Directory of Southern California Lapidary Resources

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Address: • Mailing Address: Box 5433, Buena Park, CA 90622
• Meeting Place: North Orange County Regional Library, 11200 Stanford Ave (at Euclid), Garden Grove
Short Description: • Day of Meeting: 3rd Tuesday, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
• Bulletin: Angles
• Juniors: No
• Membership: 15
Long Description:

The Faceters Guild exists to further the craft of Gemstone faceting by educating its members and the public.

We wish to provide technical support for persons involved in the fascinating hobby of faceting.

It is a requirement of the Guild a person being mentored has a current paid membership (unless separate private arrangements are made.) FGOSC is a member of CFMS (California Federation of Mineralogical Societies )

Phone Number: (714) 625-2107
Long Description:

Lasco has been manufacturing quality diamond instruments in the USA since 1963. We are proud to serve the dental, art, lapidary, glass, industrial, hobby, and cosmetology industries. Our diamond tools work great for cutting all types of stone, gems, glass, metal, tile, wood, industrial composits, exotic materials, plastics, resins, porcelain, ceramics and more. Our bits fit in most of the popular rotary machines, including: Dremel, Foredom, Craftsman, Dental Style Micromotors, etc. These burs are used in jewelry making, engraving, 3D art, glass & stone carving, customizing model kits, building model railroads, cars, airplanes, etc.

Phone Number: (818) 882-2423
Address: • Mailing Address: P.O. Box 285 San Bernardino CA 92402
• Meeting Place: * Visit Workshop for meeting information
• Workshop: *205 W. Benedict #8, San Bernardino, (909) 381-0089 (workshop)
Short Description: • Founded: 1933
• Bulletin: Staurolite
• Juniors: Yes
• Membership: 41
Long Description:

Established in 1933. A non-profit club of rock enthusiasts who hunt for rocks, develop their lapidary skills, and fabricate jewelry and rock artifacts in a workshop in San Bernardino, California.

We organize hunts for rocks, teach lapidary, wire wrapping, silversmithing, and lost wax casting skills.

Phone Number: (909) 381-0089
Whittier Gem & Mineral Society, Inc.
Address: ● Mailing Address: P.O. Box 865, Whittier, CA 90608-0865
● Meeting Place: Whittier Senior Center, 13225 Walnut St., Whittier
Short Description: ● Founded: 1949
● Day of Meeting: 4th Thursday, 7:00 p.m. (except July & August)
● Bulletin: The Rockhounder
● Juniors: No
● Membership: 38
Long Description:

Objectives and Purpose

The objectives and purpose of the Whittier Gem and Mineral Society is to disseminate knowledge of mineralogy and the earth sciences and to encourage study in these subjects, through means of:

1. The presentation of public exhibitions, lectures, slide programs.
2. Field trips for exploration, study and collection of specimens.
3. The preparation, publication and distribution of articles and studies pertaining to mineralogy and the earth, sciences.
4. The promotion of scientific research in these fields.
5. The encouragement of interest among young people and the fostering of classes in mineralogy and lapidary arts.
6. And all other means which are appropriate to the accomplishment of the primary objectives set forth.

Phone Number: (626) 914-5030
Culver City Rock & Mineral Club
Address: • Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3324, Culver City, CA 90231-3324
• Meeting Place: Veterans Memorial Complex, 4117 Overland Ave, Culver City
90231
Short Description: • Founded: 1960
• Day of Meeting: 2nd Monday, 7:30 p.m.
• Bulletin: The Nugget
• Juniors: Yes
• Membership: 158
Long Description:

We are an active club, this is some of what we do: offer interesting and varied monthly programs with presentations and speakers with expertise in their field fully equipped lapidary shop for use by members publish "The Nugget," an informative and educational monthly bulletin sponsor the popular Fiesta of Gems, Rock and Mineral Show each summer - free of charge to everyone organize field trips to local collecting area.

Phone Number: (310) 836-4611
Address: • Mailing Address: 28011 San Nicolas Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
• Meeting Place: Community Room of Palos Verdes Main Library (THIRD FLOOR), 701 Silver Spur Road, Rolling Hills Estates, CA
90275
Short Description: • Founded: 1954
• Day of Meeting: 2nd Monday, 6:30 Meet & Greet, meeting 7:00 p.m. (except Dec.)
• Bulletin: Tumbler
• Juniors: Yes
• Membership: 26
Long Description:

A non-profit social group whose primary objective is the promotion of the study, collecting, working, and exhibiting of gems, minerals, and fossils.

Member of the California and American Federations of Gem and Mineral Societies.

Visitors are always welcome!

Address: • Mailing Address: 1411 Goodman Ave, Redondo Beach, CA 90278
• Meeting Place: La Brea Tar Pits & Museum, 5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles
90278
Short Description: • Founded: 1960
• Day of Meeting: 1st Sunday, 1:30 p.m. (for exceptions, see web site)
• Bulletin: Bulletin of the Southern California Paleontological Society
• Juniors: No
• Membership: 31
Long Description:

The Southern California Paleontological Society, founded January 5, 1960, is a non-profit organization which pledges itself to work in cooperation with scientific institutions and for the preservation of the fossil record. Participation is invited in the program to collect, preserve, and study paleontological material.

Phone Number: (562) 698-7672
Wonders of the World: Museum & Gallery
Address: 1460 Lincoln Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA
90401
Short Description: World's Best Nature Store
Long Description:

Come visit and explore through over 10,000 different types of real historical treasures that were gathered from over 150 countries during the last 30 years. Everything is real: the dinosaurs, the meteorites, the ancient artifacts, and the gems and minerals. The gems and minerals are not lab created or made of other substances other then their natural elements.Most of our very special jewelry is custom designed and 1 of a kind.

Phone Number: 310.393.4700
Barranca Diamond Products
Address: 1315 Storm Parkway Torrance, CA
90501
Long Description:

Barranca Diamond manufacturers sawing and polishing equipment for the lapidary industry. We also offer a full line of diamond blades and polishing supplies to meet all your cutting and polishing needs.

Phone Number: 310-523-5867
Address: • Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1606, Torrance, CA 90505
• Meeting Place: Torrance Library, 3301 Torrance Blvd., Torrance
90505
Short Description: • Founded: 1948
• Day of Meeting: 1st Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.
• Bulletin: Agatizer
• Juniors: No
• Membership: 57
Long Description:

Mission Statement: “This society was formed to collect and study minerals; to teach lapidary arts, to disseminate knowledge of mineralogy, lapidary work, and related activities; to exhibit specimens for public education; and to exchange information related to the earth sciences.”

Club Experts:

We have experts in our club specializing in fossil preparation, fused glass, opal cutting, lapidary and beads, cuttle bone casting, silver fabrication, tumbling, inlay, Zeolite minerals, lost wax casting, Suiseki (stone appreciation), workshop design and construction, sphere making, and silver fabrication.

Monthly Meetings:

Meetings are scheduled on the First Tuesday of the month, 6:30 p.m., in the meeting room of the Torrance Public Library, 3301, Torrance Blvd.. Visitors and guests are always welcomed at all club events. Our meetings include an educational presentation by a guest speaker or in house expert, refreshments, fellowship, show and tell, and a raffle drawing.

Field Trips:

Club members are also invited to attend regularly scheduled field trips that take place within driving distance of the South Bay. Field trips include rockhounding, visiting other rock shows and lapidary venues, museum trips, and our annual trips to Stoddard Wells and Quartzite!

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