Saturday, December 2, 2017

December Newsletter

Be sure to check out the November newsletter for info about our holiday party.   Also, please note there is no field trip in December.  

Sunday, November 5, 2017

November newsletter

Our November Newsletter is now available 
for your viewing pleasure.  

Friday, October 6, 2017

Craft show application

If you're interested in being a vendor at our November Craft Show,  here is an application that you can print and fill out. 

October Beacon

Please check out our October newsletter for all the latest with the Club and our activities. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Craft Show and Bazaar


will be holding a CRAFT SHOW & BAZAAR
on November 25, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at
 2045 Memory Lane.
Set up will be Nov. 24, 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM or Nov. 257 AM to 9 AM
Tear Down will be November. 25 from 4-6 PM.
It will be $25.00 for an 8' table for the Day.
Let us know if you are interested in selling at this show.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

September newsletter

Be sure to check out the newsletter for all the latest information about the show.    In particular, members please check out the schedule for set-up, vendor dinner, take-down, Etc.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Club and Show - New Updates at bottom regarding field trips

The new club meeting address is 2045 Memory Lane. Same dates and times.

Schedule of Events for Show:

Right now, our speakers will be:

Saturday Sept. 2nd at 1:30pm -   Mary Dowse,  Professor Emeritus of Geology WNMU "Geology of the Gila Region, an Overview"

Sunday Sept. 3rd at 1:30 pm -  Virginia McLemore, Ph.D., Senior Economic Geologist,  New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources - "Gold In New Mexico"

Monday Sept. 4th at 1:30pm - Tiffany Santos, Director of the Zuhl Petrified Wood Museum - NMSU Los Cruces or one of her students on a yet to be announced subject.

Collecting Field Trips - 

Saturday, Sept. 2nd 9:30am Georgetown fossils with Anita Williams

Sunday Sept. 3rd 10:00am - Saddle Rock Canyon- Marcasite with Alan Andre

Monday Sept. 4th 10:00am Boston Hill - Amethyst- with Don Ernst & Doug Newman. 

Field Trips will depart from the Grant County Conference Center 3031 Highway 180. This is located next to the Ace Hardware store. We will meet inside the main Entrance.  Sat. Sept. 2nd will depart at 9:30am. Sun. Sept. 3rd will depart at 10:00am. Mon. Sept. 4th will depart at 10:00am. Come early, sign in and sign a waiver form.
Carpooling is recommended when possible. Rain can cause a trip to be canceled, but it's best to show up if you think there's any doubt. Morning trips will be over by lunchtime—plenty of time to come back and linger at the Show or attend one of the in-house geological presentations that will be happening at 1:30pm every day. A rock hammer and bag or bucket is suggested for collecting. And it’s important to bring drinking water! Remember: rock collecting is inherently hazardous! It is important to pay attention to your surroundings! Silver City’s elevation is 6000ft. If you are coming from a lower elevation, take it slow and drink lots of water!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Gem and MIneral Show UPDATED Vendor List


Susan & Doug Abbott, Desert Designs, Silver City, NM,   Native American jewelry, Zuni fetishes

Henry & Charlotte Andazola, Silver City, NM,   Native American jewelry

Brandi & Matthew Bateman, Rimrock, AZ  Turquoise and silver

Fred Bishop, 2 Guys Rocks, Deming, NM,   Slabs, quartz, geodes, turquoise, jewelry

Karen Blisard, Radiant Gemstones, Silver City, NM,   Jewelry, faceted stones, facet rough

Linda Boatwright, Los Lunas, NM  Azurite Gallery, Jewelry, gems, minerals, fossils, agates

Harry & Carol Bruntz, Uniquely Yours, Horizon City, TX,   Rocks, gems, minerals, display stands

Kevin Cook & Sylveen Robinson-Cook, Royal Scepter, Silver City, NM,  Books, maps, beads, jewelry

Trina & Jeff Cornell, Trina’s Rock Shop, Deming, NM,  Lapidary equipment, rough, slabs

Jack & Marty Crawford, Silver City, NM,  Minerals

Dave Douglass, Douglass Minerals, Tucson, AZ,   Mineral specimens

Julie Dubosz, Sierra Vista, AZ,  wirewrap jewelry

Sue Fischer, Jewelry from Sue, Silver City, NM,   Silver and gold jewelry

Marge & Don Gibboney, Paintbrush jewelry, Grand Junction, CO,  wire wrap jewelry

Sally Hansen, Sally Rocks, Silver City, NM,  Jewelry, lapidary

Gene & Sandra Hardgrove,  Rock Art, Tucson, AZ, gemstones (facet & cab), jewelry

Jackie Harvey, Starwalker Gems, T or C, NM  Specimens, New Age items

Therese Higgins, The Jewelry Lady, Silver City, NM,   Jewelry, belly belts

Michael Ho, Gemstone Station, Miraloma, CA,  Beads, pearls

Bill & Linda Horton, Misty Mountain G&M, Litchfield Park, AZ,  Jewelry, gems, minerals, carvings

Bill & Emily Jaeger, Endless Mountain Minerals, Hereford, AZ,   Crystals, rough, specimens, jewelry

JoAnna Johnston, Trunk Shows NM, Rio Rancho, NM  Jewlery, beads, findings, supplies, tools

Patsy & Jerry Kastner, Kastner Gems & Supply, Tucson, AZ,   Jewelry, lapidary equipment, supplies

Ron Kellner, RK Enterprises, Show Low, AZ,  Jewelry, cabs, slabs, specimens

Randy & Sally McCowan, Deming, NM,  Arrowheads, turquoise

Kim Muller, Burro Mountain Arts, Tyrone, NM,  Silver and gemstone jewelry

Ken Newman, DBA Rocks, Deming, NM,  Spheres, slabs, thunder eggs

Jose Nunez, Canutillo, TX,  Minerals

Jay & Amy Penn, El Chivo Viejo, Albuquerque, NM, Minerals

David & Ruth Ann Rinsch, Dave’s Enterprises, Tyrone, NM,  Rocks, gems

Carmen & Marina Sanchez, Texas Rocks & Minerals, El Paso, TX, minerals, rocks, specimens

John Scully & Laurie Rossi, Scully’s Minerals, Fairview, NM   Minerals, fossils

Jesse, James, and Jan Searcy, Black hat Trading, Deming, NM,   Jewelry, findings, beads, carvings

Virginia Wilkinson, Buckhorn, NM, Jewelry and rocks

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

August Newsletter

Be sure to check out the August newsletter for all sorts of information about field trips, meetings, and our upcoming Show. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Be sure to listen!

Our Club will be featured in an interview/discussion on a radio show Local Flavor, on August 31, 2017 at 9:00am on KURU, 89.1FM Silver City.  Jeannine will either come on, or send another member for the program.  It will be mostly about the Show, but will also include info on the organization as a whole and other activities we do.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

2017 34th Annual Gem and Mineral Show Display Competition

This year we will be going back to the newly remodeled Grant County Conference center! The main entrance leads into a large foyer and that is where we would like to put all the display cases.

This year we would like to utilize all of our 8 display cases and to entice you to fill one of those cases with your special collection of rocks or lapidary work, we are proposing a competition amongst our members.

The displays will be voted on by the guests that come to our show. The winner will be announced on Monday, the closing day of the show.

Each display case is 2ft x 2ft square and is equipped with a light to show off its contents and also a latch that can be locked (you will need to furnish the lock). 

Each item in the case should have a small but legible identification tag. You will also need to provide a tag with your name on it. This tag will be affixed to the front of the case and will be covered during the competition. We will keep the owner of the display anonymous and assign only numbers to each case. The owners of each case will be revealed on Monday after the winners have been chosen.

There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner. Each winner will receive a club money certificate that they can spend on any item the club has in the club store including slabs. 1st place will receive a $30.00 certificate, 2nd place a $20.00 certificate and 3rd place a $15.00 certificate. And ribbons too!

This will be a fun way to participate in the show, show off your work and get a prize for your efforts! So, let me know if you would like to participate, remember, we only have 8 cases and it will be first come, first serve in reserving one.

Contact: Jeannine Weiner –

Items for the May silent auction at club meeting

April field trip photos

The April field trip to Fluorite Flats 
on the west side of Cooks Peak.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Big News! Show Location!!


Show Chair Jeannine Weiner reports that the 2017 Gem and Mineral Show will be back at its regular location - the newly renovated Grant County Conference and Business Center on Highway 180.   

Club member Andy Anderson sent in these photos of the facility as Show leadership measures and evaluates the new space.

We sure hope to see you there on Labor Day Weekend of 2017.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Great advice about Rockhounding safety

Here is a great article that will help you make sure you are safe when out in the field.    Be sure to check it out!

Silent Auction items for April meeting

March and April Beacons

Sorry, we are a little behind, but here you can find the March club newsletter.  

 And here you can find the April club newsletter. 

Silver City Library Display

The display was a BIG HIT! Many patrons of the library expressed that they were sorry to see it leave and also expressed their thanks to our club for providing it!  Here are a few photos.   

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Amazing amathyst

Submitted by Dr. John Cunninghan, Professor Emeritus, Western New Mexico University
I received this from an old field camp student.   He was told that, "that these huge Brazilian amethyst geodes were formed in hollow logs.  If that is so, peeling away the matrix should be no problem.  Regardless, they are sure spectacular."