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Mineral Sciences Contact Information

Gem & Mineral Council
(213) 763-3326

Aaron Celestian, Associate Curator
(213) 763-3360

Alyssa Morgan, Collections Manager
(213) 763-3327

Tony Kampf, Curator Emeritus
(213) 763-3328

Fax: (213) 749-4107

The Gem & Mineral Council

The Gem & Mineral Council is a support organization for the Mineral Sciences Department and the Gem & Mineral Hall.  To learn more about how to join, visit The Gem & Mineral Council webpage.

Gem and Mineral Hall

The 6,000-square-foot Gem and Mineral Hall was opened in May of 1978 and is one of the finest permanent museum exhibitions of any kind in the Los Angeles area.


Learn More about Gems and Minerals

General - Minerals, Rocks, and Gems

The Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom (general information on minerals and gems)
The Vug (general information and lots of dealer links)
Bob's Rock Shop (something for everyone and lots of links)

Minerals, etc. 

Webmineral (lots of data and information on minerals)
Mindat (the largest mineral database and mineralogical reference website)
Athena Mineralogy (names, formulas, classifications)


Gemological Institute of America (lots of good information)
Birthstones (American Gem Society)


Geology.com (lots of information about geology)
About.com - Geology (stories, information, and links)

Clubs for Enthusiasts (mostly Southern California)

The Gem & Mineral Council
American Federation of Mineralogical Societies
American Opal Society
California Federation of Mineralogical Societies
Culver City Rock and Mineral Club
Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Club
Fluorescent Mineral Society
Mineralogical Society of Southern California
North Orange County Gem & Mineral Society
Searles Lake Gem and Mineral Society
Sierra Pelona Rock Club
Ventura Gem & Mineral Society


Mineralogical Record
Rocks and Minerals
Lapidary Journal
Mineral News

Agencies and Institutes 

American Geological Institute
U.S. Geological Survey
California Geological Survey
Cal Tech Seismological Laboratory
Gemological Institute of America

Professional Societies 

Mineralogical Society of America
American Crystallograpic Association
Geochemical Society
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Geological Society of America
International Mineralogical Association
Society of Mineral Museum Professionals