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Des Moines Lapidary Society (DMLS)
2024 Gem, Jewelry, Mineral, & Fossil Show
Saturday Oct 19th
9 am - 5 pm
Sunday Oct 20th
9 am - 4 pm
Gemstones   ❖   Beads   ❖   Jewelry   ❖   Silver   ❖   Crystals   ❖   Cabochons
Slabs   ❖   Rough   ❖   Mineral Specimens   ❖   Fossils   ❖   Tools   ❖   Findings
Children Activities   ❖   Demonstrations   ❖   Displays   ❖   Speakers
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Welcome to Des Moines Lapidary Society (DMLS)

Formed in 1955, the Des Moines Lapidary Society's mission is to promote, enjoy, and develop the study and practices of the Lapidary arts.  Our lapidary club promotes popular interest and education in lapidary, the craft of carving, shaping and polishing stone, minerals, and gemstones.  Our club sponsors and provides means for our members to engage in cutting, cabochon shaping, faceting, carving, basic metal work and more.

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Welcome to
Des Moines Lapidary Society (DMLS)

The Des Moines Lapidary Society (DMLS) was formed in 1955. The mission of DMLS is to promote, enjoy, and develop the study and practices of the lapidary arts.  We are proud to be one of the very few such organizations in the United States to own the building where we have meetings and a full lapidary workshop.

The lapidary workshop has a full range of lapidary equipment including trim saws, rock saws, grinders, and cab machines.  Members of the club are welcome to use the equipment after they have been trained to use it safely.

Next Meeting

Board Meeting

Sat May 5 @11am

Membership Meeting

Sat May 5 @1pm
Member Meetings Open to Public

Upcoming Meetings

Sat Jun 1 - Picnic
July-Aug - Summer Break
Sat Sept 7 @1pm

Weekly Events

DMLS - Swap/Social Saturdays
Start Date/Time:
Saturday, June 15, 2024 10:00 AM
Recurring Event:
One time event
Normal Priority
Shows & Trips

The Des Moines Lapidary Society (DMLS) will be holding their Swap / Social Saturdays again May through September. It will run 10 am to 1 pm. DMLS will be trying to make sure 4+ vendors will be at each one of these events selling lapidary items. We hope to keep individuals involved in the lapidary arts by making available supplies & rough while in a safer, smaller, and outdoor event. This will also give opportunities to people to add to their collections and purchase gifts. This event is open to the public and FREE to attend. We encourage our members to invite friends and other people that would be interested.

Other Info:

  • This will be a parking lot event. The clubhouse will be open for bathroom use only, unless you have a workstation reservation.
  • Event will be cancelled if bad weather. (Check website and Facebook for cancellations)
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Dugway Geode

Utah (USA) - The most common mineral found within them is quartz in various crystals clear, amethyst, and pink.

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Septarian Geode

Utah (USA) - Is a combination of yellow calcite, brown aragonite, grey limestone and white/clear barite.

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Las Choyas Geode

Chihuahua (Mexico) - The most common mineral found within them is quartz in various crystals clear, smokey, and if you are lucky amethyst.