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Club & Federation Links

Fresno Gem & Mineral Society

California Federation of Mineralogical Societies

American Federation of Mineralogical Societies


Tule Gem & Mineral Society

Visalia, Ca.


Coalinga Rockhound Society


Lemoore Gem & Mineral Club


Indian Wells Gem & Mineral Society - Ridgecrest, Ca.


Reno Gem & Mineral Society


Roseville Rock Rollers Gem & Mineral Society -

Feel free to send you local Club or Society link. I'll be happy to feature it here - Kris


Early 2013

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ProBoards Forum.

Now we've topped 500 members, and the Forum is ready!

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Spring is here, It's Field Trip Season! };)


Clear Creek BLM Area permit weblinks

Please help disaster relief by giving to the Red Cross

Welcome, Members and guests!

Be sure to check the RFTF! Events Page

for the latest field trips and Show announcements.



Supporting Memberships


T-shirts & other cool RFTF! rewards!

Here's the final graphic design on our first run of

RFTF! Supporting Member T-shirts!

Available in stylish black & white,

they're our way of saying thanks to Supporting Members.

The package includes a T-shirt in your choice of sizes,

the new RFTF! car window sticker and

a Supporting Member banner on your RFTF! Member pic.

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Available at Area 54 field trips and select

Rock & Gem Shows from Hand-2-Mouth Mining


See you in the field, friends!

Kris, the Admin


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Blog Posts

meteorite found in Perris CA

Posted by Lisa Douglas on March 31, 2014 at 3:17pm 2 Comments

My son found this meteorite in Perris CA,on the way home from school! It's 110.9 grams with a density of 4.69 it has a fusion crust.A crystalline metallic interior and exterior regamaliths.What do you guys think of it?Would anyone be willing to slice and etch it for me in exchange for some?

Clear Creek ACEC entry permit webpage - 03/2014

Posted by Kris W. Rowe on March 21, 2014 at 6:49pm 1 Comment

Here's a link to the BLM Clear Creek Serpentine ACEC permit Webpage.

Be sure to read the entire page before downloading the permit application.

The email…


More on the Clear Creek re-opening

Posted by Kris W. Rowe on March 3, 2014 at 7:30pm 3 Comments

Hi, geoenthusiasts!

                                    Here's the latest word on the rules for accessing the Serpentine ACEC at Clear Creek, beginning on March 15th. Many thanks to Bill Spence of the Bay Area Mineralogists for his time, effort and dedication to this project. I'll have more details on permits for the Rockhound Odyssey tomorrow.…


Some reliable jewelry finding & setting links - 10/13

Posted by Kris W. Rowe on October 20, 2013 at 5:24pm 0 Comments

On a recent trip to Area 54, we discussed the subject of reliable Internet based sources for jewelry findings and settings. I volunteered to post links to my trusted suppliers.

In general, my favorite suppliers are those who offer good quality, fair prices, and reasonably speedy shipping. Here they are:

Earth Relics -

Vance at Earth Relics offers top quality 18kt… Continue


Mojave Desert Rockhound Round-Up April 25-27 2014

Started by Tina Anderson. Last reply by Daulton W Ruff on Saturday. 14 Replies

To All Interested Rockhounds and fellow RFTF members:Next spring, I will be leading a field trip to 2-3 locations  in Mojave Desert (Boron and Barstow) with my fellow club members of the Vallejo Gem…Continue

meteorite in exchange for slicing,etching

Started by Lisa Douglas. Last reply by Kris W. Rowe on Tuesday. 3 Replies

Found a meteorite in Perris Ca.I need someone to slice and acid etch a portion in exchange for your very own piece!This is a beautiful unclassified sample. 909-532-9408

Cab Cutting

Started by Shelton Beach. Last reply by Kris W. Rowe on Tuesday. 3 Replies

Hi.  I'm the new kid on the block but I took the liberty of posting 4 videos I had made a while back.  They pretty well take you from a preform to a finished cabochon.  Hope you enjoy and learn…Continue

Tags: polishing, rock, cutting, cab

Rockhounding in California Gold Country (Foothills of sierras) HELP?!

Started by kevin nowell. Last reply by Lisa Douglas Apr 6. 4 Replies

Hello, I am new to rockhounding and wish to make some trips but I honestly don't know where to start.  I live in El Dorado county and wouldnt mind making a drive or hike out to where I need to be.  I…Continue

Tags: hounding, rock, california, dorado, el

About the disclamer on each Field Trip page ...

On the advice of a sensible attorney friend, I've added a liability disclaimer to each Field Trip announcement. This is to cover my a*s.
The disclaimer does not imply any unusual danger.
Fact is, a sensible individual is far more likely to come to harm in their own neighborhood than out in "the wild." I do my best to assure that my own Field Trips maximize comfort and accessibility, and are "family friendly."
I recommend traveling to any "off road" destination with no less than 2 vehicles. Thankfully, I've yet to experience any of the horror stories I've read of danger and deprivation, due to my penchant for over-planning.

The mountains and desert can be dangerous to the unprepared, but on the average, crossing the street in town is far more deadly.

Kris, the Site Admin

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Facebook Lapidary Marketplace

Top rockhounds, miners, lapidary artists and rock shops offering gemstone  for trade AND sale. I like it, since I sell rock!


Now we have our own easy to use bulletin board style forums!


RFTF! member Lew Helfrich moderates one of the best places on the Web to swap lapidary materials @


Easy Specific Gravity Test - Determine the density of your rock finds!

The Rock Tumbling forums - This is one of the greatest resources on the web for meeting other rockhounds and lapidaries, asking and answering lapidary questions, discussing the rockhound life and showing off your cool rocks!

yelp! - Real reviews by real people, really useful. just about any city or locality you can imagine.

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