SDMG Calender of Events


SEPTEMBER 2017 Calendar of Events

September 2017 Calendar

Mon, Sept 11, 2017 – SDMG Fall Classes Start, SDMG Bldg.

Mon, Sept 18, 2017 – SDMG Board Meeting, 7pm, SDMG Bldg.

Mon, Sept 25, 2017 – SDMG General Meeting, 7pm, SDMG Bldg.

Shows and events held September through October 2017 will appear in
The Pegmatite (September 2017)
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On the Go… To a Show & Other Events

September 8–16, 2017  – Colorado Mineral & Fossil Fall Show

September 9–17, 2017  – Denver Coliseum Mineral, Fossil, Gem & Jewelry Show

September 15–17, 2017  – 50th Annual Denver Gem & Mineral Show


Events on the Horizon


Wed thru Sun, Oct 4 – 8, 2017  Joshua Tree, CA – 42nd Annual Gem, Mineral & Craft Show

Fri, Sat & Sun, October 6–8, 2017  Big Sur, CA – 25th Annual Big Sur Jade Festival

Sat & Sun, October 7–8, 2017  Boron, CA – Mojave Mineralogical Society Annual Show

Sat & Sun, October 7–8, 2017  Vista, CA – Vista Gem & Mineral Society Annual Show

Sun, October 8, 2017  Fallbrook, CA – Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society

Sat & Sun, October 14–15, 2017  Trona, CA – Searles Lake Gem & Mineral Society 75th Annual Gem-O-Rama

Sat & Sun, November 4–5, 2017  San Diego, CA – 2017 Gem Diego Show

Sat & Sun, December 2–3, 2017  Barstow, CA – 43rd Annual Mojave Desert Gem and Mineral Show


What's On …
Meetings, Shows, Field Trips & Events


September 8–16, 2017  DENVER, CO – Colorado Mineral and Fossil Fall Show 2017

Sponsor:  Rocky Mountain Gem and Mineral CO-OP

Venue:  Crowne Plaza Denver Airport/Convention Center (formerly Ramada Plaza Hotel)
15500 E 40th Ave, Denver, CO 80239

Hours:  10:00am – 6:00pm daily, except Sunday, 9/16, 10:am – 5:00pm

Admission and Parking:  Free admission and parking.  Free shuttle bus between hotel and airport.


170 dealers from around the world.


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September 9–17, 2017  DENVER, CO – Denver Coliseum Mineral, Fossil, Gem & Jewelry Show

Venue: Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt Street, Denver, 80216
National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt Street, Denver, 80216

Hours:  10:00am – 6:00pm daily

Admission and Parking:  Free.


The Coliseum venue now includes the adjacent National Western Complex ('NWC'). 400-500 dealers at four shows where everyone can buy fine mineral specimens, fossils, dinosaurs, gems, gemstones, lapidary, cabochons, artisan and antique jewelry, beads, crystals, meteorites, metaphysical, gold, silver, turquoise, Native American items, interior decor, metal art, miner's rough, tools, supplies, and more.


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Fri, Sat & Sun, September 15–17, 2017  DENVER, CO – 50th Anniversary Gold & Silver Show Denver Gem & Mineral Show

Venue:  Denver Mart Expo Hall
451 E 58th Ave, Denver, 80216 (I-25 at Exit 215)

Hours:  Fri 9:00am – 6:00pm; Sat 10:00am – 6:00pm; Sun 10:00am – 5:00pm

Admission and Parking:  Adults $7.00; Teens (13-19) and Seniors (65+) $4.00; Kids under 13 free w/ Adult;
Parking at the Mart is free, but the lot fills up fast.


This year's theme is Gold and Silver.  Nearly 100 special exhibits featuring competitive cases and non-competitive cases, 150 dealers, featured presentations, plus scheduled presentations.


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Mon, September 25, 2017  SAN DIEGO, CA – SDMG General Meeting

Venue:  SDMG Bldg.
Spanish Village, Balboa Park

Time:  7:00pm.  Free Admission and ample Parking.  Public Welcome.

The General/Business meeting in September starts a new year. Agenda/speaker TBA. Please bring treats to share.  The Club will supply coffee, tea, and punch. 


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Wed thru Sun, October 4–8, 2017  JOSHUA TREE, CA – 41st Annual Gem & Mineral Show

Sponsor:   Hi-Desert Rockhounds/JT Sportsman's Club

Venue:  Sportsman's Club
6225 Sunburst St., Joshua Tree, CA 92252

Hours:  opens daily at 9:00AM

Admission and Parking:  Free.

Contact:  760-366-2915 or

   download the PDF flyer at:

Over 60 Dealers featuring rocks, minerals, fossils, gemstones, jewelry, beads, lapidary supplies and items, mining equipment, gemstone rough, findings, geodes, slabs, meteorites, crystals, carvings, jewelry boxes, New Age items, gifts, collectibles, books, tools and more! Free rock and mineral identification, free rocks for Kids, learn techniques of gold panning on Saturday.


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Fri, Sat and Sun, October 6–8, 2017  BIG SUR, CA – 25th Annual Big Sur Jade Festival

Venue:  Pacific Valley School
69325 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920-9612 (across from Sanddollar Beach)

Hours:  Fri noon – 6:00pm, Sat 10:00am – 6:00pm, Sun 10:00am – 5:00pm

Admission and Parking:  Free.

Contact:  Kirk Brock, 831-402-1143


The Big Sur Jade Festival features jade and other lapidary arts by artists from the US, Canada and New Zealand.  Vendor art, lectures, demonstrations, fine food and three days of live entertainment.


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Sat and Sun, Oct 7–8, 2017  BORON, CA – Mojave Mineralogical Society Annual Show

Venue:  Boron Recreation Park
26998 John St., Boron, CA 93516

Hours:  Sat 9:00am – 5:00pm, Sun 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Admission & Parking:  Free.

Contact:  Bruce Davies, 760-338-8829 or



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Sat and Sun, Oct 7–8, 2017  VISTA, CA – Vista Gem & Mineral Society Annual Show

Venue:  Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum
2040 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista, CA 92083

Hours:  Sat 10:00am–5:00pm, Sun 10:00am–4:00pm

Admission & Parking:  Free

Contact:  Kelly Hickman, 760-639-0447 or


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Sun, October 8, 2017  FALLBROOK, CA – Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society

Venue:  Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Facility
123 West Alvarado St., Fallbrook, CA 92028

Hours:  9:00am – 4:00pm

Admission and Parking:  Free.

Contact:  Janice Bricker, 760-728-1130 or



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Sat and Sun, October 14–15, 2017  TRONA, CA – Searles Lake Gem & Mineral Society 75th Gem-O-Rama 2017

Venue:  SLG&MS Lapidary and Show Building
13337 Main St., Searles Valley, CA 93562 (corner of Main and Trona Rd.)

Hours:  Sat 7:30am – 5:00pm, Sun 7:30am – 4:00pm

Admission and Parking:  Free.

Contact:  Jim or Bonnie Fairchild, 760-372-5356 or

Website: (includes accommodations listings)

Collect Searles Lake saline minerals (by permission of Searles Valley minerals), purchase premium Searles Lake pink halite, 20 dealers, 50 exhibits, geode cutting and sales, demonstrations, snacks & drinks, prizes, Old Guest House Museum, Trona's History House.  Pancake breakfast at Trona Community Church on Sat, 6–10, and on Sun, 6–9.

FIELD TRIPS –  (you drive your own car )

Dealers Special Pink Halite – Fri, 2–6:30pm (reservations may be required)

Registration (required):  7:30–9:00am and 1:30–2:30pm

Searles Dry Lake – 2.5 hour trips on Sat and 4.5 hours on Sun
Mud Trip – Sat Only – Departs ONLY at 9:00am – Cluster and barrel hanksite, trona, borax – $15 per car
Blow Hole – Sat Only – Departs ONLY at 2:30pm – Hanksite, halite, borax, sulfohalite – dry surface – $15 per car
Pink Halite – Sun Only – Departs ONLY at 9am – In brine, beneath hard salt – $20 per car
Pinnacles National Natural Landmark – self-guided (get information at show) – FREE
Searles Valley Minerals' Plants – Sat only: 10:40am, 11:25am, 12:10pm, 12:55 and 1:40pm – in bus – FREE


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Sat & Sun, December 2–3, 2017  BARSTOW, CA – 43rd Annual Mojave Desert Gem & Mineral Society Show

Presented by:  Mojave Desert Gem & Mineral Society

Venue:  Cora Harper Community Center
841 S. Barstow Road, Barstow, CA 92311 (I-15 north of Barstow Road)

Hours:  Sat and Sun 10:00am – 5:00pm

Admission & Parking:  Free


Demonstrations, 40+ displays, educational exhibits, great food, gem amd mineral dealers, gifts for all ages, jewelry galore, kids' activities include grab bags and spin-the-wheel, lapidary arts and crafts, Silent Auction and Raffles. Proceeds go to local Scholarship.


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Sat, April 14, 2018  CARLSBAD, CA – Fifteenth Annual Sinkankas Symposium – Tanzanite & Tsavorite


The 15th Annual Sinkankas Symposium, celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Tanzanite. The all day event will convene at the GIA worldwide headquarters and Robert Mouawad Campus in Carlsbad, California, which has been the venue for the previous fourteen events.

Stay tuned to the official website for updates in late Fall of 2017 at:


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