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The Fredericksburg 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 at the Golden Hub Senior Center [view map], 1009 N Lincoln, Fredericksburg, Texas (except in June, when we have our annual picnic). Visitors are always welcome!

For more Club information and history (PDF format), click HERE.
For a printable, 2-sided trifold brochure (PDF format) click on BW or COLOR
For a printable membership application (PDF format), click HERE.
We also have a copy of our CONSTITUTION online (a PDF file).

Our next show will be in January, 2018,
Details will be available in late 2017


Our newsletters:

Our newsletters are published just before the first of each month, in PDF format. Most computers use Adobe Reader (formerly Adobe Acrobat) for viewing PDF files; if you need Adobe Reader, click here to 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

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 detailed instructions:
Boxes 1 (These use separate labels)
Boxes 2 (These have built-in label supports)
Boxes 3 (The other website)

AFMS American Federation of Mineralogical Societies: the national organization.
SCFMS South Central Federation of Mineral Societies: the AFMS affiliate we belong to.
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.

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Arlington G&M Club
Austin G&M Society 
Central Texas G&M Society in Abilene
Chihuahuan Desert G&M Club in the Fort Davis/Alpine area
Clear Lake G&M Society in Houston
Dallas G&M Society
Gulf Coast Gem & Mineral Society in Corpus Christi
Fort Worth G&M Club
Houston G&M Society
Lubbock G&M Society
Midland G&M Society
Paleontological Society of Austin For rockhounds interested in fossils.
Pine Country G&M Society in Jasper
Piney Woods G&M Society in Huntsville
Pleasant Oaks G&M Club in Dallas
Southwest G&M Society in San Antonio
Texas Faceters Guild
Tri-Cities G&M Society, in Temple
Victoria G&M Society
Waco G&M Club
Williamson County G&M Society in Georgetown

Fredericksburg Nature Center a few miles south of Fredericksburg
Riverside Nature Center in Kerrville

For clubs outside Texas, visit this Bob's Rock Shop page

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(the first two are paid advertisers in our newsletter):
  • Enchanted Rocks and Jewelry A friendly, well-stocked shop in Llano, Texas: a resurrection of the old Llano Uplift Rock Shop. They have everything 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."
  • Llanogold Metal Detectors An informative website related to gold prospecting and treasure hunting, created by Todd Pickens, of the Llano AMPO.
  • Bob's Rock Shop Not really a shop—it's a free online magazine and reference source, with tons of info and links for rockhounds.
  • Show dates at Rock & Gem magazine's web site. We put mostly Texas shows in our newsletters, but their list is nationwide and even includes some foriegn shows.
  • Diamond Dan Publications Fun publications for young mineral collectors, mineral clubs, scouts and teachers.
  • Mineralogy Resource Guide for Kids An introduction to minerals, with links to educational articles about minerals and mineral descriptions.
  • Geology Kitchen A 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.
  • My 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 & Forgeries" link to a list of scams and fakes that appear in the mineral collecting market.
  • The Ganoksin Project They 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.
  • The Corunduminium If you're interested in corundum (ruby, sapphire, etc) then Will Heierman's site is the place to visit!
  • Fluorescents.com A website with fluorescent images and info about the Purple Passion mine and other sites in Arizona. Includes a catalog of high quality affordable UV lamps.
  • Stone Age Industries Has a wide range of lapidary and fossil products, and a big library of lapidary tips.
  • mindat.org "The largest mineral database and mineralogical reference website on the internet."
  • gemdat.org "The gemstone and gemology information website" with all kinds of information. Search by type, cut, color, physical properties, name, locality, etc; or just browse.
  • Mineralogy Database contains over 4700 individual mineral species: photos, detailed descriptions, and audio pronunciations.
  • The Mineralogical Record "The mineral collectors knowledge base— a wealth of knowledge at your fingertips."
  • Mineral Collectors Page The 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."
  • Free gemology 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.
  • Discovering Fossils An interesting fossil website in England, which we stumbled upon while Googling for Echinoid info.
  • Hill Country Outdoor Guide A searchable database that provides information for over 500 outdoor recreational sites in the Texas Hill Country.
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Contact Us

email: info@fredericksburgrockhounds.org
Snailmail: Fredericksburg Rockhounds, 110 N Milam PMB 197, Fredericksburg TX 78624

Membership application (a small PDF file you can print and fill out by hand)

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