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, September 18, 2015


Five of us from SJVLS went to the Fund Raising Sale for Shep Koss on Sunday the 13th of September. Pictured on the left at the table are RJ Cornwell, and Donna Rodriguez. Bernie was our driver (many thanks to him), and Richard Cornwell also went.

As I looked over the smaller pieces on the table it brought back memories of past field trips when Shep was with us. I knew where some of these rocks came from, and remembered the trips we took not so many years back. The Mojave desert trips came flooding back, and I pictured the last trip together. We joined the Sierra Pelona Club on a trip, and visited Brown Butte and Castle Butte in Mojave. I had never been there before. Shep held a piece of light chocolate colored jasper and I remember him saying, I think that is big enough to get something out of. It was a good trip, good memories, including the Mojave green rattle snake basking on the dirt road that caused our caravan to come to a halt. RIP Shep from those here at SJVLS who traveled the desert with you.

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