Associations & Organizations

American Federation of Mineralogical Societies

Purpose of the AFMS: To promote popular interest and education in the various Earth Sciences, and in particular the subjects of Geology, Mineralogy, Paleontology, Lapidary and other related subjects, and to sponsor and provide means of coordinating the work and efforts of all persons and groups interested therein; to sponsor and encourage the formation and international development of Societies and Regional Federations and by and through such means to strive toward greater international good will and fellowship.

Midwest Federation of Mineralogical & Geological Societies

The Midwest Federation Of Mineralogical and Geological Societies is a member of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies. It was organized in 1940, and one of the original four founders of the AFMS in 1947.

California Federation of Mineralogical Societies

Welcome to the new California Federation of Mineralogical Societies website. We represent over 100 Rockhounding and Lapidary clubs in California. We are affiliated with the A.F.M.S. – The American Federation of Mineralogical Societies.

Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies, Inc

The Mission and Commitment of the EFMLS is to assist our valued Affiliate Member Societies and Mineralogical Related Organizations (MRO’s) to ensure their success in their communities.

International Gem Society

Paid membership and classes for gem enthusiasts.

Northwest Federation Mineralogical Society

The Northwest Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies, Inc. was organized in 1938 to bring about a closer association of Clubs and Societies devoted to the study of the Earth Sciences and the practice of the Lapidary Arts and related crafts in the northwest portion of the United States. Beginning with seven “founding” clubs and seven “charter” clubs, the NFMS has now grown to approximately 68 affiliated clubs and societies with a combined membership of well over 5,000 individuals.

Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineralogical Societies

The purpose of the Rocky Mountain Federation is to have a close association of all clubs in the Society to promote the study of earth sciences, including the lapidary arts, the study of fossils and paleontology, and related crafts. The RMFMS was organized in 1941, and held its first annual convention at the Argonaut Hotel in Denver, Colorado. There were 16 organizations in attendance. The RMFMS became one of the original four founders of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies when it was organized in 1947. The Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineralogical Societies covers local clubs in the following states: Arizona (17), Arkansas (1), Colorado (20), Kansas (5), Nebraska (western portion of state) (1), New Mexico (7), Nevada (1), North Dakota (western portion of state)(1), Oklahoma (9), South Dakota (western portion of state) (1), Texas (1), Utah (7) and Wyoming (7).

South Central Federation of Mineralogical Societies

To promote popular interest and education in the various earth sciences, in particular those hobbies dealing with the art of lapidaries and the science of minerals, fossils, as well as their associated fields. To cooperate with educational and scientific institutions or other groups engage in increasing knowledge in the earth sciences. To cooperate with or become members of similar Federations in the United States and elsewhere. To assist in the formation of earth sciences societies in localities where public interest justifies their formation.

Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies

The Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc. was organized in 1976 to bring about a closer association of Clubs and Societies devoted to the study of Earth Sciences and the practice of Lapidary Arts and Crafts in the Southeastern part of the United States. The Southeast Federation includes clubs and societies mostly in the region east of the Mississippi River and South of a line following the northern boarders of Tennessee and North Carolina. **There are a few clubs outside of this area due to historical affiliation. The Southeast Federation is a member of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies. The Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc. offers an optional Liability Insurance Program to its member clubs covering field trips, shows, club meetings , etc. and educational opportunities that constitute the real backbone of our federation. The SFMS sponsors Gem, Jewelry and Mineral workshops each year. These are held at Wildacres, near Little Switzerland in North Carolina, and at the William Holland Retreat near the small town of Young Harris in northeast Georgia. A broad range of courses related to the lapidary arts are taught by qualified instructors from throughout the Federation. All instructors are volunteers who are not paid for the highly skilled and professional experience that they bring to the workshops.

The Mozarkite Society of Lincoln, Missouri

The Mozarkite Society was organized in February, 2000, and incorporated in April, 2000.

Northwest Arkansas Gem & Mineral Society

Society located in Siloam Springs, Arkansas

Ozark Earth Science Club

Society located in Mountain Home, Arkansas

Tri-State Gem & Mineral Society

Tri-State Gem & Mineral Society is a society located in Joplin, Missouri.