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

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.

Monday, April 17, 2017



See You All May 22

Garden Fest

Bakersfield College

Games, Raffle Prizes, Great Selection

Of  Jewelry, rocks, Ming Trees, hand

made jewelry and more...


Wednesday, March 1, 2017


SJVLS is participating in the Windwolf Spring Nature Festival. The 93,000 acre preserve is located on Maricopa Hwy, off of Highway 168. Dates are March 11, 12. We will have tables with educational displays of rock and information about us. Hope that all of our members and friends will visit the Preserve during this event. We will also be donating some rock specimens and identification signage to be permanently displayed at the Preserve If you have not visited the Preserve yet this is a wonderful time to go.

This is a wonderful place to hike, to photograph, and simply enjoy this piece of wilderness that has been dedicated to the public. See you there.