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.

 

First Saturday Events

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the AGMS First Saturday Meet-Up and Network events April through September 2023!

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. 9am to 1pm

6719 Burnet Lane, Austin, Texas 

Gem Capers // 2022

Fluorescents

October 21 – 23 / Palmer Auditorium

The Austin Gem and Mineral Society’s annual gem and mineral show is open to the public and held at the Palmer Auditorium in Austin, Texas. The 2022 event will host over 30 vendors selling gemstones, jewelry, beads, mineral specimens, fossils, crystals and more!

2022 Dates

Friday, October 21
9am – 6pm

Saturday, October 22
9am – 6pm

Sunday, October 23
10 am – 5pm

Picture credits: Paul Bordovski. Calcite and Scheelite, Campo Bonito Mine, Arizona.

Upcoming Events & Meetings

2022 FALL/Winter 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.

July 23

Brian Wetzig

Aug 13

Sylvia LaDoux

Sept 10

Earnest Carter

Oct 8

Ron Patillo

Nov 12

Brian Wetzig

Dec 10

Earnest Carter

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Austin Gem and Mineral Society

Austin Gem and Mineral Society

Meetings are held the 4th Thursday of the month at 6719 Burnet Lane, Austin Texas.@ 7p.m. Providing education on all types of lapidary interests and collections. Formed in the 1950's. Please join us.

So sorry! This event has been CANCELED due to storm forcasts predicted during the event. (Plus our parking lot easily floods on the south west end.)
Join us Saturday September 3rd from 9am to 1pm for our last First Saturday event of 2022. Here's what's on board for this Saturday's event:

Member Sales:

Ron Patillo -- Rough, slabs, cabs, jewelry, tools, equipment

Michael Burns - rough, slabs, cabs, jewelry, bolos

Zac Stafford -- resin set jewelry, resin jars with minerals, crystal free forms

Josie Middleton -- mineral specimens

Delphine & Kenneth Welch -- petrified wood round slabs

Youth Booth (ages 5 to 12)
Geode Halves (2 inch with crystals)
1) wet-sanding the cut edges to smooth and polish,
2) form and apply a simple "Figure 8" wire wrap.

Club Logo Sales
T-Shirts -- Gray and Pink Club Logo T-Shirts -- available in adult sizes
Name Tags -- Texas shape and rectangular/horizontal bar
Caps - green with blue logo; tan with white logo
Cabochon Freezer Dop Stands

Club Sales
Mineral Specimens
Slabs and whole geodes
Book Sales

Club Booths
ID My Rock
Gem Capers
Information Booth

Partner Booths
Austin Community College Jewelry Department
Nature's Treasurers

Door Prizes every 30 minutes!
*The September 3rd First Saturday event will be held rain or shine - UNLESS lightning is forecast for the timeframe the event is scheduled. Check our website agms-tx.org Friday after 6pm for cancellation notice, if applicable.
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So sorry! This event has been CANCELED due to storm forcasts predicted during the event. (Plus our parking lot easily floods on the south west end.)Join us Saturday September 3rd from 9am to 1pm for our last First Saturday event of 2022. Heres whats on board for this Saturdays event:Member Sales: Ron Patillo -- Rough, slabs, cabs, jewelry, tools, equipment Michael Burns - rough, slabs, cabs, jewelry, bolos Zac Stafford -- resin set jewelry, resin jars with minerals, crystal free formsJosie Middleton -- mineral specimensDelphine & Kenneth Welch -- petrified wood round slabsYouth Booth (ages 5 to 12)Geode Halves (2 inch with crystals)1) wet-sanding the cut edges to smooth and polish,2) form and apply a simple Figure 8 wire wrap.Club Logo SalesT-Shirts -- Gray and Pink Club Logo T-Shirts --  available in adult sizesName Tags -- Texas shape and rectangular/horizontal barCaps - green with blue logo; tan with white logoCabochon Freezer Dop StandsClub  SalesMineral Specimens Slabs and whole geodesBook SalesClub BoothsID My RockGem CapersInformation BoothPartner BoothsAustin Community College Jewelry DepartmentNatures TreasurersDoor Prizes every 30 minutes!*The September 3rd First Saturday event will be held rain or shine - UNLESS lightning is forecast for the timeframe the event is scheduled. Check our website agms-tx.org Friday after 6pm for cancellation notice, if applicable.

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So happy to see we will have another First Saturday to attend !!!!!

Mark your calendar and plan to join AGMS back on our parking lot for our last First Saturday event of 2022 on September 3rd from 9am to 1pm! We'll have Member Sales, ID My Rock, Club Sales, Info Booths, Gem Capers Wheel of Fortune, Youth Booth Activity, Door Prizes and MORE! ... See MoreSee Less

Mark your calendar and plan to join AGMS back on our parking lot for our last First Saturday event of 2022 on September 3rd from 9am to 1pm! Well have Member Sales, ID My Rock, Club Sales, Info Booths, Gem Capers Wheel of Fortune, Youth Booth Activity, Door Prizes and MORE!

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Do you have a contact person on messenger? I am in search of a petrified palm tree rock cut into the shape of Texas. See the photo on Texas Rocks and Minerals Hunters & Collectors group page for what I am describing.

Join the Austin Gem and Mineral Society for our annual Live Auction fundraiser event Saturday August 6th beginning at 1:00pm: pre-auction viewing begins at 10am. Photo below shows a few of items that will be in the auction. More items added almost daily! Large variety of items including thumbnail minerals, crystals, fossels, jewelry, vintage books, tools and equipment, and display cases.
AGMS Clubhouse 6719 Burnet Lane Austin Texas
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Join the Austin Gem and Mineral Society for our annual Live Auction fundraiser event Saturday August 6th beginning at 1:00pm: pre-auction viewing begins at 10am. Photo below shows a few of items that will be in the auction. More items added almost daily! Large variety of items including thumbnail minerals, crystals, fossels, jewelry, vintage books, tools and equipment, and display cases.AGMS Clubhouse 6719 Burnet Lane Austin Texas

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Is there anyone who is a professional about petrified wood? I’m needing some information.

I like that polisher...😯😍😍

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Upcoming Events & Meetings

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.

 

 

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.