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Welcome to the Northwest Arkansas Gem & Mineral Society Website

The Northwest Arkansas Gem and Mineral Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Earth Sciences and Lapidary Arts, based in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

Our Mission

The Northwest Arkansas Gem and Mineral Society is a group of like-minded enthusiasts dedicated to learning, sharing and promoting earth science, geology, mineralogy, paleontology, lapidary arts and associated subjects. It is composed of individuals who have chosen these as an area of primary interest and are willing to use their experience, talent, knowledge and efforts to promote the Society's mission.

Our Meetings

We hold a monthly general meeting at our Clubhouse on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 7PM to 9PM. Doors open at 6:30PM. We love hosting visitors and guests, including children, and we encourage everyone with an interest in gems and minerals to join us at one our monthly meetings.

Our Membership

The Society is open to all persons with rockhound "fever." We offer something for every family member and our activities as rockhounds encourage family fun and participation. Our membership includes children, high school and college students, working adults and retirees.

Membership Information

Our Location


Our club is based in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Our service area encompasses the Greater Northwest Arkansas metro corridor, representing the cities of Bella Vista, Bentonville, Rogers, Lowell, Springdale, Fayetteville, Siloam Springs and Gentry, as well as counties in Southeastern Oklahoma.


Siloam Springs, Arkansas

GPS 36.206926, -94.553682

(501) 420-3612 (voicemail and text)

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Our meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month.


7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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The Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineralogical Societies' 2016 Webmaster of the Year award goes to...


We know our webmaster isn't one to come forward and bask in accolades. We pressed him anyway and in typical webmaster fashion, he set out this web page.

Ken's work garnered several contest wins, including;

1st Place Award, Photo Of The Year category. Captioned "SO COLD! We had Blue Hair!" by Beth Simmons, this photo appeared in the December 2015 issue of the Rock, Pick & Chisel newsletter.

1st Place Award, Adult Article category for the article 'Manuel de Souza and the Find of the Century' published in the December 2015 issue of the Rock, Pick & Chisel newsletter.

1st Place Award, Photo Story category for the November 2015 Field Trip Report published in the December 2015 issue of the Rock, Pick & Chisel newsletter.

We would like to extend our thanks to the Rocky Mountain Federation and all the judges involved for their consideration of our work. A special thanks to Beth Simmons, RMFMS Club Publications Chair and Robert Johnson, RMFMS Web Contest Chair, who provided invaluable assistance for getting our contest submissions in complete and ahead of deadline. Finally, the Wichita Gem and Mineral Society of Wichita, Kansas for hosting the 2016 Rocky Mountain Federation Convention and putting on a terrific show in their own right.

Trip and show photos can be found here.

Dean and Ruby Shafer

Dean and Ruby Shafer, recognized by the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies as 2015 Rockhounds Of The Year.

photo: K. E. Key

upcoming events

Work Days

Saturday May 21 will be a work day at the Clubhouse. Work needing to be done includes removing a fallen tree & tree branch cleanup on the club property, replacing an exterior building light, sorting items in the storage buildings, setting paving stones and organizing inside the clubhouse. Larry will be bringing his tractor with a front end loader for the heavy lifting. Bring your chain saws! 8:30 AM.

Fall Swap Dates

The Annual Fall Swap will be held on September 10-11, the weekend following Labor Day. A workday to prepare for the Fall Swap has been set for Saturday, August 27.

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Apr 6, 2016, 7:59 AM
This old shop will be closed Friday, April 8 to help set up for the rock show at the community building in Siloam springs, Ar. There is a lot to do, so if you are a club member come on down to the community building and help out. Here are some pictures from years past, enjoy them and come see us…
The Rock, Pick and Chisel is the award-winning Northwest Arkansas Gem and Mineral Society monthly newsletter.
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April 9-10, 2016
special feature
Photos from a trip to see the Wichita Gem and Mineral Society 63rd Annual show, "Nature's Treasures".
This gallery displays the collection of Paul Otto, winner of six AFMS National Awards for Mineral Display.
A portfolio displaying selections from the Dean Shafer Collection.
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Apr 25, 2016, 5:17 AM
Photos from a trip to see the Wichita Gem and Mineral Society 63rd Annual show, "Nature's Treasures".
Tri-States Minerals

2016 Fall Swap and Auction - September 10-11, 2016

One of the great pleasures in the gem and lapidary world is visiting clubs during their annual shows.

The 2016 Northwest Arkansas Gem and Mineral Society Annual Fall Swap and Auction will feature a wide range of rocks, minerals, gems, demonstrations, handcrafted jewelry, fossils and supplies. Whether you’re looking for a bargain or just interested to see what lapidaries are doing, you can be sure of a warm welcome.

If you are already a lapidary club member in our area, why not organize an official club outing to our event and really make a day of it?

If you’re just browsing and not a member of any club, this is a terrific way to discover a little bit about earth science, geology and lapidary. There will be many subject matter experts on hand to answer your questions.

May 1, 2016
[attachment 63930 OpenAirShow.jpg][attachment 63931 GGMC2015_3.jpg]New location! Piedmont Triad Farmers Market Saturday, June 4th Free Admission, Free ParkingVendors still room for you! See ggmc-rockhounds.com for more info.
Technology for Rockhounds

This website is mobile-device friendly. It displays equally well on high definition televisions, desktop monitors, tablets, smartphones and wearable devices..

Rockhound Ephemera Project

Ephemera - printed materials with a short life span, such as newsletters, brochures, catalogs, ads, flyers, cards, stickers, posters and more - is a unique media whose content and graphic richness are a historical and cultural resource.

Wolfram|Alpha Computational Knowledge Engine

Wolfram|Alpha introduces a fundamentally new way to get knowledge and answers — not by searching the web, but by doing dynamic computations based on a vast collection of built-in data, algorithms, and methods.

An interactive map showing mineral deposit names, locations, commodity and deposit descriptions known to the US Geological Survey in the continental United States.

Pick Of The Week: How Do You Say That Word?

Alphabetically listed audio files with the correct pronunciations of minerals and terms.

This is part of a course offered at the College of Southern Nevada as Geology 115, Introduction to Gemology, and is an ongoing offering from their Distance Education Department via the internet for anyone, regardless of their geographic location.

Introduction to Gemology: Barbara Smigel, PhD, GG


Charlie Faulkenbury at the Tyrone Copper Mine, Tyrone N.M., February 15, 2000. Photo provided by Larry Faulkenbury.

See our progress on cataloging and imaging the Charlie Faulkenbury collection.

The Work of Manfred Wild, World-Renowned Lapidary Artist