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.

 

WELCOME – NEW HOME, NEW LOGO

Welcome to the new interactive Austin Gem and Mineral Society website! While scrolling through you will find changes to the look, feel and navigation of the site.

Among the changes you will notice is our new logo featuring the culmination of all aspects of our beloved gem and mineral interests into a faceted blue topaz. This is not just any topaz…

Announcements

AGMS Clubhouse

The AGMS clubhouse is currently open on a limited basis for Wednesday and Saturday lapidary, faceting and slab saw workshop usage. Members must reserve workshop spaces to ensure compliance with […]

AGMS Monthly Meetings

AGMS continues to hold monthly general membership meetings on Zoom. With the potential for the easing/lifting of local COVID 19 restrictions, the Board of Directors anticipates holding an in-person general […]

Upcoming Events & Meetings

October 22-24, 2021

COVID 19 restrictions and recommendations will dictate the event scope, staging and availability. Please continue to check for updates

4th Thursday each month

Due to current COVID19 restrictions, our monthly meetings are held via Zoom video conferencing. Members receive email announcements with the meeting link prior to the scheduled meeting.

The general public is invited to visit AGMS General Meetings on ZOOM. To receive an invitation and a meeting link, click here.

AGMS on Facebook

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Preparations and planning for the 2021 Gem Capers Show has begun! Seen here are AGMS Show Committee members taking a break from unloading and inventorying the show shed and trailor. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for our 2021 Gem Capers October 22 -24 at the Palmer Events Center Austin Texas. Visit our website agms-tx.org #Austingms ... See MoreSee Less

Preparations and planning for the 2021 Gem Capers Show has begun! Seen here are AGMS Show Committee members taking a break from unloading and inventorying the show shed and trailor. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for our 2021 Gem Capers October 22 -24 at the Palmer Events Center Austin Texas. Visit our website agms-tx.org #Austingms

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Will there be fossils for purchase?

Awesome 👍👍 Missed y'all, last year !!

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New logo? looks sharp

AGMS members at our Alpine Rockhounding Hunt at the Kokernot 06 Winn Ranch on March 14, 2021. Our heart-felt thanks to Aaron Frank Thomas Texas Rockhounds for his excellent guiding and choice of location. Our club will definately be back! #Austingms Circle T Rock Shop ... See MoreSee Less

AGMS members at our Alpine Rockhounding Hunt at the Kokernot 06 Winn Ranch on March 14, 2021. Our heart-felt thanks to Aaron Frank Thomas Texas Rockhounds for his excellent guiding and choice of location. Our club will definately be back! #Austingms Circle T Rock Shop

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The Austin Gem and Mineral Society is working to reopen our clubhouse facility with respect to state, local and member preferences. Although we haven't been open for the past year, we have been busy! Club, board and committee meetings are being held via Zoom; a new interactive website is under construction; Gem Capers is set for October; our clubhouse survived the big freeze with no damage; we have hosted rockhounding trips, and; continued to publish our club newsletter - Stone Chipper!

Here's our current status:
🚦We are currently working toward holding in-person general club meetings within the next couple months
🚦Our Wednesday workshops are back on track with social distancing limits and face covering policies in place
🚦Subject Information Groups are setting dates to meet in-person within the next month
🚦Classes will resume soon with planning and scheduling currently underway
🚦Our new intetactive website will be launched early in April!

Thanks to our board's leadership while working within COVID-19 restrictions to keep our club going and moving forward with an eye toward our current and future needs.
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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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AGMS welcomes advertisements to help off-set the cost of our website. Advertisement levels and benefits are currently being discussed by the Board of Directors and will be posted here when finalized.

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).

American Federation of Mineralogical Societies
Southeast 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.