Roxy Ann Gem & Mineral Society

IMG_1524Founded in 1952 by Delmar Smith, Frieda Smith and “Cap” Mentzer, the Roxy Ann Gem and Mineral Society has grown over the years. The society has well over 1000 members with new members joining every month.

The society consists of people from all walks of life, who have a passion in the many fields of earth sciences such as geology, paleontology, mineralogy and gemology as well as artistic applications in lapidary, silver smithing and wire wrapping.

Every year the society hosts field trips throughout the northwest, collecting rock and mineral specimens, some of which are unique only to certain locations. Field trips offer members an opportunity to share their tips and techniques 2010_RAGMS_Mt_Ashland_Field_Trip_6with other members as well as enhancing their collections with new and different specimens.

The society has an extensive library of book, tapes and videos that cover a variety of basic and advanced subjects such as archaeology, geology and fossils to identifying minerals, gemstone faceting and gold panning and mining.

Many of our members have considerable expertise in carving, cabochon forming, tumbling and polishing and knapping. Classes on many of these topics and more are offered throughout the year in the lapidary workshop and allow members to fashion their rocks and minerals into gemstones and display pieces.

The society also hosts an annual gem and mineral show, where members and rock 2011_RAGMS_Gem_Show_sunstoneshounds from around Southern Oregon and Northern California can display their collections and artistic creations. The show offers informative lectures and demonstrations along with auctions and drawings that provide valuable prizes. A host of vendors from around the region supply a wide variety of raw stones, minerals and finished gemstones for sale as well as unique and creative artistic pieces. The show is always a major event for the public.

The Roxy Ann Gem and Mineral Society is a non-profit organization. Joining the society offers its members a unique opportunity to learn more about this amazing world we live on and to educate the public on the geologic processes that shape our world and affect our lives.