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

Sunday, October 2, 2016


The Mojave Desert is practically in our backyard here in Bakersfield, and still holds a treasury of rock for our club and other rock hounds. It is a place worth visiting time and again. In fact the club is out there at this moment enjoying the landscape, and the cooler temperatures that have arrived. Not only are we looking for those very special rocks, but today's outing finds us looking for a place to stake a claim, a place we can return to again and again over time, and be reasonably assured that our access will not be closed. The new National Monument status for this vast area  is now expected to continue to allow rock collecting by hobbiests. A big plus for our side. A claim of our own in this beautiful area further insures access to collecting  in years to come.

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