Rockhounds, a non-profit organization for the study and enjoyment of
gems, minerals, and fossils, was founded in 1968. We are affiliated
with the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS) and the
South Central Federation of Mineral Societies (SCFMS).
In addition to informative and fun meetings with door prizes and guest
speakers every month, we have—
We hold our meetings at 7:00 P.M. on
the first Monday of each month
- Frequent field trips
for rock hunting, museum visits, etc.
- Rock Swaps
- Annual gem, mineral, & fossil show (in mid-January,
- Annual Picnic (June)
- Christmas Party (December, of course)
the Golden Hub Senior Center [view map]
, 1009 N
Lincoln, Fredericksburg, Texas
(except in June, when we have our annual picnic). Visitors are always
For more Club
information and history (PDF format), click HERE
For a printable, 2-sided trifold brochure (PDF format) click on BW
For a printable membership application
(PDF format), click HERE
We also have a copy of our CONSTITUTION
online (a PDF file).
next show will be in January, 2018,
Details will be available in late 2017
Our newsletters are published just before the first of each
PDF format. Most computers use Adobe Reader (formerly Adobe Acrobat)
for viewing PDF files; if you need Adobe Reader, click here
download it for free.
To read a newsletter, just click on
the month (make sure
you select the desired year):
2017: | Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep |
2016: | Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec |
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Some good links
YOUR OWN DISPLAY BOXES:
The first two links are PDF files with printable patterns
for making various sizes of cardboard display boxes;
The third link is to another website with other patterns and more
(These use separate labels)
2 (These have built-in label supports)
3 (The other website)
Federation of Mineralogical Societies: the national organization.
Central Federation of Mineral Societies: the AFMS affiliate we belong
ALAA American Lands
Access Association: its purpose is promoting and
ensuring the right of the amateur hobby collecting, recreational
prospecting and mining, and the use of public and private lands for
educational and recreational purposes; and to carry the voice of all
amateur collectors and hobbyists to our elected officials, government
regulators and public land managers.
G&M Society in Abilene
Desert G&M Club in the Fort Davis/Alpine area
Lake G&M Society in Houston
Gulf Coast Gem &
Mineral Society in Corpus Christi
Worth G&M Club
Houston G&M Society
Society of Austin For
rockhounds interested in fossils.
Pine Country G&M Society
Piney Woods G&M
Society in Huntsville
Pleasant Oaks G&M
Club in Dallas
G&M Society in San Antonio
Texas Faceters Guild
Tri-Cities G&M Society,
Waco G&M Club
Williamson County G&M Society
Nature Center a few miles south of Fredericksburg
Nature Center in Kerrville
For clubs outside Texas, visit this Bob's Rock
MISC (the first two are paid advertisers in our
Rocks and Jewelry A friendly, well-stocked shop
Texas: a resurrection of the old Llano Uplift Rock Shop. They have
from rough material and slabs to handmade jewelry, gold prospecting
equipment, fancy rugs, and more. Owned and operated by FR members Frank
Rowell and Patti Felts.
- Baringer Hill Minerals Rock
Hounding Expeditions: Guided pegmatite hunting with Franklin Roberts to
Badu Hill, Emerald Ridge, and other sites.
- North Lake
Jewelers Shops in
Jonestown and Marble Falls, of member Don MacDonald. "Gold & silver
jewelry, natural stone custom jewelry, expert jewelry & watch
repair; we buy gold, silver, & platinum."
Metal Detectors An informative website
related to gold prospecting and treasure hunting, created by Todd
Pickens, of the Llano AMPO.
Rock Shop Not really a shop—it's a free online
magazine and reference source, with tons of info and links for
& Gem magazine's web site. We put mostly Texas shows in our
newsletters, but their list is nationwide and even includes some
Dan Publications Fun publications for young mineral
collectors, mineral clubs, scouts
Resource Guide for Kids
An introduction to minerals, with links to educational articles about
minerals and mineral descriptions.
twelve episode online video series that uses food metaphors to explain
earth science concepts in a fun and entertaining way. The videos
are free and can be either watched online or downloaded from iTunes.
Educators are encouraged to use these videos in class.
Jewelry Box articles: Many informative articles,
including Jewelry Crafts for Kids, Understanding Mineral Hardness, The
Ancient History of Amber, Ring of Fire and Volcano Facts, Legendary
Treasure Locations, How to Become a Jewelry Designer, How to Clean
& Store Jewelry, and a large variety of other topics.
- Geology and Planetary Science:
Website of Robert Beauford, son of FR member Ed Beauford.
He's a geologist, anthropologist, and jewelry craftsman. His website
covers all of these interests.
- Guide to Diamonds, Rocks, and Minerals
A really comprehensive educational site by Casoro Jewelry Safes.
Suggested by Courtney Phillips, one of the volunteer mentors at After
School Care Programs, in El Paso County, Colorado; her class is working
on a rocks and minerals project.
- GemstoneGuru Your Guide to Gemstones
Online." Anyone interested in gemstones will
find this website useful. The owner of the website invites gemology
experts to give feedback, such
as article suggestions, guest writers and even constructive criticism.
- THE-VUG "All Things Mineralogical
Online." Includes a "Fakes
link to a list of scams and fakes that
appear in the mineral collecting market.
- The Ganoksin
have a substantial library of articles, publications, etc. on gem and
jewelry related topics, including galleries, member blogs and forums,
and free downloadable PDF copies of rare metalsmithing books.
interested in corundum (ruby, sapphire, etc) then Will
Heierman's site is the place to visit!
website with fluorescent images and info about the Purple
mine and other sites in Arizona. Includes a catalog of high quality
affordable UV lamps.
- Stone Age Industries
a wide range of lapidary and fossil products, and a big
library of lapidary tips.
"The largest mineral database and mineralogical reference website on
- gemdat.org "The
gemology information website" with all kinds of information. Search by
type, cut, color, physical properties, name, locality, etc; or just
contains over 4700 individual mineral species: photos, detailed
descriptions, and audio
"The mineral collectors knowledge base— a wealth of knowledge
at your fingertips."
starting point for exploring mineralogy on the internet. You will find
information relevant to mineral collectors and lots of links to other
mineralogy or earth science related sites.
- The Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom
A free informational and educational guide to rocks, minerals,
gemstones, and jewelry. (We discovered this site while Googling for the
meaning of adamantine luster.)
- Semi Precious
Stones Guide "We hope you will make this your
number one resource for information about Semi Precious Stones and
Gemstones of all kinds."
course Presented by
Barbara Smigel. A no-cost, no credit version of the internet course
that she teaches at Community College of Southern Nevada (CCSN), where
she’s an Emeritus Professor.
- Diamond Clarity Scale Chart JUST ADDED. Shows buyers how to maximize their investment when choosing a diamond, and provides examples where gems with a lower grade are actually more attractive to the naked eye.
Fossils An interesting fossil website in England, which we
stumbled upon while Googling for Echinoid info.
Outdoor Guide A searchable database that provides information
for over 500 outdoor recreational sites in the Texas Hill Country.
To view our photo album in a new window, click HERE
If you can't view the photos, it's probably because Google killed
Picasa and their new photo service is not compatible with older
110 N Milam PMB 197,
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print and fill out by hand)
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