Welcome to the home page of the Nova Scotia Mineral and Gem Society. From this page you can learn what the society is all about, upcoming events, and how to join. More specific information can be found on our fact page.


Next Meeting

The Society has a regular business meeting the last Saturday of every month (except June, July, August, and December) at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, on Summer Street in Halifax. Meetings are held in the museum's auditorium and begin at 7:30 p.m. Guests are always welcome to any of our meetings. Every meeting has a mineral theme and is followed by a presentation or some other hobby related activity. Door prizes are usually specimens collected by members and donated to the Society. In addition, the Society plans numerous field trips and outings throughout the collecting season. See the activities page for information about upcoming meetings.

Saturday, January 26, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

Program: to be announced



Membership in the Nova Scotia Mineral and Gem Society costs $20.00 per year per family (up to two adults and two children). Membership fees help pay the costs of the Society's membership in the Gem and Mineral Federation of Canada, the cost of producing and mailing the Society's monthly newsletter The Rockhound's Bark, rental fees for our meeting space, and funds to make purchases for our library or buy useful equipment for members to use. If you are interested in becoming a member, you can fill out the application form and send it along with your membership dues to the society's mailing address or simply bring it to the next meeting.

All Society members are automatically members of the Gem and Mineral Federation of Canada, and are thus insured for third party liability on official field trips and activities. The G.M.F.C. publishes a newsletter three times per year and hosts a national gem, mineral, and fossil show and annual convention.

The Nova Scotia Mineral and Gem Society currently has a microscope, several ultraviolet lamps, and a rock crusher available for members to use and even borrow. Our library collection contains books, magazines, maps, and videos covering topics such as geology, mineralogy, gemology, rockhounding, and lapidary arts.

The greatest benefit of all is meeting people involved with the hobby and learning from them. Our membership possesses a wealth of knowledge about identifying rocks, minerals, and fossils; collecting locations throughout the province; and techniques for turning rough material into beautiful gemstones. Such knowledge is shared every month when members bring in specimens for identification and members make presentations on topics they're most interested in.

© 2001, Nova Scotia Mineral and Gem Society

(N.S. geological map used with permission from the N.S. Department of Natural Resources)

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