Above: Our well-equipped workshop enables members to take
advantage of classes and equipment to create items that reflect
their creativity.
Pasadena Lapidary Society
Pasadena Lapidary Society
Pasadena Lapidary Society
Pasadena Lapidary Society
Pasadena Lapidary Society
Pasadena Lapidary Society
Pasadena Lapidary Society
Pasadena Lapidary Society
Pasadena, California
Renown expert Walt Wright educates
members with his hands-on display
and presentation of Petrified Wood  
and fossilized plants.
Our Next Meeting:
6:45 PM - 8:30 PM - Doors Open at 6PM
Tuesday, September 19th, 2017
Our Society is a member of
the California Federation of
Mineralogical Societies

and the American Federation
of Mineralogical Societies

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emblems shown above for
more information!
OUR MISSION - Since 1946:
The Pasadena Lapidary Society serves to educate its members  
and the community in mineralogy, earth sciences, and training
in the lapidary and jewelry arts – while promoting a policy of
sound mineral resource stewardship based on environmental
awareness and ethical behavior. The Society fulfills its mission
year-round  which may include field trips, lapidary workshops,
outreach presentations, public mineral displays, an annual
show, and our monthly informational meetings which are open
to the public.
.Dr. Aaron Celestian will be the guest speaker at the program meeting of the Pasadena Lapidary Society on Tuesday,
March 21, 2017. There is no fee to attend the meeting and the public is welcome!

Dr. Aaron Celestian, curator of gems and minerals at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles will give a talk entitled
"Living in a Mineral World", which is about minerals and the environment.
.Become a member of the Pasadena Lapidaray Society today !
Members Enjoy:
Monthly Workshops and Classes
Field Trips to Interesting Collecting Sites
Monthly Newsletter - "Rockhound Ramblings" - Full of club news,
pictures, tips and information that you can use!  Read back issues of
Rockhound Ramblings
A monthly Program Meeting with great speakers, presentations and a
Door Prize Raffle.
Monthly activities and adventures.  Check this year's calendar, maps
and photos on our
Calendar Page.
Learning new skills, such as in our Beading Group.
Free admission and display case at our Annual Show!
Membership: Like what you see?  Would you and your family enjoy
earth sciences with the Pasadena Lapidary Society?  Click
complete the membership application and bring it to the next meeting!
Prospective members are required to attend three (3) Society events,
including and a tour of the workshop, prior to being accepted as a
If you have questions about the club, call Mark Nelson at (909)
996-1784 or visit the Contacts page, where you can get  additional
information about the Pasadena Lapidary Society, the earth
sciences relating to gem, rock and mineral collecting.   
Society President
Ellen Ferrell

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Our Youth:
Our youth are the future of our Society! We have an
active program that includes our youth in all of our
activities during which they are trained supervised by a
responsible adult.  Our Junior members regularly
participate in field trips, work shops, displays at our
annual show and presentations at meetings and
community events!.
By Cori Solan
Above:  At the statewide California Federation Show in Pomona our
members won top awards for their competitive displays and original written
articles.  The Pasadena Lapidary Society was awarded the Sweepstakes
Award for having the most blue-ribbon awards for any single club!

Left to right: Danielle S, Tanner S, Paolo S, Linda Nelson, Jennifer N and
Mark Nelson.
Field Trip to Cerro Gordo. What an experience at one of California's
last ghost towns!  The Society regularly seeks out areas of historic
When we are not having fun doing lapidary activities we are having
fun doing something else!   Each year we have a family picnic in a
local park.
The Pasadena Lapidary Society is a registered non-profit
educational society.  We meet each month, except December,
at 6:45pm on the 3rd Tuesday in the Donald Wright Auditorium
of the Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut Street,
Pasadena, California.  Doors open at 6:00 pm.   In December
we meet for a holiday party, awards and installation dinner.  
Watch for details in the club's newsletter!
Enjoy Our Interesting Programs and Speakers at the Monthly
Program Meeting. Visitors are always welcome at our
meetings!  Bring a friend, colleague or family member --
ANYONE who shares a passion for gems, minerals or fossils!
The Pasadena Lapidary Society
Earth Science Education Since 1946
Field Trip:
Dottie Jacobs finds a large
chalcedony rose on the road
to the Thulite collecting area.
Field Trip:
A horned toad among
the jasper at Lavic
Field Trip:
A colorful start to our
field trip at Lavic Siding
Field Trip:
Jennifer Jang's Lavic
jasper was covered with
tiny crystals.
The Changing Gemstone and Bead
Industries – New Finds, Fakes, Created,
Dyed & Enhanced
This year the American Federation of
Mineralogical Societies named the
Pasadena Lapidary Society
as the BEST lapidary club
in North America !
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Join us for an evening with Ken Rogers who will speak on the changes
in the gemstone bead industry and how they affect jewelers, beaders,
lapidary enthusiasts and jewelry buyers.

On February 17, 1972 Nixon went to China, opened trade, and in
doing so, woke up the "Sleeping Dragon". While China expanded its
industrial growth it looked to its own natural resources, including
historic and craft industries. China opened and expanded their mines,
including Turquoise and many other gem stones. They retrained their
craftsmen and developed new, modern, bead and gem cutting and
carving facilities.

To control much of the world’s gem and bead market, the Chinese
bought up gem (& other) mines in neighboring (& far flung) countries.  
Then they closed some of these mines, to keep others nations from
their raw supplies.  As time went on, the Chinese gem factories started
developing their own, new, and colorful “gemstones”, and flooded the
world market with this new material.

In his illustrated talk, Ken will discuss what has happened in Asia,
where it is going, and how it will affect us, here in the U.S. Then, Ken
will go on to expose and discuss some of the misnamed and new
factory manufactured gemstones.
Did you know that the California State Gemstone is not
gold, but Benitoite? You would not have even heard of it
before 1907!

At this month’s Program Meeting Cori Solan will inform
us about just how special this mineral is!
Teaching skills to a new
All American
#1 Gold