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). Note: Physical newsletters can be mailed to U.S. addresses only, no international addresses.
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
Tourmaline var. schorl
Location: Shigar Valley, Skardu District, Baltistan, Northern Areas, Pakistan
Photo Credit: Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com – CC-BY-SA-3.0 / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)
Opal from Quilpie, Queensland, Australia
Photo Credit: Marie-Lan Taÿ Pamart / CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)
Note about membership renewals
We greatly appreciate your support during these difficult times. GMS dues are a big reason that we can keep our facilities in good shape and fulfill our educational mission. However, if the dues present a hardship right now, we'd like for you to rest assured that no one will be removed from the membership for non-payment of dues for the next few months, until things settle down.
Welcome to our new members!
We hope to see you often, soon as we can get together again!
Early in this century jewelers got together and created a new list of birthstones. In the modern list you will find only transparent gems. This makes it much easier to create a mother’s ring. Imagine if you needed a pearl, a cabochon of turquoise, a diamond and an emerald. This would be an awkward thing to make look nice. Tourmaline is the birthstone for October according to the modern list. Opal is the gemstone on the ancient list for October, but Tourmaline is the one most frequently used.
Executive Vice President Membership
[You can see a list of new members and birthdays in the September Tips and Trips -- webmaster]
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