Welcome to the Nassau Mineral Club
The Nassau Mineral Club was founded about 70 years ago by employees of Sperry corporation who were interested in the study of mineralogy. The club was expanded to include non-Sperry employees and people interested in other fields of geology, such as preparing minerals for jewelry (lapidary). The purpose of our organization is to further and promote interest in all phases of geology, mineralogy, gemology, paleontology, and the lapidary arts by means of meetings, lectures, exhibitions and field trips.
Over the Years, an impressive array of machines and equipment has been
purchased. Social bonds were formed, as members worked together to mount
exhibitions, take field trips, lecture to school and adult audiences and
share exciting specimen discoveries.
Today, the club has over 80 multi-talented members coming from all walks of life and ranging in age from 18 to 96! We have open workshops every Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM at the Garvies Point Museum in Glen Cove. Our Lapidary Workshop is fully equipped with tools and machinery to cut and polish rock slabs and cabochons, facet gems, make chains, cast in silver, enamel metals, cut, form and solder metal, as well as other processes.
We invite you to join our club, participate in our activities, share your knowledge, learn new techniques, suggest new activities, and experience the rewards of rockhounding and the lapidary arts. Our members are always willing to share their knowledge and instruct one another on cabochon making, faceting, chain making, wire wrapping, silver work, beading, soldering, casting, wax carving, enameling and other techniques.
Our motto is: "Each one, teach one"
The Nassau Mineral Club is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Contributions or Donations to the NMC can be made at any time. The NMC accepts donations of equipment used for lapidary, faceting, jewelry making, casting, or enameling. We occasionally receive donations by the bequest of members who have passed on. If your family does not have the same excitement about this hobby as you, a bequest to the Club may satisfy your security that your collection will continue to be appreciated and cared for in the future. We will accept your contribution in any form and in any amount.