The Florida Gold Coast Gem and Mineral Society is a group of like-minded individuals who share a common passion for all the Earth’s geological treasures. We marvel at the beauty, variety, color and complexity of the various minerals and gems. Many of our members work to turn these minerals, rocks, and gemstones into works of art. We explore gemstones through cutting and polishing, faceting, cabochon-cutting and carving. Lessons are offered through our club. Metal working techniques of fabrication, casting and wire wrapping are presented through our programs.


Whether you are an experienced jeweler with years of experience, or just a beginner with nothing but desire, we would love to have you come and join us. At our meetings, we have programs that include presentations from professionals within the industry of gems and minerals, as well as instruction on various jewelry making techniques. For those of you who want to learn or practice your skills, we have a workshop where we teach stone-cutting, and faceting to our members. We also have a library where you can borrow books covering a wide variety of geological and jewelry making knowledge and techniques.


Monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday evening of each month.
Meetings begin at 7:30pm and usually conclude by 9:30pm.

About Us

The Florida Gold Coast Gem and Mineral Society has a long history in Broward County, Florida. It was formed in the late 1950’s (circa 1959) and has continued unabated since.

During those earlier years the club had no shop in which to cut stones and monthly meetings were held in a Plantation church until the mid-1990’s. In the 1990’s an arrangement was made with the Graves Museum of Natural history in Dania Beach where space was provided for meetings as well as a shop to set up equipment where members could cut stones. From 1999 to 2004, when the Graves Museum declared bankruptcy, Society membership grew from 18 to 80 active members.

Society equipment and stocks of stones were rescued from the bankruptcy and stored at the Graves Lapidary Company (no relationship with the museum) in Pompano Beach. Meetings were then held at the Apple Creek Community Center on Sunrise Blvd but, again, there was no shop for members to hone their stone cutting skills. Membership again waned until in 2009, Peter Erdo, the owner of the Graves company, offered space in his Pompano Beach factory. About the same time, Audrey and Fletcher Sessoms, owners of Ye Olde Rock Shop in Hollywood, offered space for the monthly meetings.

These arrangements have continued until the present with more than 100 members. In July of 2015 the Graves Company warehouse was sold, and Peter has moved to a much smaller building. Thus, we have placed all of our shop equipment, specimens, slabs, and bulk rock into temporary storage, until a new shop location can be secured for the future.