Find Clubs When You Travel – They will welcome you at meetings!
There are about 500 mineral, gem and lapidary clubs in the United States. Use the links on this page to find one near you. If you travel, call ahead to confirm meeting dates and times. Or ask about local geological or mineralogical sites of special interest. You'll find helpful people glad to introduce you to their clubs and acquaint you with their localities.
MSDC is a founding member of the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies (EFMLS), which supports and strengthens the many mineralogical, lapidary, and gem clubs in 21 Eastern states and the District of Columbia.
The Eastern Federation is part of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AMFED), which promotes popular interest and education in earth sciences like mineralogy, geology, and paleontology, and supports and coordinates the work of clubs throughout the U.S.
The DC Area Has A Wealth of Clubs!
Each club has its own focus and personality. Many MSDC members belong to several to enjoy different perspectives on the fascinating world of minerals, lapidary, fossils, gems, collecting, and geology. Info and links about these clubs' meetings and shows is on our Calendar and Meetings page.
- Gem, Lapidary and Mineralogical Society of DC
- Gem, Lapidary and Mineralogical Society of Montgomery County (MD)
- The Northern Virginia Mineral Club
- Micromineralogists of the National Capital Area
- Gem & Mineral Hunters of Virginia - Prince William County (VA)
- American Fossil Federation (meets in Bowie, MD)
- Chesapeake Gem & Mineral Society
- Baltimore Mineral Society
- American Federation of Mineralogical Societies
- The Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies, Inc.
- United States Faceters Guild