HUMBLE CIVIC CENTER
8233 Will Clayton Parkway
5 miles east of Bush Intercontinental Airport
1 mile east of Hwy. 59
Unique jewelry and other earthly treasures–perfect for gift-giving
Minerals and fossils for the collector or home decor
Jewelry making, beading, and lapidary demonstrations
Expert identification of gemstones, minerals, and fossils
Children’s activities such as the “School Daze” Earth Science Program, the Scout Geology Merit Badge, and the “Dino Dig”
- Craft activities from the Houston Museum of Natural Science
- Energy Exhibit from the Houston Geological Society
- Displays of gem, mineral, and fossil specimens, and astounding fluorescent rocks
- Over 50 Case Exhibits covering every aspect of the hobby. Some are special exhibits that tour various gem and mineral shows.
- Free identification of your mystery gem, mineral, or fossil by experts
- Demonstrations of faceting, cabbing, silversmithing, and much more throughout each day of the show
- Mineral Section displays of fluorescent minerals under black light, publications for sale, and school rock, mineral, and fossil sets
- Paleontology Section displays featuring fossil collections, books, “touch fossils,” and much more
Find excellent deals on minerals, fossils, and hand-made cabs and jewelry. This is the “amateur” retail area for club members and other rockhounds to sell their excess material. The hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Swap Area participants take “swap dollars” (no cash) in exchange for their specimens and material. These swap dollars are good only for redemption at the booth of a retail dealer through the end of the show. Swap dollars are treated as cash when presented at a retail dealer’s booth on a dollar-for-dollar basis. At the end of the show, the retail dealers exchange the swap dollars they received for cash.
The HGMS Gem, Jewelry, Mineral, and Fossil Show seeks to raise awareness of Earth Science Education activities in the Houston area and of the importance of Earth Science Education in general.
Further objectives include promoting community awareness of the HGMS year-round activities such as field trips, lapidary and fossil cleaning workshops, educational classes, social dinners, auctions, and other facilities and events that are available to our membership. The special-interest groups known as sections have monthly (or more frequent) meetings: The sections include Lapidary and Silversmithing Section, Gemstone and Faceting Section, Mineral Section, Paleontology (fossil) Section, Beading Section, Archaeology Section, and Youth Section. The Show also increases club membership, thereby adding to our pool of knowledge and experience, and it funds the club’s year-round nonprofit activities.
Club exhibits during the Show seek to fulfill these objectives by teaching and demonstrating the lapidary and faceting arts and by providing information and identification of minerals, fossils, and gemstones. Other nonprofit clubs and organizations may also be present to educate and inform about their respective fields.
The first day of the show (Friday) is designated Kid’s Day and features field trips from elementary and middle schools from the metropolitan Houston area as well as from surrounding suburbs. Educational lessons during the show are organized into age-specific, earth science lesson plans that can be taken back to the classroom for further learning.