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

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


Slab & Gab Briefs, Summer 2016

We will be taking the summer months of  July and August off and be back again ready to go in September. Weekly Saturday workshops will start again on the first Saturday in September. Anna Winter will be hosting summer workshop sessions at her home, contact Anna thru the club email on the blog for more information. The first general meeting for September is tentatively set for the 24th at the home of Marvin and Char Neabeck, 15124 Dobbs Ave, Bakersfield, time to be announced. This will be a potluck, and general meeting. Being gone for the summer does not mean that we will be kicking back and not being busy as a group. Our great volunteers will be working on getting our three cases ready for exhibit at the Kern County Fair in September. We need donations from our members of their works, and rocks or possibly fossils (if we enter a fossil case) for exhibit in these cases. You will be contacted with more details as we move along closer to the fair. Please have a wonderful summer time, come back refreshed and with happy memories of time spent vacationing, either away from or at home.

Show Dates:


August 7 – 9 NIPOMO,CA.,

 Orcutt Mineral Society,  Nipomo High School 525 Thomson Ave.,

 Nipomo, CA Hours: Sat 10 – 5 Sun 10 – 4 Website: omsinc.org


Host: El Dorado County Mineral & Gem ,Society

September 16-18 El Dorado County Fairgrounds

100 Placerville Drive Fri-Sun 10 am -5 pm Daily

 Barbara Terrill (530) 676-2375 info@rockandgemshow.org



President, John Martin 

Things are moving forward in Southern California, we have received written approval from the BLM that interim rock and mineral collecting inside the Mojave Trails National Monument is acceptable where it is lawful to collect. There are still areas in the monument where it is unlawful to collect such as Amboy Crater National Landmark. So when you go Rockhounding in the monument be sure you know where you are collecting is lawful. The final ruling on the collecting of rocks and minerals will be in the Monument Management Plan due to be released before early 2018. Until then, Happy Rockhounding and enjoy your public lands.  For more CFMS news please use the link on this page and go to their website.

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