Madison Gem and Mineral Club

Rockhounding, Lapidary, Geology, Fossils, Paleontology, Metalsmithing...

Welcome to the Madison Gem and Mineral Club. Our purpose is to promote and encourage the study of mineralogy, lapidary arts, gemology, paleontology, and other allied fields.

The Madison Gem and Mineral Club has monthly meetings the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the AB20 Lecture Hall in Weeks Hall, UW Department of Geoscience. Meetings are free and open to  all. 

Club picnic is coming up on August 8th at Brigham County Park! Carlos Peralta will run a silent auction of club materials at the picnic. Budget accordingly.

Please check the Newsletters and Facebook for info about the next meeting and announcements.

Membership Application

You may give your 2015 dues to the Treasurer (currently Rick Maske) at the meetings, or send them to the club address: 

Madison Gem & Mineral Club, 
P.O. Box 8882
Madison, Wi. 53708

Dues are Due!
Dues are 
$12 for an individual; 
$16 for a family. Thanks!

Introduction to Lapidary taught by Nevin Franke:
Class dates--session 1: 2/25/15-4/8/15 (no class 4/1)
Class dates--session 2: 4/15/15-5/20/15
Class times: 5:15pm to 9:15PM.

Enrollment fee is $119.50 for non-union members and $109.50 for students and union members. 

For more information about the classes and to register, please call 608-262-3156 or visit the 

For web site suggestions, complaints, corrections, etc. please send an email to the web site administrator. 

For the most current updates, please join our Facebook group

The lapidary lab Is at Harker Heating and Cooling, 87 W Beltline Hwy, Madison, WI.
Take the Rimrock road exit off the beltline and go south. Take the 1st left at the Badger Bowl, and then a quick left on Nob Hill Rd. just past the Badger Bowl. Follow this around the curve and you will see Harker Heating. Turn in their driveway, and we are the building to the left of the parking lot. Look for MGMC Lapidary on the door.

High Pressure Sprayer
We have an exciting new tool at the lab- A high pressure water sprayer. The spray strength and pattern are adjustable to give you the right pressure you need to clean your fossil and mineral specimens. You can carve away matrix stone on fossils, take scale off of crystals, or clean the crud out of your mineral specimens. We are currently building a spraying booth, and will be training the supervisors to use and assist others in the use of the tool. There is a nominal use fee, similar to the lab use fee, and depending on demand, a sign-up sheet may be needed. 

NOTE: Open Lab on Saturdays 
9 am - 1 pm and 1 pm -  5 pm. Please check Facebook group for lab schedule changes.

QR code for lapidary lab location (87 W Beltline Hwy):