The Richmond Gem & Mineral Society, formed in 1956, serves the Richmond Metro and surrounding counties and is open to anyone with an interest in rocks, minerals, gems, fossils, lapidary, geology and other related fields. The society is a member of both the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Society (EFMLS) and the American Federation of Mineralogical Society and offers a place where like-minded individuals can gather to share knowledge, learn and enjoy "rock talk." There is time for fellowship prior to the start of the meeting where one can see rock and fossil specimens members have collected, and lapidary pieces. Social time is followed by a short business meeting, a guest speaker and a social snack break. The society sponsors field trips including rock hounding digs, group educational trips, and fossil hunts. The society also enjoys Rock Rappers, a monthly informal gathering at our Historian's home to show and discuss identification of various specimens.
There are other annual events which include an RGMS educational booth at the spring and fall “Treasures of the Earth” shows at Richmond International Raceway Show Complex, our annual fund-raising auction, hosting the RGMS Rock Swap & Sale (one of the best swaps on the East Coast), and our annual behind the scenes meeting at Lora Robins Gallery for Art in Nature Museum at University of Richmond each summer.
RGMS welcomes everyone to come to a meeting, and see and talk to people who share a common interest in rocks, minerals and fossils. The club welcomes new members, including kids! What kid hasn't been fascinated with rocks? Nurturing our children in the geological sciences is important for our world's future.