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).

SPECIALTY PRODUCTS AVAILABLE

Current Events

Archaeology Section: On summer hiatus

Beading Section: Saturday at 1:30 PM on May 18, 2019
Program: Earrings with fabric and beads

Gemstones and Faceting Section: Due to heavy rain predicted for our usual meeting night, it has been changed to Wednesday at 6:30 PM on May 16, 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 May 20, 2019
Program: Tony Lucci will lead us in making a simple bracelet.

     Date: June 17
Program:
John Mitscherling will teach how to make braided wire and a simple bracelet.

Mineral Section: Wednesday at 7:30 PM on May 15, 2019
Program: 

Paleontology Section: Tuesday at 7:30 PM on May 21, 2019
Program: To be announced

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

General Meeting: Tuesday at 7:30 PM on May 28, 2019
Program: Steve Blyskal and Sigrid Stewart will  present “Alpine Show and Area Agate Collecting”. Examples of local agates will be shown.

Day Light Section: Wednesday at 1:30 PM on June 5, 2019
Program: To be announced.

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

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.

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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)

ARCHAEOLOGY

BEADING

MINERAL

PALEONTOLOGY

LAPIDARY AND SILVERSMITHING

DAY LIGHT SECTION (FOR DAYTIME ACTIVITIES)

GEMSTONES AND FACETING SECTION

YOUTH SECTION (ACCOMPANIED BY PARENTS)