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About Us

 

The Gem Cutters Guild of Baltimore, Inc. is an organization with the purpose of increasing awareness and appreciation of the lapidary arts and sharing the knowledge of lapidary sciences and jewelry fabrication with the local community.     The Guild is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization

 

The Guild provides informational programs at our monthly meetings held the 1st Tuesday of each month, September thru June, at 7:30 PM, in our

 

Workshop located at Meadow Mill,

3600 Clipper Mill Road, suite 116,

Baltimore, MD 21211.

 

 The Guild sponsors classes in both lapidary and jewelry fabrication, runs field trips and sponsors exhibitions such as the  GEM MINERAL & JEWELRY SHOW ; held annually at the Howard County Fairgrounds.

 

The Guild is an affiliated member of EFMLS

 (Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies / Region IV Delaware, Maryland, DC and VA). 

 

We are one of the few Guilds that operate and maintain a Member's Workshop. The shop is fully equipped with slab and trim saws, multiple lapidary forming and polishing stations, torch soldering stations for metal working and jeweler's benches equipped with Foredam style rotary tools. 

 

 

Becoming a Member

     We encourage you to be our guest at the next meeting, Introduce yourself and enjoy our program. 

We often have a speaker on topics that further our interests. 

Listen in on our discussions about minerals and stones we have recovered from areas, both local and around the country. As a member, join us on rock-hounding trips. Take a class and learn to create and design your own piece of jewelry.

    

 
 
 
 
 

Dues and fees:

 

1. Individual member = $25  Annual dues for individual membership is $25.00.

 

2. Family Membership = $45  Family membership dues covers 2 individuals living in the same address.

 

3. Each new member will be charged a “one time” set-up fee of $12.00.

 

4. Open “shop fee” is $50.00 per person Use of the equipment is predicated on your ability to satisfactorily demonstrate prior knowledge and ability, to safely use the equipment. The usual way to satisfy this requirement is to take Gem Cutter’s Guild courses that teach the proper methods and safety procedures needed to produce a piece of jewelry, fashion art work or manufacture metal work using soldering torches, presses, saws and cutting arbors. Proficiency ensures that both you and the machinery will operate in a safe and proper way.

 

5. Materials Fees : Class materials may be purchased for use during educational seminars. These costs vary according to “market prices” for these items.

 

Benefits of Becoming a Member

 

     •   Discounts on Guild classes.

    •     Guided Rock-hounding trips.

    •     Educational seminars,  

    •     Social events.

 

    •    The option to sign up and use the workshop during open shop hours

       (if paying open shop fees for that year)

 

    •    Fun fun fun!!