The Tar Heel Gem and Mineral Club was formed in 1974 as a nonprofit educational organization for people who enjoy the lapidary arts, earth sciences, and related subjects.
The main objectives of the club are
1. To investigate, preserve, and share knowledge of rocks, minerals, and precious stones.
2. To promote interest in mineralogy, paleontology, earth sciences, and lapidary techniques.
The club pursues these goals through publications, meetings, lectures, field trips, exhibits, demonstrations, and other activities.