Field trips are arranged occasionally. This takes members
out crystal hunting, studying local granites, or investigating the
pegmatites of the Northern Cape. We have a strict code of ethics
regarding mineral collecting to ensure the protection of sites for
posterity, and the respect for the farmers or mine owners whose land we
visit. The Cape Town area itself does not have much in the way of
mineral specimens, apart from the occasional quartz crystal in the
Hottentots Holland mountains, so field trips are of necessity at least
three-hours' drive away. Better still, a six-hour drive takes us to the
pegmatite area along the Orange River and this is a favourite hunting
ground for all members. There is also the opportunity to visit various painted and engraved rock art sites in the Western and Northern Cape (with the land owners' permission of course).
An Open Day is held on the first Saturday of every month, which members and the general public attend. Minerals, crystals, natural stone objects such as spheres, as well as gems, beads, and jewellery can be seen. Minerals are discussed, swopped or purchased according to whim. The books in the well-stocked library are available for loan that day, and again on the second Saturday of the month when the Monthly Meeting is held and speakers from within the club, or invited from outside, talk, show slides, or demonstrate items of a mineralogical nature.
We have workshops for faceting (gem cutting), silversmithing and
lapidary. See COURSES for further information.