Demonstrations and Displays

Members of the Huntsville Gem and Mineral Society have widely varied interests including lapidary art (cutting, grinding, and polishing stones), rock hunting, fossils, jewelry making, geosciences, Native American artifacts, and much more.  We like to have demonstrations of many aspects of our hobby at the show so you can see some of it for yourself.  Who knows, you may decide to take up a new hobby after seeing a demonstration!

Lapidary Demonstrations

Many of our members enjoy the art of cutting, grinding, and polishing stones.  Our club has a great lapidary shop for its members to use.  We love to demonstrate how to take a rough looking stone and create a cut and polished stone that is suitable for jewelry, coasters, windchimes, or many other uses.  We’ll have folks demonstrating lapidary throughout the weekend.


Jewelry Making Demonstrations

We’ll have folks demonstrating a variety of jewelry making techniques including beading, wirework, and cold connections, throughout the weekend.


Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies (SFMS) Competitive Displays

This year, HGMS members and anyone who is a member of an SFMS member club, are encouraged to participate in a display competition.  Entries can be in a variety of divisions including minerals, fossils, fluorescent minerals, lapidary, and jewelry and art metalcraft.  Show attendees can see the competitive displays, and SFMS judges will be on hand to evaluate the displays and award ribbons!


Non-Competitive Displays

A regular part of our show are display cases that highlight different aspects of the rock, gem, jewelry, and fossil hobby.  We invite members to create their own displays to show off the great work they’ve created or some of the beautiful rocks they’ve found.


Fluorescent Gem and Mineral Display

We have a very popular booth where visitors can see fluorescent gems and minerals.  Just go inside the darkened room, turn on a black light, and see something like this:

Fluorescent gems and minerals at the Huntsville Gem, Jewelry, and Mineral Show