Membership is not required to view the catalog, but only SDMG members may use the reference library.

 

The Nature Conservancy

Dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.

A non-confrontational collaborative approach is a guiding principal.

www.nature.org


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LINKS and HANDY REFERENCES

SDMG website links to useful resources

General Mineral & Gem Information References
(see also Magazines/Journals below)

San Diego Mineral & Gem Society – memberships/affiliations
CFMS, AFMS and ALAA logos

American Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc. (AFMS)  Organized in 1947, AFMS is composed of seven regional organizations of gem, mineral and lapidary societies, including CFMS.  Its mission is to promote popular interest and education in the various Earth Sciences, and in particular the subjects of Geology, Mineralogy, Paleontology, Lapidary and other related subjects, and to sponsor and provide means of coordinating the work and efforts of all persons and groups interested therein; to sponsor and encourage the formation and international development of Societies and Regional Federations and by and through such means to strive toward greater international good will and fellowship.  AFMS and its member federations do not condone the collecting of any type of specimens where collecting is against Federal, State or local laws, regulations, statues or ordnances. Federation Members adhere to the AFMS Land Use Polices and the AFMS Code of Ethics while engaged in collecting of rocks, minerals or fossils.

Website:  www.amfed.org

 

California Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc. (CFMS)  CFMS was organized in 1936 to bring about a closer association of Clubs and Societies devoted to the study of Earth Sciences and the practice of Lapidary Arts and Crafts in the Western part of the United States. (Includes approximately 110 clubs and societies in California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii.  The CFMS is a member of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS).

Website:  www.cfmsinc.org

 

American Lands Access Association, Inc. (ALAA)  ALAA's goal is to provide current information to the Rockhound Community on issues affecting access to existing and potential collecting sites. ALAA also provides advice and means to contact Public Land Managers and Legislators on actions affecting Recreational Collecting Activities of interest to the Rockhound Community.

Website:  www.amlands.org

 

Atlas of Rocks and Minerals  Igneous and metamorphics rocks, minerals and textures; site administered by Geology Department of the University of North Carolina.

Website:  leggeo.unc.edu/Petunia/IgMetAtlas/mainmenu.html

 

Common Minerals & Their Uses  Education-oriented site.

Website:  www.mii.org/commonminerals.html

 

Mindat.org  Mineral & Locality database. Jolyon Ralph has created an indispensible reference online.

Website:  www.mindat.org

 

The Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom  Information guide to rocks, minerals, gemstones and jewelry.

Website:  www.minerals.net

 

Mohs Scale of Hardness  (Wikipedia)

Website:  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohs_scale_of_mineral_hardness

 

Official State Fossils 

Website:  www.netstate.com/states/tables/state_fossils.htm

 

Ultimate Beginners Guide to Rock Tumbling 

Website:  http://www.smarterhobby.com/rock-tumbling/

 

Mineral & Gem Specialty References

 

American Geode  Every geode is a mystery until it's cracked… then it is a wonder.

Website:  www.americangeode.com (newswire)

 

The American Opal Society 

Website:  www.opalsociety.org

 

Bob's Rock Shop  An exhaustive reference on all things minerals and fossils.

Website:  www.rockhounds.com

 

Deborah Wilson – jade sculptor  Contemporary carvings, jade carving workshops and DVDs.

Website:  www.deborahwilson.bc.ca

 

Fabre Minerals  Great photos.

Website:  www.fabreminerals.com

 

John Bailey Faceting Designs 

Website:  www.gemstoneartist.com

 

Miner's Gallery  Need slabs?

Website:  minersgallery.com/category/slabs-for-cabbing/

 

Pala International  Superb gems and mineral specimens.  Pala publishes the two best gem and mineral newsletters available online monthly.  Subscribe to Pala Gem NewsSubscribe to Pala Mineral News.  Check out Pala's blogsite, too.

Web sites:  www.palagems.com and www.palaminerals.com

 

Sinkankas Symposium  Web site devoted to the annual one-day event honoring John Sinkankas.  It features presentations by noted specialists working in diverse gem-related disciplines or occupations.  A different gemstone is the featured theme of the Symposium every year.  The gem for 2013 will be ruby.

Website:  www.sinkankassymposium.net

 

Spanish Village Art Center 

Website:  spanishvillageart.com

 

Rock Tumbler Library 

Website:  rocktumbler.com/questions.shtml

 

Gem Mineral Show Calendars

Find out what gem and mineral shows are going on and where!

CFMS calendar

Gemfaire show schedule

Show schedule at the Lapidary Journal

Rock and Gem's show calendar

 

 

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