President’s Message


The Prescott Gem and Mineral Club was founded in 2001 by a group of about 25 like-minded rockhounds and lapidary artists. Since that beginning years ago, our club has grown to over 500 current members. We are a non-profit corporation staffed entirely by volunteers. We all love beautiful rock and mineral specimens and enjoy seeing some of those brought to life with careful cutting, shaping and polishing. We also love to hear about geology, mining, jewelry making, wire wrapping, fluorescent minerals, gem carving, beading, intarsia and just about any other rockhound subject. No matter what your interests are, you are likely to find kindred spirits in our Club.

The club holds monthly meetings with expert guest speakers and includes a monthly raffle of interesting specimens donated by our members. We also discuss planned field trips and special events, like our June “Spring Fling” and our December “Christmas Party.” Don’t forget our annual Gem and Mineral Show held each August. (No meeting in August.)

Our field trips explore various locations within Arizona as well as a few places out of state. Many of these locations are well known in the lapidary community. Some are our own “special places.”

Our Club’s workshop includes various sizes of diamond saws, polishing laps and cabochon machines. The workshop is man-ed and woman-ed with instructors that are eager to help new members with all aspects of working with the equipment to create beautiful stones for jewelry, or just to keep.

The Club has experts who can show you how to wire wrap your finished stones or do your own silver-smithing. The club also provides scholarships to lapidary, jewelry and geology classes held at nearby Yavapai Community College.

If you have ever picked up a really nice rock and wondered what to do with it, join our club and we’ll work with you to bring out the beauty of the piece! You will enjoy making new friends in the Prescott Gem and Mineral Club!

Thank you and hope to see you at our next meeting!

John Munday
PGMC President

The club can be contacted at:

Prescott Gem and Mineral Club
P.O. Box 3923
Chino Valley, AZ 86323
or via email at
or attend our monthly meeting at 9:30 A.M., first Saturday of each month, at the Chino Valley Community Center, 1527 N Rd 1 East, Chino Valley, AZ 86323.