Gem and Mineral Council | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

From left to right: A 72-ct amethyst, an opal ring, and a 28.6-ct green tourmaline

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What You Support

Your support helps us:

- Grow our Gem & Mineral Collection to keep it at the World-Class level, providing minerals for research and education as well as awe-inspiring specimens for the Gem and Mineral Hall

- Launch groundbreaking rotating exhibitions and develop our existing fabulous Gem & Mineral Hall

- Create fun educational programs around gems, minerals and meteorites

- Share our treasures and knowledge by increasing our virtual presence

- Support our innovative research: help the discovery of new minerals, the investigation of the deep earth using exciting clues from diamonds or fund the next generation of scientists.



The Gem & Mineral Council

Annual Contribution of $1,000

With this level of membership that includes a Family Membership to the NHM, you will have access to at least 5 benefits per year and a subscription to the Gem & Mineral Council’s bi-monthly e-newsletter. Events may include:

Exclusive lectures given by world-renowned scientists, collectors, and jewelers.

• Exciting, local, family-friendly field trips.

• Visit the world with a geology expert: international field trips lead by the curatorial staff and/or a field geologist (usually organized every other year).

• Adult and children’s workshops on topics such as gems, meteorites, geology, and more.

Meet the creator: invitation to the openings of rotating exhibits.

Private viewing of collector’s collections at their home, or visit to a private, local mine.

• Invitation to the Gem and Mineral Annual Reception.


Gem & Mineral Connoisseur’s Circle

Annual contribution of $5,000

The Connoisseur’s Circle is directly involved in the annual purchase of a specimen for the collection. You will have access to:

• All the benefits listed above.

• Annual dinner with the Curator and Collection Manager to vote on a new specimen to purchase (e.g., gem, mineral, meteorite, rock), from a selection chosen by the curator.

• A day tour with the Gem and Mineral Curator at international Gem and Mineral Shows, such as Tucson (AZ), Munich (Germany) or Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines (France).

• Up to two invited guests per lecture.

Private tours of the Gem and Mineral Collection and behind-the-scenes tours for friends and family (up to 10 people).



For information on how to join or renew your membership with the Gem & Mineral Council, contact us at (213) 763-3326 or at


Amethyst with a clear quartz hat. Both the crystal (7 cm high) and the gem (72 carats) come from California, Fresno County, in Shaver Lake.