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

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

 club Auction: September 11, 2021

The annual AGMS Club Auction was held on September 11 at the clubhouse and on ZOOM.  Our heartfelt thanks to those who donated, organized, volunteered, and participated by bidding on items presented through the auction!

The auction provided opportunities for innovation to make items available for bidding by participants both onsite and via ZOOM.  Using clubhouse video tools in conjunction with ZOOM live streaming, auction volunteers were able to present and announce items to all participants making on-line bidding occur in real-time in concert with onsite bidders.  The fundraiser was fun and entertaining bringing in the highest total donations from live auctions at the clubhouse to date.

4th Thursday each month

COVID19 restrictions have been reinstated in Austin. Currently,  we are able to meet in-person for our monthly meetings with mask wearing as a personal option. We will continue to offer Zoom video conferencing to members and guests. Members receive email announcements with the meeting link prior to the scheduled meeting.

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

AGMS on Facebook

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AGMS members rockhounding geodes and calcite crystals at our August field trip collection site on the North San Gabriel River. ... See MoreSee Less

AGMS members rockhounding geodes and calcite crystals at  our August field trip collection site on the North San Gabriel River.
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Wow! We've reached 1,000 followers! Thank you AGMS community and friends! ... See MoreSee Less

Wow! Weve reached 1,000 followers! Thank you AGMS community and friends!

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Gene and I are downsizing and have a lot of boxes of mineral books, rock and gem magazines etc. Hoping to donate if interesred

We're bbaaaaaaacckkkk! AGMS had a full house for our first in-person General Club Meeting July 22nd. Members and guests were treated to a BBQ Social before the meeting. Lots of happy people with near record-setting attendance! Our heart-felt thanks to @NaturesTreasuresatx for providing our program and for their generous support. ... See MoreSee Less

Were bbaaaaaaacckkkk! AGMS had a full house for our first in-person General Club Meeting July 22nd. Members and guests were treated to a BBQ Social before the meeting. Lots of happy people with near record-setting attendance! Our heart-felt thanks to  @NaturesTreasuresatx for providing our program and for their generous support.

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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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).

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.