Wednesday, March 31, 2010

American Federation of Mineralogical Societies


Purpose of the AFMS:

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.


The American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS) is composed of seven regional organizations of gem, mineral, and lapidary societies. The official boundaries of each Regional Federation is indicated by the states listed.

California Federation of Mineralogical Societies
(CA, HI, NV)

Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies
(CT, DC, DE, KY, MD, ME, MA ,NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, VT, WV)

Midwest Federation of Mineralogical and Geological Societies
(IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI, [Eastern Portion of ND, NE, SD])

Northwest Federation of Mineralogical Societies
(AK, ID, MT, OR, WA)

Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineralogical Societies
(AZ, CO, KS, NM, OK, UT, WY, [Western Portion of ND, NE, SD])

South Central Federation of Mineral Societies
(AR, LA, TX)

Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies
(AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC, TN)

For those to the north the Central Canadian Federation of Mineral societies can be found at
They also have a list of clubs with web pages across Canada at

Dino Bone Photo Courtesy of Different Seasons Jewelry http://differentseasonsjewelry.com/gems/

from a post by "Black Jack" on the Rock Collecting and Field Trips Yahoo Group.