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 Rock and Mineral Collecting

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       Who We Are:

The Richmond Gem and Mineral Society (RGMS), founded in 1957 as the Richmond Gem and Mineral Club, is a nonprofit, family-oriented society formed to foster and promote the hobby of rock collecting, and to preserve the cultural art of lapidary and silversmithing. We do this by encouraging members to go rockhounding at shows and in the wild, and take the basic training courses offered, such as: rock identification, lapidary, silversmithing, lost wax casting, and to continue exploring their interests during open workshop hours.

As a member of the BC Lapidary Society (BCLS), our club members can participate in BCLS sponsored field trips, “Rendezvous” (a rock filled get together with field trips and Auction) “Summer Camp” (mostly camping and exploratory fieldtrips) usually in August.  See the news article from Richmond News done for our 2016 show “55 Shades of Turquoise”

Updated Feb 27, 2022:

Our society also participates in “The BC Gem Show” held in Chilliwack, BC this year in early May.  Not to be confused with the commercial shows that are now held in Abbotsford, and various other locations in Vancouver, the BC Gem Show is a show held by the BC Lapidary Society and is a combined effort from all the member societies (clubs) in BC to display their finds and skills, as well as offerings from vendors from around the province.  The BC Gem Show will be held at 

Chilliwack Heritage Park      May 13, 14 & 15, 2022

44140 Luckakuck Way          Friday      10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Chilliwack, BC                       Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
                                              Sunday    10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Our members volunteer to help at various stations around the show (Spin & Win, Kids Corner, Demonstrations, etc.), and are encouraged to show a sample of their collections and/or handcrafted items in a club display case.

Once a year each “society” or club in the lower mainland, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, or other areas around the province, may choose to host its own show.  These shows are posted on Upcoming Shows page and on the BC Lapidary Society website.

What We Do:

On the fourth Tuesday of each month (except July and December) a general meeting is held. What we do at these meetings are: Coffee, Society Business; Show and Tell; A Social with Ways & Means raffle; and a Program.  Most meetings are held in the Atrium of the Richmond Arts & Cultural Centre. The Program portion of the meeting usually consists of subjects relating to rock hounding, geology, mineralogy, lapidary, gemology, or silversmithing.

Our workshop in the Richmond Arts & Cultural Centre is open several days a week for members to use the equipment they have been trained on, including rock saws, arbors, and silversmithing tools, to drop by and chat with friends and other members, and to check out our private library for handy tips and ideas.

 Our own Annual Show, held usually late April or early May, is for our members to present our hobby to the public, to demonstrate our skills, and to show a sample of our collections or items such as cabochons, gem trees, or jewelry, that we have handcrafted.  As a not-for-profit society, this event is one of our major fundraising events to ensure we can continue to provide a fun and safe learning environment to members and pay our administration costs.  We encourage all members to participate with this show.


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 , 2022   6:45 – 8:45 PM

we will be on our regular schedule from now on unless we see a Covid (or other viral) resurgence.

Atrium Room
7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, BC

Map to RGMS