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
Locality: Kimberley Mine, Kimberley, Northern Cape Province, South Africa
Size: thumbnail, 1.6 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm (weight 18.7 carats)
Photo Credit: Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com – CC-BY-SA-3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0
via Wikimedia Commons
Note about membership renewals
Thanks to all our new members, and those who have sent in renewals. Since we have now resumed workshops, field trips, and meetings (Zoom, at least), we will soon resume sending out renewal notices. If anyone has a question about their dues status (when they last paid, etc.), send me an email at , and I will be glad to get that information to you.
Welcome to our new members!
We hope to see you soon and often!
The birthstone for April is diamond, which has the highest hardness and thermal conductivity of any natural material. Most were formed at depths between 150 and 250 kilometers (93 and 155 mi) in the Earth's mantle, although a few have come from as deep as 800 kilometers (500 mi). Under high pressure and tempera-ture, carbon-containing fluids dissolved various minerals and replaced them with diamonds. Much more recently (tens to hundreds of million years ago), they were carried to the surface in volcanic eruptions and deposited in igneous rocks known as kimberlites and lamproites.
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