serving Tyler,Texas and the surrounding communities 

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Members Art, Collections and exciting news

East Texas Gem and Mineral Society (ETGMS) is a Nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization managed by a Board of Directors, serving all 14 counties of East Texas and beyond.  

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ETGMS was established by individuals that shared and continue to share a common interest in the earth sciences. Our purpose is to educate and promote the study of geology, mineralogy, gemology, fossils and the lapidary arts. ETGMS was created so others that shared those same interests would have a place to gather, communicate, and learn from others.  The first organizational meeting was held on November 12, 1956. 

ETGMS is proudly affiliated with the South Central Federation of Mineral Societies and

American Federation of Mineralogical Societies.

We meet on the first Monday of each month at our clubhouse, unless the date falls on a holiday, then the meeting is moved to the second Monday. Visitors Welcome!!!!! Check our Calendar for  updates on current club meetings and events.

TIME: 6:45pm
PLACE: ETGMS Clubhouse
2015 Deerbrook Drive Tyler, Texas
Off of Paluxy Dr. (Map)

Meeting and Events Calendar

Interested in joining ETGMS - click here for a listing of membership benefits and the membership form.  

In January ETGMS hosts The East Texas Gem and Mineral Society - Annual Gemstone and Jewelry Show.  The show is a major fund raiser for the club.  

ETGMS owns the national renowned Rock Food Table The Rock Food Table page has the history of the collection and details for hosting this extraordinary exhibit.  

ETGMS offers a yearly $500.00 (Five hundred dollar) scholarship. The scholarship will be offered to a local student pursuing an earth sciences degree. Contact the Board of Directors for more information.

Check out our About page for more in depth specifics about our club and our Members Gallery to see the latest updates about and from our members.   Club members information is used for club business only.

Award Winning Newsletter  -

   National Affiliations

Check out what's happening in our special interest sub groups


Listings of activities and what's coming up

Page background photo taken by Terry Roberts. Other photos on the page were taken by Kinney Polve, Zachary Weenick, Margaret Kilanski and Vicky Polve. Crystal Championship photo provided by Zachary Weenick. Clip art provided by Webstarts public clip art.   Rock n Rose header created by Sarah Hawthorne

Page updated Sept. 2023

Upcoming Events -

click on links below to learn more

Enjoy - A Maar Volcano - Kilbourne Hole, New Mexico - by Charles Creekmur in the Feb. 2021 Rock-N-Rose

Click here to see the wonderful displays at the Tyler Library during the month of January 2022. Thanks to Randy Harmon, Terry Roberts and Julia Toombs for sharing their treasures with us. 

Check out the Dec. 2020 Christmas Party Gift Exchange - click here  for the article and pictures of all the fun!!! 

Club Members Accomplishments and Shares

Our Congratulations and Appreciation to them all!!!

Be sure to check out Richard's presentation on 'DIAMONDS' .

Charles Creekmur has provided a fantastic 'Fluorite Program'.

SCFMS and AFMS Contest Finalist

Margaret Kilanski received East Texas Gem & Mineral Society - Rockhound of the Year 2020.

Zachary & Robert Weenick along with Karl Siggelow share info on Septarian nodule finds - click here to see their pictures and videos.

Barbara Braun shares her story of A Novice's Guide on a Field Trip - Sept. 2020 

Zachary Weenick uncovered some real beauties on his Oct. 2020 trip to Mt. Ida - click here to see his pictures

Charles Creekmur shares some pictures of self-collected specimens from New Mexico on the Mineralogy Group Page.

Margaret Kilanski, ETGMS Webmaster receives First Place - SCFMS Website Contest for 2020 - The South Central Federation of Mineral Societies

In December - Richard Armstrong received word that he is now a Certified Master Appraiser
with the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers. The CMA is the highest level the NAJA has.
Out of 625 members, there are only 20 CMAs and Richard is the only one in Texas.

Per Richard “It takes a lot of work and study to achieve this level.”   Congratulations Richard ! 

Julia Toombs, Club Secretary and Librarian has been very busy organizing the Club's Library. Thanks Julia !!!