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

Sand Section

A Special GMS Group
for People Interested in Sand

Sand Section Meets
Wednesday after the General Meeting
Every Month

If you think sand is just tiny rocks, the insignificant stuff of beaches and dunes, or simply a substance with the ability to invite itself into regions of your clothing where it is most unwelcome, then you need to take a closer look. Consider a sample of green sand. Some grains have bubbles or inclusions. Some are angular and some are rounded. What is it? How did it form? Or how about another sample that looks like tiny stars? What are those little things? How did they end up in some sand? Well, now you know why we have a section for people interested in sand!

So, those of you who thought you were the only person weird enough to think it was a good idea to keep baggies and jars full of sand -- come join us! Even if you still think sand is just tiny rocks, even if you think you already have enough hobbies, or even if you just want to see what all the craziness is about – come join us!

If you have any questions about Sand Section, please send email to


Sand Section Message

Photo by Bob Jarrett

Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: GMS Building
Topic: Mauldin Sand Donation Part 2
Trading: Mauldin Sand

At the October Sand Section, members were delighted with the many specimens donated by the Mauldin family. Everyone worked diligently to catalog samples for the club collection and helped get samples for a teacher request. Many thanks to Ginny Mauldin and Susan Mauldin for their generous donation!

In November, because the Mauldin donation was so big, we will continue cataloging those specimens and finally get samples for our own collections!

Special Field Trip Report: A slight mist did not keep Charles from leading us around Graves Mountain to collect several different types of sand. We collected rutile sand, various kyanite sands, iridescent hematite sand, possibly some lazulite sand, plus some samples that need to be examined! Many thanks to Charles for arranging this sand-centric tour of Graves Mountain!

Lori Carter,
Sand Section Chair


Click here for the GMS Sand Collection List


2017 Sand Calendar

sand calendar

The 2017 sand calendar is here and as always it is spectacular! GMS members can purchase a calendar for $5.25.

If you would like to purchase a calendar, please contact Lori Carter at

New Sand Book

sand book

ISCS member and Sand Section supporter Kate Clover recently released a new sand book with co-authors Dr. Gary Greenberg and Dr. Carol Kiely.

"The Secrets of Sand" explores the various places and ways sand is formed. Beautiful images of sand as well as thorough and engaging text make this a must have book for your sand library.

Now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other bookstores

Heavy Sand Article

sand article

The Rock & Gem special gold issue is now available and this time it contains an article about heavy sand processing written by sand Section chair Lori Carter!

To purchase a copy of the magazine, please see the special issue website at:

Special Event


ISCS SandFest 2018
Jacksonville, FL
September 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Mark your calendar for ISCS SandFest 2018! This conference is for anyone interested in sand including sand collectors, artists, biologists, and geologists. It will be held in conjunction wth the Jacksonville Gem & Mineral Society's annual rock show in Jacksonville, FL.

There will be field trips, presentations, workshops, and of course, plenty of sand trading!

For more information click, here

Click below for a map and directions


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