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   October  2004 Edition



San Diego Mineral & Gem Society

One of our local(ish) gem societies also happens to be one of the best in the country. The San Diego Mineral & Gem Society is situated in the world-renowned Balboa Park.

Enthusiasts faceting on some of the Society's Ultra Tec's


Classes are offered in cabochon cutting, rock carving, faceting, silver fabrication, metal casting, and bead stringing.  Classes are $4.00 for a two hour session.  Juniors have a their own class on Saturday mornings.  Our instructors are all volunteers who give personal attention to students in the small classes. 
The society's  faceting room is equipped with 9 Ultra Tec faceting machines and other hardware.  Students purchase their own faceting rough, everything else is provided. 
The Cabochon room has 5 Diamond grinders,12 sanding wheels, two 10" trim saws, two slab saws, 3 polishing wheels and a flat lap. Cabochon class is a prerequsite for all other classes unless previous experience is demonstrated.
For more information contact the School Director Wayne Moorhead at waynem@san.rr.com
SDMG has a free museum with mineral specimens, fossils, carvings, and fluorescent minerals.  It is open 7 days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Many school groups visit the museum and tour the classrooms


Some younger faceting enthusiasts on a museum tour. It looks like the faceting gene may continue to be strong in San Diego.

Membership to the society  is $25 per year for adults, $10 for Juniors age 12-17.  Meetings featuring special presentations are held at the society on the 2nd and 3rd Friday nights each month at 7:00 p.m. from September through June.   Field trips are taken to collecting locations in the desert and to fee digging tourmaline mines.


A Visit from Down Under

Les Kenny from Queensland, Australia visited while on vacation in the USA. Les facets on a 20 year old Ultra Tec -- both Les and his machine are in excellent condition.  

Les used to run a taxi fleet and is now retired ..... from "Cabs to Cabochon's" (actually, faceting.)

Good on you, Les!


 So long for now...

Joe Rubin



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