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Walt Lombardo will be the guest speaker this month. The program will be focused on rubies and sapphires of North America. Rubies and sapphires are in the corundum family of stones and are 9 on the Mohs hardness scale – second only to diamonds. The talk will focus on three geographic areas in North America (the sapphire deposits of Central Montana, the ruby deposits of North Carolina and the recently discovered ruby deposits of Greenland.

Mr. Lombardo is a geologist with 35 years of experience in mineralogy, mining and mineral exploration. He has lectured nationwide on the subject of mineralogy and will bring with him examples of rubies and sapphires, some of which will be for sale, along with other items.

Come gather knowledge and enjoy an entertaining evening and learn about the beautiful minerals that are here in North America.

South Orange County Gem & Mineral Society (SOCGEMS) meets in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Community Center on Avenida Del Mar and Calle Seville in San Clemente, CA the third Wednesday of each month, in this case, July 19. The meetings are at 7:15 p.m. and guests are welcome. Admission is free and refreshments are provided.

SOCGEMS is an educational 501c3 nonprofit. For more information, visit their website at or on Facebook at

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