Above: Our well-equipped workshop enables members to take
advantage of classes and equipment to create items that reflect
their creativity.
Pasadena Lapidary Society
Pasadena Lapidary Society
Pasadena Lapidary Society
Pasadena Lapidary Society
Pasadena Lapidary Society
Pasadena Lapidary Society
Pasadena Lapidary Society
Pasadena Lapidary Society
Pasadena, California
Renown expert Walt Wright educates
members with his hands-on display
and presentation of Petrified Wood  
and fossilized plants.
Our Next Meeting:
6:45 PM - 8:30 PM - Doors Open at 6PM
November 21st, 2017
Our Society is a member of
the California Federation of
Mineralogical Societies

and the American Federation
of Mineralogical Societies

Click on either of these
emblems shown above for
more information!
OUR MISSION - Since 1946:
The Pasadena Lapidary Society serves to educate its members  
and the community in mineralogy, earth sciences, and training
in the lapidary and jewelry arts – while promoting a policy of
sound mineral resource stewardship based on environmental
awareness and ethical behavior. The Society fulfills its mission
year-round  which may include field trips, lapidary workshops,
outreach presentations, public mineral displays, an annual
show, and our monthly informational meetings which are open
to the public.
.Dr. Aaron Celestian will be the guest speaker at the program meeting of the Pasadena Lapidary Society on Tuesday,
March 21, 2017. There is no fee to attend the meeting and the public is welcome!

Dr. Aaron Celestian, curator of gems and minerals at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles will give a talk entitled
"Living in a Mineral World", which is about minerals and the environment.
.Become a member of the Pasadena Lapidaray Society today !
Members Enjoy:
  • Monthly Workshops and Classes
  • Monthly Field Trips to Interesting Collecting Sites
  • Monthly Newsletter - "Rockhound Ramblings" - Full of club news,
    pictures, tips and information that you can use!  Read back issues
    of Rockhound Ramblings here.
  • A monthly Program Meeting with great speakers, presentations
    and a Door Prize Raffle.
  • Monthly activities and adventures.  Check this year's calendar,
    maps and photos on our Calendar Page.
  • Learning new skills, such as in our Beading Group.
  • Free admission and display case at our Annual Show!
Membership: Like what you see?  Would you and your family enjoy
earth sciences with the Pasadena Lapidary Society?  Click
complete the membership application and bring it to the next meeting!
Prospective members are required to attend three (3) Society events,
including and a tour of the workshop, prior to being accepted as a
If you have questions about the club, call Mark Nelson at (909)
996-1784 or visit the Contacts page, where you can get  additional
information about the Pasadena Lapidary Society, the earth
sciences relating to gem, rock and mineral collecting.   
Society President
Ellen Ferrell

Contact our
Our Youth:
Our youth are the future of our Society! We have an
active program that includes our youth in all of our
activities during which they are trained supervised by a
responsible adult.  Our Junior members regularly
participate in field trips, work shops, displays at our
annual show and presentations at meetings and
community events!.
Above:  At the statewide California Federation Show in Pomona our
members won top awards for their competitive displays and original written
articles.  The Pasadena Lapidary Society was awarded the Sweepstakes
Award for having the most blue-ribbon awards for any single club!

Left to right: Danielle S, Tanner S, Paolo S, Linda Nelson, Jennifer N and
Mark Nelson.
Field Trip to Cerro Gordo. What an experience at one of California's
last ghost towns!  The Society regularly seeks out areas of historic
When we are not having fun doing lapidary activities we are having
fun doing something else!   Each year we have a family picnic in a
local park.
The Pasadena Lapidary Society is a registered non-profit
educational society.  We meet each month, except December,
at 6:45pm on the 3rd Tuesday in the Donald Wright Auditorium
of the Pasadena Central Library, 285 E. Walnut Street,
Pasadena, California.  Doors open at 6:00 pm.   In December
we meet for a holiday party, awards and installation dinner.  
Watch for details in the club's newsletter!
Enjoy Our Interesting Programs and Speakers at the Monthly
Program Meeting. Visitors are always welcome at our
meetings!  Bring a friend, colleague or family member --
ANYONE who shares a passion for gems, minerals or fossils!
The Pasadena Lapidary Society
Earth Science Education Since 1946
Field Trip:
Dottie Jacobs finds a large
chalcedony rose on the road
to the Thulite collecting area.
Field Trip:
A horned toad among
the jasper at Lavic
Field Trip:
A colorful start to our
field trip at Lavic Siding
Field Trip:
Jennifer Jang's Lavic
jasper was covered with
tiny crystals.
This year the American Federation of
Mineralogical Societies named the
Pasadena Lapidary Society
as the BEST lapidary club
in North America !
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Brad is a longtime member of the Culver City Rock and
Mineral Club.   He has been featured on national radio
and local television, and is a frequent guest speaker for
rock and mineral clubs.

His articles are featured monthly in over 200 newsletters
in six countries. He has written for Jewelry Artist
Magazine, has been featured in Rock & Gem Magazine,
and is the author of Bench Tips For Jewelry Making and
Broom Casting for Creative Jewelry .

During six years as a studio jeweler he began teaching
small workshops on soldering and casting. After earning a
formal State Teaching Credential in 2002, he taught
"Advanced Jewelry" classes in the Adult Education
Department of the Los Angeles school system.

Then in 2009, he was invited to design and built a new
jewelry facility at the Santa Monica Adult Education
Center, where he continues to combine his creative side
with his technical and shop abilities to run popular classes.

There will be no Rock of the Month talk in November, to
allow Bradford Smith more time for his talk, and for club
elections at this meeting.
Teaching skills to a new
All American
#1 Gold
This month, our
presenter will be none
other than Bradford M.
Smith giving his
legendary Bench Tips in
lapidary work