Welcome to the AGMS

 

 

 

Motto: Each one – Teach one
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Gems

 

 

 

Mineral crystal or organic materials that are not minerals, which, when cut and polished, are used to make jewelry or other adornments.


Minerals

 

 

 

Naturally occurring, inorganic, solid, with an ordered internal structure, and a definite chemical composition.

Rock Hounding

 

 

 

The study and hobby of collecting rocks, minerals, or fossil specimens from the natural environment.

 

Lapidary

 

 

 

Cutting, polishing or engraving stones and gems.

 

Metal Smithing - Jewelry Making

 

 

 

The use of materials such as metal, clay, wire, beads, and glass for crafting necklaces, pendants, bracelets or rings.

 

Gem Capers // 2024

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October 18 – 20 / Palmer Auditorium

The Austin Gem and Mineral Society’s annual gem and mineral show is open to the public and held at the Palmer Events Center,  Austin, Texas. The 2024 event will host over 30 vendors selling gemstones, jewelry, beads, mineral specimens, fossils, crystals and more!

2024 Dates

Friday, October 18
9am – 6pm

Saturday, October 19
9am – 6pm

Sunday, October 20
10 am – 5 pm

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First Saturday Events

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the AGMS First Saturday Meet-Up and Network events April through July 2024! These events are open to the public for outreach and education

First Saturday events provide opportunities for Members to meet Members and to introduce nonmembers to AGMS. All current and future rockhounds are welcome and  invited to participate in First Saturday events to learn about club meetings, events, activities and outings; talk with experts; learn more about our beloved hobby; exchange information, learn and share your interests.

Family-friendly, free, fun event. 9am to 1pm

6719 Burnet Lane, Austin, Texas

General Meeting 4th Thursday each month

The general public is invited to visit AGMS General Meetings in person or on ZOOM.  Meetings are held at our clubhouse at 6719 Burnet Lane, Austin beginning at 7:pm on the 4th Thursday of each month. If you have a question regarding an upcoming meeting, click here.

Our monthly meetings are available via Zoom video conferencing. All are welcome to attend our meetings.

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NOTICE: Currently,  we meet in-person with mask wearing as a personal option. We will continue to offer Zoom video conferencing to members and guests.

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Meetings are held the 4th Thursday of the month at 6719 Burnet Lane, Austin Texas.@ 7p.m.

Join us for our First Saturday event June 1st from 9 to 1 on the AGMS Parking Lot at 6719 Burnet Lane Austin Texas.
Our Youth Booth is this month's featured booth. Saturday's booth topic is: The Basics: Learning to Observe, Describe and Identify Rocks & Minerals!

We'll have door prizes, youth activities, rock identification, jewelry sales, rough, slabs, minerals, and fossils for sale. The Austin Community College Jewelry Dept and the Nature's Treasurers Rock shop will have booths sales. Plus club member sales booths!
Don't miss out! Join in on the fun of seeing a wide variety of rocks gems minerals and fossils. Visit with our rock and mineral experts and learn more about your love and fascination of rocks!
Bring your rocks for identification!
This is a FREE event open to all interested in the many aspects of rocks!
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Hi there, when is the next one?

Join us for our First Saturday event June 1st from 9 to 1 on the AGMS Parking Lot at 6719 Burnet Lane Austin Texas.
Our Youth Booth is this month's featured booth. Saturday's booth topic is: The Basics: Learning to Observe, Describe and Identify Rocks & Minerals!

We'll have door prizes, youth activities, rock identification, jewelry sales, rough, slabs, minerals, and fossils for sale. The Austin Community College Jewelry Dept and the Nature's Treasurers Rock shop will have booths sales. Plus club member sales booths!
Don't miss out! Join in on the fun of seeing a wide variety of rocks gems minerals and fossils. Visit with our rock and mineral experts and learn more about your love and fascination of rocks!
Bring your rocks for identification!
This is a FREE event open to all interested in the many aspects of rocks!
... See MoreSee Less

Join us for our First Saturday event June 1st from 9 to 1 on the AGMS Parking Lot at 6719 Burnet Lane Austin Texas. Our Youth Booth is this months featured booth. Saturdays booth topic is: The Basics: Learning to Observe, Describe and Identify Rocks & Minerals!Well have door prizes, youth activities, rock identification, jewelry sales, rough, slabs, minerals, and fossils for sale. The Austin Community College Jewelry Dept and the Natures Treasurers Rock shop will have booths sales. Plus club member sales booths! Dont miss out! Join in on the fun of seeing a wide variety of rocks gems minerals and fossils. Visit with our rock and mineral experts and learn more about your love and fascination of rocks! Bring your rocks for identification! This is a FREE event open to all interested in the many aspects of rocks!

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Me too !!

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Join us for our First Saturday event June 1st from 9 to 1 on the AGMS Parking Lot at 6719 Burnet Lane Austin Texas. The First Saturday events are open to the public and free to attend. We'll have door prizes, youth activities, rock identification, jewelry sales, rough, slabs, minerals, and fossils for sale. The Austin Community College Jewelry Dept and the Nature's Treasurers Rock shop will have booths sales. Plus club member sales booths!
Don't miss out! Join in on the fun of seeing a wide variety of rocks gems minerals and fossils. Visit with our rock and mineral experts and learn more about your love and fascination of rocks!
Bring your rocks for identification!
This is a FREE event open to all interested in the many aspects of rocks!
... See MoreSee Less

Join us for our First Saturday event June 1st from 9 to 1 on the AGMS Parking Lot at 6719 Burnet Lane Austin Texas. The First Saturday events are open to the public and free to attend. Well have door prizes, youth activities, rock identification, jewelry sales, rough, slabs, minerals, and fossils for sale. The Austin Community College Jewelry Dept and the Natures Treasurers Rock shop will have booths sales. Plus club member sales booths! Dont miss out! Join in on the fun of seeing a wide variety of rocks gems minerals and fossils. Visit with our rock and mineral experts and learn more about your love and fascination of rocks! Bring your rocks for identification! This is a FREE event open to all interested in the many aspects of rocks!

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AGMS Calendar

Board Meetings:

First Tuesday, 7:00 PM, Jan – Nov.
No meeting in Dec. Nov meeting is budget planning for 2025.

Club Meetings (Open to the Public):

4th Thursdays, 7:00 PM, Jan – Oct.
Nov date is 11/14 due to Thanksgiving.
Dec meeting is Annual Dinner on 12/12/2024.

Open Workshop:

Every Wednesday, 6pm – 8:30pm.
3rd Saturday 10 am – 2 pm (times subject to change)

Min SIG:

2nd Tuesdays, 7-9 pm.

Lap SIG:

3rd Thursdays, 7-9pm.

Show Committee:

2nd Thursdays, 7-9pm.
Show dates: Oct 18-20, 2024. Packing and setup Thursday preceding show.

Paleo Club

3rd Tuesdays, 7:00 PM.

First Saturday

April – Sept.
August reserved for AGMS Annual Auction. Setup Friday evening.

Upcoming Gem & Mineral Shows

 

FORT WORTH, TEXAS

May  25-26— Annual show; Fort Worth Gem and Mineral Club
Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W Lancaster
Sat. 9-5, Sun. 10-4; $7-Adults, $5-Military, Seniors, Students, Free-Children 12 & Under.
Contact: Glenda Bradley/Fort Worth Gem and Mineral Club, (817) 229-5467
Email: fwgmc.info@gmail.com
Website: fortworthgemandmineralclub.org

Congratulations to the 2024 Officers and Board Members

Officers:

 
President: John Connors
VP1: Michael Egger
VP2: Mark Barber
Secretary: Jan Ozias
Treasurer: James Mercier

Directors:

Jeff Greinert  
Earnest Carter  
James Michener  
Michael Burns  
Marilyn Gilbreath  
James (Jim) Koen  

LEADS for Standing Committees & Special Interest Groups

Building: Michael Egger
Bylaws & Operating Procedures: Jan Ozias
Community Outreach: Doretta Conrad
Curator:
Barbara Liebman
Education:
John Connors
Field Trips: Ron Carman
Gem Capers: Laird Fowler
Historian: Vacant
Hospitality: Ginger Batson
Liaison with Regional (SCFMS) and National (AFMS) Federations: RonCarman
Library: Laird Fowler
Membership: Jim Koen
MinSIG: Laird Fowler
LapSIG:
Ron Patillo
Programs: Mark Barber
Webmaster:
James Michener
Workshop: Gef Fisher
Youth Programs: Lorraine Chammah

The Austin Gem and Mineral Society welcomes you to join us!

Membership Benefits

  • Connection and networking with other rock hounds, mineral collectors, geological experts, jewelry artists, gem and mineral professionals and experts, gem and mineral vendors, educators, and a plethora of rock related subject matter experts in a wide variety of gem and mineral related topics.
  • General club meetings offer speakers and presentations on a wide variety of gem and mineral topics.
  • Access to our website membership portal includes access to member blogs, member specific announcements, posts on member boards, SIG meetings/topics and online discussions (Special Interest Groups: Min Sig, Paleo SIG, Silversmithing SIG, Jewelry SIG, Lapidary Sig, Faceting SIG)
  • Access to clubhouse resources includes: large meeting room, lapidary/cabbing workshop, faceting workshop, slab shack saws, extensive resource library, and display exhibits of gems and minerals
  • Annual events and activities include: Gem Capers (annual gem and mineral show held at the Austin Palmer Event Center), Swap Meet, Club Auction, Holiday Party
  • Classes: Cabbing, Faceting, Silversmithing, Slab Saw, other classes are offered as needs and instructors are identified
  • Field trips and rock hunts for members only

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Federation and Club Resources

Visit these other websites for related information on gems and minerals, activities, learning opportunities, and more.

Federation of Mineral Societies

The Austin Gem and Mineral Society is part of SCFMS (The South Central Federation of Mineral Societies). SCFMS is one of seven different regional federations in the US that are members of the AFMS (American Federation of Mineralogical Societies).

Please note that these links are third party websites that are not maintained by AGMS. AGMS is not responsible for materials found on these sites. Please use caution when visiting an unfamiliar site.