Pasadena Bead & Design Show, Jan. 18 – 20

Looking for something fun to do next weekend, if you’re not going to Quartzsite or out of town? Check out the Pasadena Bead & Design Show at the Hilton Pasadena. Shop for artwear, clothing, gemstones, textiles, antiquities and supplies; or attend a workshop and create beads, jewelry and artwear. Explore bead & design January 18-20, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. $8 admission online or $10 at door. * Discounted parking.
Hilton Pasadena, 168 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena. beadanddesign.com

* Pasadena Lapidary Society members see January 11 Blast email for special admission

January 15 Program Meeting, 6:30 pm

PLS member extraordinaire Janie Duncan will present ‘A Brief History of Beads’ at our first program meeting of 2019. Practically everyone knows what beads are but for those who’ve been hiding under or looking at rocks too long, a bead is a small, decorative object that is formed in a variety of shapes and sizes of a material such as stone, bone, shell, glass, plastic, wood or pearl and with a small hole for threading or stringing. Beads range in size from under 1 millimetre (0.039 in) to over 1 centimetre (0.39 in) in diameter.

PLS VP Mona Ross will present the Rock of the Month talk on Psilomelane. A group name for hard black manganese oxides including hollandite and romanechite, psilomelane consists of hydrous manganese oxide with variable amounts of barium and potassium. Psilomelane is erroneously, and uncommonly, known as black hematite, despite not being related to true hematite, which is an iron oxide.

Come to learn and make new friends; open to the public, free admission. Tuesday, January 15 at 6:30 p.m., in the Donald Wright Auditorium of the Pasadena Central Library at 285 E. Walnut St., Pasadena, 91101.

Whittier Claim Field Trip Report

By Joe Goetz

Friday morning turned out to be a perfect morning: The temps were not too hot or cold. The sun was shining as Marcia and I were trying to get ready to leave. We caravanned out with Sylvia Cliffe, Carolyn Duncan, and Charlotte Bane. The traffic was flowing better than I had thought, and a couple of hours later we were at the hotel. We got there safe and hung out for the rest of the day. All too soon I was dreaming about the rocks we would collect on Saturday, which came all too fast, and the sun was just barely up and breakfast was in the schedule.

We were getting things ready as people (30 in all) began showing up, and we talked about the upcoming day’s events and got release forms signed. Before you knew it, it was 8:30 a.m. and I gave a little safety talk. I reassured everyone that if you got bit by a snake, we’d get you to help. Of course, along the way we might just have to stop to collect some rock here and there. But we’ll get you there (just kidding).

The first place we went was the Whittier Club camping area. We stopped at a rock pile where some members have brought out their overflow and deposited it there for anyone to collect. Chances are you could find a piece of something there that you might not be able to collect anymore. Then it was off to the claim itself, and after about 30 minutes or so we headed over to the red moss agate area. I think everyone got some agate of different types as well as some of the red moss agate.

We headed back to the hotel for lunch. From there, we headed over to what we call Jason’s place. It is an area below some of the transmission towers. The reason we call it Jason’s place is that longtime Junior member Jason Badgley had told us he had been there, and when we got there every stone had been chipped. Stones were collected, and after 30 or so minutes we were off. Jay Valle led the group, and Marcia and I were bringing up the rear as we headed to “the wide spot in the road.”

Marcia and I decided to take the road a little further, passing Steve Cady who hiked up the hill. Marcia started to dig out what she thought was a double-fisted size piece of agate. However, it just kept getting larger and larger. I took over the digging, and it still got bigger. It started to wiggle in the hole a bit, so we asked Steve Cady for some help. He grabbed the stone with both hands and yanked it out and carried it to the truck bed (oh to be young again!). After we showed off Marcia’s little pebble, we all decided it was time to go back to the hotel and ready ourselves for dinner at Peggy Sue’s. Dinner was excellent as it always has been.

Sunday morning arrived, and we were getting ready to head out to some other locations. We had three guests from the San Diego area that day. We headed out and went to the silver lace onyx area. I do believe everyone who wanted it got some of the material. Marcia and I picked up little pieces for putting in grab bags for the CFMS Show in March 2019.

Next, we headed out to Mule Canyon to the algae agate area. We all found out just how much the canyon had been rearranged by rain. We did find the right road and got to the spot. I found lots of black agate; Jay found a nice algae agate. Someone asked if the green was indeed algae. The answer was the area at one time was much wetter, and there were ponds all over the place. In the ponds, there was in fact algae and pond scum growing. The area was suddenly covered with volcanic ash, and over time the algae and scum were petrified. The algae agate shows as a very distinct algae pattern in the stone. As for the pond scum, well, that was compressed and then petrified. If you think about that black agate I found…

2019 LA County Fair Ticket Winners

As a thank you for holding the 2019 CFMS Annual Show & Convention at the Fairplex, the management had given PLS complimentary tickets to the LA County Fair. We wanted to pass these tickets on to two lucky PLS members (two tickets each). Joe and Marcia Goetz recently picked names out of a hat and the winners were Marlene Kyte and Jim Robb. Congratulations to both!

The LA County Fair runs from August 31 to September 23.

2019 CFMS Annual Show & Convention Announcement

Representing 100 gem and rockhound clubs statewide, the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies proudly presents its 2019 CFMS Annual Show & Convention – California’s Natural Treasures. We invite you to attend and experience…

Mountains, deserts, and the Pacific Ocean have endowed our state with uniquely rich geological resources – and a richly diverse history, with people coming from all over the world to mine, study, build, and make things of beauty. We celebrate them all.

Educational displays, activities for kids, fine jewelry, and lapidary crafts – from stone pendants in colors chosen by Mother Earth to polished spheres like planets – you’ll find rock-related fun on all sides and demonstrators to show you how it’s all done. For the whole family, we’re sharing an exciting way to enjoy Nature through the rockhounding hobby. Don’t miss the Raffle!