WE ARE--CLUB MISSION
The Houston Gem and Mineral Society (HGMS) was originally founded as the Houston Rock and Lapidary Club on December 7, 1948. The name was changed to the current one in April, 1955. The club's first exhibition show was held at the
MEETING and SECTIONS
Gem & Mineral Society not only has eight Special Interest
(Paleo, Mineral, Lapidary, Faceting, Day Light, Beading,
Archaeology, and Youth)
meeting on a
monthly basis, it also holds a monthly General Meeting during
Club business is conducted. All members are encouraged to
General Meeting is held at the clubhouse on the fourth Tuesday
month (except December) at 7:30, and much effort goes into the
selection of great programs. The clubhouse is located at 10805
Brooklet, Houston, Texas 77099. Visitors
are encouraged, and they are welcome at all of our meetings.
glad you came! To see a map with our location, click on the blue
Location" button found on the top left of this page.
Monthly meeting during which Club business is conducted and members from all sections can get together.
A great program follows the business meeting.
Clicking on the General Meeting button accesses information about the General Meetings. Clicking on the photo accesses additional photos.
The Archaeology Section is the newest HGMS section. It originated as the Archaeology Group in 2010 and was recognized as a Section in 2011. They meet on the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. Each meeting focuses on a different archeological topic, and members are encouraged to bring interesting artifacts to show. They are very active and have many field trips each year. Click on the blue button above to learn more about the Archaeology Section.
Meetings are held the third Saturday of each month from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and a new project is presented almost every month. Information about the meetings and the projects (materials needed and how-to info) is available on the Upcoming Programs page (blue button at top of this home page). Please come join us.
The HGMS Beading Section began meeting in February 2007. In October 2008, it became the seventh recognized HGMS Section--the first new Section since 1993. The exhibit case holds many beading projects completed by the members, and it was displayed at the 2008 HGMS Show.
The Day Light Section of the HGMS consists of members who find it difficult to attend the evening meetings of the Society. Our daytime meetings are usually hands-on with the members working on projects in paleontology, lapidary, jewelry making, silversmithing, and faceting. Occasionally our meetings are travelogues when a member has an interesting trip to relate to the group. We are a social group and always welcome visitors and new members.
Clicking on the Day Light Section button accesses information about the Section. Clicking on the photo accesses additional photos.
We welcome cutters of all levels of experience. Some of our members have designed new cuts and had them published. Most of the members of our group have been cutting for a number of years, but we always have room for novices. Come join us at 7:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month and be a part of this very engaging corner of the earth science hobby.
Click on the Faceting Section button to access information about the Section. Click on the Faceting Information button to access documents with useful faceting information. To access a photo gallery by Matthew Phillips, click on the photo. The stones in the photo gallery were faceted by Matthew Phillips and David Hawkins.
The Lapidary Section is interested in working stone and metal into finished works of art, craft, and jewelry. This Section includes beginners, experts, and every level in between. The shop in the clubhouse has all the tools you might need to get started, and expert advice is never in short supply.
We are a group of collectors interested in studying minerals in their natural unmodified state, which also includes learning about where and how they are found, how they were formed in the ground, and how they can be extracted from the rocks that shelter and conceal them. Our members range from "pepple pups" just starting their collections to experienced amateur mineralogists whose breadth of knowledge serves as the backbone of the Study Section's resources. We also have a library that contains mineral-related books, magazines, and articles available for study and research.
Clicking on the Mineral Section button accesses information about the Section. Clicking on the photo accesses additional photos.
The Paleo Section features meetings, programs, classes, trips, and publications concerning fossils. We exchange and compile information about fossils and collecting localities. Individuals are encouraged to exhibit fossils and to participate in the annual HGMS show as well as in regional club shows in order to educate and interest the public in paleontology. Group paleontological projects are undertaken for the benefit of the Section.
supervised by an experienced youth leader and is for
children from 5
through 17 years old. Concepts in earth science, shop
and tool safety,
and lapidary skills are taught. Activities during the
first hour of each meeting can include making rock
critters, jewel tree
construction, bead work, and other jewelry design.
Children are then
allowed into the workshop to create individual projects
watchful eyes of the shop supervisors. Parents must be
supervise their children during the entire session. This
is not a
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