Welcome To The First Meeting of the SJI Gem & Mineral Society

Spectrolite, SJI Gem and Mineral Society – Contributed photo

Keith Busha will be hosting a new club, the SJI Gem and Mineral Society, at the library on Sunday, November 17 from 2 – 4 pm. The meeting is free and open to anyone with a curiosity for precious and semi precious stones, rockhounding, or lapidary art. Here is a message from Keith…

I first cut stones when I was a little boy because my father had taught me and we had the proper equipment. We dug for stones and stopped at very Rock Shop we could find. It became a lifelong passion and a business.

I started the  Marin County Gem Exchange in  1974. My specialty was  Opal, Lapis and many semi precious stones. Over time I have branched out to learn Gem identification, and have developed a love of jadeite, ammolite, spectrolites as well as every other rock that comes from the Earth.

My hope is that other lovers of stones can come and talk about their favorites in a “show and tell” style casual get together.

This being the first meeting I will welcome organizational ideas and everyone’s input.

Mohave Turquoise and Ammolite, SJI Gem and Mineral Society – Contributed photo

Posted on November 13, 2019 at 6:30 am by

Categories: Around Here, Nature


  1. I can’t make it Sun , but am very interested ! Thank you for getting this started!

    Comment by Amber on November 13, 2019 at 6:27 pm
  2. This is an exciting idea!

    Comment by Keith Chatham on November 14, 2019 at 5:37 pm

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