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 April 16 at 7:30 PM

Program: Byzantine Chain Maille Practice    Speaker: Karen Burns
Make earrings or a bracelet with the jump rings made in March

Paleo Section – Tuesday April 17 at 7:30 PM

Program: Petrified Wood Identification   Speaker: Dr. Neal Immega
Back by popular demand.  Bring your unknowns. I will teach you how to identify your stuff. I will loan you a hand lens or sell you one for $2.

Mineral Section – Wednesday April 18 at 7:30 PM   
Program: Sulfide Minerals
We will discuss what they are, how they are formed and why they are important. Please bring specimens from your collections and be prepared to discuss them and this important group of minerals.

Youth Section – Saturday April 21 from 10 AM to 12 AM
Beading Section – Saturday April 21at 1:30 PM

Program: Bicone Bijoux   Photo, materials and instructions are here

General Meeting April 24, 7:30pm   Nathalie Brandes will present:

California: From Drought to Deluge“, which will cover the influences on the weather patterns in California, and why the state can go from record droughts to record flooding very rapidly.

Note: The Archaeology Section will not have any programs this summer.


Trip to Alpine, TX – April 27, 28, 29
The Lapidary Section has organized an HGMS field trip to Alpine to hunt for agates and jasper on sveral nearby ranches. Please contact Richard Goodrlgood@outlook.comfor details on this trip. See the March BBG for an article by Richard.

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

SECTIONS (Special Interest Groups)