Welcome to the AGMS

 

 

 

Motto: Each one – Teach one
Spinel twinned fluorite on muscovite, Pakistan.

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.

 

 First Saturday

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the AGMS First Saturday Meet-Up and Network events April through September 2022!

First Saturday events provide opportunities for Members to meet Members; learn about club 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.

UPDATE: Our July and August First Saturday events are moving inside the clubhouse to take a break from this year’s already record-breaking heat. In an effort to keep it cool, we’re shifting gears to continue offering First Saturday opportunities to meet and network with other AGMS members and to provide opportunities to share and learn more about our beloved hobby. We will return to our clubhouse parking lot information and sales booths for the September 3rd First Saturday event.

Announcements

Knowledge Quest Handouts

AGMS provides free downloadable Quests that students can pursue to learn about Gems and Minerals based on age level.

Upcoming Events & Meetings

NOTICE: April 14th Gem Capers Committee Meeting is canceled!

2022 Spring Classes:

AGMS 101: Introduction to Workshop and Cabochon Making

Prerequisite – AGMS Member in good standing (2022 dues are paid) and 18 years of age or older.

Class Description:
This is the basic class required for anyone who wishes to use any machines in the AGMS Workshop or to take any higher-level class at AGMS. Classes should have a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 students. The class is 5 hours in length and may be spread over two sessions of 2 1/2 hours each.

Class Dates:

March 7 and 8, 2022 (Monday and Tuesday – two-day class) : 6pm to 9pm both days SOLD OUT

April 9, 2022 (Saturday): 10am to 4pm SOLD OUT

May 14, 2022 (Saturday): 10am to 4pm 

June 11, 2022 (Saturday): 10am to 4pm SOLD OUT

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.

Here’s the meeting link:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85455270931?pwd=d0ZsT3BzUGliWW1MeVM5OGlEMHdsQT09

Meeting ID: 854 5527 0931

Passcode: 4XpHpR

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.

 

 

AGMS on Facebook

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Ykes! It's HOT outside -- really hot! We're feeling it on the parking lot at our First Saturday events!

Due to this year’s already record-breaking heat we have opted to not offer our parking lot First Saturday events in July and August. We will resume our First Saturday parking lot event September 3rd.

Please mark you calendar and plan to join us on September 3rd!

Thank you for your interest and support!
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Ykes! Its HOT outside -- really hot! Were feeling it on the parking lot at our First Saturday events! 

Due to this year’s already record-breaking heat we have opted to not offer our parking lot First Saturday events in July and August. We will resume our First Saturday parking lot event September 3rd. 

Please mark you calendar and plan to join us on September 3rd!

Thank you for your interest and support!

Comment on Facebook

I think this is a very very good idea !!! This heat is so oppressive & tough on everyone !!! It may still be too hot in September but lets hope not !!!! Stay safe everyone & conserve on power wherever you can between the hours of 2pm to 8pm so that hopefully the power will not fail in Texas !!!!!

We're GOOD TO GO - the June 4th First Saturday Event is ON!
Hey! It's spring in Central Texas - the storm is clearing out just as quickly as it blew in! We're a go with the today's First Saturday event. We've moved a few of the pop-ups out of the typical after-a-rain standing water on the parking lot and are good to go! The show goes on!

If you haven't already planned to attend today's event, please do so now! AGMS will appreciate your support!!
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You don't want to miss this!
Join us this Saturday June 4th for our First Saturday event 9 to 1 Austin Gem and Mineral Society parking lot 6719 Burnet Lane Austin. Featuring ID My Rock Booth, Youth Booth, Member Sales Booths (rough, slabs, cabs, jewelry, art, equipment, tools and more!), ACC Partner Booth, Door Prizes, Clubhouse tours and lapidary demonstrations! Rockhounds of all ages welcome. AGMS-TX.ORG or info@agms-tx.org for more information
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You dont want to miss this! 
Join us this Saturday June 4th for our First Saturday event 9 to 1 Austin Gem and Mineral Society parking lot 6719 Burnet Lane Austin. Featuring ID My Rock Booth, Youth Booth, Member Sales Booths (rough, slabs, cabs, jewelry, art, equipment, tools and more!), ACC Partner Booth, Door Prizes, Clubhouse tours and lapidary demonstrations!  Rockhounds of all ages welcome. AGMS-TX.ORG or  info@agms-tx.org for more information

Comment on Facebook

Is there a charge for rock ID ??

It was alot of fun, good to see everybody.

Is the event still on today or has it been called for rain?

Is this a member-only event? Or can the public attend?

Join us at the June 4th First Saturday event 9 to 1 Austin Gem and Mineral Society parking lot 6719 Burnet Lane Austin. Featuring ID My Rock Booth, Youth Booth, Member Sales Booths, Nature's Treasurers & ACCs Partner Booths, Door Prizes, Clubhouse tours and lapidary demonstrations! Rockhounds of all ages welcome. AGMS-TX.ORG or info@agms-tx.org for more information ... See MoreSee Less

Join us at the June 4th First Saturday event 9 to 1 Austin Gem and Mineral Society parking lot 6719 Burnet Lane Austin. Featuring ID My Rock Booth, Youth Booth, Member Sales Booths, Natures Treasurers & ACCs Partner Booths, Door Prizes, Clubhouse tours and lapidary demonstrations! Rockhounds of all ages welcome. AGMS-TX.ORG or  info@agms-tx.org for more information

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The first 2 have been so much fun & it looks like we may have cooler weather for the june one than we had for the May event !!!!

Melissa Pelz

Come on down! You don't want to miss the fun and sales -- here are a few of the sales booths at the AGMS First Saturday event happening now 6719 Burnet Lane Austin. Great opportunity to pick up a really special gift for Mom! ... See MoreSee Less

Come on down! You dont want to miss the fun and sales -- here are a few of the sales booths at the AGMS First Saturday event happening now 6719 Burnet Lane Austin. Great opportunity to pick up a really special gift for Mom!

Comment on Facebook

Wish I could have gone. Been looking for rough opals to buy.

Oh man. Wish I hadn't slept in. I'll try to make it next month.

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AGMS on Instagram

Native Copper⛏
Awesome photo by member Craig Brandt!
#nativecopper #copper #austingemandmineralsociety #agms_tx #minerals #rockhounding
#Austin #Texas
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COME ALL!!!
This one will be super fun as always- great gems, fossils, minerals, machines, books and more will go up for auction to support our club!!! Hope to see you all there!
#austingemandmineralsociety #agms_tx #austin #auction #rockhound #rocks #minerals #fossils #texas #texasrockhound
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How beautiful is this photo of a Fossil Turquoise bone in matrix!? WOW. 💙I didn’t even know this was possible.
Photo credit by Craig Brandt. 👍✨ #fossil #turquoise #specimens #rocks #rockhounding #rockhound #austin #agms #austingemandmineralsociety
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First faceted stone completed! Brilliant cut citrine. So much gratitude to Craig Brandt for his knowledge and patience!

#austingemandmineralsociety #faceting #citrine #rockhound #classes #austin #austintexas #sparkle #flash #math
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PLEASE COME JOIN US!!!
MARK YOU CALENDARS!
Always a great find and wonderful people!
Event will be held at the clubhouse. #austin #austintexas #texas #rockhound #rockhounding #austingemandmineralsociety #rockswap #swapmeet #gemsandminerals
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❤️⚪️Lace Agate⚪️❤️
Seriously one of my favorites in all its variations. .
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#agate #laceagate #agms #austingemandmineralsociety #rockhound #austin #texas #geology
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Such a fantastic Gem Capers... THANK YOU to all who attended, to our amazing vendors, and to the wonderful and knowledgeable volunteers. More highlight pictures to follow.
#gemcapers2018
#gemcapers #agms #austingemandmineralsociety #florecentminerals
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💎GEM CAPERS 2018💎
Gef Fisher is doing some wonderful Cabbing Demonstrations! Come see!!!
#cabbing #austingemandmineralsociety #gemcapers #gemcapers2018
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Stunningly glowing and beautiful Fluorescent mineral exhibit at Gem Capers!!!
Come see!
This weekend!
#fluorescence #fluorecent #austingemandmineralsociety #austin #texas #rock #gemstones #gem #minerals #gemcapers #gemcapers2018 #rockhound
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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.