Exchange ideas and information
with others who share your interest in lapidary, rockhounding, and
geology! Below you will find links to variety of discussion forums and
bulletin boards relating to lapidary, rock collecting, geology and its
related fields. Note that Inland Lapidary does not endorse any of these
listings and is not responsible for their contents and comments. Inland
Lapidary provides list of lapidary forums as a courtesy for your
education and enjoyment. Please make sure to read any forum's rules
before joining or posting and know that some sites may require
registration in order to access or post messages. If you know of a
lapidary or rock related forum, organization or discussion group that should be included,
please let us know!
American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS)
purpose 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.
The American Opal Society
is an non-profit organization, educational in nature,
whose primary purpose is promoting interest and knowledge of this
precious gem. If you are an Opalholic (i.e. passionate opal lover),
the American Opal Society is for you!!! We're a non-profit
organization whose main purpose is the study and sharing of
information about OPAL. We have members who mine, collect, cut or
set opal in jewelry, and we all enjoy looking at opal and talking
Columbia Lapidary Society (BCLS) is a non-profit
organization founded to encourage and promote the lapidary hobby in
British Columbia. The organization consists of thirty charter member
clubs, with a membership of approximately 1,500 people who collect
rocks, minerals, crystals and fossils.
Society of America Our mission of GSA is to be a leader in
advancing the geosciences, enhancing the professional growth of its
members, and promoting the geosciences in the service of humankind.
Gold Prospectors Association
(GPAA) was founded in 1968 to preserve and promote the great
heritage of the North American Prospector. The GPAA was also
dedicated to providing a platform for the exchange of information,
presenting an organized voice for recreational and professional
prospectors and helping it's members find more gold.
International Colored Gemstone Association is a non-profit
association which was founded in 1983 to represent the international
gemstone industry. The ICA is the first and only organization
working to increase the understanding, appreciation, and sales of
colored gemstones worldwide.
International Lapidary Association is for all lovers of
Lapidary Arts of any kind from mineral collecting to mining, from
gemology to gem cutting, faceting and cabbing, jewelry
manufacturing, casting, equipment or any thing related, from rocks
to finished work.
Society of America (MSA) was founded in 1919 for the
advancement of mineralogy, crystallography, geochemistry, and
petrology, and promotion of their uses in other sciences, industry,
and the arts. It encourages fundamental research about natural
materials; supports the teaching of mineralogical concepts and
procedures to students of mineralogy and related arts and sciences;
and attempts to raise the scientific literacy of society with
respect to issues involving mineralogy.
Mineralogical Association of Canada (MAC) was formed in 1955
as a non-profit scientific organization to promote and advance the
knowledge of mineralogy and the allied disciplines of
crystallography, petrology, geochemistry and mineral deposits.
States Faceters Guild (USAFG) purposes are: (1) to promote
the art, skill, and teaching of faceting; (2) to expand the
knowledge of natural and laboratory-made crystals; (3) to develop
and promote uniform rules for faceting competitions within the US
and among other countries; (4) to sponsor or assist in managing
competitions; and (5) to serve as a national repository and clearing
house for faceting designs, published materials, and general
information for faceters everywhere.
Aussie Lapidary Forum: for anyone interested in rocks & gems
and is proudly sponsored by Aussie Sapphire. If you're a collector,
lapidary, gemcutter or fossicker, you'll find something of interest
Gemology Online: A non-profit Forum for the exchange of
Lapidary Arts Forum: Small forum of lapidary artists.
Lapidary / Gemstone Community Forum: A community forum for
lapidaries of every imaginable gemstone related niche to gather.
Sharing a great many topics. Generally beginning with discoveries of
various minerals, cutting, shaping and finishing cabochons right on
up to and including the designing of jewelry and other gemstone
Lapidary World: A selection of lapidary enthusiasts from all
around the world with a common interest in collecting gemstones and
minerals, faceting, jewelry making, metal detecting, buying, selling and
trading minerals and gemstones worldwide. Sharing their experience with
others and providing stories and information that will benefit the hobby
and people within it.
The Paleolist: We hope to provide a friendly, entertaining, and
illuminating exchange of information among paleontologists, fossil
collectors and hunters, as well as general enthusiasts.
Rockwerks Lapidary Forum: Talk about rocks, jewelry,
gemstones, collecting sites, and much more.
Hobby: If you are interested in talking with other rock tumbling
enthusiasts there is definitely someone here you can chat with.
Utah Rockhounding Forum: Boards that are region specific to
e-min: A discussion list for Dutch-speaking mineral collectors: Deze mineralogie-discussielijst is een unieke gelegenheid om in contact
te komen met andere (Nederlandstalige) mineralenverzamelaars in binnen-
en buitenland. Via de lijst blijft u tevens op de hoogte van wat er op
mineralengebied op het www gebeurt.
Google Geology Groups: Links to google groups
dedicated to earthquakes, geology, mineralogy, petroleum, fluids,
and other disciplines.
The Lapidary List: The Lapidary List is a topical forum
dedicated to discussing techniques and methods for tumbling,
cabbing, carving, inlay, intarsia and other forms of the lapidary
Micromounts: Dedicated to minerals requiring magnification,
whether they are actually mounted or not. Discussions of collecting
localities and of equipment encouraged. Ads for micromount material and
trades are welcome.
Mineral Collecting: A forum for mineral collectors to have fun
and tell good stories! Open discussions about minerals mineral
collecting, mineralogy, geology, or earth sciences in general are
welcome. Pertinent topics may be in the form of questions, comments,
articles, field trip write-ups, notification of a new mineral related
site, events or trips, or epiphanies.
Rockhounds: We are an unmediated email list for amateur
rockhounds, fossil collectors, lapidary enthusiasts, and weekend
The Rockhounds List: An email/BBS discussion group for mineral,
rock and fossil collectors and those with general interests in
mineralogy, paleontology, geology and the Earth sciences.
US Faceters Guild: The USFG Faceters List hosts discussions
pertaining to gemstone faceting and design. Beginners and lurkers
are welcome! Sponsored by the United States Faceters Guild.