The Palomar Gem and Mineral Club, a non-profit corporation open to all adults and young people, was organized to promote the study of rocks, minerals, gems, fossils and related subjects, such purpose to be developed through regular meetings with educational programs, field trips for the collection of geological specimens, and classes for teaching lapidary arts. The Palomar Gem and Mineral Club shares its knowledge of the earth sciences by sponsoring Gem and Mineral shows featuring exhibits, displays and demonstrations. The Club was founded March 20, 1954.

The Palomar Gem and Mineral Club operates a fully equipped Lapidary Workshop for the exclusive use of our club members. The shop is well equipped and is supervised by experienced lapidary craftsmen and women. A small fee is collected for each session. Please check our website or newsletter for the latest open workshop days and times. This is also where  we hold our special classes in lapidary arts and jewelry making activities. These include silversmithing, faceting, wire wrapping and many others. Please refer to our website or newsletter for a list of upcoming classes and fees. The workshop is closed when classes are being held.

March Meeting

65th Anniversary Dinner and Special Guest Speaker.


Please bring a dish to share, plates and utensils. Cake provided by club.

Nancy Arthur-McGehee

Catching Light on the Edge

A Look at Historical and Contemporary Intaglios

Intaglio engraved gems are related to cameo gems – both are carved, but with intaglio the carving travels into the gem whereas with cameo the carving sits on top.  Both have been prized from early antiquity to the present day.  Artist Nancy Arthur-McGehee is fascinated with gems and in particular with intaglio carvings.  In her talk she will show images of the early gem intaglios that inspired her to take up the medium as well as images of her own work and that of other contemporary artists.  She will also discuss tools and materials, and if there is time we will try our hand with a simple yet essential engraving technique using diamond drills and rotary tools.

Nancy is a classically trained artist for whom both drawing and natural history are passions. She enjoys combining the pleasure of drawing with the joy of working a medium that captures, transmits, and reflects light. She creates intricately carved glass vessels, intaglio gems, and scientific illustrations.

Nancy has been given the peer-reviewed title of Craft Member by the London-based Guild of Glass Engravers, and is a member of Gem Artists of North America.  Her engraved glass is known and exhibited internationally, has won many awards and is found in public and private collections.  Her gem intaglios have been featured in Rene Newman’s books, Exotic Gems Volume 3, and Gemstone Buying Guide.  Her intaglios have also been on display in the Wertz Gallery in the Gem Hall of the Carnegie Natural History Museum, and in several exhibits at the Headley-Whitney Museum.  In 2015, she received a Gemmy Award from the Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist’s Design Competition.  In 2017, she became a graduate of the Gemology course at the Gemological Society of San Diego.

See ya there!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | 7:00 pm |
Dittus Hall | Redwood Terrace | 710 West 13th Avenue | Escondido