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Educational Links & Resources
National and Regional Societies:
A non-profit educational federation of seven similar regional organizations of
gem, mineral and lapidary Societies. Founded in 1947. MMS is also a
member of the Midwest Federation.
Membership is open to both adult and junior Societies located in Illinois, Indiana,
Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, and parts of Nebraska,
North Dakota and South Dakota, plus a few clubs in Arkansas.
Special Affiliate and 2017 Show Presenting Sponsor:
Interactive exhibits, a world-class collection of objects and minerals, special events, a planetarium and observatory, lecture and educational programs and changing exhibitions offer something for every member of the family. Stand beneath a T.rex, feel a mastodon’s fur, or touch a meteorite.
Illustrated Instructional Book - The World of Minerals & Crystals ABC's
A is for agate, T is for Tourmaline, and Z is for Zincite. Have fun looking at these illustrations, coloring some in or use this a resource to teach kids about minerals from A to Z. Diamond Dan Publishing in conjunction with the Michigan Mineralogical Society and the Cranbrook Institute of Science is happy to provide you with this booklet. Use it in your classroom or at home.
Click on the Image to download the Book in PDF format.
Illustrated Instructional Book - Minerals of the Bible
An alphabetical guide to the minerals and gemstones mentioned in the Bible. This is a guide written for kids and adults on the many minerals that are mentioned in the Old Testament. There are over 30 minerals mentions and the old names from Greek and Hebrew sources are discussed. Plenty to color in, learn about and research if you are so inclined.
Click on the Image to download the Book in PDF format.
Educational Mineral Databases & Websites:
The world’s largest public database of mineral information.
Since 1971 R&G has been the leading magazine for the lapidary
and mineral hobbyist.
United Stated Government International Survey maps.
Check out your next vacation destination.
The Mineralogical Record magazine is issued six times a year. This is the most authoritative and widely respected collector’s journal in the world.
The creator wishes to make this key available to one and all in the hope of
correct identification of minerals in collections, rock gardens,
and on windowsills everywhere.
An online gem and rock encyclopedia, and numerous articles related to all
things gemstone and mineral, including a gemology scholarship.
An online source for Rock and Mineral Shows, Clubs, Rock Shops, Mineral Museums
The non-profit, Friends of Mineralogy (FM), a national organization founded in 1970,
includes nearly a dozen chapters from coast to coast, whose members share a
common love of minerals.
David Epstein, the author of the only book on the subject (The Gem Merchant)
will offer a limited number of free monthly consultations to qualified aspirants.
If you have a gemological degree, or are now studying and have read the
Gem Merchant, you may qualify for a 1-hour phone consultation. Founder and owner
David Epstein and his team help professional buyers from around the world by sourcing single stones, discount lots and by making special cuts. The company also consults on how, when and where to sell what is bought through them, aiming to “solve gemstone buying and marketing problems”. Contact David Epstein at
A geoscience news and information site for professionals, teachers, and students
Useful links for gems and gemologists
This club has a wealth of knowledge in cutting slabs, jewelry making, stone setting and other lapidary activities. They are located at the Hartland Consolidated School Building, 9525 E. Hartland Rd., Howell MI 48843.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. The DNR strives to:
Protect natural and cultural resources.
Ensure sustainable recreation use and enjoyment.
Enable strong natural resource-based economies.
Improve and build strong relationships and partnerships.
Foster effective business practices and good governance.
University of Michigan Conservation Ecology program
Michigan United Conservation Clubs is the largest statewide conservation organization in the nation. Founded in 1937, our mission is to unite citizens to conserve, protect and enhance Michigan's natural resources and outdoor heritage. This mission drives everything we do as an organization.
Google Earth add-ons and layers for Geological Research
A Guide to Geode Formation and Creation
This guide shows you exactly how to mine your own backyard for treasures and cultivate a lifelong hobby.
Really cool Rock and mineral site for Coloring Pages and all kinds of great stuff related to geology and collecting.
A great website that is a Quickstart guide that hits all the right subjects to get you up and going quick from where to find collectible rocks and minerals, what equipment to bring, and the ethics you should follow.
When you’re teaching your kids about the big wide world, why not start in your own backyard? Give them a shovel and turn them loose on the path to learning first-hand about our planet’s rocks and minerals through your own backyard geology.
A glossary of words used in the mining of rocks and minerals from Anglo American mine company.
From the Mineral Society of America comes a web portal that links out to multiple other resources and suggestions. This is a large resource with multiple offerings.
Agricultural Biology and Geology Research Magazine. Published bi-annually as an online newsletter.