The Mineral & Gem Society of Castro Valley is a non-profit educational corporation. All members that run this club are volunteers and are not paid. As a member you are expected to learn how to cut a calibrated cabochon (polished gemstone) once you join before learning other lapidary skills. When you learn how to cut a cabochon, you will learn how to use some of the shops equipment. We have professional volunteer instructors to assist you in this process every step of the way so you are not alone.
Wednesday Nights 6 - 9 p.m. are reserved for beginners so you have the
shop all to yourselves to work and learn with instructors. Please make an
appointment for your first instruction with the shop manager (see application).
Appointments thereafter are made with the instructor.
Below is an example of the work of just one man's idle hands, and a few fossils he bought and was proud enough of to show.
Members can keep up with current events within the club by:
When you attend our shop clean ups, tailgates and other yearly socials, you will meet other members that can share helpful information on different lapidary arts. You will also have the opportunity to pick up some rock to work on at really good prices.
The Mineral & Gem Society of Castro Valley was established in 1948 as a non-profit and educational organization.
Our purpose is to:
|Mineral and Gem Society of Castro Valley – Past Presidents|
|1994-95||Howard "Doc" Buschke|
|1991-92||Howard "Doc" Buschke|
|1987 Jul - 88||Arnold Barron|
|1984-85||Jack De Voe|
|1980-81||Del Ray Johnson|
|1961-62||Henry Rose (elected)|
|1961-62||Bill Walker (served)|
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