“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. This is done by encouraging our members to partake in rockhounding trips, and basic training courses such as: rock identification, lapidary, silversmithing, lost wax casting, carving, wirewrapping, and facetting.
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 club also participates in “The BC Gem Show” held in Abbotsford, BC in early April. 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.
What We Do:
On the fourth Tuesday of each month (except July) a general meeting is held. The general meeting consists of four parts: Club Business; Show and Tell; A Social with Ways & Means raffle; and a Program. The Program portion of the meeting usually consists of subjects relating to rock hounding, geology, mineralogy, lapidary, gemology, and silversmithing.
Our workshop in the Richmond Arts & Cultural Centre is open several days a week for members to drop by to chat with friends and other members, use the equipment they have been trained on, including rock saws, arbors, and silversmithing tools, and to peruse the library for handy tips and ideas.
Once a year we host an annual show 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.