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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.  

What are the membership fees?

Individuals: $20/yr
Households: $25/yr
Our membership year runs from January to December annually.
Members joining in Oct., Nov., or Dec. are current thru Dec 31 of the following year.
Membership fees can be paid in cash or check.   We do not take electronic payments at this time.

How do I join DMLS?

Stop by our clubhouse during one of our monthly meetings or any day we have open workshop hours.  Fill out a membership form and pay your annual dues.  (cash or check)  You can print and fill out the membership form ahead of your visit by downloading this form DMLS Membership Form.

How do I renew my membership?

Same process as joining or download and fill out the form (DMLS Membership Form) and mail it to our post office box.

Des Moines Lapidary Society
Attn: Membership
P.O. Box 470
Des Moines, IA 50302
 
 

What does a membership give me?

Our membership year runs from January to December annually.  Active memberships have these benefits:

DMLS Monthly Newsletter (Emailed to you)
Access to DMLS private Facebook forum
Access to DMLS library
Equipment training
Workshop accessibility
Participation in classes
Membership in American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS)
Membership in Midwest Federation of Mineralogical and Geological Societies (MWF)
and... A GREAT social atmosphere to learn and share your creative ideas!!!

What workshop equipment does DMLS have?

Rock Workshop:
Wet Grinders [2]
Trim Saws (Oil) [3]
Trim Saw (Water) [1]
10" Slab Saws (Oil) [2]
16" Slab Saw (Oil) [1]
20" Slab Saw (Oil) [1]
24" Slab Saw (Oil) [1]
Cabbing Machines (Water) [5]
24" Flat Lap
6" Flat Lap
Small Drill Press
Dual High Polish Lap
Silver Workshop:
4 workstations with Tools
Torches
Fume filters
Metal Tumblers
Metal Polishers
Other Equipment:
Facetrons [2]
Strip of polished rocks