GMS     The Georgia Mineral Society, Inc.
4138 Steve Reynolds Boulevard
Norcross, GA 30093-3059


Benefits of Membership

As a member of GMS you will enjoy the many activities our club sponsors:

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!

Dues (New and Renewal)

$25 for one year membership (single or family*).

$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

Membership Forms

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Membership Message

Calcite, Spinel (1.5 x 1.1 x 1 cm)
Mogok, Pyin Oo Lwin District, Mandalay Division, Burma (Myanmar)
Rob Lavinsky, – CC-BY-SA-3.0 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Forsterite (Var.: Olivine) (3.2 x 1.8 x 0.8 cm)
Naran-Kagan Valley, Kohistan District, North-West Frontier Province, Pakistan
Rob Lavinsky, – CC-BY-SA-3.0 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Sardonyx Cameo
Troilus and Polyxena surprised by Achilles, 1 cent. B.C.
I, Sailko [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC BY 2.5 (], from Wikimedia Commons

Welcome, New Members!
Welcome new members. Try to stay cool on your digging adventures this summer.

Happy Birthday!!!!
August joins June and December as the only months with three birthstones. Spinel was recently added to Peridot and Sardonyx. Spinel is often confused with ruby and sapphire. The “Black Prince’s ruby” and the “Timur ruby” in the Crown Jewels of England have been confirmed to be large red spinels.

Most peridot today comes from Arizona. It comes in a range of colors from yellowish green to brown. Peridot is often associated with prosperity and good fortune.

Sardonyx is made up of alternating layers of two types of chalcedony, sard and onyx. They are in parallel bands of red and white. The best examples come from India. Sardonyx placed at each corner of your house will protect against evil.

David Bruce
Executive Vice President Membership

[You can see a list of new members and birthdays in the August Tips and Trips -- webmaster]

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