About Us

The San Joaquin Valley Lapidary Society is located in Bakersfield, California. We are a group of rock hounds dedicated to the sharing of knowledge about the lapidary arts. We meet weekly for workshops in lapidary, silversmith, and wire wrapping/beading. We were founded in 2005, and are incorporated as a 501 (c) 3. Part of our focus is education, and offer a program for area elementary school 4th and 6th graders that supplements their geology studies.

San Joaquin Valley Lapidary Society

San Joaquin Valley Lapidary Society

Friday, August 24, 2018



It is that time again! September 19-30th. SJVLS will again be at the Fair to meet and greet! Display club collections, and yes...man a sales table of hand-crafted lapidary items and more. Please come and visit us at the Fair. Take time for a snack or lunch from the midway, and support your Club's efforts again this year.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


Our Club members are working hard on getting ready for Garden Fest at Bakersfield College. Pictured on the left is one of the gift baskets we will be raffling off on April 21. Members are asked to sell tickets ahead and we will be selling at the event. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Garden Fest has been a great opportunity for us and we are looking forward to being there again. Look for Us!

We just finished taking part in Wind Wolves Preserve in March. The weather was stormy the first day, the second day was well attended. This gives our Club a chance to meet the public in a wonderful nature preserve and tell all about rocks and what we are about. Pictured on the left is part of the display of rocks and minerals we had and on the right Volunteer behind the table is Elizabeth Barnhart.  Hats off to all those who make these things possible.

Monday, December 18, 2017


San Joaquin Valley Lapidary Society Christmas photo from 2017

Sunday, November 5, 2017


Join us again on December 8th at the Rasmussen Center for our Annual Christmas Celebration

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


SJVLS members making items for sale at the Kern County Fair. The club sold for the first time along side the Kern Mineral Club. Thanks to all who helped make this possible.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


See you at the Kern County Fair. Visit the Rock and Mineral displays, and our tables that SJVLS will be manning. Hand crafted jewelry, Ming trees, and other treasures can be found. Shop Us! We are located in the Big Building that houses the photography exhibits, community groups, and other great exhibits. Right in front between the entry doors, alongside the Kern Mineral Club Sales tables. Don't forget the midway with all those good things to eat, and of course the  Carnival attractions with high rides to thrill. Fair opens September 20 and runs through October 1.

Last year's club case displaying fossils from the local bone bed.

Amazing display of member made jewelry from 2016.

Thursday, August 17, 2017


Club members work on hand crafted items during a workshop in July. Ming trees and wire wrapped jewelry are to sell at the upcoming Kern Co. Fair.

Pictured above the work of making Ming trees is in progress, while across the room another group works on wire wrapping.

The trees and wire wrapped cabs are truly beautiful, and we are proud to be able to offer them at the fair. There will be another evening workshop on August 28th at Hall at 6 pm. There will also be a chance to work on sale items at Anna's Saturday workshop this August 19 starting at 9 am. Thanks to all for participating, and an open invitation to those who have not yet taken part. See you at a workshop.