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


HGMS Workshop: Now open on Thursdays from 10 AM to 3 PM. The workshop regular days and times are Tuesday from 11 AM to 3 PM, Wednesday from 10 AM to 3 PM, Thursday from 10 AM to 3 PM, Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM, and Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Archaeology Section: Thursday at 7:30 PM on February 7, 2019
Program: Dr. Dirk Van Tuerenhout will present “The Ancient Maya in Belize.” (Go to Events menu, Upcoming Programs for details)

Beading Section: Saturday at 1:30 PM on January 19, 2019
Program: Right Angle Weave Bracelet (Go to Events menu, Upcoming Programs for details)

Day Light Section: Wednesday at 1:30 PM on February 6, 2019
Program: Demo and Instruction on Flameworking Glass for Beads and Small Forms

Gemstones and Faceting Section: Wednesday at 6:30 PM on February 13, 2019
Program: Featured gemstone: quartz (Go to Events menu, Upcoming Programs for details)

Lapidary and Silversmithing Section: Monday at 7:30 PM  on January 21, 2019
Program: Healing Fractures in Stones (Go to Events menu, Upcoming Programs for details)

Mineral Section: Wednesday at 7:30 PM on January 16, 2019
Program: What’s Hot in Tucson 2018 video. In 2019 the Mineral Section will meet monthly on the 3rd Wednesday.

Paleontology Section: Tuesday at 7:30 PM on January 15, 2019
Program: Neal Immega presents genera of petrified wood in Texas. Mozambique National Museum asked Paleo to provide a fossil collection with emphasis on petrified wood. (Go to Events menu, Upcoming Programs for details)

Youth Section: 1st and 3rd Saturday at 10 AM – 12:00 PM on January 19, February 2, and February 16, 2019
Program: Making cabochons

General Meeting: Tuesday at 7:30 PM on January 22, 2019
Program: David Dobson will present “Sphere Making”

Trade Show: Watch this page for April Trade Show date

HGMS, Gem, Mineral, Jewelry & Fossil Show: At the Humble Civic Center on November 8-10, 2019

SECTIONS (Special Interest Groups)