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Antioch Lapidary Club

A brief history: The Antioch Lapidary Club was founded in 1955 by a small group of individuals who shared the same interests in collecting gems, minerals and fossils, and who enjoyed working with these materials to create art forms, carvings, and cabochons.

 The club's logo is designed from a single piece of Antioch Petrified Wood that was found in the vicinity of then Delta Memorial Hospital in Antioch. It has stood for the club and for the vast amount of petrified wood that can still be found in the Antioch area.

 The Antioch Lapidary Club is a non-profit organization that belongs to the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies, the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies and the North Bay Field Trips (where members can participate in field trips for rough gems, minerals, rocks, fossils and more).

 Current number of members: 45

 Who is eligible to join? Everyone. Minors 17 and below must have a parent or guardian as a member of the club. 

What are the dues? Membership initiation is a one-time fee of $10.00 per member. The club's regular dues are $24.00/year for the first person in the family and $12.00/year for each family member thereafter. Senior dues (age 62+) are $20.00/year per person, and $12.00/year for each family member thereafter. Junior dues (17 and under) are $12.00.

 What is the club's mission? To educate and to enhance members' skills in the lapidary arts - to cut, polish, slab, tumble, sphere and collect specimens of the earth's minerals. To provide opportunities to purchase, exchange, and exhibit materials and works by members. To share their specimens and knowledge with the public through its museum. To promote interest in lapidary arts and in earth science studies.

 How does the club fulfill its mission? The club has monthly meetings and special programs.  The club also encourages members to use its workshop, including hands-on training by instructors, classes and seminars. Members attend and participate in local and statewide events and hold a yearly public show.

 Fundraisers and projects: The Antioch Lapidary Club will host its annual Jewelry, Rock and Gem Show from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. February 20'" & 21 S'at the Contra Costa Fairgrounds, 10'" and L streets. There will be exhibits, demonstrations, dealers, a wheel of fortune, food, door prizes, grab bags, gems, faceted stones, rocks, slabs, silent auction, fossils, lapidary art displays, findings, tools, and family fun for everyone. Parking is free. Admission is $5.00 per person, children under 12 free, scouts in uniform and military free. For more information regarding this event, call Show Chair Brenda Miguel at (925) 301-6957.

 The club also holds a "Tailgate/Swap Meet" every June in their clubhouse parking lot. People come from all around to set up tables and sell or swap jewelry, rock slabs, equipment, etc.

 What sets this club apart? The lapidary club classifies itself as the "Home of Antioch Petrified Wood" - a local landmark. The club has established a cutting and polishing lab where club members can use the equipment for a small fee of $2.00 and can learn from the many years of experience acquired by the senior members. The club also has a silversmith shop for members to use to work on making jewelry.

 Meeting times and location: The club meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at their clubhouse located at 425 Fulton Shipyard Road in Antioch. The Board/Business meeting is held 6:30-7:15 p.m.; the Program meeting is held 7:30-9:00 p.m. During the program meeting they have a speaker, demonstrator, or video presentation. Everyone is welcome to attend both meetings.

 Our Cabochon Shop is open Mondays 9:00 a.m. to noon, Tuesday nights 6:00-9:00 p.m. and Thursday nights 6:00-9:00 p.m. On meeting nights, it is open 4:00-7:00 p.m.

 Our Silver Shop is open Mondays 9:00 a.m. to noon and Thursday nights 6:00-9:00 p.m. On meeting nights, it is open 4:00-7:00 p.m.

  Application form is under links here!


1994 Opened

Early member, Gary Cogglia looked at an unused area of the workshop and saw a museum—it just hadn’t been built yet!

He envisioned a place where the Club where school kids, Scouts, and others in the community could come to learn about rocks and enjoy seeing rocks and minerals from around the world. Together Club members created this valuable resource that now contains countless specimens from Gary’s own collection, gifts and loans from other rock hounds. Don’t miss the remarkable case of butterflies and bugs—all made out of stone using lapidary techniques and created by long-time member Charlie Taylor.

The Museum is open by appointment only. To request a visit, call (925) 864-6428. 

Museum Sign

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Rock Shop

The club has a full equipped lapidary shop.

With large and trim saws

Large Saw Trim Saw

With grinding and polishing and other lapidary equipment.

Lapidary equipmentOther

With many people knowledgeable in there use

Lapidary use