman - An Ametrine Adventure - Is it a Natural Gem?

06/12/2021

SOCGEMS event next Wednesday June 16th

Our wonderful docents are hard at work keeping our free museum open, clean, and fun! Here is Lester, one of our most ded...
06/11/2021

Our wonderful docents are hard at work keeping our free museum open, clean, and fun! Here is Lester, one of our most dedicated volunteers, doing a great job.

Our museum is open Friday 11am - 3pm & Saturday 10am - 4pm.

Our wonderful docents are hard at work keeping our free museum open, clean, and fun! Here is Lester, one of our most dedicated volunteers, doing a great job.

Our museum is open Friday 11am - 3pm & Saturday 10am - 4pm.

Address

123 W. Alvarado Street
Fallbrook, CA
92028

Opening Hours

Friday 11am - 3pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm

Telephone

(760) 728-1130

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Free this year and on line due to covid. Please register on line.
Free admission this year. Online due to covid, spread the word. San Diego Gemological Society and the GIA presenting topics on chalcedney and agate with speakers on carving, history, geology, https://sinkankassymposium.net/
Please join South Orange County Gem and Mineral Society for tonight's Virtual General Meeting with guest speaker Walt Lombardo of the Nevada Mineral & Book Company ALL ARE WELCOME - FREE TO ATTEND! The South Orange County Gem and Mineral Society General Meetings via Zoom are a great was to share your love of gems and minerals with friends and family far and near!!! . Join us this month for 'Rare and Unusual Gemstone of California' with our special guest speaker, Nevada Mineral & Book Company owner Walter S. Lombardo . Meeting are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ... ___________________________________________________________ SOCGEMS is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: SOCGEMS General Meeting June 2020 Time: Jun 17, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86528718119… Meeting ID: 865 2871 8119 Password: 729900 One tap mobile +16699009128,,86528718119#,,1#,729900# US (San Jose) +13462487799,,86528718119#,,1#,729900# US (Houston) Dial by your location +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) +1 301 715 8592 US (Germantown) Meeting ID: 865 2871 8119 Password: 729900 Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcfkZ93H40
FRIENDS NEAR AND FAR - tonight will be first South Orange County Gem and Mineral Society online General Meeting - and we are so excited!!! As with all meetings, it is FREE TO ATTEND and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! We highly encourage you to share to registration link with friends! REMINDER: you must have a zoom account (they are free) and register for the meeting. Register here: You are invited to a Zoom meeting. When: May 20, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/…/tZwkd-CurT0jHtU3GJY0lup0NGCYjxz1a… After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Looking forward to seeing to how many and how far this evening's offering can go! Meeting ID 889 0963 6941 Meeting Password 149676
Hey....thanks for the invite.Do people share specimen pictures or just events?
Where can I get my geodes polished?
Where can I go to get some geodes polished?
Hello, are you open on July 4th?
Thanks Michelle Shearer. Look forward to putting together photos of lapidary students , present and past.
Anyone out there have an old standard style jewelers bench for sale or you want to get rid of, I'm looking for several of them. Please let me know. Thank you, Michael
I had a wonderful visit to your club and museum today. Thanks to Meg Berry, Joyce O’Connell and Lea Barton for their enthusiasm and hospitality. Please see the photos I posted about my visit on our South Orange County Gem and Mineral (SOCGEMS) page. Many thanks for showing me around and answering questions!
I'm looking for a raw chunk of Honey Calcite or Orange Calcite for a sphere making class on July 14th. Does anyone know where I could get one big enough to cut a 4" square? Thank you!