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American Federation of
Mineralogical Societies

Founded in 1947

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Welcome to the AFMS web site . . . . 


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 is composed of the following seven similar regional organizations of gem, mineral, and lapidary societies.

CFMS - California Federation of Mineralogical Societies
EFMLS - Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies
MWF - Midwest Federation of Mineralogical and Geological Societies
NFMS - Northwest Federation of Mineralogical Societies
RMFMS - Rocky Mountain Federation of Mineralogical Societies
SCFMS - South Central Federation of Mineral Societies
SFMS - Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies

Rock and Gem Celebrating 50 Years

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CFMS/AFMS Convention and Show Website
Host Website

Visit the new
AFMS Juniors Website


AFMS Updates


Latest AFMS Newsletter (December 2023 Added 11-30-2023)

AFMS Uniform Rules Updates Coming Soon!

2024 AFMS Bulletin Editors' Contest (Updated 11-16-2023)

2024 All American Club Award Program (2023 Application for 2024 Submission) (Added 09-11-2023)

2024 Web Site Contest Announcement (Updated 11-15-2023)

2023 AFMS Club Rockhound of the Year (Updated 11-05-2023)

2023 AFMS New Programs Competition (Updated 10-29-2023) Submission Deadline: April 2, 2024

2023 AFMS Endowment Fund Drawing (Updated 7-30-2023)

The 2022-2023 endowment fund drawing was held on Saturday, August 5th at the AFMS banquet award held in Billings MT.
Thanks to all who contributed a specimen and for the support from those who purchased tickets. It was all for a good cause!
Please consider donating and purchasing for 2023-2024! Accepting specimens with a minimum value of $75.00 and a maximum weight of 5 lbs!

2023 Web Site Contest (Added 1-15-2023)


2023 Web Site Contest Results (9-11-2023)

AFMS Officers and Committees 2022-2023 (Updated 5-08-2023)
If you are interested in one of the open positions in your Federation, please notify your Federation.

2022 Bulletin Editor's Contest Results (Added 11-13-2022)

Click for full details

FRA (Future Rockhounds of America)


Future Rockhounds of America Rock Stars! (Updated 04-25-2021)


FRA Roster of Participating Clubs (Updated 12-05-2021)


FRA Honor Roll (Updated 12-05-2021)


New AFMS/FRA Badge Manual, Fifth Edition (New 11-08-2020)


Future Rockhounds of America AFMS/FRA Badge Program (Updated 03-18-2012)


Future Rockhound's Presenter's Manual (01-13-2013)


New 2021 National Youth Poster Contest (New 12-13-2020)


A Menu of Ideas for Kids' Show Activities (Added 10-24-2010)


Patricia Egolf Rock Pals (Updated 10-04-2020)
A kids rock exchange program

The AFMS Bulletin Editors' Hall of Fame 2020 Inductees


David Jacobsen


Lori Heinemann


Matthew Lybanon

The AFMS Bulletin Editors' Hall of Fame (Updated 04-22-2018)

73rd Annual AFMS Board of Directors Meeting
        Addendum bb. Show Consultant

        AFMS Rockhound of the Year 2020 Report

2018 Uniform Rules (1-14-2018)

Gemstone Commemorative Stamps (Updated 05/28/2012)

Resources for Newsletter Hints and Tips Articles (New 11/04/2007)

Supporting Our Troops FAQS (United States Postal Service)

AFMS Land Use Policy

Visit the Club Sites page!

Check the What's New page for web site updates.


Annual Meeting
Held in conjunction with the annual AFMS Convention & Show

Recognized as the Official Magazine of the AFMS


Earth Science Week
October 10-16, 2021

October 9-15, 2022
October 8-14-2023
October 13-19-2024




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Lewis and Clark: Rockhounding on the Way to the Pacific

After a lot of work by a lot of dedicated people, "Lewis and Clark: Rockhounding on the Way to the Pacific" is now available on this site.  Click the link below:

Lewis and Clark: Rockhounding on the Way to the Pacific


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In The News

Geological Timescale Gets the First New Period in 120 Years
Scientists reveal prehistoric terror
Fossile shows bird's last meal
Researchers grow diamonds for industrial use
Undersea mountains yield living 'fossils'
Fossilized dinosaur heart rocks paleontology
Paleontologists hunt for mystery fossil
Brazilian scientists unveil reconstruction of Tyrannosaurus ancestor

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Navigating This Site

The following buttons are on the top of all pages on this site:


   Returns to this page.
UP    Available on Child pages to move to Parent page


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   Search engine to search for any words on this site.

Contact Info

   Address, Telephone, Email for AFMS

Horizontal navigation buttons under the banner on pages, selects pages at the same level or category.

Vertical navigation buttons on the left side of the page selects sub pages to the current page.

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Links on This Site to Other Sites

The links to other resources is being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only. The AFMS bears NO responsibility for the quality of information provided through other sites and computer systems. Providing a link to these other sites should not be construed as an endorsement or approval by the AFMS of these organizations or of the positions they may take on various issues.

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About This Web Site

This is the new web site for the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies. There are currently over 260 different pages on this site, with many more coming.  Many of the current pages will also be getting a lot more content.  Please keep checking back with us as this site is being developed.  For more information about this site, go to About This Site

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We are interested and appreciate any comments that you may have.  All suggestions will be carefully considered.  As this site matures through your support and help, we hope it will become a benefit to the AFMS organization and to those that visit the site.

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Information Request

We are currently trying fill this site with AFMS information.  If you are a AFMS official or member, please send us information that you may have to help us with this site.  Some of the items of interest would be Articles, "How To's", Technical Information, Items of interest to the youth, AFMS information, AFMS history, AFMS club web sites.

Send any information or corrections to the AFMS Webmaster: webmasteramfed.org and we will review it for inclusion to this site.

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Note:  It is AFMS policy that its name and logos may not be used for commercial purposes.  Please notify the Central Office of any violations.

On the web since 12-27-98

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