We welcome anyone with an interest in rocks, minerals, crystals, lapidary arts or with an interest in earth sciences. Our membership consists of approximately 100 individuals from all walks of life ranging in age from 8 to seasoned veteran.
- The club provides classes taught by experienced instructors for its members in a variety of areas for a nominal fee.
- Mid March the VLMS club holds the ‘Rock and Gem Show‘
- Each year the club holds an auction of used equipment and lapidary material.
- Each month, at the club meeting (details below), a program, or education/ entertainment segment pertaining to the club’s activities, is provided.
- Field trips are planned and attempted (weather permitting) on a monthly basis, see the calendar or Upcoming Events for more information
- The VLMS also sponsors a bursary, – click here for details Pam Dyer bursary
The club meets on the first Monday of each month at 7:30pm, check the Calendar page for details on upcoming meetings. Visitors always welcome.
The meetings are held at the Burnside Bowling Clubhouse at 274 Hampton Rd. Victoria, BC from September through June.
Application for membership can be made at any meeting (Fees subject to change) or by Mail.
New! Online form for joining/renewals – fill in – print and either mail in or bring to a meeting – the membership people will appreciate it!
|Annual Single Adult 18 and over||$25.00|
|Two Adults 18 and over at the same address||$35.00|
|One Parent Family (1 Adult + Children under 18)||$35.00|
|Two Parent Family (2 Adults + Children under 18)||$40.00|
|One Adult Student (18+ enrolled in a BC postsecondary)||$20.00|
Each month there is a field trip outing to a local collecting site. Check the calendar or the Upcoming Events page for details on upcoming field trips.
Please Note – You have to be a VLMS member or BCLS Member to attend field trips for Insurance reasons
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Rock Collecting Information
Here is a list of local collecting sites and resources you can draw on to find sites on Vancouver Island and around the lower mainland.
Vancouver Island has a wealth of material that you can look for. This list will be added to as time permits. If you have a suggestion for a site or resource please click here to let us know about it.
- All beaches in the Victoria area have agate, jasper, dallasite
- Hill 60 north of Duncan for Rhodonite (most claims are staked so please respect the owners claim)
- Sooke to Jordan River and beyond: There is gold panning in stream beds (remember to check for claims), Road cuts in the Jordan River area and beyond for Fossil shells and Zeolites and checkout Muir creek for fossil shells in a sandstone matrix
- Please see the links below for more resources.
- Vancouver Island Zone (Representing the Island Clubs)
- The Vancouver Island Faceters’ Guild more information
- Alberni Valley Rockhounds, Port Alberni BC
- Ripple Rock Gem and Mineral Club, Campbell River BC
- Parksville and District Rock and Gem Club – Parksville BC
- JONANCO Hobby workshop – Naniamo BC
- The Essex Rock and Mineral Society (which we had the fortune of having a guest speaker present for us)
- Saanich Silver Threads Centre
- BC & Yukon Chamber of Mines
- Bob’s Rock Shop
- British Columbia Lapidary Society
- Port Moody Rock and Gem Club
- Surrey Rockhound Club
- Clallam County Gem and Mineral Association
- Minfile Victoria
- Rockhound Shop, The
- Charles Lewton-Brain’s articles on jewelry making
- The Virtual Museum of the History of Mineralogy
- 40 of the Most Common Minerals (link suggested by a student)
- American Geode We have many rockhound educational articles:http://www.americangeode.com/rockhounding.php We have the most up to date geology and gem and mineral show newswire on the web:http://www.americangeode.com/events.php
Club Stone: Dallasite
Dallasite is the Victoria Lapidary and Mineral Society’s club stone. The rock is so named because the first identified pieces of it were found along Dallas Road in Victoria. This is of interest as the material would have had to travel a fair distance from the source. There are occurrences along the east side of Vancouver Island and some sizable deposits in the Alberni Area.
The material is a volcanic breccia consisting of green and black material in a white base which also forms the VLMS club colours. The size of the green and black material varies and it can form some very attractive patterns. It is believed to form as pillow lava underwater and through geological uplift become deposits on land.
Working Dallasite can be challenging as there is a variation in the hardness of the different areas of the material as well as the usual cracks and crevices. When tumbling it is best to only have Dallasite in the load.
When cutting cabochons it is best to stick to diamond based wheels such as on a Genie – and do a final polish with tin oxide. This will avoid undercutting the softer areas.
Good places to collect include Island View Beach, beaches around Parksville and of course beaches around Victoria. Look for cobble beaches and the predominate white to guide you. Pieces occur in size from a pebble up to good size (5 lbs – 2 kg) boulders.
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Our mailing address is:
Victoria Lapidary and Mineral Society
PO Box 48164 Uptown PO