Who We Are

The Houston Gem and Mineral Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to study in the areas of Earth Science and related fields and arts. A major focus of the HGMS is education. Through classes offered at the clubhouse and through our scholarship fund, the HGMS encourages its individuals and groups to better their knowledge and understanding in these areas. Our annual show features educational activities for public, private and home-schooled children, and exhibits and demonstrations by members and guests.

The society is open to all persons with rockhound or fossil “fever.” We offer something for every family member, from junior members to senior citizens, and our activities encourage family participation.

The HGMS is a member of the South Central Federation of Mineral Societies (SCFMS) and is affiliated with the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS).

Current Events


Lapidary Section – Monday June 18 at 7:30 PM Make a heart cabochon.

Paleo Section – Tuesday June 19 at 7:30 PM 

Program: Learn How to Use the Brachiopod Identification Book
Dr. Neal Immega

Dr. Immega will also lead Paleo Hall Tours at the Houston Museum of Natural Science every Thursday night at 6:00 pPM, except for June 21.

General Meeting June 26nd, 7:30pm   Sigrid Stewart will present:

“Viking Gold”, a travelog and metallurgical talk on Viking-age hoards of gold and silver found in Scandinavia

Mineral Section – Wednesday June 20NO Meeting – Regular section meetings resume in September

June 30th at 1:30 – 4:00 PM  Special Workshop Program on Mineral and Rock Identification

Presented by Nathalie Brandes, Professor of Geology, Lonestar College

25 seats available: please RSVP to mineral@hgms.org. This is a lecture and hands-on program that will give you a clear idea of the steps needed to do mineral and rock identification.  There will be a series of handouts on the steps needed to identify rocks and minerals and how to tell the difference between them, with mineral and rocks for the hands on portion of the workshop.

Youth Section – Saturday July 7, 2018; July 21, 2018 10 AM – 12 PM. Program to be announced.

Archaeology Section will not have any programs this summer.

The 65th Annual Houston Gem, Jewelry, Mineral & Fossil Show November 9-11, 2018

SECTIONS (Special Interest Groups)






DAY LIGHT SECTION - for daytime activity


YOUTH SECTION - parent-accompanied