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

Archaeology Section: Thursday at 7:30 PM on April 4, 2019
Program: : Wilson W. “Dub” Crook will give a presentation on his recent research on Ancient Jericho (Tell Es-Sultan) entitled “The Conquest of Canaan: Who Were Those Guys at Jericho?” Ancient Jericho is one of the most excavated sites in the Middle East, and yet it remains one of the most controversial. ” (Program Details)

Beading Section: Saturday at 1:30 PM on April 20, 2019
Program: Our guest instructor is Kathy Jolly, and we will be studying the Ladder Stitch. She will bring kits of the project for $20.00, and $5.00 more for the pattern instructions.

Day Light Section: Wednesday at 1:30 PM on April 3, 2019
Program: Mary Ann Mitscherling will teach members how to make a Foxtail jump ring bracelet. The limit of twelve members has already signed up, and no more slots are available. However, signed-up members who are no-shows by 1:15 p.m. on April 3 may free up some slots for additional members to participate. Come early for the program starting at 1:00 p.m. and sign Mary Ann’s participation sheet.

Gemstones and Faceting Section: Wednesday at 6:30 PM on May 8, 2019
Program: The agenda will include the following topics: Extension tubes for macro photography, Common gemstone treatments, How to cut pear- shaped designs, Polariscope test for gem ID, and Specific gravity test for gem ID.

Lapidary and Silversmithing Section: Monday at 7:30 PM on April 15, 2019
Program: A hands-on program by Edward Clay. Ed will show people how to correctly orient moonstone, sunstone, and labradorite. Attendees should bring a pen light if they have one, and stones with which they would like to work. If you do not have your own stone, there will be moonstone rough available.

Mineral Section: Wednesday at 7:30 PM on April 17, 2019

Paleontology Section: Tuesday at 7:30 PM on April 16, 2019
Program: James Washington from the Houston Museum of Natural Science will be speaking on the Paleo Hall at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Youth Section: 1st and 3rd Saturdays at 10 AM – 12:00 PM
Program: Making cabochons


The April 2019 Backbender’s Gazette is now available on the Web site. Click HERE to access it.

General Meeting: Tuesday at 7:30 PM on April 23, 2019
Program: Lunar Swirls presented by Dr. Georgiana Kramer. [Third time’s the charm. :o) ]

HGMS Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, & Fossil Show: November 8-10, 2019, to be held at the Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Parkway, Humble, TX. One mile east of Hwy. 59.

HGMS Trade Show: Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to be held at Bill Moore’s warehouse located at 1004 Roberts, Houston, Texas. NOTE: this will NOT be held at the HGMS clubhouse.


Additional information about upcoming programs and meetings is found under the Events menu, and can be accessed by clicking on Upcoming Programs and Meetings.

SECTIONS (Special Interest Groups)