A HOBBY FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY
Rock and Mineral Collecting
And more …
Who We Are:
The Richmond Gem & Mineral Society (RGMS), founded in 1957 as the Richmond Gem & 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, carving, wirewrapping, and facetting; 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” in May, and “Summer Camp” in August.
Our society also participates in “The BC Gem Show” held in Abbotsford, BC in early April. 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 is held at the Abbotsford Agriplex arena 32470 Haida Dr, Abbotsford, BC. Our members volunteer to help at various stations around the show (Spin & Win, Kids Corner, Demonstrations, etc.), and by showing 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 and Fraser Valley hosts its own show.
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, 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.