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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)


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


7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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NWAG&MS club-sponsored Field Trip
The Northwest Arkansas Gem and Mineral Society is sponsoring a Field Trip to the Joplin History & Mineral Museum on Saturday, February 20, 2016.

See complete details on the field trip page.

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A Photo Gallery displaying the mineral…
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NWA Gem and Mineral Society-sponsored field trip to the Joplin History & Mineral Museum - February 20, 2016.
The Rock, Pick and Chisel is the award-winning Northwest Arkansas Gem and Mineral Society monthly newsletter.
gem and mineral shows
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Press Releases and Fact Kits for media.
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2016 RMFMS Convention news from Gene Maggard, Convention…
special feature
This gallery displays the collection of Paul Otto, winner of six AFMS National Awards for Mineral…
A Photo Gallery displaying the mineral collection of Northwest Arkansas Gem and Mineral Society…

2016 Spring Show - April 9-10, 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 Spring Show will feature a wide range of rocks, minerals, gems, demonstrations, handcrafted jewelry, fossils, dealers, and supplies, with exhibits, demonstrations, door prizes and a kid's corner. 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.

Press Kit

Media packet for press use.

Feb 3, 2016
Contrary to earlier reports the Mindat meeting is not on Monday, Feb 9, which happens some other year. This year Feb 8 is on Monday and that's when the meeting will occur.Mindat meeting Monday, Feb 8, 7:00 PM in the Ballroom where Jewel Tunnel Imports (JT…
Technology for Rockhounds

What Is This Rock?

A service to help identify rocks and minerals through photo images submitted by the general public.

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: Amethyst Wedding Cake

This amethyst wedding cake is the work of cake-master Rachel, of Intricate Icings.

The edible geode is made from a combination of granulated sugar and rock candy that was then crafted with multicolored modeling chocolate and designed within a fondant covered cake. Additional details were added with hand painting and gold leaf techniques.


If you're a fan of gems and minerals, follow us on Twitter! From our account, @NWAGMS, we Tweet content that rockhounds are sure to appreciate.

We're always looking for great, relevant Twitterers to follow, so if you have recommendations, please let us know.

Not sure what Twitter is? Here's a good intro and some background info.

Imaging from the Charlie Faulkenbury Collection. See our progress on cataloging and imaging this collection.

The best 50 crystals around the world market all together in a special exhibition at the Mineralientage Crystal and Gem Show, Munich Germany.