The 997th meeting of 

The Mineralogical Society


Southern California




Presented by Denise Nelson

Friday, January 14, 2022 at  7:30.

See program notes below

Visitors are always welcome

About us…

The MSSC is a member of the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies and is dedicated to the dissemination of general knowledge of the mineralogical and related earth sciences through the study of mineral specimens.  We are a scientific non-profit organization that actively supports those endeavors through public outreach, field study and related programs.

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Program Notes: Join us: Friday, January 14, 2022 at 7:30. Presenter Denise Nelson of Inner Circle will take us on a virtual tour of TUCSON! 30 years of glitter, fun, friends, amazing minerals and gems packed into one hour of pictures, stories and adventures! Sparkling memories and history of a place unlike any other on earth!  

Denise Nelson is a Graduate Gemologist (GIA), Appraiser and occasional Gem hunter.  She started her own business, Inner Circle, a Fine Jewelry and Appraisal provider, over 23 years ago in Maryland. Her travels to mines and trade-shows have taken her too many different Countries like Brazil, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan, China, Germany, France and Argentina. This combination of gemology and genealogy is the perfect topic for Denise Nelson, who has taught genealogy and spent many years researching and studying the history of gems and jewelry. An appraiser, consultant and owner of INNER CIRCLE Fine Jewelry and Appraisal Services, Nelson has revealed many interesting facts to her clients in her 30 years in the jewelry business. She’s traveled to 38 countries to research historical jewelry, visit mining areas and buy gemstones, pearls and jewelry for her customers. Nelson also designs jewelry and is a wholesaler to a number of jewelry stores. She is a member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA).


Effective April, 21, 2021

Paid MSSC members will be automatically on the invite list each month.

For Non Members:

You must request to attend the MSSC zoom meeting every month. See below for details.

Participants who want to do this must respond to our Programs chair, Rudy Lopez at  no later than Tuesday January 11, 2022.  Please include “January  ZOOM Meeting” in the subject line of your response. This response date will allow time for us to send you the information needed to participate in the ZOOM meeting.

Upcoming Events (all events, except field trips are via ZOOM until further notice)

  • February 11, 2022: MIKO: A brief Introduction to Indonesian Gemstones

  • March 11, 2022: Eric Scerri: the Periodic Table: It’s Story & it’s Significance

  • May 13,2022: Peter Goetz: – Beautiful Opal, Identification, and Internet Opal
  • January 16, 2022: MSSC Board Meeting

The MSSC is pleased to offer the new 2020 edition of Bob Pedersen’s X- Dana 

X-Dana Mineral Spreadsheet