Bracelets, Copper, Earrings, Jewellery, Marble, Metal, Nature, Sterling Silver, Stone
Hobby group of folks interested in all aspects of rocks, minerals and gems
The Parksville and District Rock and Gem Club is a group of over 140 members of all ages who enjoy some aspect of rocks, minerals and gems. We: collect Beach, River Stones, Minerals & Crystal samples; make jewellery and other lapidary creations; share information about geology as well as local geological history; celebrate rockhounding with Shows and Sales.
In our monthly social get togethers we frequently host guest speakers who are specialists within these fields and others related, such as local history & geology, as well as having presentations from members of other Rockhounder clubs on Vancouver Island. We are active within our community, speaking to children in after school projects, hosting interactive tables at various community events, as well as the yearly Rock Show we host in the fall. In 2023 we are having our first Spring Sale, encouraging folks to sell their products to make room for more! With over 50 years of history behind us, our club is a diverse and well rounded group, from incredibly experienced wagonmasters leading our gathering outings to the technical experience of our Lapidary shop foremen and instructors. Several of our members have their own Lapidary and Mineral related businesses, and can share experience with those interested in that aspect of the hobby.
All members of our Club also become a member of the British Columbia Lapidary Society (BCLS) and the Gem and Mineral Federation of Canada (GMFC). This means you are welcome to join in activities of other clubs, as well as offering a level of Insurance when active on official BCLS outings.
Currently our Socials/Meetings are held monthly on the first Tuesday of each month at the MAC. We also have field trips, workshops and other social events. We have a dedicated home for our Lapidary Shop where we are in operation with training, doing lapidary and holding project worskhops. Visitors are, of course, welcome.
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