As a member of GMS you will enjoy the many activities our club sponsors:
Benefits of Membership
Field Trips: There is at least one GMS sponsored field trip per month and one DMC field trip. In addition, we are often invited to join other clubs on their field trips.
Workshop: Once you are certified by one of our instructors, you can practice your lapidary skills in the workshop at the GMS bulding!
For Kids: GMS has a group (Junior Section) specifically for children! Several times a year there are special field trips and educational events just for the children in the club.
Special Interests: Special interest groups called sections meet monthly or bi-monthly, so whatever your interests may be, there is a section (or 2) for you -- Micromount, Mineral, Gem, Fossil, and Sand!
Special Events: Throughout the year you can look forward to one of our special events!
GMS Building: The club's permanent home is a perfect place for general membership meetings (7:30, first Monday every month), section meetings, workshops, auctions, parties -- whatever we dream up!
Library: The GMS building has a library full of rock, gem, mineral, and fossil books plus maps too!
Camaraderie: One of the most important benefits of membership is being with people who have the same interests as you do!
$25 for one year membership (single or family*).
Dues (New and Renewal)
$35 for one year membership that includes an additional $10 for printed, postal mailed copies of the newsletter (total of $35).
The electronic edition of the newsletter "Tips and Trips" is included FREE with all memberships.
*Family memberships are for people living under the same roof. This includes children of all ages residing with parents, relatives, and extended family. Children younger than 18 years of age are considered junior members.
If you have any questions regarding GMS membership status or have changes in mailing address, telephone number, or email address, please send email to
Locality: Lake Jaco, Sierra de la Cruz, Municipio de Sierra Mojada, Coahuila, Mexico (Locality at mindat.org)
Size: 2.5 x 1.8 x 1.7 cm.
Sharp, translucent, vibrant “raspberry” color dodecahedron of Grossular measuring 1.5 cm which is associated with a few smaller dodecahedra on matrix.
Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com – CC-BY-SA-3.0 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Welcome, New Members!
We would like to welcome our new members to the club. We are glad to have you and hope to meet you all in the new year.
The birthstone for January is garnet. Garnets are generally thought of as being the deep red color of the Pyrope and Almandine garnets. The name “garnet” even comes from a 14th century English word “gernet”, which means dark red. Garnets actually come in quite a few colors and types though. There are orange-red Spessartine garnets. Grossular garnets come in green as Tsavorite, orange-brown as Hessonite, and a yellow-green. We see Andradite garnets as yellow Topazolite, green Demantoid and black Melanite. One of the rarest garnet forms is Uvarovite, which is green, and is rarely found in a large enough size to be faceted. There are also color changing garnets that appear differently in natural light and incandescent light. Colorless and blue varieties also exist, although rarely.
At one time garnets were worn for protection and healing, by warriors and travellers. Legends also say that garnets will bring good fortune to those who do good while wearing them, but bad fortune to those that do bad things while wearing them.
Executive Vice President Membership
[You can see a list of new members and birthdays in the January Tips and Trips -- webmaster]
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