New: Lapidary updates now on the Lapidary Center page (right sidebar.)
For Calendar of Events and Local Field trips
see Calendar 5-3-15
(Some trips or events are open to Club Members only)
Welcome to the website for the Bristol Gem and Mineral Club. If you live in central Connecticut and are interested in rocks, minerals, lapidary work, fossils, or any other aspect of earth sciences, we’re the club for you! Join us at one of our meetings and share your interests with a group of enthusiastic, friendly people.
The Bristol Gem and Mineral Club was organized in 1972 to foster interest in the earth and geological sciences, minerals, and the lapidary arts. We hold regularly scheduled meetings where educational events are presented for the advancement and knowledge of the membership in these fields.
Members include mineral collectors, jewelry makers, gem cutters and faceters, and nature enthusiasts. Anyone interested in rocks, gems, and minerals is welcome to join.
The club maintains financial independence to be able to establish a continuing and adequate meeting place, cooperate with similar organizations, and support the expenses incurred. The club encourages the spread of the hobby with the general public, schools, and other organized groups. The club is insured and a member of the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical Lapidary Societies, Inc.
We meet the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the dining room at the Douglas Beals Senior/Community Center at 240 Stafford Ave, Bristol, Connecticut [see map]. For monthly meeting schedule is here.
So join us! It is easy to sign up — just come to a meeting or simply download our Membership application form and send it in by snail mail (instructions on form.)