WELCOME

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.

Cabbing Shop Temporarily Closed – Check Back Soon

The shop hours are 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm.  The shop is located in the Harbor Park Warehouses, 921 SE 20th Street, Ft Lauderdale, 33316, Bldg A, Unit 11.  This is 3 blocks South of SE 17th Street Causeway and 2 blocks East of Federal Hwy.  Head East on 20th Street and continue straight as you approach the blue warehouses which are on the left.  Go to the East end of the buildings, then bear left. The cab shop is available for use by our members who have taken our cabbing class.  Experienced gem cutters may be approved by Steve on an individual basis.  The shop fee is $10 per night per person.  A discounted coupon pack is available for 5 nights for $40.  In the past, the shop was also open on Sunday mornings from 9:00 AM to 12:00.  Provided there is interest by our members, the Sunday hours will continue.  Please let Steve know in advance if you would like to cab on Sundays.  While we have the same number of cabbing machines as before, our overall space is reduced.  This means there is no lounge area except for the parking lot.  (Please bring your own folding chair.)  We will continue to allow members to pick machines on a first come first serve basis, but class instruction or high participation may require us to ask members to switch machines or share machines as it becomes necessary. Cabbing classes will begin soon and are limited to 3 people per class cycle.  The cost is $75.00.  Students will learn safety, machine use and basic grinding and polishing techniques to finish three stones (oval, pear shape and free form).  Our website will have updated information shortly.  Please speak with Steve or Don if you would like to enroll in the cabbing class. All Faceting classes are currently suspended.

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.