Who Are We?
Organized in 1963, The Gem, Lapidary, and Mineral Society of Montgomery County Md.,
Inc. is now Incorporated as a 501-C-3 non-profit educational organization. Our purpose
is to increase knowledge and popular interest in earth sciences, geology, mineralogy,
paleontology (fossils), lapidary arts, and related subjects. Members represent a
broad cross section of adults, juniors and families with all levels of expertise.
Sharing this common interest, they enjoy the fun of collecting, studying, identifying,
displaying, cutting, polishing, faceting, and sharing.
You need not have a degree in Earth Science or Geology! Current membership is about
141 adults and 17 juniors. We are affiliated with the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical
and Lapidary Societies, Inc. and the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies,
Our meetings typically have a few minutes of business and announcements, followed by a
guest speaker. After a short break, we catch up on any remaining announcements
followed by our members' show and tell table, and door prize drawings. We also have active
junior programs (see meeting times below) for 9 to 16 year olds.
We adhere to the American Federation of Mineralogical Society Code of Ethics.
To increase knowledge and popular interest in earth sciences, geology, mineralogy,
paleontology (Fossils), lapidary arts, and related subjects.