Welcome to the Colorado Chapter of the Friends of Mineralogy

We are the Colorado Chapter of the Friends of Mineralogy: dedicated to the advancement of serious interest in minerals and related activities. We are collectors, professionals, and curators who share a love of mineral specimens and the desire to promote understanding and appreciation of mineralogy. The National society was founded in 1970 in Tucson, AZ. The Colorado Chapter was founded in Denver in 1978.

We participate in and are members of the greater community of Colorado mineral clubs, museum support groups, mining historical societies and the Greater Denver area, Gem and Mineral Council which is responsible for staging the annual Denver Gem and Mineral Show.TM


March News: Ouray-Silverton San Juan Symposium

Latest News for the Ouray-Silverton San Juan Mountains Mineral Symposium:

March 23, 2014

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Elks Lodge, Symposium meeting hall in historic downtown Ouray. Building built 1904. Photograph Courtesy of the Elks Lodge, Ouray.

Advance symposium registration forms with fees should be available by April 16, 2014. Symposium speakers, subjects and fieldtrip details will be posted as available.

Planned Symposium Schedule.

Friday, September 5, 2014. Possible self-guided fieldtrips provided for symposium participants.

Friday Evening, September 5, 2014: Kickoff icebreaker evening at the Ouray Elks Lodge (BOPE), 421 Main Street, Ouray, Colorado 81427. Icebreaker with cash bar and snacks followed by an evening lecture,

Saturday, September 6, 2014: Ouray Elks Lodge (BOPE), 421 Main Street, Ouray, Colorado 81427. Full day of presentations on the minerals, mines, mining history and geology of the Ouray to Silverton area. Optional evening dinner banquet with cash bar followed by an evening lecture. Symposium program, abstract and basic field trip guidebook to be provided. Drinks and break snacks provided as well as lunch.

Sunday, September 7, 2014: Several all-day guided field trips will be held between the Ouray to Silverton area. Details being developed.

Monday, September 8, 2014. Optional, self-guided fieldtrips provided for the Ouray-Silverton area.

Accommodations: Local accommodations are available in Silverton, Ouray, Ridgway and Montrose. Webpage links to lodging shown below. We recommend that reservations be made prior to June 1; prior to the large summer demand and competition from other local area activities.

For Ouray:       http://www.ouraycolorado.com/ouray-lodging/

For Ridgeway:   http://ridgwaycolorado.com/business-directory/accommodations/

For Montrose:    http://www.visitmontrose.com/31/Lodging

For Silverton:    http://silvertoncolorado.com/about-silverton/silverton-visitors-guide/ Lodging in the Silverton area is listed in the visitors guide.


Silent Auction, May 10th 2014

The 2014 Silent Auction will be held at the same place as last year, the Clements Center, 1580  Yarrow Street near the intersection of Colfax and Wadsworth. Many mineral specimens, books and  other mineral related paraphernalia will be available to bid on. The silent portion of the auction will be  tables set up with specimens with bid sheets. The tables will be closed in an organized manner and they will be removed to tally the bids.   The verbal auction will be held during this time and the specimens  will be shown around the room to anyone wishing to bid on some of the better offerings at the auction.

For bid sheets, please download from bid sheets. Further information can be found in the March 2014 newsletter as well as on our downloadable flyer.

May meeting 2014


The next meeting will be held on Thursday, May 15th, 2014 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

The speaker will be Mr. Ian Merkel, geologist at the Henderson Mine, Colorado. He will be speaking on magmatic epidote from the Cascade Mountains, Washington State. His presentation abstract and speaker biography will be posted later, at the end of April 2014

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is located at 2001 Colorado Blvd. in Denver. 
Enter the museum via the staff/security entrance, to the left of the main entrance doors on the north side of the museum. Security staff will direct you to the VIP room

Please note this meeting will be held AFTER the May FMCC silent mineral auction.