Shenandoah Valley Gem and Mineral Society
Welcome to the Shenandoah Valley Gem and Mineral Society Website!
Member of the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies (EFMLS)
We are a nonprofit organization which strives to promote education in and appreciation of minerals, fossils, archaeology, general geology, and the lapidary arts. We provide opportunities for collection, exchange, discussion, and exhibition of specimens and mineral material.
www.mindat.org - Extensive information about minerals and mineral localities
www.webmineral.com - A complete and up-to-date mineralogy database containing species descriptions and a comprehensive library of mineral images
www.varockhound.com - A website devoted to the Virginia collector
www.handbookofmineralogy.org - Thousands of pdf files about minerals
http://mmr.osmre.gov - National Mine Map Repository- You can request old maps of abandoned mines for free here
http://tin.er.usgs.gov -Mineral Resources Data System(MRDS); - Get GPS data for mines around the country, down to the individual county
www.rockhounds.com Bob's Rock Shop - The First 'Zine for Mineral Collectors and Rockhounds
www.mineralbliss.blogspot.com Mineral Bliss - Sharing a wide range of experiences and perspectives relating to Mineralogy as a hobby
www.WNCrocks.com - The official website of M.A.G.M.A., the Mountain Area Gem and Mineral Association- A beautiful website featuring information on rockhounding and rock, gem, mineral and fossil collecting sites in Western North Carolina and the Southeastern United States
http://fasttex.diia.utexas.edu/vargas Vargas Gem and Mineral Collection at the University of Texas - An extensive photographic library of gems and minerals celebrating the legacy of Martha and Glenn Vargas, authors of the seminal work, "Faceting for Amateurs"
www.rocktumblinghobby.com - A step by step guide, including tips on equipment and stone selection, preparation and polishing
www.quartzpage.de - The Quartz Page Covers the mineral Quartz and its many varieties
If you are interested in joining the club, click here.
Central Virginia Gold Prospectors
Gum Spring, Virginia
Each October, our club sponsors a jewelry & mineral show during the Waynesboro Apple Days weekend. For more information, click here.