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 

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.

Dec 10

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2022 FALL/Winter Classes:

AGMS 104: Introduction to Wire Wrapping

Prerequisite – Completed AGMS 101: Introduction to Workshop and Cabochon Making (or approved to work in the Workshop prior to 2022)

Dec 10

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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.

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AGMS Membership Drive today at Nature's Treasurers in Austin. Join this month and you'll be entered in a drawing to win a new Lortone tumbler plus tumbling media and a bag of tumbler rocks donated by Nature's Treasures. AGMS Members receive 10% discount on NT purchases! ... See MoreSee Less

AGMS Membership Drive today at Natures Treasurers in Austin. Join this month and youll be entered in a drawing to win a new Lortone tumbler plus tumbling media and a bag of tumbler rocks donated by Natures Treasures. AGMS Members receive 10% discount on NT purchases!

AGMS sends out our sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone who attended our Gem & Mineral Show this past weekend! Shout outs to our great vendors and fantastic volunteets!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Gem Capers Count Down to the Show! Oct 21 thru 23. Go to www.agms-tx.org/gem-capers/ for more event details.

Gem Capers is the Austin Gem and Mineral Society's largest and most important annual fundraiser. This year's show theme is Fluorescents
What: Gem Capers
When: October 21-23: Friday & Saturday 9 to 6; Sunday 10 to 5
Where: Palmer Event Center in Austin
Event Details: AGMS-TX.ORG/GEM-CAPERS/
Prices: $8 Adults; $2 Juniors (13-18 yrs); $7 Military (Active and Retired); $7 Senior (65 Yrs and over)

AGMS Club Booths:
Youth Booths:
Gem Mine
Wheel of Fortune
Jewelry Booth
Touch Table
General Public:
Silent Auction
Door Prizes
Fluorescent Mineral Room
Multiple Specimen Displays throughout the event
AGMS Information
Gem Capers Vendors: AGMS-TX.ORG/GEM-CAPERS/VENDORS/
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Gem Capers Count Down to the Show! Oct 21 thru 23. Go to https://www.agms-tx.org/gem-capers/ for more event details.Gem Capers is the Austin Gem and Mineral Societys largest and most important annual fundraiser. This years show theme is Fluorescents What: Gem CapersWhen: October 21-23: Friday & Saturday 9 to 6; Sunday 10 to 5Where: Palmer Event Center in AustinEvent Details: AGMS-TX.ORG/GEM-CAPERS/Prices: $8 Adults; $2 Juniors (13-18 yrs); $7 Military (Active and Retired); $7 Senior (65 Yrs and over) AGMS Club Booths:     Youth Booths:Gem MineWheel of FortuneJewelry BoothTouch Table     General Public:Silent Auction Door PrizesFluorescent Mineral RoomMultiple Specimen Displays throughout the eventAGMS Information     Gem Capers Vendors: AGMS-TX.ORG/GEM-CAPERS/VENDORS/
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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.

PLEASE NOTE: Our November and December monthly meetings have been changed to accommodate regular holidays and will be held on the following dates:

**November 17th at 7pm Volunteer Appreciation event;

**December 8th at 7pm Christmas Party and 2023 Officers and Board Member Induction; Patron and Rockhound of the Year Awards.

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.