The 1,022 nd meeting of 

The Mineralogical Society


Southern California


Brazil Through my Lens

presented by Jeff Scovil

Friday, February 16, 2024 at  7:30 pm.

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.

For more information

Notice of July 29, 2023 regarding Mojave Trails National Monument.  Reprinted with permission from San Diego Mineral & Gem Society.  Great commentary in the notice by its author, Lisbet Thorensen, SDMG’s Public Lands Representative.  Thank You, SDMG and Lisbet.  Angie Guzman, MSSC President.Please click here to read article and commentary.

Program Notes: Friday, February 16, 2024 at 7:30, join us for Brazil Through my Lens by Jeff Scovil

In 2007, I flew to Sao Paolo, Brazil and spent several days photographing for top collector Julio Landmann.  After I finished there, I flew to Belo Horizonte and met dealer/collector Luiz Menezes.  We then drove to Governador Valadares in the heart of pegmatite country where we visited several pegmatite mines.  We went underground in several of them and bought minerals from several of the miners and local dealers. It was a wonderful trip and a dream come true. I am happy to share the experience of Brazil from my lens.Jeff Scovil has been a professional photographer of minerals and other earth science materials for 32 years and is the acknowledged, worldwide leader in the field.  In 1996 he published Photographing Minerals, Fossils and Lapidary Materials by Geoscience Press.  He travels the world photographing for collectors, dealers, museums and publishers and lectures widely on his travels as well as photography and mineralogy.

  Jeff’s work has been published in numerous books on mineralogy as well as books on geology, chemistry and physics.  He works with most of the mineral magazines in the United States as well as Europe.  His photos have been featured on 13 of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show posters as well as posters for shows in   Denver, Germany, France and Pakistan.

For over 30 years Jeff has run both the Mineral Photography Seminar and Mineral Photography competition at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.  He won the 2007 Carnegie Mineralogical Award.


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

Non Members, you must request to attend the MSSC zoom meeting every month Email our Programs chair, Rudy Lopez at  no later than the Thursday before the scheduled meeting   Please include “ZOOM Meeting” in the subject line of your response. We will send you the meeting link.

Upcoming Events

all events, except field trips are via  ZOOM

  • March 8, 2024: Jim & Gail Spann; TBA
  • April 12, 2024: TBA
  • Board Meeting, Sunday March 24, 2024 at 1:00 pm
  • CFMS/AMS Show in Ventura, May 24-26.

The MSSC is pleased to offer the updated 2023 edition of Bob Pedersen’s X- Dana 

X-Dana Mineral Spreadsheet