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October 2016 Program


October 25, 2016

Our guest speaker for October is Caitlin Ahrens. Caitlin will be updating us with the latest minerological findings on the planet Mars and other celestial bodies.

Caitlin Ahrens is a graduate student with the University of Arkansas Space and Planetary Science Program. She manages the Pluto Simulation Chamber and travels to science conferences to present her research. She received her B.S. degrees in astrophysics and geology at West Virginia University in 2015. Her background includes radio astronomy, seismology, mineralogy, and planetary geology. She enjoys public speaking about science and hosts a guest blog about space!


The Northwest Arkansas Gem and Mineral Society

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.

Our Meetings

We hold a monthly general meeting at our Clubhouse on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 7PM to 9PM. 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.

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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.

Our Shows

Our annual spring show and fall swap features 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.

Our Calendar

We want to make sure you never miss that meeting or event. Our calendar can send reminders to you through email and smart-phone notifications.

Our E-Bulletins

Keep up to date by subscribing to our E-Bulletin mailing list. If you are already a Society member you automatically receive our E-Bulletin and other club news. If you don't want to join now, but want to be kept informed, subscribe to get our bulletins automatically.

  • Slab Sawing
  • Cabochons
  • Polishing
  • Gemstone Faceting
  • Jewelry Wire-wrap
  • Metalsmithing


Lapidary is the term given for the cutting and polishing of stone. This is a pasttime that has an illustrious past, dating back to early human times when the art of lapidary was used to create tools and weapons from stone.

In the 1950s, lapidary developed into a popular hobby. There is a growing interest for people to cut and polish their own gemstones. These can be mounted into ready-made jewellery pieces or showcased around the home.


An immense number of rock types and classifications have been defined and recognized by geologists. There are well over 4,000 officially recognized mineral species and as many as a hundred new ones are described each year.

Once you start getting interested in rocks and minerals, you will want to be able to identify the different types when you see them, know where to find them, and understand how dollar value and worth is determined and graded.

  • Collecting
  • Mining
  • Determining Value
  • Show and Display
  • Physical Exercise
  • Fight Against Depression
  • Unplug And Experience
  • Spend Quality Time With Friends
  • Connect With Natural Surroundings


Almost all of us have been awestruck by nature at one time or another. Whether it's walking alongside a cool trickling stream, watching sunset over a mountain ridge or hearing the wind blow through the trees in the morning, being outdoors and aware of the world's beauty can make us feel energized and alive. Much research has focused on the so-called "nature connection," and how it affects our health, outlook and overall life.


One of the most important things in a person’s life is the people we do life with. Having a solid community of people is a foundational part of life. Life without community is lonely; it’s lacking in social events and relationships. Community offers several valuable gifts that combine to improve one's quality of life.

Volunteering can be a great way to develop skills, learn more about career options, garner new professional contacts, get exercise, spend time outdoors/with animals/with kids, or even just shake up your routine. In addition, volunteering can be a fun, meaningful way to make new friends. New to the community? Looking to branch out socially? Simply looking for something to do with new people? Volunteer, and get to know others who share your interests.

Our Organization
  • Personal Growth
  • Career Development
  • Develop New Skills
  • Connect With Others
  • Volunteerism

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