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.

Meetings, workshops, and classes are temporarily cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions and precautions.  Once club operations are resumed club members will be notified and this webpage will be updated.

$25 Individual (18 or older)
$40 Family (2 adults & children 8-17)
$35 Single-parent & children 8-17)

Important message from our club President:

I want to let the members know about the status of the club and the shop at this time. Due to COVID restrictions and guidelines, our club is considered a social club and because of that, we are not permitted to meet in person to have general meetings. As a board we have been having virtual meetings and I wanted to assure our members that we have been doing our fiduciary responsibilities of maintaining the club and its finances.

Unfortunately because of the COVID restrictions, we are also not permitted to open our lapidary shop. The Palomar Gem and Mineral Club is classified as a ‘social club’ unlike that of our sister clubs, Vista and San Diego Gem and Mineral clubs which are classified as educational clubs. Because of this classification, we are NOT permitted at this time from opening our lapidary workshop or participating in general meetings in person.

Like many of you, I am sure you are very anxious to get back to working in the shop and if we were able to open the shop we would do that. Weekly we check on the guidelines for San Diego County and we have made plans for how we will manage the workshop once the restrictions are lifted for ‘social clubs’

At this time our workshop is closed.  We hope our membership understands this position,  as we have to protect all of our members.  We will continue to monitor this situation and we will open the shop when it is safe to do so, we will keep you informed.

As always, we ultimately want our members safe and healthy.  Please take caution, wash your hands, and let’s stay safe through this health crisis.

Monthly Meetings: Third Wednesday | 7:00pm
Dittus Hall | Redwood Terrace | 710 West 13th Avenue | Escondido