|Above: Our well-equipped workshop enables members to take
advantage of classes and equipment to create items that reflect
|Pasadena Lapidary Society
|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
and the American Federation
of Mineralogical Societies
Click on either of these
emblems shown above for
|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 !
Monthly Workshops and Classes
Monthly 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 here.
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 HERE,
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.
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
|ROCK OF THE MONTH
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
|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
|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
Dottie Jacobs finds a large
chalcedony rose on the road
to the Thulite collecting area.
A horned toad among
the jasper at Lavic
A colorful start to our
field trip at Lavic Siding
Jennifer Jang's Lavic
jasper was covered with
|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 !
|This site was last
|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
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.
Teaching skills to a new